What I Enjoyed, November 2017

November was one heck of a month. I got married and will be starting a new job in December. I managed to continue to draw every day, and I’ve still really been enjoying it.

After taking some time to think about it, I’ve decided that this will be the last What I Enjoyed post. It puts a strange amount of pressure on me to write one larger blog post at the end of the month instead spreading it out throughout the month. In the future, I’ll do individual posts for things I’ve enjoyed.

Films

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

The Killing of a Sacred Deer Bedroom Still
Bedroom still from The Killing of a Sacred Deer

The Killing of a Sacred Deer is the latest film from Yorgos Lanthimos, the director of The Lobster. I loved The Lobster, so I was looking forward to seeing Sacred Deer. It is one heck of a film. The tension builds slowly and mysteriously for the entire film, and I think it really works. The acting is top notch and intentionally stiff. I’ve got some reckons on what the whole film means, but I won’t spoil that here (maybe it’d make a good blog post once I rewatch the film?).

I’d say that Sacred Deer is certainly not for everyone. It’s strange. And it isn’t your straightforward horror film or thriller. Its weird in the best ways and very intriguing.

Comics

APOSIMZ by Tsutomu Nihei

APOSIMZ Cover

I’ve been reading APOSIMZ, the latest series by Tsutomu Nihei. Nihei is one of my favorite manga artists. Most, if not all, of his works are distance sci-fi stories, and APOSIMZ is no different. I’m having trouble distilling the elements of the world into a sentence, but it’s basically a sci-fi revenge tale. The art is beautiful and an evolution of Nihei’s style. The broken line work and use of screentone are fantastic.

I’ve read the nine chapters that have been released so far, and I’m looking forward to the next one. The story is starting to pick up and go places. I subscribed to the series through ComiXology, which has been a positive experience.

I’ll write more about APOSIMZ in the future, specifically from the perspective of studying it for making comics.

Novels

Manga in Theory and Practice by Hirohiko Araki

Manga in Theory and Practice Photo

I finished reading Manga in Theory and Practice, which was written by the creator of the manga JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. I found it pretty useful as someone new to making comics. It’s very opinionated and geared toward shonen manga (think Dragon Ball, Naruto, etc.), but I think it is a worthwhile read. I’m definitely going to write my full review of it soon.

Here’s the quote that had the biggest impact:

In manga, the characters hold the greatest importance, not the story.

I’ve believed that characters are key for a while now, and it’s nice to see others think that too. From the perspective of long-running manga series, characters matter even more since the story changes from arc to arc.


That’s it! I’m looking forward to December. I’ll be playing Xenoblade 2 when that releases, and I’ll be reading Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo since I got the boxset on sale at a local comic shop. It should be a good one.

Author: Brett Chalupa

day: software developer, night: comic artist & writer

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