brains man, what’s their DEAL
Black Blizzard by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
Pessimistic Narcissist to an extreme. That’s the easiest way I can think to describe the title character Wilson. I really enjoyed the book as I tend to fall into the pessimist camp myself a lot of the time but thankfully I haven’t laid down roots there like Wilson.
There were shining moments of tenderness and clarity on life and love but almost always dashed on the rocks with his dark outlook on it all. If I re-read it with more of a comical view of the darkest outpourings of Wilson I’d probably like it even more.
On a purely artistic standpoint I loved the variation in style from piece to piece. It clearly tells a story but Clowes flexes muscles I haven’t seen elsewhere in his work.
After I finished reading it I was reading the back cover and learned that this was Clowes first full graphic novel. If you like his more popular titles like Ghost World you’ll probably like Wilson but as I heard Clowes say in an interview once - “I’ve never met anyone who likes all of my work.”
Diane Obomsawin draws H.G. Peter’s drawings of Wonder Woman—sorta—in the first (and my favorite) of the stories in Obomsawin’s On Loving Women, a series of short, true stories of women coming to terms with their sexuality and falling in love with women for the first time (So, hey, remember this one come next year, stupid GLAAD Media Awards, always nominating mediocre superhero comics with shape-changing aliens and masked vigilantes).