I'm a Pokemon fan - not enough to want to play the card game or to purchase the merchandise or even play the video game (I have a Sony PS3 and the games are only on Nintendo systems) - but, I do enjoy the television anime and when I did have a few bucks to burn, did purchase some of the comic books.
I might have to dig up a few bones, however, to purchase the latest incarnation of Pokemon, a decidedly dark version as imagined by Ito Junji (surname first) a writer and artist of Japanese manga (comic books) since the 1990s.
Ito (伊藤 潤二) was born on July 31, 1963
Ito has what can only be described as possessing a 'flair' for surreal and oft-disturbing horror stories… so seeing the cute Pokemon pocket monsters go all hellish… well… I think I gotta catch'em all.
I mean - check out that evil-looking Pokemon eyeing that little girl with bad intent! That's just so wrong on so many levels that I just have to read the damn manga!
Ito has previously become renowned for such manga as Uzumaki ( a three-volume set bout a town obsessed with something called spirals), Tomie (a series chronicling an immortal girl who drives her stricken admirers to madness), and Gyo, a two-volume story where fish are controlled by a death stench.
|Tomie worm by Ito Junji. Not a Pokemon.|
The new Pokemon series is part of a larger project called Kowapoke - don't have a cow, man - and is a Halloween-styled focus on the Pokemon website that features comics and art of the “ghost-type” creatures. While much of this art is light-hearted and cute, Ito’s is, by contrast, highly disturbing.
If anyone wants to buy me a shirt for Christmas - I'm an XL… which is actually quite small for the usual comic book collector.
Thugs and hisses,
Andrew "Litwick (ヒトモシ Hitomoshi)" Joseph