The framing device of the book is of a girl at a carnival who discovers that she hasn t enough money for any of the rides or stalls that is until she finds a small, unattended attraction called Cinema Panopticum Inside it are 5 sets with screens, all cheap She puts a coin in each and watches them one by one The Hotel is a Kafka esque tale of a man wanting to stay the night in, what turns out to be, an empty hotel Finding a lavish spread in one room, he feasts upon it and then goes to bed He awakens in the middle of the night with an ache in his gut why is this hotel empty The Champion sees a Mexican wrestler literally fighting for his life against Death The Prophet follows a homeless man and his attempts to spread the word that the world is doomed The Experiment features a mad scientist and his experiment on a man with poor eyesight Thomas Ott excels at the storytelling in all of the shorts here, all without words The black and white scratchboard technique he uses so skilfully perfectly matches the tone of mounting horror in each of the macabre stories and has you rifling through the pages, devouring each brilliant story much too quickly As with all of Ott s books you can fly through it in minutes because it s all pictures, but I always find myself going back and looking at individual pages again to admire the time each page must ve taken as well as to simply enjoy the haunting imagery The level of artistry is just astonishingly high Cinema Panopticum is my favourite Thomas Ott book and I heartily recommend this, and his entire body of work, to all comics fans His nightmares are too good not to be experienced T Ott Plunges Into The Darkness With Five New Graphic Horror Novelettes The Prophet, The Wonder Pill, La Lucha, The Hotel, And The Title Story, Each Executed In His Hallucinatory And Hyper Detailed Scratchboard Style And Running BetweenToPages The First Story In The Book Introduces The Other Four A Little Girl Visits An Amusement Park She Looks Fascinated, But Finds Everything Too Expensive Finally, Behind The Rollercoaster She Eyeballs A Small Booth With CINEMA PANOPTICUM Written On It Inside There Are Boxes With Screens Every Box Contains A Movie The Title Of Each Appears On Each Screen Each Costs Only A Dime, So The Price Is Right For The Little Girl She Puts Her Money In The First Box The Prophet Begins In The Film, A Vagrant Foresees The End Of The World And Tries To Warn People, But Nobody Believes Him They Will Soon Enough In The Second Film, The Wonderpill, A Short Sighted Man Initially Goes Blind From Some Pills His Doctor Gave Him, But Soon The Blindness Wears Off And He Finds They Accord Quite A View La Lucha, The Third Story, Introduces A Mexican Wrestler Who Fights Against Death Himself In A Typical Ott Twist, He Wins And Loses At The Same Time The Final Story, The Hotel, Depicts A Traveler Who Goes To Sleep In What Seems To Be An Otherwise Empty Hotel His Awakening Is The Stuff Of Nightmares Ott S O Henry Esque Plot Twists Will Delight Fans Of Classic Horror Like The Twilight Zone And Tales From The Crypt, Or Modern Efforts Like M Night Shamalayan S Films His Artwork Will Haunt You Long After You Ve Put The Book Down From the framing story of The Girl wandering the carnival to the vignettes she discovers in the Cinema Panopticum, this wordless graphic novel is a complete artifact with no loose ends The stories are surreal and horrific with a touch of dark humor Cinema Panopticum reminds me, in many ways, of my favorite TV show of all time, The Twilight Zone This work might be considered the flip side to the cute, surreal Ojingogo, with one side of the coin Panopticum having a drop of humor in a bucket of surreal horror, and the other Ojingogo having a drop of darkness to its bucket of lighthearted, surreal humor But readers need not compare Cinema Panopticum to other works in order to see the work s brilliance It stands quite well on its own as a book in which the weight of the artwork is commensurate with the gravity of the stories it portrays The scratchboard technique used throughout is, by its very nature, a little rough edged, though this grittiness is foiled by the elegance of expression that Ott imparts to his characters His faces exude the underlying thoughts and feelings of each character curiosity, laughter, disgust, and, most of all, terror all in a wonderfully clever and even moving series of wordless stories that one will not soon forget. A grotesque graphic novel, wordless and, thus, completely atmospheric, that consists of a series of stories , or rather vignettes, that are all linked together Absolutely mesmerizing, with healthy doses of Kafka esque dark humour. This short graphic novel can be read in less than 15 minutes Its lack of dialogues makes the black and white images evenpowerful than they already are It consists of 5 stories, each exceptional and creepy in its own way For a fan of The Twilight Zone like me, this graphic novel is like Christmas time. 3,5Cuando le que era un comic ampliamente recomendado para fans de Cuentos de la Cripta y La Dimensi n Desconocida sent que era inconcebible que yo no lo leyera, siendo fan tica a muerte de ambas series Y efectivamente sent la vibra de estas series, cosa que me gust mucho, aunque las historias se me hicieron exageradamente cortas, un poco ins pidas, daban para una extensi n mayor Por otro lado, esas ilustraciones en blanco y negro son verdaderamente alucinantes, muy acordes al tipo de historias que se encuentran en este comic. Gorgeously rendered black and white scratchboard graphic novel of a girl who goes to a carnival to pay pennies to see four thoughtful, not graphic, but still successfully unsettling horror movies in what is called Cinema Panopticum Silent, and thus somehow evenunsettling One of several sort of similar and silent works by Ott Terrific work, highly recommend. , , , ,. I don t have much to say about this one, other than the first short story the hotel, was absolutely brilliant and hilarious I loved the ending, brilliant The rest to be honest were pretty average But The Hotel made up for it. , , .
Thomas Ott was born in Z rich in 1966 He received training as a graphic artist at the School of Design in Z rich and has been a free lance comics artist and illustrator since 1987 From 1998 2001 Ott attended film studies at the University of Art and Design HGK , Z rich He currently lives and works in Z rich and Paris Ott is also the lead singer of The Playboys Fantagraphics Books
- 108 pages
- Cinema Panopticum
- Thomas Ott
- 14 April 2019 Thomas Ott