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El último y esperado cómic de Yuichi Yokoyama es un fragmento de travesía glacial al que el lector se aproximará con mirada de expedicionario. A modo de anécdota propia de un viaje cualquiera, tres enigmáticos protagonistas buscan a un cuarto personaje en un entorno en el que hasta la acción más cotidiana (ver la tele, pescar, dormir, coger un taxi…) se nos devolverá El último y esperado cómic de Yuichi Yokoyama es un fragmento de travesía glacial al que el lector se aproximará con mirada de expedicionario. A modo de anécdota propia de un viaje cualquiera, tres enigmáticos protagonistas buscan a un cuarto personaje en un entorno en el que hasta la acción más cotidiana (ver la tele, pescar, dormir, coger un taxi…) se nos devolverá extraña. Un lugar por descubrir, unos personajes por descifrar y un tiempo no anunciado son los componentes de esta aventura visual que es Iceland.


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El último y esperado cómic de Yuichi Yokoyama es un fragmento de travesía glacial al que el lector se aproximará con mirada de expedicionario. A modo de anécdota propia de un viaje cualquiera, tres enigmáticos protagonistas buscan a un cuarto personaje en un entorno en el que hasta la acción más cotidiana (ver la tele, pescar, dormir, coger un taxi…) se nos devolverá El último y esperado cómic de Yuichi Yokoyama es un fragmento de travesía glacial al que el lector se aproximará con mirada de expedicionario. A modo de anécdota propia de un viaje cualquiera, tres enigmáticos protagonistas buscan a un cuarto personaje en un entorno en el que hasta la acción más cotidiana (ver la tele, pescar, dormir, coger un taxi…) se nos devolverá extraña. Un lugar por descubrir, unos personajes por descifrar y un tiempo no anunciado son los componentes de esta aventura visual que es Iceland.

30 review for Iceland

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Jackson

    Slim volume of beautifully reproduced new work by Yokoyama. I'm glad to have it, but it feels transitional -- filled with close-ups, sound effects, and a surprising amount of dialogue. For fans only. If you're new to his amazing work, start with "Garden" or "Travel."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Derek Royal

    In many ways, typical of Yokoyama's style. His manner of storytelling, especially when it comes to the visuals, is a little claustrophobic, in that you feel "up close" to what's going on yet aren't entirely sure you have a wide enough perspective to interpret. What's more, what happens in Iceland reminds me a little of a Samuel Beckett narrative. I like Yokoyama's experimentations with the form, although I am aware this might not be for everybody.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    Yokoyama's stories are slight but visually complex: flattened, forced-perspective illustrations at odd angles and extreme close-ups, and a visual field of strange geometric forms (people, buildings) overlaid with Japanese characters make for dense cartoons filled with motion and (implied) noise that force the reader into a slow pace to puzzle together the action: a sophisticated melding of content and technique.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    Three people are looking for a particular fourth. They find him and they take a taxi and leave. Very short and simple story. Very much Yokoyama but different. The noisiness, the speed, the surreal/dream-like setting are all there and all fine. The thing I found the most different was the dialogue. Usually Yokoyama uses dialogue sparingly and when used it is to narrate what the characters are doing/seeing since it's usually really weird stuff that's happening. The constant noise and movement Three people are looking for a particular fourth. They find him and they take a taxi and leave. Very short and simple story. Very much Yokoyama but different. The noisiness, the speed, the surreal/dream-like setting are all there and all fine. The thing I found the most different was the dialogue. Usually Yokoyama uses dialogue sparingly and when used it is to narrate what the characters are doing/seeing since it's usually really weird stuff that's happening. The constant noise and movement sometimes make things difficult to decipher, so the dialogue helps guide the images. This dialogue wasn't doing that. They were actually having longer conversations that just didn't do it for me. It wasn't a detached and alien narration of what was happening but it felt like a real conversation, with some emotion even. It didn't do anything for the story and it felt unlike Yokoyama's usual style. I might also just be nitpicky. I still really enjoyed it. The ice was very shiny. The shine looked like an chainlink fence over the ice. The close ups in the beginning were cinematic and I liked them. The way movement and sound are illustrated are just great, per usual. Quintessentially Yokoyama's work but it made me want to read old favorites like Garden and World Map Room.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rob McMonigal

    2.5 if they let us do half stars here. The really cool, angular visuals on this one are pretty amazing, as I rarely see someone do this much with interlocking geometrical shapes, mixing heavy black inking with fine background patterns. The problem is, I couldn't make heads nor tales of the dialogue and plot. And that's enough to push this one into the "not for me" pile. I think I'd have liked it better if it had been wordless or didn't attempt to have any plot at all. I dig abstract comics just 2.5 if they let us do half stars here. The really cool, angular visuals on this one are pretty amazing, as I rarely see someone do this much with interlocking geometrical shapes, mixing heavy black inking with fine background patterns. The problem is, I couldn't make heads nor tales of the dialogue and plot. And that's enough to push this one into the "not for me" pile. I think I'd have liked it better if it had been wordless or didn't attempt to have any plot at all. I dig abstract comics just fine, but this one kinda split the difference and I think that hung it out to dry. Others might not have that objection, and I understand the creator has a lot of fans. This is worth looking at for the art, but probably not enough to seek out.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ramon

    This story is, honestly, like most of Yokoyama's work, more of an intellectual endeavor. The story is literally: some friends are looking for someone, they find him, they take a cab to leave. But why we read Yokoyama is for his geometric illustrations and layouts, the wild angular designs of his characters and patterns on their clothing, the way he makes the sound effects lay on top of the art. The strange architecture and repeating patterns. The odd world and its effects, the "flatness" of it. This story is, honestly, like most of Yokoyama's work, more of an intellectual endeavor. The story is literally: some friends are looking for someone, they find him, they take a cab to leave. But why we read Yokoyama is for his geometric illustrations and layouts, the wild angular designs of his characters and patterns on their clothing, the way he makes the sound effects lay on top of the art. The strange architecture and repeating patterns. The odd world and its effects, the "flatness" of it. In that regard, if the art doesn't do anything for you or you're not already a fan, more of a curiosity than a gripping read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Erik Wirfs-Brock

    Third Yokoyama, the smaller format than the Picturebox volumes definitely doesn't make his art more comprehensible. Very well established cartoonist by this point, you kind of know what you are gonna get with this-strange figures moving through a landscape, bizarre panel layouts, sound effects overpowering the artwork. Every Yokoyama volume I have read feels like one part of a multimedia project that doesn't actually exist.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Comics Alternative

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  9. 5 out of 5

    Edward

    --Iceland Author's Afterword Yuichi Yokoyama Selected Bibliography

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joshua

    Unbelievable placement of translated sound effects on top of the original pages instead of as a glossary or at the bottom of the pages. Yokoyama's panel and page composition is not something to be covered over. Still amazing to have more of his work available, but definitely an unfortunate production mis-step in being able to fully appreciate Yokoyama's work.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Evangelos

  12. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elena Landolfi

  14. 5 out of 5

    Zvi Finklestein

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sourya Majumder

  16. 4 out of 5

    Vlado K

  17. 4 out of 5

    vostendrasamigosyotengolibros

  18. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jen Rempel

  20. 4 out of 5

    Thim Sagefjord

  21. 5 out of 5

    Arthur

  22. 4 out of 5

    aaragon2

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

  24. 4 out of 5

    Max Worrall

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tommaso Koch

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brendan

  27. 5 out of 5

    Seth Michel

  28. 4 out of 5

    Darin

  29. 5 out of 5

    Hans

    This book has more style than you can shake an icicle at. Ice boat loads of style. What exists for story, is both Seinfeldian (i.e. nothing really happens) and Waiting-for-Godot-ian (i.e. perhaps a more literary description than Seinfeldian), in that nothing much happens in the story. It seems to be a connecting chapter to something that happened before and some things that might happen later. This was included with things in a box of zines made by our friend Allan Dorosin, so not sure if I'll This book has more style than you can shake an icicle at. Ice boat loads of style. What exists for story, is both Seinfeldian (i.e. nothing really happens) and Waiting-for-Godot-ian (i.e. perhaps a more literary description than Seinfeldian), in that nothing much happens in the story. It seems to be a connecting chapter to something that happened before and some things that might happen later. This was included with things in a box of zines made by our friend Allan Dorosin, so not sure if I'll find the tissues that are connected with these pages. It's okay if that doesn't happen. The ice will still crack and the humanoids will still search for a friend. They may not reach the destination, but this book is really about the the journey anyway.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michael

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