#World Cup #dododododo #Iran!
congratulations to Iran for qualifying for the World Cup!
My sweat smells like ghormeh sabzi.#tmi #this is why I'm always stinky
Charlie Murphy & Rick James
Here’s my pal, Arnold, showing off my copy of Suehiro Maruo’s ‘The strange tale of Panorama Island’ which arrived yesterday. I planned to take my time over reading it but, as soon as I opened it, I couldn’t help but devour the entire thing in the space of two sittings throughout the day.
Despite having an original Japanese copy, which I have looked through dozens of times, and already being fairly well versed with the Edogawa Rampo short story that it adapts I was still not prepared for exactly how great this book would be. Rampo’s story is gloriously far-fetched and pulpy which makes for an enjoyable few hours but what really elevates the book is Maruo’s stunning illustrations. He effortlessly brings to life the lavish settings and the expressiveness of the characters expose their inner thoughts, making them feel believable despite the unrealistic surroundings they inhabit. Maruo’s artwork has always been in the top-tier of comic art but he seems to have reached even higher levels with this work. You could lose hours, days, weeks, immersing yourself in his rich illustrations of wild excesses.
Last Gasp have surpassed themselves with the production, releasing the book in a hard back edition with a larger size than the original Japanese release. The printing really pops off the page and the larger size allows you to study Maruo’s dazzling compositions easily.
Everything down to the feel and smell of the paper and the richly decadent dark purple of the endpapers elevate and complement the content of the book. Last Gasp’s edition of ‘The strange tale of Panorama Island’ is a fitting testament to Edogawa Rampo’s erotic grotesque detective fiction. Decadent, glorious and richly vivid.
I’ve adored Suehiro Maruo since I first became aware of his work and have been impatiently awaiting the release of this book since it was first announced in 2010 (I think?). Although the wait was slightly frustrating it was definitely worth it for the finished product that Last Gasp have delivered. I guess my impression of the book was always going to veer towards unashamed adoration BUT, the point I really want to stress is that, when I got a hold of the book and was able to take it all in, it surpassed all my expectations and that is something that I thought would be impossible.
(via samehat)#suehiro maruo
I’m not sure if it would be really weird or really awesome.#probably both? #weirdly awesome #12th doctor #richard ayoade #love of my life
Start of my sleeve. Thanks to Aaron from Decorative Injections.
Whaaat?! That is insane.#insanely awesome #a trip to the moon #tattoos
I shouldn’t go on Amazon. I just added 3… 4 books to my wishlist.#I also have 3 1/2 books to read on my bookshelf #boring story
Illustrations from Usamaru Furuya’s Flowers