Picking up from last time, here’s some more of Aki Irie’s work. This is just odds and ends I couldn’t fit into the last post… I mostly reference Gunjyo Schooldays, a 4(?) book collection of her short stories.
Compression/Decompression: I like how she handles it. A single page can cover years, and this one in particular conveys that and more nicely (and without words!): the grave is important to her but not to him, but SHE’s important to him, so he sticks around. He’s aloof, but clearly their relationship is close enough that he’s present during these visits. And over the course of years, she changes much more than he does.
By contrast, some moments slow down immensely. A whole page just to capture a particular mood:
I love how cozy her comics are. Everyone is comfortable in their own skin - sex is warm and friendly and just kind of is:
These parents are pretty cute:
Haha … kids.
Hair looks incredible:
Nice alternating panels of the ocean to describe the feeling in her chest:
Music in comics is interesting - Decisions that an artist makes about what’s important and what isn’t. Aki Irie is all about that feeling:
I really dig the trick with the rain along the center of the next page - it emphasizes weather, sets mood, and allows time to lapse in a very concise way:
I love the atmosphere here:
And I just really like this sequence of a super smart scientist at work:
I like short stories a lot. A good short story is a concise statement of an idea or a soft statement of atmosphere & mood. Irie shows a lot of range in these short stories. Whenever we get the chance to do short stories
on Johnny Wander I’m probably thinking a little about how Aki Irie tells her stories, specifically the sense of wonder and delight she manages to capture.
(Most of our Aki Irie books came from Japan, but if you live in NYC you can find them at Kinokuniya, or Bookoff if you’re lucky. The short stories seem really difficult to find.)