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Publisher Comments:

The Japanese manga artist Yuichi Yokoyama's latest work, Travel, is a wordless journey into the contemporary Japanese psyche. It takes the not unfamiliar plot backdrop of a train ride and turns it into a psychological meditation on the vehicle's architecture and passengers (rather than focusing on the usual narrative-driven concerns such as destination, distance or landscape). Bookforum has characterized Yokoyama's style thus: Concerned with phenomena rather than character and narrative, his comics resemble the output of a drafting machine: sequences that present multiple views of an object in action and look like exploded product diagrams. Yokoyama seems to enjoy the resulting images as much for the strange shapes that are generated as for what they reveal.

Yokoyama began his career in 1995, and has developed a body of work characterized in part by an omission of dialogue and speech (usually an indispensable part of manga storytelling); he relies instead on the power of his graphics and occasional onomatopoeia. Introduction by noted cartoonist and comics scholar Paul Karasik.

Review:

"One of the weirdest and most startlingly original volumes of manga yet published in America, this wordless graphic novel has no plot to speak of: three men board a train and walk through it until they find seats, then ride through changing scenery until they reach their destination, a waterfront. That's it. The point of the book is Yokoyama's outlandish, hyperstylized designs for characters, architecture and landscapes. Everything and everyone is abstracted until nothing is left but a few identifying features; some sequences, as when the train passes through a rain shower, are almost pure pattern. (No other cartoonist likes drawing antislip flooring as much.) Read it quickly, and it zooms by like light poles past a speeding train's window. Linger over any page, though, and Yokoyama's diagrams of antiwind cigarette lighters and 20-lane highways, symmetrical buildings and identical trees start to make a bizarre kind of sense. His visions all seem invented rather than observed — they're a blueprint for a more orderly reality, rather than an interpretation of something that already exists — but there's something riveting about his endless, madly energetic variety of environments and perspective. And his end notes are hilarious, interpreting almost every page as if he's not certain what he drew: 'The landscape seems to symbolize something.'" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780981562209
Author:
Yokoyama, Yuichi
Publisher:
Picturebox, Inc.
Subject:
Comic books, strips, etc.
Subject:
Stories without words
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
General-General
Publication Date:
20081231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
YES
Pages:
202
Dimensions:
8.10x5.70x.90 in. .90 lbs.

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Product details 202 pages Picturebox, Inc. - English 9780981562209 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "One of the weirdest and most startlingly original volumes of manga yet published in America, this wordless graphic novel has no plot to speak of: three men board a train and walk through it until they find seats, then ride through changing scenery until they reach their destination, a waterfront. That's it. The point of the book is Yokoyama's outlandish, hyperstylized designs for characters, architecture and landscapes. Everything and everyone is abstracted until nothing is left but a few identifying features; some sequences, as when the train passes through a rain shower, are almost pure pattern. (No other cartoonist likes drawing antislip flooring as much.) Read it quickly, and it zooms by like light poles past a speeding train's window. Linger over any page, though, and Yokoyama's diagrams of antiwind cigarette lighters and 20-lane highways, symmetrical buildings and identical trees start to make a bizarre kind of sense. His visions all seem invented rather than observed — they're a blueprint for a more orderly reality, rather than an interpretation of something that already exists — but there's something riveting about his endless, madly energetic variety of environments and perspective. And his end notes are hilarious, interpreting almost every page as if he's not certain what he drew: 'The landscape seems to symbolize something.'" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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