The Miami Herald reviews Oji Suzuki’s A SINGLE MATCH

Mid-life crises, traffic jams

The Miami Herald    |    Richard Pachter    |    March 16, 2011

“Gekiga” is a term coined by Japanese cartoonists who wanted to be taken more seriously, similar to the creation of the term “graphic novel,” to differentiate it from less lofty and more frivolous work. Suzuki’s gekiga certainly fits the bill. Angst, despair, loneliness and other, more ambiguous emotions are depicted in this collection of short pieces, appearing for the first time in English. The moody, detailed art is rich and vibrant despite the frequently dour settings. But there are touches of whimsy and fantasy sprinkled throughout, despite the mostly solemn moods set by the terrific and challenging Suzuki.



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