THE PUSH MAN in Library Journal

“The Library Journal Review - The Pushman and Other Stories” / The Library Journal / Steve Raiteri / September 8, 2005

In 1957, manga creator Tatsumi coined the term gekiga (or "dramatic pictures") to denote the new types of stories he and others were starting to create-serious dramas for adult readers. This first volume of a planned series presents 16 Tatsumi short stories from 1969. Tatsumi's subject was the working people around him; many of his protagonists are aimless, unhappy men, unsure of their roles in life, who are led to extreme and desperate acts, often taking revenge on women who they feel have betrayed them. Many stories deal with sex and related topics-prostitution, abortion, impotence, cross-dressing, sperm donation-in an unsentimental fashion. The rise of gekiga was paralleled two decades later in the United States by the emergence of works such as Will Eisner's A Contract with God and the introduction of the term graphic novel, and Tatsumi's work has affinities with Eisner's later books and with those of alternative comics creators like Adrian Tomine (Summer Blonde), who here provides an introduction and an interview with Tatsumi. With nudity and sex, this is recommended for adults.
 

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