GoGo Monster

GoGo Monster

by Taiyo Matsumoto
     
 

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A poetic tale of a young boy’s overactive imagination.

Reads R to L (Japanese Style). A poetic tale of a young boy’s overactive imagination.

Nine-year-old Yuki Tachibana lives in two worlds. In one world, he is a loner ridiculed by his classmated and reprimanded by his teachers for telling stories of supernatural beings that only he can see. In the

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A poetic tale of a young boy’s overactive imagination.

Reads R to L (Japanese Style). A poetic tale of a young boy’s overactive imagination.

Nine-year-old Yuki Tachibana lives in two worlds. In one world, he is a loner ridiculed by his classmated and reprimanded by his teachers for telling stories of supernatural beings that only he can see. In the other worlds, the super natural beings vie for power with malevolent spirits who bring chaos into the school, the stuents lives and nature itself.

GoGo Monster is a nuanced tale of a young boy and his overly active imagination. Nine-year-old Yuki Tachibana lives in two worlds. In one world, he is a loner ridiculed by his classmated and reprimanded by his teachers for telling stories of supernatural beings that only he can see. In the other worlds, the super natural beings vie for power with malevolent spirits who bring chaos into the school, the stduents lives and nature itself.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Matsumoto's nearly European art paired with Japanese manga pacing have made him a fan favorite for years, and he won an Eisner for Tekkonkincreet. In GoGo Monster, he effectively blurs the line between reality, imagination, and madness. Yuki is an outcast elementary school student who “feels” the presence of invisible monsters at his school. Are Yuki's monsters real or imaginary? The old school groundskeeper has reasons to believe Yuki's monsters do exist, and they seem to influence the level of disciplinary problems at school. While we never see Yuki's monsters outside of the depictions scribbled on his desk, readers share Yuki's other hallucinations. In one troubling scene, his teacher's and classmates' heads are replaced with flowers. Matsumoto brings out the surreal moments in everyday life, such as when Yuki stares into raindrops clinging to his umbrella at the distorted image of his face, replicated a hundred times. The high-contrast contour drawings are heavily influenced by French artists Moebius and Enki Bilal, with occasional nods to the psychedelic works of Milton Glaser and Peter Max. Despite occasionally experimental storytelling, the story is very accessible: Viz has faithfully reproduced the beautiful Japanese edition of the book, complete with red-trimmed pages of exceptional quality and a colorful cardboard sleeve. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781421532097
Publisher:
VIZ Media LLC
Publication date:
12/08/2009
Series:
GoGo Monster Series
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
465,984
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 8.64(h) x 1.57(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Taiyo Matsumoto is the cult favorite artist of Tekkonkinkreet: Black & Whiteand NO. 5, both published by VIZ. With line work that mirrors his story lines in a combination of smooth and rough styles his work makes for a truly unique look and feel in manga.

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