Monday, March 24, 2008

Ff/Iron Man: Big in Japan 1 page 10

This page has so many interesting things in it that I am not sure what direction to go to talk about it. Let's start with the architecture and interior design. The grand hall in the museum of monsters--like all art museums--has a place for patrons to sit while they contemplate the exhibits, but this bench is a monster on whose back are the seats. The doorway also is a mouth that you must walk through. The monsters in the cases look like a giant amoeba on one side, and a vengeful sea creature on the other. As in all aquariums (Seth loved aquariums) there are informational sidebars that show photos of the creature in its natural habitat, and tell about its habits.
Next, there is Dr. Yamane, the hubristic museum coordinator, whose face and tie appear on the left side. His face is much more realistically drawn than the faces of the young women dashing through the museum on the left. It dominates the page, as, indeed, it should, because his arch pronouncement ominously portends the rest of the story. (He says, "Nothing can go wrong", which is a sure sign that something is going to.) I especially like Mr. Yamane's neck wrinkles and eyebrows. Seth had observed a lot of faces, and was always interested in eyebrows.
The upper picture is shot from somewhere on the ceiling, giving the reader an omniscient but non-participatory view of the proceedings, while the lower one is shot from about the eye level of the participants, taking us into the action.


Richard said...

Hi Mrs. Fisher,

I think what you're doing is great. Please keep it up. I was so blown away by Seth's work on "FF/Iron Man: Big in Japan" that I got in touch with him, and ended up purchasing a page. He was such a unique talent, and is greatly missed.


Rick Yankosky

PS... How do I go about getting a copy of "Bob's Amazing Life"?

Vicki said...

Thanks for the encouragement.
I figure that people who are looking for something about Seth will eventually find this blog and be able to go through some of his work and find new charm in it.
Please e-mail me at
Looking forward to hearing from you.