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Horror manga fans, rejoice! Viz Media comes at us once again with a stunning new English-language collection from Junji Ito, master of the escalation of everyday situations into scenes of pure terror. Central to this volume is the eponymous Lovesickness saga, Ito's take on Japan's crossroads fortune-telling game. Here love turns into obsession as word of a handsome crossroads demon spreads through town and leads the local young women to violent ends. Ito follows "Lovesickness" with considerably lighter fare, mixing horror with the absurd and using his distinctive art to heighten tension and claustrophobia just as things take a turn for the worst. Once again, Ito draws you into his world--a place of chilling reminders that things are never what they seem.                                                            

 

 

 

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$22.99
ISBN: 9781974719846
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Published: VIZ Media LLC - April 20th, 2021

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Maids opens with a bloody eyeball casually lying on the ground, setting the scene for an uncanny retelling of the Papin Sisters' murder of their wealthy employers. The dialogue here is succinct but Skelly's artwork deftly conveys themes of class tensions, power, femininity, and female rage. The Papin sisters' close relationship was enigmatic to the French public, and Skelly explores this inscrutable dynamic between them; juxtaposing scenes of their earlier life in the convent with their present life serving the Lancelin family, she depicts their knowing looks and cryptic speech, offering glimpses into the Papins' private world. Fraught with tension behind its glossy, girly veneer, Maids is a graphic novel that reminds us not to underestimate the power of women pushed to their limits.

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$19.99
ISBN: 9781683963684
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Published: Fantagraphics - October 13th, 2020

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Som's beautiful collection of stories will keep readers on their toes as she unflinchingly challenges cultural and gender norms and opens up new worlds and possibilities, inviting us to expand the limits of imagination. Throughout, Som's interest in interrogating spatiality is evident not simply in the text but in the way she presents her work, employing traditional comic-book techniques then switching it up to emphasize larger-than-life moments. Mixing the fantastic with the more banal parts of everyday life, Som reminds us that even within what we consider normative there is always space for much deeper, richer possibilities--sometimes it's only a matter of creating that space ourselves.

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781936932818
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Published: Feminist Press - April 14th, 2020

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