And speaking of classics, the third volume of this excellent manga adaptation of Seigai Ota's novel has at last arrived. Taniguchi's clean, assured yet understated artwork is a perfect fit with this tale of Meiji period Japan.
The first of a multi-volume saga by the artist best known here at Copacetic for his amazing Walking Man. One of the first things long time comics readers might note is the uncanny resemblance that certain aspects of Taniguchi's art for this series bears to the work of both Jerry Ordway and Dave Sim. It's hard to say who's influencing who here, but it's hard not to suspect that Ordway and Sim got a hold of the Japanese edition of this work when it was originally published in 1987. Taniguchi is a true comics master. Anyone who knows quality work when they see it will be sure to be glad they got a hold of this excellent volume published the English-Spanish enterprise, Fanfare/Ponent Mon.
Long suffering readers of the extremely drawn out release schedule of this collaboration between manga masters Jiro Taniguchi and Natsuo Sekikawa that chronicles the life and times of renowned Meiji era writer, Soseki Natsume now have reason to rejoice with the release of this looooong awaited fourth volume (of ten! - will we live long enough to make it to the end?).