VIDEO: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind: the manga

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Sofie returns to an oldie but a goodie as she nears the end of Miyazaki March, looking at the Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind manga that was the source of the movie of the same name, and thus also the catalyst for Miyazaki’s movie career.

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  • $36060516

    I hope you find a more satisfying social life soon (or were just kidding). You would be a warm and welcome presence in any social group.

    It makes sense that this manga would be his most personal work, as when drawing a comic he didn’t have to convince anyone to pay for hiring a lot of expensive animators to work on a complicated project as he would on a movie. Without that financial pressure requiring him to please investors, he could express himself most freely.

    • danbreunig

      You know an artist is true when there’s no payment involved. As soon as you sign a deal and go pro, you’ll think less with your heart and more with your paycheck–and likely you’ll also lose some dear fans along the way while doing so. Sounds like Miyazaki proved otherwise, based on this review series, but I imagine the pressure he experienced had to be rather plentiful. I said something like this about Bill Watterson about a month ago because of his success story in fighting hard to save his art and actually being able to do it. It kinda hits close to home for me too because I’m trying to draw a comic myself on a very amatuer homemade basis and hitting some snags along the way.

      “I hope you find a more satisfying social life soon (or were just kidding). You would be a warm and welcome presence in any social group.”

      Stating the quite obvious, but so very true.

      • $36060516

        I think comics is one of the hardest artforms, particularly if done in a realist style with one person writing and drawing everything. I takes excellence in many separate disciplines (writing, lettering, coloring, drawing characters with accurate anatomy, expressive bodies and facial features, knowledge of perspective, study of clothing, furniture, architecture, automobiles, animals, etc., and on top of all of that the same sense of visual dramatic storytelling required of a film director). You have my sympathies.

        • Sofie Liv

          Oh you guys, worrying about my social life.

          You don’t need to do that, no… no I don’t have the biggest social life in the entire world, my life kind of just evolves around two things these days.

          Making videos, and some-how, make a living go around in minimum money, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have friends. They are just not that many, and the few I have are very dear to me.

          Also if you count my enternet web social life a social life… well that one is growing more massive by the day <_<

          Well, as so often happens with an artists first work, where he has free ranges, it's the work where Miyazaki obviously just threw every-thing in there.

          all his harsh opinions he wanted people to think about, all his own moral values, which aren't that straightforward. What disgusts him, what saddens him and what makes him happy… just all thrown together in one massive story.

          So I more see it as… Miyazaki got that out of his system so he could evolve further after that and could learn how to be more sophisticated, because yup.. the manga is a very raw emotional exsperience, which does has the trade-marks of being an early work of some-one who would proof himself to be a revolutionary.

          Truly Miyazaki is an insane man, having mastered two of the most difficult artforms out there..

          Comic writing AND movie creation.

          Yup, comics are hard, you have to be both a good writer, but not in just the traditional form writer, a good comic writer and a good visual artist, understanding how to convey all you need to convey with a single drawing without being lost to to much text.

          While a director.. oh boy. A director needs to have an understanding of ALL aspects of film creation.

          Writing, photography, visual arts, acting, dramatic visual story telling, music.., you have to be a well rounded person in all areas not just one… yeah sure, most directors are specialised in one specific area and leaves the rest to them whom is good at it.

          Tim Burton is a good visual director but a shit writer, Josh Whedon is an excellent writer, but lets other people decide upon the visual look of his movies…

          But they still need to have a feel for these things or the movies can fall apart..

          So that Miyazaki managed so well on both accounts, as a driving force… oh boy geesh..

          Fucking Japaneese, that's all I have to say. They are always just so insaaaane with what they can do.

      • Mike

        “You know an artist is true when there’s no payment involved. As soon as you sign a deal and go pro, you’ll think less with your heart and more with your paycheck–and likely you’ll also lose some dear fans along the way while doing so.”

        With all do repsect danbreunig, of always hated the notion that the only TRUE ARTIST is a starving artist! It’s the kind of thinking you always hear in any art circle that tends to strive for an ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT attitude (like punk rock for example). That if you made a large sum of money and your work is now enjoyed by millions of people around the world rather than the original niche group, your suddenly a SELL-OUT.

        I mean are you supposed to only play to small group of club-goers for pocket change the rest of your life in order to be a TRUE ARTIST! It’s seems like that’s what all the purist believe your supposed to do and I think it’s just stupid. Art should be accessible to any one (whatever the kind) to on leave on there own terms and your not going to be a able to reach anyone without the money, but doesn’t mean that having more money should automatically lead you to abandon original artistic aspiration that you started with. It’s just a matter of knowing how to balance your priorities.

        • Muthsarah

          I think that all depends on how often (and just how exactly) the artist compromises his/her vision in order to keep that popularity. If they can keep enjoying their art, challenging themselves, and being original, there’s no reason to assume they’re selling-out. But if they’re being paid, it’s very likely their patron/customers have some influence on their creations; if the artist is having to consider their money flow instead of their artistic integrity, or their sales figures/media buzz instead of their personal artistic development (as in, keep making the same kinda thing over and over, because the audience can’t get enough), then yes, there is a legitimate reason to suspect they’ve become less of a true artist.

          If there’s no money involved (whether they’re starving or independently wealthy and just doing whatever for the enjoyment alone), there’s a lot less reason to suspect the artist is in any way compromised.

          • Sofie Liv

            I think there’s a way simpler way to pin point a ‘true artist’

            All though that concept itself is a bit dumb as every-one should be able to enjoy making things, but you know.. if you wanna find a way to identify the sacred few.

            If your head, revolves around making things… no matter what it is, any-thing.

            If you spend every single day, visualising, dreaming and planning on the thing you create.. if you are unable to stop doing it.

            If you have a burning desire and passion to create this thing, so great that you have no choice but to work hard for it, learning the craft from scratch and as good as possible, because you want to make this thing as good and fantastic and possible, no corners cut.. because in your daily dream your work is great, and you want to do every-thing in your power to make your work great.
            Having tried to be put down as you approach the world with your art, but then comes back for round two any-way, because you just can’t stop yourself.

            Working for it every day, thinking about it every day… it may halt you in so many other aspects of your life, as your head isn’t always where it should be.

            Meaning the head is suddenly with your art not with your current situation that needs your actual attention right now… like your day job or social gathering.. hahaha.. hehe.. eeeehhhh

            No matter where you are in life, if you became succesful or not. As long as it’s that much you care about your art.

            Then.. you are a true artist..

            And yup, i totally just described myself… <_<

          • danbreunig

            How did you get your hands on my diary? 0_0

          • Sofie Liv

            Who needs to read any-bodies diary when I can enter your mind while you sleep….

            Seriously though, if that is the case for you.

            I can only wish you the best of luck in the future.

            To have such a mind is both its own blessing and curse.

            It is of course, wonderful, absolutely wonderful to be able to exsperience the world this way, see the things in your mind that alive.

            Being awed by other peoples great art, and have an ability to just.. purely dissapear into this other world, almost.

            But, it can also consume your life, in a not very positive way.

            And it’s hard… it wont get any easier, it’ll only get even harder the further you move forward with these sorts of things, and it’ll cost you to go that way. Trust my words here.

            The only reason, any-one, should ever, go this way.

            It should be because they can’t stop themselves, as in litterately. It’s not as easy or fun as some would have you believe.

            It’s hard, gruelling, it can tear you down from the inside when things doesn’t work, which is more often the case than not the case.

            It is not a life I would advice to people.

            But if that’s all you can do… that’s it. Then there’s no more to it is there?

            For me, personally. It’ll be much more horriefying to know that I didn’t even try, than to be put down again and again.

            Yet on the same time, I don’t wish this upon any-body, this grueling life-style.. because it is.

            Only think I can say… Know what you walk into!
            If you know what it means, what you are walking into, and still want to do it.

            Then you have my full support and best of wishes.

    • MichaelANovelli

      I don’t worry about her social life, because she’s got her head on straight. We’ll be hearing from that crazy Dane, and I don’t mean a postcard! ^_^