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My Wings uUths of these odd automata the euivalent of the endnotes of Travel mechanical observations and non explanations There are many moving parts here The have the appearance of trees Possibly it s partly just a matter of freshness but despite the greater allure of thenknown here #i think i liked the groundedness and the #think I liked the groundedness and the purpose of Travel rather This feels a little less meticulous and focused But certainly filled with wonders and totally Enathu Suya Saritham uniue I love the first sentence of the book s description A group of friends is attempting to enter a garden just beyond a wall While this is technically accurate it drasticallynderstates what is at play here Group translates to literally hundreds of figures visible at times when the perspective expands outward and pward friends euals a panoply of humanoids displaying abstract features and body forms including geometric patterns spheres numerals and organic anomalies such as large feathered wings or excessive body hair and garden means a bizarre and seemingly endless space housing a city and buildings including a fantastic library rivers and ponds abstract landscapes various types of vehicles and a park in which each component is mounted on casters for easy rearrangement The group moves with frenetic spontaneity through this environment maintaining a running dialogue on what they are seeing and how to interact with it while issuing warnings and cautionary words are seeing and how to interact with it while issuing warnings and cautionary words each other during particularly perilous moments At times they move with and cautionary words to each other during particularly perilous moments At times they move with military nity and precision driven forward by their collective desire to explore One figure takes photos throughout and these photos later on provide glimpses into what happened beyond the confines of the panels The entire book struck me as an occasionally Die Pharaonin unsettling celebration of the possibilities inherent in a shared spirit of adventurous imagination but it was also totally weird and dreamlike A work of artistic genius Part Raymond Roussel in comic form part Dr Seuss picturebook for grownups this is essentially a guided tour through a semi rationalized dream landscape and as such is pretty much plotless with thoroughly perfunctory dialogue despite such caveats and the semi abstract art that borders on the minimal at times I still found this fascinating Yokoyama takes banal objects and takes them to pieces literally and otherwise transforming these everyday materials into delightfully otherworldly environments that all but beg the reader to come explore them and indeed I was often reminded of my own admittedly far less complex dreamscapes while reading Enigmatic figures explore the Disney World of conceptual design The continuing onslaught ofstrange discovery that makesp for a narrative as well as the Something Radiates unexpected breaks within thesual patterns of the story made thi. Es work of graphic magic his characters become enmeshed in a fantastic wonderland of distorted mirrors photographic euipment massive libraries and complex pathways To his signature vivid visual style Yokoyama has added dialogue than in past works fleshing out the characters and allowing them eual bill. The other day while looking Down Upon A Construction Site upon a construction Site A Bridge I a bridge I a heap of discarded sections of sod punctuated by shattered wood pallets and various types of gravel and it made me think of Yuichi Yokoyama s Garden Though it was a meaningless pile of

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rubbish I saw a beauty in it The heap had been carefully shoveled into place as evidenced by all the smoothed out dirt surrounding it and being as its components were building and landscaping materials they brought to mind imaginary structures even as they evinced rubbish and even destruction There was beauty structure destruction pointlessness a touch of soulless poignancy and projected imagination in this heap These elements are all very much in evidence in Yokoyama s GardenIt is the story of a seemingly ever expanding group of friends who enter a closed garden and have one strange encounter after another with things such as rivers cascading balls mountains composed of mattresses artificial trees organo mechanical landscapes etc It is very much like a Rube Goldberg contraption or Fischli and Weiss The Way Things Go and even Roussel s Impressions of Africa with its flow and interconnectedness of pure invention As this ever growing group of friends proceeds further into this dimensionless garden a strange and subtle menace begins to intrude in the form of Viking Slave (The Beast Kings Slave, unidentified observers as the friends encounter real time projections of themselves on features of the landscape and piles of photographs of everything they have donep to the very point of finding the photographs There is also an aura of menace in the friends themselves as while each is radically different on the surface from the other different heads different hands each is also little than automaton so that as a collective they give the sense of a radically heterogeneous yet ominously homogeneous mob an idea I found particularly creepyFacelessness masuerading as a multitude of different masks precise beauty wedded to destruction surveillance and endlessly self generating pointless novelty add Bonsai from the Wild up to a gripping and disuieting experience that has than a few echoes in our current culture The book ends in a whirring blur of self referentiality and ever accelerating destruction As with the totally brilliant Travel Yuichi Yokoyama s world here is almost autistic in its focused mechanical detailing of variations and possibilities in this case those offered by an inexplicable garden of design concept detritus annending architectural sculpture park of impractical ideas Mirroring the logically illogical landscape the group of explorers we follow seem to be a series of incomprehensible variations in their own right baffling humanoids ranging from the maybe human to the insane sculpture bodied airplane heads and what not In the mo. A group of friends is attempting to enter a garden just beyond a wall When they succeed the garden they finally enter is no Eden but rather a massive landscape of machines geometric forms and all manner of nonorganic objects In Japanese comic book artist Yuichi Yokoyama's newest and longest at 328 pag.

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Garden by Yuichi YokoyamaS an addictive reading experience Reminded me of Last Year in Marienbad A group of friends humanoids Oddly and futuristically dressed characters clearly in some fantasy of the future explore a garden made of machines geometric forms and all sorts of objects Sometimes there are actually flowers and trees too But it s mainly a fantasy of a continuous journey into the mind s and trees too But it s mainly a fantasy of a continuous journey into the mind s pathways Visually it s mechanical and abstract black and white drawing On an emotional continuum of its effects it would be very cold definitely not warm The way I effects it would be very cold definitely not warm The way I of it is that it is like the geometrical Mondrian than the watercolors of Renoir just to make an obvious contrast Compared to other works I have read from Yokoyama it is Graveyard Shift uite a bit longer with dialogue though whatever the friends say to each other are mostly observations anyone could make themselves of what is going We don t get to know them or see them differentiated from each other except in the way th I really like his other books of call em structuralist architectural manga with occasional fight scenes but I m gonna say this is Yokoyama s masterpiece to date and the best place to make his introduction It starts a bit slow but then plunges you into a pleasuredome that rivals the worlds of Raymond Roussel The introduction of language doesn t puncture the wonderfully inhumanality of the work but merely adds clarity to this strange theme park of intoxicating wonders 45 I liked it a lot than I did Travel Mechanical GameMaker Studio Book - RPG Design and Coding unemotional with too much movement and like Travel I found it hard to follow at times BUT the illustrations are hypnotic futurist esue andintessentially Yokoyama s And the ideas in Garden are so dream like and weird that it s hard to stop reading I especially loved the library bit I re read that section a few times I ve always loved surreal stories involving books Like Borges The Library of Babel and Murakami s The Strange Library45 because of the ending Didn t really The Diary of Jack the Ripper understand what happened I m not sure whether too many people do Maybe I m beingnfair Did I expect a coherent ending after reading and seeing over 300 pgs of nonsensical and surreal ideas and images in a plotless gn I guess I shouldn t but I still found the ending meh With all the repetitive dialogue it felt like I was being hit in the head with what the visuals were supposed to be rather than letting the graphics speak for themselves Also due to the seemingly endless movement the pacing seemed rushed Travel is fast paced but there is an ergency and emotion behind it In Garden it comes off as a novel visual world where the point of view never rests and the observerreader is just rushed along to view one possibly interesting sight after another without the chance to take any one thing in It was like sprinting through a museum. Ing with his spectacular architectural creations thus yielding a reflection on the myriad ways human interact with the complex mechanical world we have created Douglas Wolk writing in the New York Times Book Review declared that few cartoonists of the moment are weirder or original than Yuichi Yokoyam.