Saturday, 16 April 2011
Hanyut is actually an Indonesian version of 劇画漂流 (Gekiga Hyoryu), released in America as "A Drifting Life". I'm not really a fan of gekiga, but Tatsumi's story about how he try to do an experiment on how manga are made, are really interesting. It's started on early of his life on 1945, post war era on Japan. Started making a standard 4 box humor manga and then inspired by movie, when at the time movie only played on theater. A biography that includes meeting Osamu Tezuka, try make a 3d manga, and also how manga industry evolved in Japan.
I think the book design are better than the American version, the choose of color and image. It's even better than the Japanese version , but the only problem is the choice of Typeface that used as Title. It just slightly cranky, i think the designer try to give a "drifting" feel to it but it just doesn't look nice with the entire design. I will probably choose a better steady font, it's gonna look good with Japanese Kanji Kana though.