Ga: Geijutsuka Art Design Class: Vol 1: v. 1

by Satoko Kiyuduki | Graphic Novels |
ISBN: 0759529035 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingGoryDetailswing of Nashua, New Hampshire USA on 1/23/2016
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Journal Entry 1 by wingGoryDetailswing from Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, January 23, 2016
I got this fair-condition softcover from an online seller. It's by the author/artist of Shoulder-a-Coffin Kuro, a quirky, funny, dark series that I like very much, so I was interested in this one.

This is a much lighter concept, still in the 4-panel-strip format, about school kids studying art; some of the panels include actual art tips on colors and styles, but for the most part it's a comedy. (Many of the quips involve specific knowledge of cultural and/or art-design concepts; the translation notes at the end come in very handy in this regard!)

Among my favorite bits: the strip about the wacky kid who, upon noticing the use of bread-crust as an eraser for charcoal drawings, promptly fetches some mayonaise with which to snack on the crusts; the students' reactions to their first experience with computerized-drawing applications - and the realization that one really should save one's work; the cute boy at the stationery shop telling one girl about his late grandmother's fondness for inventing elaborate back-stories to sell outdated items; the strip in which the efficacy of a "wet paint" sign in tempting people to touch the object is demonstrated; a surprisingly poignant little story-arc about one girl's difficulties in playing tag; and a handsomely-colored strip about the uses of shades of brown, with a nod to using sepia tones to indicate nostalgia or flashbacks. Oh, and the trompe l'oeil arc, in which things go from a simple demonstration of the technique to a nightmarish "everyone you knew is actually trompe l'oeil" note.

I should add that the book ends on a sad little story of a lost baby chick, which the students fail to care for properly - their sympathy for the little thing does no good, and it really felt odd given the tone of the rest of the story. Then again, this mangaka seems to specialize in mood-swings!

[There's a TV Tropes page on the series.]

Released 3 yrs ago (2/1/2016 UTC) at Main Street (see release notes for details) in Nashua, New Hampshire USA


I plan to leave this book on a chair outside an art school at 174 Main St. at around 1 or so. Hope the finder enjoys it!

*** Released as part of the 2016 Heads, Shoulders, Knees, Toes release challenge, for the embedded "ass" in the title. ***

*** Released as part of the 6th annual Becky's Hugs release challenge. See the Becky's Hugs page for more about Becky. ***

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