cinema-panopticum

Cinema Panopticum (Softcover Ed.)
by Thomas Ott

104-page black & white 6.5" x 9.25" softcover • $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-485-6

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T. Ott plunges into the darkness with five graphic horror novelettes: “The Hotel,” “The Champion,” “The Experiment,” “The Prophet,” and the story which frames it all, “The Girl,” each executed in his hallucinatory and hyper-detailed scratchboard style.

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 one coin, so the price is right for the little girl. She puts her money in the first box: “The Hotel” begins. In the film, a traveler goes to sleep in what seems to be an otherwise empty hotel. His awakening is the stuff of nightmares.

“The Champion,” the second film, introduces a Mexican wrestler who fights against death himself. In a typical Ott twist, he wins and loses at the same time. In the third film, “The Experiment,” 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. In the final story, “The Prophet,” a vagrant foresees the end of the world and tries to warn people, but nobody believes him. They will soon enough…

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 Shyamalan’s films (well, the good ones); his artwork will haunt you long after you’ve put the book down.

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Cinema Panopticum

Una ingeniosa novela gráfica de terror, creada por Thomas Ott.

Una niña, 4 historias insólitas y una que las une a todas, es todo lo que resguarda el historietista Thomas Ott en su alucinante novela, Cinema Panopticum.

Thomas Ott, Un suizo nacido en 1966, crea una enigmática historia sobre una niña que asiste a una feria. En ella encuentra atracciones que la deslumbran, pero no cuenta con los suficientes fondos para ninguna.

Finalmente, encuentra una carpa, con el título de Cinema Panopticum encima. Ahí encuentra pequeñas cabinas de películas, las cuales sí puede pagar. Lo que descubrirá en ellas será perturbante.

Con un estilo de dibujo impresionante (Tarjeta de raspar: muchas lineas blancas sobre un fondo negro), el autor le imprime dramatismo y suspenso a sus historias. Un descubrimiento literario increíble, que nadie debería ignorar.

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Cinema Panopticum

Thomas Ott

T. Ott plunges into the darkness with five 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.

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 Wonder Pill,” 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 Shyamalan’s films (well, the good ones); his artwork will haunt you long after you’ve put the book down. 104 pages of black-and-white comics