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Monday 14th August, 7:00pm

A discussion group for those looking to talk, argue, debate about graphic novels, comics, comix and web-comics. Comic strip as a medium has a variety of outputs – from the back pages of daily newspapers to the more extensive graphic novels and a long list of things in between. On the first Tuesday of every month, starting in Spring 2010, MadLab has hosted a group of people interested in meeting fellow appreciators of graphic novels – discussing what happens when “comics started to take themselves seriously”!

This Month:

From all the fun and adventure, we covered in previous meetings, it’s time for a nice reminder that sometimes true terror is inescapable. In August, we will be discussing Uzumaki (Spiral) by Junji Ito. I went for the 3-in-1 volume rather than just volume 1 to get the full story.

Ito is often held up of the one of the masters of the horror genres who excels at creep factor and body horror. Uzumaki was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2003 but lost out to Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.

Kurouzu-cho, a small fogbound town on the coast of Japan, is cursed. According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: uzumaki, the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the world. It manifests itself in everything from seashells and whirlpools in water to the spiral marks on people’s bodies, the insane obsessions of Shuichi’s father and the voice from the cochlea in our inner ear. As the madness spreads, the inhabitants of Kurouu-cho are pulled ever deeper into a whirlpool from which there is no return! – Amazon.co.uk

Here’s an old published interview:

http://fuckyeahjunjiito.tumblr.com/post/55163529496/the-junji-ito-interview-a-conversation-with-the

And an old Japanorama episode from Jonathan Ross:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHmE-u5LR2o

Lastly a bit of TVtropes on another of his works:

http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Manga/HellstarRemina

It was also adapted into a film in 2000, which over here was just known as Spiral, which I plan to watch.

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