I bought SUNNY at TCAF the other weekend and loved it so much I drew the three lads from it.
I’m not sure if anyone can touch Taiyo Matsumoto when it comes to drawing kids, I love the way he styles his characters, gives them all personalities in how they act on the page, makes them a little bratty but relatable and gives them an enormous amount of heart. SUNNY seems to be a perfect book for him to work on, and in a lot of ways is like he’s utilising what made his past works so great, like using fantasy to show a character’s longing and imagination but keeping it all down to earth. It tug on my heart more than once and I was so wrapped up in this world he had created in such a short amount of pages. My only complaint is that it wasn’t long enough, I could have easily sat and read 500 pages about these lads, but hopefully Viz won’t cancel this series after a couple of volumes and give Taiyo a chance to be seen outside of the small clique that seem to know who he is.