My Sommelier is a Comic: Saving the universe from killer robots, it turns out, is mere child’s play compared to the exquisite pleasures of savoring a 2001 Château Mont-Perat. That, perhaps, is one of the lessons to be taken away from the success of The Drops of God, a huge-selling manga, or comic, centered around wine tasting that has swept Japan by storm and is making inroads in many other countries, including the United States, where it was recently published by Vertical Inc.
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Comics + Oenophilia + Snobbery (+ the added snobbery of me using “oenophilia”???) The perfect storm.
It had been a few weeks since I’d been to Nerdarama, but I managed to make it in this past Saturday to pick up my backlog and see what was new on the shelves. That’s when I saw this beauty.
The artwork/color by Alan Robinson/John K. Snyder III is quite dynamic, breaking panel boundaries to give a definite feeling of quick action.
Of course the star here is HE’s story. I don’t know yet if this is going to be a straight translation from his original pilot script for The Starlost,* if it’s going to be based on Ed Bryant’s novelization of that script,** or if HE has gone back to his original bible*** and decided to tell the story without constraints. Regardless, I’ll be reading all four issues (and hoping for more) as I try to not to read Devon in Keir Dullea’s voice.
* WGA Award winner, as opposed to the hackery that was finally filmed.
** Which novelization of course I own.
*** The one transcribed from tape because he got played during a WGA strike.