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Book Title: Black and White, Vol. 1|
The author of the book: Taiyo Matsumoto
Edition: VIZ Media LLC
Date of issue: March 8th 1999
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.12 MB
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Reader ratings: 5.9
ISBN 13: 9781569313220
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Taiyo Matsumoto's breakout manga (and as far as I know the only one to get an English translation) is a comics fusion dish: fairly typical seinen manga concerns (friendship, violence, personal growth) and fluid action storytelling in a surreal cityscape that's explicitly influenced by French comics - Giraud most obviously though Matsumoto's faces really remind me of another artist I can't place (sorry!). Oh, and theres a dash of Frank Miller in there too.
The result is initially dense and weird, but within a chapter or two Matsumoto had me won over. The difficult beauty of the art matches the story's leads. Violent, loyal Black and slow, impulsive White are street kids in the built-up slum of Treasure Town, and the story uses the backdrop of a yakuza takeover bid to dramatise Black's growing realisation that age and change are encroaching on the precarious space he and his brother have carved out for themselves. Brutal and thoughtful - I'm very keen to track down the rest.
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Read information about the authorAlthough Taiyo Matsumoto (松本大洋) desired a career as a professional soccerplayer at first, he eventually chose an artistic profession. He gained his first success through the Comic Open contest, held by the magazine Comic Morning, which allowed him to make his professional debut. He started out with 'Straight', a comic about basketball players. Sports remain his main influence in his next comic, 'Zéro', a story about a boxer.
In 1993 Matsumoto started the 'Tekkonkinkurito' trilogy in Big Spirits magazine, which was even adapted to a theatre play. He continued his comics exploits with several short stories for the Comic Aré magazine, which are collected in the book 'Nihon no Kyodai'. Again for Big Spirits, Taiyo Matsumoto started the series 'Ping Pong' in 1996. 'Number Five' followed in 2001, published by Shogakukan.
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