i was convinced this would end with the guy giving it a cig
fuan no tane is awesome. it manages to have jumpscares (of a sort) in a completely static comic. relative to junji ito, the only horror mangaka a lot of people are familiar with, i’d say fuan no tane is a lot less *gross*, but maybe scarier?
i guess one way to describe it might be to say that junji ito’s things are about normal people falling into extraordinary, grotesque circumstances. fuan no tane features a little bit of something extraordinary or grotesque dropping into a normal person’s life in places or situations that would be totally mundane otherwise, like a window, this guy taking a smoke break on a balcony, a staircase, a sign on a wall, etc .
junji ito’s been compared to lovecraft a lot, and i think that’s pretty accurate. not just because they both write WEIRD HORROR, but the general theme and direction of their stories (people aimlessly spirallng into grotesque cosmic horror beyond their control to meet uncertain offscreen fates)
fuan no tane’s more like (good) creepypasta.
Fuan no Tane is a GREAT. I offered it as an option for the graphic novel club’s manga week and nearly everyone read it and reported back to me that it make it hard for them to sleep at night, but they wanted more (so I pointed the kids towards Fuan no Tane Plus). I think what really works about it is that the events are just mildly unsettling. just creepy enough to put you a little on-edge, since it’s nothing hugely out of the ordinary most of the time. things that your brain could trick you into thinking are real when you’re very tired. and the fact that the things are never explained just make them creepier, because you can fill in the gaps with whatever scares you the most.
Pierre Bear from Richard Scarry’s Best Stories Ever, 1971
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'Margarita' is a terrific read. Still have to seek out 'Good Omens'. Am in wholehearted agreement about the virtues of cheese on toast. And your taste in birds is A+.
I love Good Omens so much! It’s funny and lovely, and has that running theme of Gods and demons in a mundane setting, amongst others, which is always good to read.
Thanks to the Webzone I can finally live out my dream of yelling at people about animals.
1) As in a livable house? My ideal living area would have: A comfortable squishy bed (even just a single is fine), space to put a computer/tablet and my books, and at least one window for light and to put some little plants. Besides the essentials a house needs like bathroom/kitchen ect. I’d be happy with that!
2) ALL CATS ARE BEST CATS. Hmm let’s see, Sphynxes are adorable little wrinkles. Black cats are very important. I have a massive soft spot for Siameses as you’ve probably guessed with Ollie. But seriously. All Cats Are Best Cats.
3) OHHHH MAN. Again the answer is “all of them” so here’s another list of specifics because I’m very sad. All sharks are wonderful and do not deserve their reputation in the slightest. Moray eels are lovely little shy babs. All manner of sea slugs/nudibranch members (such cool colours!). The “creepy” sort that lurk in the depths like anglerfish are fascinating. So many!
4) BOOK —> “The Master and Margarita” by Bulgakov OR “Good Omens” by Pratchett/Gaiman. FOOD —> I am a disgusting glutton so there are too many answers but you cannot beat good old cheese on toast. Or for a better answer, Pork/Beef ramen. And pfffft. Although admittedly, owls are not the be all and end all. Consider chickens! Consider pheasants! Consider pigeons and quails and vultures!