Birthday book: GoGo Monster

The Comics Reporter reminds us that today is the amazingly talented Taiyo Matsumoto’s birthday. If you haven’t done so already, I recommend that you mark the occasion by reading his GoGo Monster (Viz). I reviewed the book in this Flipped column:

“Beyond his marvelous illustrations and elliptical storytelling, the fascinating thing about Matsumoto’s work is his ability to make me root for undesirable outcomes. In Tekkonkinkreet, I found myself hoping that its protagonists would accept the futility of their fight for Treasure Town, that they would cut their losses. In GoGo Monster, I found myself siding with the forces of conformity. Admirable as Yuki’s sense of self is, and enviable as his immunity to social pressure may be, I still was persuaded by Matsumoto’s argument for a healthy, happy Yuki, even if it resulted in a less interesting, less special Yuki.”

It’s a great, great book, as is Tekkonkinkreet (Viz).

I’m still hoping that Viz will take another crack at Matsumoto’s No. 5. I think Blue Spring is still in print. Christopher (Comics212) Butcher posted a wonderfully thorough round-up of Matsumoto’s work and adaptations of it.

What’s your favorite Matsumoto title?

3 Responses to Birthday book: GoGo Monster

  1. I didn’t really get into Tekkonkinkreet/Black and White.
    But No. 5 was amazing. I wish it had sold better.

    Judging from what I’ve read (that at the time No. 5 volume 2 was the worst selling viz title ever, like less than a thousand copies) I doubt Viz will ever try again. Our best hope is that another copmany picks it up.

  2. Poor GoGo Monster keeps sitting on my Amazon Wish List, waiting for a friend or family member to buy it for me one of these days… (I suppose I should just buy it myself, right?) But I sure did love No. 5 (I’ve got one of those 1000 copies of Vol. 2!), and while Black & White didn’t grab me when it was running in Pulp back in the day, having read the complete Tekkonkinkreet I am now a believer in its awesomeness.

  3. hniu says:

    No. 5
    (but GoGo Monster is also great)

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