This is probably only of interest to me, but what the hell.
The story tells of Boilet, (the character/author stand-in, I am not sure how much of this is autobiography) who lives in Japan working as a manga-ka, and his brief affair with a young woman named Yukiko. We see a number of their meetings over the course of 7 weeks from their first acquaintance to their last rendezvous, all through the eyes and pen of Boilet.
In the comments section, however, Cold Heat artist and Storyville author Frank Santoro takes the book to rather savage task:
I’ve never had such an adverse reaction to a comic. I wanted to rip it up in my hands and throw it across the store. It’s all about the white man’s gaze and ownership of the “other.”
It’s also a form of colonialism that I find disturbing. And despite it’s formal inventiveness I think the reliance on photographs undermines any real “sight” or insight by the author.
Their back and forth afterward is interesting, especially considering that Santoro says he originally was going to do a review of the book for Comics Comics magazine, but having vented online, doesn’t see the need. Glad you got it out of your system Frank.
Personally I enjoyed the book, but I remember thinking while I was reading that you could write an interesting feminist critique of the book based on the whole notion of the “male gaze.” I don’t think Boilet is as unaware of the issues of colonialism and sexism as Santoro seems to imply however.
At any rate, it’s a lively discussion about comics and worth pointing out for that reason.
via Comics Comics