Friday, May 06, 2005

THE GOLD NOTEBOOK

by SUEHIRO MARUO

We just finished another story for you Maruo fans out there... "The Gold Notebook". As with Maruo's work in general, it's perhaps best reserved for mature audiences, but this is the most extreme one we've posted yet, so I figured I'd warn the squeamish. Anyway, enjoy!



page 1
page 2
page 3
page 4
page 5
page 6
page 7
page 8

as usual, please read from right-to-left.

For previous Maruo stories, click here & here

22 comments:

Misanthrope said...

Wow! Thank you so much for your effort. It must have been quite a chore fitting in the translations and retouching the scenes (esp. the rape-murder scene on p.3).

As usual, daring, visceral art from Maruo. Just a little quibble about the ending though -- it reducess the story to a morality play. I prefer something unremittingly evil.

Ben said...

Hey there! Nate showed me this here new site of yours. Good job translating and retouching all that stuff guys!
As usual, Maruo does not dissappoint. When will we get some Shintaro Kago or Kazuichi Hanawa? I wanna see you guys push the limits! Mwahahahahar!

Derek Yu said...

Fucking great artwork in this one. I agree, the ending seems kind of strange - he could have done without the last panel, perhaps, and just ended it with the shattered glass.

Dude looks just like Judge Ito!

Dave M. said...

Bring us more Maruo! He is a master!

As for the ending. Well, I think the boy must die for it to be a true Maruo... look at the way the uncle hunched over the boy's back before the poison took him -- the uncle could have fallen over, crushed the boy beneath him; and the boy's jugular could have been slit by a piece of glass, while another piece gorging his eye out ... now that's Maruo!

ryan & evan said...

misanthrope: Thanks for the kind words! evan did a bang-up job on the touchup this time around-- thanks go to his steady hands, sharp eye and the new Waycom tablet!

ben: ben! nice to hear that you've made your way to the site. your praise means a lot, since i know you read tons of deep cuts on the manga scene. the next big thing we've got coming is a junji ito story, but i'm working on getting ahold of shintaro kago's "喜劇駅前虐殺" and doing some stories from there! awesome that you like the site!!

derek: glad you dug the work. we have some really really hi-res scans of the pages (in case we ever make another booklet) that look totally beautiful-- gotta love Maruo's detailed gore!

judge ito!!! hahaha, i was trying to PLACE who homeboy looked like!

dave m: thanks for the comment! you'll be happy to hear that i've completed a 30 page Maruo translation last month, and we'll be releasing it in bits & pieces soon, we hope.!
-ryan

ben said...

Ryan,

Looking forward to the Junji Ito story. Probably the best mainstream horror artist in Japan.

Lemme know if you need some material from 喜劇駅前虐殺. I can scan some if you want.

Keep up the good work!

Hellen said...

Hi Ryan! this is Hellen, Derek's mage apprentice. I've been reading samehat for a couple weeks but I didn't realize you were THE Ryan. cool dude

I used to sneak a peek at Ultra Gash Inferno in the main stacks of the school library because I was too embarrassed to check it out, but thanks to you, now I can read suehiro maruo's comics from the comfort and privacy of my home! awesome!

ryan & evan said...

worlds collide! hey HELLEN! whoa, i didn't know you were reading our shit too! i'm honored dude. i just saw the party time video finally, via derek's site! awesome awesome awesome. i remember meeting you at APE in 2004... good times! hopefully, me you evan & derek can talk comics here, at derekyu.com, your site and dirty.org/~bug (evan's site).

nice to have you!
ryan

Adam said...

Re the complaints about the ending not being "real Maruo": iirc, Maruo did not write this story.

I just discovered this site, but from what I've looked at so far, it looks like you're performing a great service.

ryan & evan said...

hey adam. thanks for checking out the site! Actually, the "by Jiro Koga" is actually within the story--- the first page of the comic is the first page of the book the boy is reading, so "Jiro Koga" is actually the name of the murderous uncle!! breaking down the fourth wall, ya'll

hope that clears up the story. please keep coming back to check for new comics!

Adam said...

True, but that's not what I was referring to. Somewhere in Maruojigoku, the Japanese collection in which I originally read this, there are credits for the story which list Maruo as the artist but someone else as the writer. That's my recollection, anyway. (I no longer have access to the book, unfortunately, so I can't check.)

ryan & evan said...

ah, i see i see. That's interesting! We took it from a different collection, but unforntunately mine is in pieces (we unbound the entire book to scan and work on them) and I can't check into who was the writer.

thanks for the information! nice to have maruo junkies checking out our page!

Michelle said...

it's gashleycrumb tinies maruo-style!

keep up the excellent work you two, this place is a constant delight <3

ryan & evan said...

ooooh, a gorey parallel! nice.

thanks for the compliment-- we're glad you're enjoying the site!

Yoshi said...

More amazing work from Maruo. And great lettering and fluid translation from the two of you. Bravo!

I've got to say the uncle looks like Orson Welles in The Third Man.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting these. A friend and fellow afficiando sent me here and I'm glad she did. This mangaka's style is impressive beyond words. And thanks again for posting.

Xandria

streaker said...

Thanks,

Does anyone know where or how to buy ORIGINAL art by Maruo?

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Wovenhead said...

Hey, great job guys. I'm happy to see someone is translating Maruo's work. What's the 30-pager you've just finished? Man I hope it's "Planet of the Jap," I would kill to get my hands on an English translation of that. We're studying it in one of my classes, buy I can't read Japanese, so I know I'm missing out.

ryan said...

@wovenhead:
Hey dude! This is actually from 3 years back, and the 30 pager we posted next was Poison Strawberry. You should be able to find it easily by searching or go to samehat.com

Lucky you, PLANET OF THE JAP is available in English! It was included in the collection book,
COMICS UNDERGROUND JAPAN.

enjoy!

Mike said...

Ryan,
Awesome. Now I just need to find a translated copy of ON WAR.
Thanks a lot!