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Museum of Terror: Tomie (vol. 1)

Credits: Written and Illustrated by Junji Ito
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Commentary

Do you remember that girl in high school? The really clinging, conniving, giggly one who drove the boys nuts and pissed the girls off? The girl everyone hated, and you were her only friend, and wished you never met her? The girl who never left you alone?

Tomie is that girl, the victim who picks her own victims.

She wants people to love her. She wants everyone to love her so much they'll kill her. Because then she can come back. Because then she can never be forgotten. And no one can ever escape her. And then she can torture them forever.

Junji Ito understands the horror of repressed urges better than almost any other horror creator, locating terrors in the most intense time of one's life: adolescence and all the fears that come with it, be it identity crisis, body horror, obsessive lust, emotional neediness or the uncontrollable urge to lose control, to hurt someone, and all the cold, sweaty guilt that comes with it.

This is TOMIE, the ultimate teenage nightmare. Endless and repetitive like a moebius strip of hormone-fuelled madness you can't escape from.

-- Adi Tantimedh

 
Adi Tantimedh is a screenwriter and filmmaker who writes comics when he has the time. He has recently completed JLA: The Age of Wonder for DC Comics, and written and directed Open House, a short film for Studio FP in Italy. His current projects include the forthcoming Blackshirt for Moonstone Books, Anna Passenger, a novel being serialised on Opi8.com, and various film and television projects.

 


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