Sunny vol.1

By Taiyo Matsumoto (VIZ Media)

Childhood is one of Taiyo Matsumoto’s favourite themes and his manga often depict worlds both whimsical and slightly sinister. Sunny, his latest work to be published in English, is more down to earth than his past series. This fits, since Matsumoto is drawing from his own childhood---specifically a time when he lived at a group home---as his inspiration. Still, even though Sunny may be set in a more grounded world the art is still nicely surreal. Orphans and abandoned children at the home find refuge from their daily life in Sunny, a busted old car that takes them anywhere their imaginations can fathom: The moon, the mountains, home. Matsumoto is as much influenced by French comics as he is by manga, and his art here is more beautiful than ever, making use of black and white water colour to add tone to the comic book pages.

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