aintgotnoladytronblues

aintgotnoladytronblues:

fuckmaniknowbuthey:

I splurged on the complete thing in singles once because I saw a Tumblr post about the covers

NO REGRETS

was it as bristly with thick brushwork (and that weird sensibility that is an artist most skilled at a sense of anguished machismo telling a story about a schoolgirl threatened by a vast conspiracy involving science and psychic powers and trying to figure out how to make her sympathetic to his sensibilities would engender for a reader) as its covers have always suggested it would be? 

Absolutely; Mai is honestly among the most thoroughly enjoyable kinda-forgotten 80s manga series I’ve read

It has a miserably awkward non-ending and the pacing is all over the place but Ikegami’s work there is some serious “you could rip any given page out of the comic and put it on yr wall and ppl would go ‘fuuuck, that looks great, what’s it from?’” shit. Spellbinding arrangements, lot of very (uh-oh banal cliche time!) cinematic chase sequences, masterful use of that trick he always does where a static panel of a face repeats w/ slight changes to the details/context, last few issues have some great attempts at literalizing the psychic battles w/ crazy superhero panache.

If only murkytimeistimeschool would FUCKIN’ READ AND THEN ALSO RETURN THEM FINALLY!!!

aintgotnoladytronblues

aintgotnoladytronblues:

vintagemanga:

Art by IKEGAMI Ryoichi (池上遼一 ), and story by KUDOU Kazuya (工藤かずや ), Mai, the Psychic Girl / 舞

Viz covers

i think i read maybe one issue of this. it wasn’t my thing. it’s probably even less something i’d dig now. these covers, though … these covers! used to be, people would struggle with trying to design king hell out of stuff like this, because they were desperate to get attention. now they don’t have to, so a lot of them don’t, so you lose this creative friskiness. i mean, “having access” did it too - some nice covers in the original flavor, here and there, and everybody wants it all to look like the stuff is “supposed” to look, you know? and because they see something they can call “original” they know that’s how it’s “supposed” to look. it’s how you get nerds insisting someone with a distinct style is bad because they’re “off model”. how you get arguments about “superman wouldn’t do that”, like.

and, at a certain point, you have to come to terms with knowing they don’t see the beauty in thinking like this, and they don’t want to, because they want something else. and that’s fine.

it doesn’t make these covers less of a beautiful thrill.

(n.b. the “original” covers are some snappy numbers in their own right, though. they can both be cool.)

I splurged on the complete thing in singles once because I saw a Tumblr post about the covers

NO REGRETS

aintgotnoladytronblues
aintgotnoladytronblues:

devil dinosaur 4, “object from the sky” (jack kirby, 1978).
the greatest single panel of the greatest superhero comic in superhero comics history? well … i like to think so, anyway; that should tell you something about me.
happy birthday, jack; i wish the world would have given you half as much pleasure as your art gave the rest of us. i do believe it could have. 

aintgotnoladytronblues:

devil dinosaur 4, “object from the sky” (jack kirby, 1978).

the greatest single panel of the greatest superhero comic in superhero comics history? well … i like to think so, anyway; that should tell you something about me.

happy birthday, jack; i wish the world would have given you half as much pleasure as your art gave the rest of us. i do believe it could have.