BOOKLAUNCH ! Apollo Thomas. Chuo Rapid Line
7 May 2024 06:00PM

Block party pour le nouveau livre d'Apollo Thomas: The Chūō (Rapid) Line is a fast subway line of the East Japan Railways Company that I take all the time when I’m in Japan., it leaves from Tokyo central station to reach the local and popular neighborhoods in the west of the city.

With this series of 16 drawings, I wanted to evoke the omnipresent feeling that I experience when I travel on this train : an almost retro-futuristic nostalgia for an unknown past. So I chose to tell a deconstructed story, made of bribes of images and intertwined panels borrowed from comics, in order to recreate a blurry sensation like when you wake up dizzy from a strange dream.

Using the artisanal technique of painting on transparent celluloid, which uses traditional methods of coloring Japanese animations from the 60s to the 00s, I created ultra pop panel compositions where architectural elements and urban signs of Tokyo coexist. collide with ethereal female figures, Op Art geometric shapes, kanji and graphic elements from the manga. [AT]

+ a teeshirt drop by EDWIN !

Chuo Rapid Line is published by the wonderful CAN CAN Press, Mexico

 - BOOKLAUNCH ! Apollo Thomas. Chuo Rapid Line

 - BOOKLAUNCH ! Apollo Thomas. Chuo Rapid Line

 - BOOKLAUNCH ! Apollo Thomas. Chuo Rapid Line