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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Manga of 2053, December 1, 2008
This review is from: Yuichi Yokoyama: Travel (Paperback)
Manga for the BLDGBLOG crowd, Yokoyama's second book just seems like it's from 2053. A handful of his doll-like characters go on a train trip through radically terraformed landscapes. He riffs on the small things, like a coffee dispenser, and the large, like Tokyo's traffic. 200 pages race by. And the silent journey ends with a droll payoff.

I wrote about Yokoyama for the Comics Journal in 2004 and 2006; in both cases, I struggled to find comparisons. It's manga, but not like any other I've read. While he shifts between art gallery and comics page like some American and European cartoonists, his work doesn't look like theirs. It's handmade but sharp; deadpan but open; and it has ducks.

For a reader searching for the new, it's a thrill. And well adapted by Picturebox. I can't think of a better home for Yokoyama's work, outside an architectural press. And Travel has a special appeal if you've seen Japan by rail. The snapshots are just a touch more constructivist than laconic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surreal, dreamlike journey, November 11, 2010
This review is from: Yuichi Yokoyama: Travel (Paperback)
Travel is a wordless graphic novel by Yuichi Yokoyama. The plot is extremely simple: three men get on a train and ride it.

What makes the book interesting is Yokoyama's dreamlike, surreal imagery and his inventive use of camera angles and perspective. A single page will portray something as mundane as a character reaching into his pocket for change and buying a train ticket, but the way Yokoyama draws it makes it a fascinating experience. His characters are reminiscent of Matisse and Picasso paintings, and in my 20 years of reading comics I've never seen a drawing style quite like it.

It's hard to describe Yokoyama's work; check out some of the sample pages in the customer images above. Suffice it to say that fans of extremely experimental, artistic comics will enjoy this work, something quite new and unique in the world of comics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A journey through a remade world, April 21, 2011
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This review is from: Yuichi Yokoyama: Travel (Paperback)
This is manga, but unlike you've ever seen before, with its wordless tale of three men taking a lengthy train trip. There's no further plot, no astonishing twists ... but it's always a constant surprise & delight. Creator Yuichi Yokoyama concentrates on the journey of these three men & the seemingly mundane details of their surroundings, both the train & the passing scenery, often going into such tight focus that the simplest thing becomes an object of abstract, geometrical beauty, something that invites you to linger over it, and lose yourself in it. That's the mesmerizing power of this story -- it draws you into the fascination of the everyday, and makes what you might consider trivial into something new & marvelous. Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Travel, June 19, 2009
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This review is from: Yuichi Yokoyama: Travel (Paperback)
As a newcomer to the manga experience, I was intrigued by Yuichi Yokoyama's book Travel. It is a multifaceted exploration of travel, time and human interaction with an increasingly technologically dependent society. The artist's work leaves ample room for the viewer's own responses and interpretations. As I "read", I became interested in why there were no female characters included in this work. Surely women ride trains in Japan. Given the artist's attention to detail, this must have been a choice. Once again, this work has me thinking, but this time about what has been left out and its significance. All in all worth a look or two.
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Yuichi Yokoyama: Travel by Yuichi Yokoyama (Paperback - December 1, 2008)
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