“Gasoline Life” is an unconventional manga by Katsuya Terada (Monkey King, Zenbu). I use the term “manga” loosely here because the illustrations in the book are originally from a Japanese novel of the same name by Isaka Kotaro, of which Terada help illustrate.
As such, Gasoline Life can be considered an abridged, illustrated version of the original novel.
The central theme of the manga/novel revolves around automobiles and vehicles, told through numerous short stories, gags and scenarios. Katsuya Terada is himself an avid cyclist ( see the review for his art book VIVA IL CICLISSIMO!, a collaboration with Otomo Katsuhiro ) and perhaps share an affinity for said subject matter.
The style of illustration is a departure from Terada’s more detailed and refined work, but I also find it very refreshing. Only bold blacks are used with very little or no intermediate shading, giving the visuals a distinct and punchy feel. The images look deceptively simple and easy to create, but that’s only because of Terada’s impressive skill to create to shape and form – I am quickly reminded of Mike Mignola’s latest works.
A great one to have just on account of Katsuya Terada’s fantastic art work. Recommended.
Gasoline Life – Katsuya Terada Manga details :
- Dimensions – 7.5 x 5.2 x 1 inches
- Softcover, 240 pages
- Black & White, in Japanese language
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