Matsumoto Taiyo + Nicolas de Crécy Art Book Review

Posted By yonghow on January 8th, 2015

Matsumoto Taiyo Nicola De Crecy Art Book

Matsumoto Taiyo + Nicolas de Crécy is an art book featuring the collaborative work of the 2 renowned comic artists, with many illustrations created through their correspondences and meetings in Tokyo & Paris.

Matsumoto Taiyo is the manga artist behind Tekkon Kinkreet & PingPong, both of which have been adapted into anime, and Nicolas de Crécy is the comic artist of Bug Jargal, Foligatto, León la Came, and Salvatore, as well as several other international works.

Matsumoto Taiyo Nicola De Crecy Art Book
Matsumoto Taiyo Nicola De Crecy Art Book
Matsumoto Taiyo Nicola De Crecy Art Book

The first half of the book presents art work and illustrations by Matsumoto Taiyo. (above left) Legendary comic artist Moebius’s influence is far and wide.

Matsumoto Taiyo Nicola De Crecy Art Book
Matsumoto Taiyo Nicola De Crecy Art Book

(above) A boy reading Akira – Matsumoto-san cites Otomo’s Domu as one of the biggest influences in his becoming a manga artist.

Matsumoto Taiyo Nicola De Crecy Art Book
Matsumoto Taiyo Nicola De Crecy Art Book
Matsumoto Taiyo Nicola De Crecy Art Book
Matsumoto Taiyo Nicola De Crecy Art Book

And the second half of the book presents Nicola de Crécy’s illustrations. I have to be honest and admit that I am not too familiar with his work, although I definitely find them appealing. It’s also interesting to note that he is a close associate of Sylvain Chomet, whom bought us the delightful Triplets Of Belleville and the Illusionist.

Matsumoto Taiyo Nicola De Crecy Art Book
Matsumoto Taiyo Nicola De Crecy Art Book
Matsumoto Taiyo Nicola De Crecy Art Book
Matsumoto Taiyo Nicola De Crecy Art Book
Matsumoto Taiyo Nicola De Crecy Art Book
Matsumoto Taiyo Nicola De Crecy Art Book
Matsumoto Taiyo Nicola De Crecy Art Book

(above & below) Matsumoto-san takes Nicola on a sketchwalk around Enoshima, where many of his stories are based, notably Ping Pong.

Matsumoto Taiyo Nicola De Crecy Art Book
Matsumoto Taiyo Nicola De Crecy Art Book
Matsumoto Taiyo Nicola De Crecy Art Book
Matsumoto Taiyo Nicola De Crecy Art Book

A most delightful collection of illustrations and mini comics from 2 amazing artists. Highly recommended.

“Matsumoto Taiyo + Nicolas de Crécy Art Book” details :

– Dimensions – 27.8 x 21 x 1.4 cm
– Softcover, 127 pages
– Color, in Japanese

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10 Responses to “Matsumoto Taiyo + Nicolas de Crécy Art Book Review”

alua

Delightful looks like the right word. The pages with text look especially intriguing (possibly because it reminds me of Chavouet’s Tokyo on Foot which I’m very fond of).

I’m not really familiar with either either artist, but with the images at the top immediately thought Tekkonkinkreet (which is sitting gone my shelf of DVDs-to-be-watch-when-I-finally-find-time).

yonghow

alua – Tekkon Kinkreet has one of the most amazing art I’ve ever seen in an anime film, period.

I also highly recommend the Yuasa Masaaki directed “Ping Pong the animation”, based on Matsumoto’s original manga. It’s definitely not your run of the mill anime series and is pretty deep in meaning.

http://cdn.halcyonrealms.com/anime/ping-pong-anime-complete-artworks-book-review/

DISTRAKT

Its jewels like these that makes you work hardER. As I finish my tea I thank GOD for Halcyonrealms.com because its my morning paper with a healthy breakfast, my animal channel, my visual national geographic and a peaceful walk thru the Garden of the GODs.

Zack

Taiyo Matsumoto is probably the most interesting mangaka still working right now. His work is constantly interesting, and on top of being an incredible illustrator, his storytelling ability is mindbogglingly genuine and his stories (even the short ones) end up being so rich. I am still really upset they never finished the American run on No. 5, which is one of my favorite comics ever (you can find it online in English). Hopefully the more popular Sunny translation that Viz is doing will lead them back to it.

yonghow

Zack – Happy new year. :] I was not aware that Sunny had an English version, only Tekkon Kinkreet. I’m thinking he must have a fairly sizeable fanbase outside of Japan ?

Li-An

There was some polemical questions about how much Chomet was inspired by de Crecy’s work on “Triplettes”. See http://triplettesdecrecy.blogspot.fr/

Zack

Vong, Happy New Year!
He actually has a few books that were translated, despite his relative obscurity in the mainline manga marketplace. It seems like he’s been given several chances in the US market, and although some haven’t gone so well, Viz continues to put stuff out.

They released the first two volumes of No. 5 before cancelling it, Blue Spring, Tekkonkinkreet, Gogo Monster, and now Sunny. From everywhere I look, Sunny seems to be doing pretty well also, so hopefully that along with the pretty high popularity of Ping Pong on the internet, will help to see more of his work come back to light on more foreign markets.

yonghow

Zack – Ping Pong is definitely making the rounds on the net, which is great for spreading the word on his work and Masaaki-san. Incidentally I’ve picked up his short picture book called “Kainai-kun” which I’ll be reviewing soon. :]

yonghow

Li-An – That’s one too many striking similarities there to be coincidental. Was De Crecy credited for “Triplettes”, or at least get a mention ?

Li-An

De Crecy was not credited at all, it’s the reason of the site.