Item description for YUKIKO'S SPINACH by Frederic Boilet...
Narrator or character? Reality or fiction? In this tender work of cinema, Boilet recounts an intimate love story in today's Tokyo between an everyday Japanese girl, Yukiko, and her occidental lover. Passionate, gentle, fresh and vibrant. A love so strong it hurts as the story unfolds in a host of innovative techniques both narrative and visual.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6.75" Height: 9.5" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Jul 15, 2007
Publisher Toptron Ltd T/A Fanfare
ISBN 8493309346 ISBN13 9788493309343
Availability 108 units. Availability accurate as of Oct 20, 2016 08:59.
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More About Frederic Boilet
[b]Fr d ric Boilet[/b] was born in 1960 in France. He debuted in 1983 and a decade later won the first yearly Kodansha Morning Manga Fellowship whence he moved to Japan where he still lives and works. [b]Kan Takahama[/b] was born in 1977 in Amakusa, Japan. Her debut story in 2000 was a prized entry in the famed underground magazine [i]Garo[/i]. She lives with her husband in Japan.
Reviews - What do customers think about YUKIKO'S SPINACH?
A Brilliant and Not Well-Known Graphic Novel Sep 29, 2007
Frederic Boilet has created an amazing work about a French artist living in Japan (like him) and his Japanese girlfriend and muse (apparently like his gal at the time). It's lyrical, beautiful, haunting, and like very little else out there. The art is lovely, photo realistic, and extremely inventive in it's visual storytelling i.e. how the distance from us the viewer (close-up, long shot, etc.,), lighting, and angle of the point of view of each panel works with all of these factors in the panels before it, after it, and on the whole page (whew! For more on this See Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud).
But the story is the real star here. This is another one of the increasingly growing list of graphic novels that someone who's never read one can enjoy to the fullest. It's hard to portray a wonderful relationship without getting maudlin and Boilet shows us a love between two people that is, though not without problems, beautiful.
One last thing -- as beautiful as the art is here, this type of slavish photorealism is becoming tiresome. It seems that anyone with Photoshop can become a comics artist these days whether they know how to draw or not. And artists like Tony Harris and Alex Maleev deprive us of their ample drawing skills by using photo reference in every panel they draw. Rant over.
Buy this and anything by Boilet you can. Highly recommended.