I said I wasn’t going to start research until we heard from the Arts Council but David, bless him, is just a little ball of excitement and thrust some graphic novels under my nose, so I have started.
I’ve finished volumes 1 and 2 of Akira now. And just wow.
It’s weird. I think I’m an idiot. Assuming it would take a time comparable to novels, or at least short stories to read. The images dance through the mind so rapidly, dialogue is punchy, and sometimes not needed, I just raced through and now, as I type this I see it so vividly.
I’ve never seen the movies either, so the movie in my mind is created entirely from these incredible pages.
Volume 2 is basically an action film. Non stop attack on the eyes. Wonderful.
As I was reading, I realised how much Hospice research I could do around my doctorate research as it such a quick, yet rewarding process. So I will be calling on friends with books, and thanks to some sage advice from a friend, joining Luton Central Library who apparently have a great selection.
I’ll be documenting my thoughts on each book here, for my own process as much as anything.
Next up is Cyril Pedrosa’s Three Shadows as David hasn’t given me the next volumes of Akira yet.
Excited, to read them, but also to create something that is in a completely new vernacular for me.