I Hear the Sunspot's story is pretty straightforward, yet, there are a few deeper layers to explore. It's more than just a deepening friendship between two people. It also explores the acceptance of others with disabilities in society, but does so from the point of view of someone who is disabled.
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The third story about someone with hearing loss to come out in English in recent years, I Hear the Sunspot is also perhaps the most thoughtful.
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One Peace Books occasionally sends me a review copy of new comics they have recently released, and one of their latest is I Hear The Sunspot, a comic about two young men, one with a hearing disability, and the other, a brash interloper who agrees to take notes for this classmate in college in exchange for a boxed lunch.
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Whether you know a little or a lot about the subject in question, this book is worth picking up for the art alone. It, like beer, is for everyone. –Daniel Hartis
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Kohei and Taichi are opposites, and that's part of what draws them together. Taichi is a loudmouth who has trouble keeping down a job, but his heart is always in the right place. Kohei is aloof and mysterious and mostly keeps to himself. Taichi grew up in poverty, from a split family, and Kohei began to lose his hearing at a young age after a bad fever.
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The slice-of-life story is subtle, affecting, and quietly incisive. The single volume revolves around college students Taichi and Kohei, young men of opposite personalities but common background who find empathy, respect, and a sort of love with each other. Although originally serialized in the boy-love manga magazine Canna, I Hear the Sunspot is best described as a thoughtful drama with an undercurrent of Japanese social criticism.
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Aside from a few melodramatic moments, I Hear the Sunspot steers clear of Afterschool Special cliches and BL tropes, offering readers a thoughtful meditation on friendship and disability. Recommended.
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I Hear the Sunspot takes a spot as a top GN of August 2017.
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Because of a hearing disability, Kohei is often misunderstood and has trouble integrating into life on campus, so he learns to keep his distance. That is until he meets the outspoken and cheerful Taichi. He tells Kohei that his hearing loss is not his fault. Taichi's words cut through Kohei's usual defense mechanisms and open his heart. More than friends, less than lovers, their relationship changes Kohei forever.
Crayon Shinchan features a pint-sized terror who is a rude little dude that stands back-to-back with such contemporaries as the kids of South Park. So be warned, this hilarious romp isn't for children; instead, Crayon Shinchan is an adult, tongue-in-cheek poke at modern domestic life. Crayon Shinchan is an international cultural phenomenon and one of the best-selling Japanese manga franchises of all time. The animated version previously aired on Adult Swim and is back in print! Now readers can enjoy it from the beginning in a new, consolidated format made up of three volumes.
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Riana Møller is an artist from Denmark who in addition to working in games has also written and illustrated her own comic book.
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