An amazing find - Toppi deserves to be much more widely known within the comics world. Apparently, he's been an important influence on big names such as Walt Simonson, Bill Sienkiewicz and Dave McKean, and one can see why. The artwork is luscious, predominantly free-flowing full-page layouts with relatively little panel structure, and his mastery of the flow of storytelling in the comics form is effortlessly great. The draughtsmanship is top-notch, and he uses negative space superbly, combining solid blacks and whites with passages of fluid detail. (A couple of stories are in colour -for my money, the b&w ones work better, and thankfully they're the majority here.)
In most of the stories, there's a temptation to linger over the amazing artwork, and the storytelling is solid and well-crafted. One story stood out for me above the others, in which he suddenly seems to shift a gear in his choice of techniques, following an entirely "silent" opening page with several that make some dramatic contrasts between the words and pictures, illustrating the main character's decline from riches to bankruptcy in a highly symbolic way, and subsequently playing with the scale of different characters when they interact with one another. Utterly masterful (and, as this chapter occurred halfway through the book, slightly disappointing that he didn't repeat the experiments further on).
The stories themselves are a representative selection from the source material, ranging from cryptic to savage. He doesn't overdo or sensationalise the sex and violence in these stories, but the book is definitely not suitable for children, more because of the bleak and unforgiving tone of its tales than excessive graphic content.
Sharaz-de: Tales from the Arabian Nights (英語) ハードカバー – 2013/1/1
Sergio Toppi was born in 1932 in Milan, Italy. He began his career in illustration working in advertising and working for the renowned Italian publisher Utet. His comics and graphic novel work spans decades, including work for such comics series as Linus, Corto Maltese, Un uomo un’avventuraand Il Giornalino in Italy and l’Histoire de France en bandes dessinées andLa Découverte du Monde published by Larrousse in France. In recent years he has been published exclusively in Europe by the French publisherEditions Mosquito, including The Collector, winner of the Soleil D’Or prize for Best Series at the Soliès-Ville Festival. His art has been displayed in the “Masters of the European Comic Book” exhibit at the Bibliothèque Nationalein Paris and in the Museum of Comic Art in Angoulême.
- 発売日 : 2013/1/1
- ハードカバー : 224ページ
- ISBN-10 : 1936393484
- ISBN-13 : 978-1936393480
- 寸法 : 18.29 x 2.03 x 26.67 cm
- 出版社 : Archaia (2013/1/1)
- 対象 : 12 また、 上
- 言語: : 英語
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