Born in 1963, Junji Ito is one of the most haunting and weird manga artists I've ever run across. His work and style simply stick with you. His manga stories are intelligent and very haunting to say the least. Needless to say that his work isn't for the faint of heart or children. Seriously this stuff isn't for the kids. Consider yourselves warned.
According to wiki:
Junji Ito is a Japanese horror manga artist. Some of his most notable works include Tomie, a series chronicling an immortal girl who drives her stricken admirers to madness,
I first ran across this artist's work in the pages of Unspeakable Oath way back for Call of Cthulhu. His work just sort of stays with you. Dark and very haunting stuff. And now you can read it on line.I bare no responsibility for any madness induced by this material.
I first ran across this artist's work in manga back in the early 2000's. I don't think I've ever seen an artist whose work comes close to it.
According to Wiki:
According to Wiki:
Junji Ito was born in the Gifu prefecture of Japan in 1963. He was inspired from a young age by both his older sister's drawings and the work of Kazuo Umezu. Ito first began writing and drawing manga as a hobby while working as a dental technician in the early 90's.In 1987, he submitted a short story to Gekkan Halloween that won an honorable mention in the Kazuo Umezu Prize (with Umezu himself as one of the judges).
In addition to Kazuo Umezu, Ito has cited Hideshi Hino, Koga Shinsaku, Yasutaka Tsutsui, and H.P. Lovecraft as being major influences on his work.
Some of the recurring themes of Ito's work include body horror, seemingly ordinary characters who begin to act out of irrational compulsion, the breakdown of society, deep sea organisms, and the inevitability of one's demise.
Ito's universe is also very cruel and capricious; his characters often find themselves victims of malevolent unnatural circumstances for no discernible reason or punished out of proportion for minor infractions against an unknown and incomprehensible natural order.
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