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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: LAST GASP (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086719720X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867197204
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.7 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 507,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
The macabre worlds of innocence. Mark takes Sir John Tenniel's original Alice in Wonderland wood engravings and reworks the scenes in a post surreal world with a dash of ernst fuchs. Finding prominence in being the only good thing to emerge on Jackson's dangerous record, Mark has explored the world of fantastical pathos ridden childhoods. This is the connection between Mark and Michael.

The timbre of the pictures are old master colours blended in with modern pastels. The subject matter is drenched ridden angst of childhood days inflected with modern Amerikan iconography. The result is a very disturbing picture of innocence.

A pale pink wanful boy cycling in a picture of infant innocence suddenly jumps out at you with his swastika adornments. Mark takes the world of flight of fantasy, the 60's childhood retreat worlds and shows the adult cracks of spite. Decay, blood and meat are all rendered within an epiphany of modern day christs presiding over the protrusions. These are the markers of life according to Mark. It highlights the disparity of choices open to consumers as Jesus appears along with cartoon icons as another doll.

Essential to gaze into the mind of an artist who is seeking as there are no easy answers or ready made definitions. You can project whatever you wish into the tapestry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lou-Lou Belle on 12 Mar. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Absolutely gorgeous....a tactile and lush treat for lovers of modern surrealist art. I bought it as a gift for a friend who is a fan of all things bizarre, he had never seen Ryden's work before and absolutely loved it. I was a little reluctant to hand it over and had to talk myself into actually wrapping it to give away.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pat Roberts on 16 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This collection of art by Mark Ryden just portrays how brilliant and clever he is. A modern day artist who appeals to the younger generation (in my opinion) and keeps amazing people with his talent.
This book is filled with the odd, the mysterious and the ever-delightful in a world of pastel shades and make-believe. Page after page entices the reader to keep turning, to keep exploring this dream world of charm, of macabre and of pretty little girls wearing dresses .
On one page a van is being driven by a skeleton type man waving a puppet in the air. Children flock to the van, their hands out stretched and eyes filled with wonder. It reminds you of an ice-cream van, entrancing and promising sweetness. Yet look closer at it, there, drawn onto the side is not a picture of an ice-cream but a joint of meat. Is Ryden secretly hinting at something about our greed? Or maybe how the world has changed? You understand that beneath every picture there is a clever undertone.
B alloon Boy is a witty piece of art indeed and one which again gets you thinking on a deeper level. A boy is holding what appears to be balloons but these have changed and now are pieces of meat. They float upwards above his head and towards the pink fleshiness of the surrounding page colour. Very interesting and one which you must view yourself to understand.
The Saint Barbie illustration is again one which plays on how society is in this modern age. Fewer and fewer little girls pray to God anymore or a greater spirit - they instead turn to their friend "Saint Barbie" who they hope will fulfil their hopes and dreams.
An absolute brilliant book full of the art we all know and love Ryden for.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Small But Lovely Circus 28 Dec. 2010
By Jeannie Blue - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The art collected inside the pages of "Fushigi Circus" is some of my favorite Mark Ryden work to date. And while each piece is amazingly unique and surreal in the way that Ryden's work always is, several of the previous reviewers are entirely correct: this book is tiny! Tiny, tiny, tiny. It is hard to appreciate an intricate piece of artwork when it has been reduced down to such a miniscule size. I would not trade my copy for the world; it is, afterall, still Mark Ryden and I find his work genius and inspiring. However, I would have gladly paid the extra money to have the book in a sufficient size so that the detail of the work can truly shine through.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Ryden's best book! 10 Aug. 2013
By Mo - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have most of Mark Ryden's books. I think this one is the truest to his nature. It is all written in Japanese but the various paintings are all so great that the language doesn't even matter. It's hard to put down. I'm very happy with it!
"More than entertaining, a real treasure to have & hold" 20 July 2013
By Russell A. Rohde MD - Published on
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"Fushigi Circus" by Mark Ryden, 2nd Printing 2009 (Porterhouse) Last Gasp Publ. San Francisco. ISBN-978-0-86719-720-4. HC. 128 Pgs. in 9 1/8" x 6 1/8" (small) format. But, book format is less than awkward, reflecting perhaps the original back to front Japanese compilation with conventional introductory information on back pages, plus a bizarre pagination style with standard even-numbered pagination at bottom left, but strangely on what would correspond to a tabulation page 124, the numeration switches to triple-digit style, but weirdly omitting pages 076, 078 (and thereby also omitting pages 077 and 079)! I suppose we must wonder which Ryden's images we are missing? Paper quality, binding, color reproductions, and presentations are nicely arranged and cropped, especially so for small format.

Ryden's "Fushigi Circus" has a lot to offer to aficionados of Ryden's style paintings, beginning with the surrealistic Steam Punk front cover, and the numerous 50-60 full-color reproductions of his (in my opinion) magnificent paintings. I was curious about his reversal of the pianoforte but not the clock dial in painting entitled "The Ecstasy of Cecelia".

Without question, Ryden created unique specific niches for his novel neo-contemporary style that is being mimicked by contemporaries (though they would make a similar challenge). I find the concealed eroticism; diverse symbolic surrealistic metaphors admixed with comedic, metaphysical, and whimsical themes entrancing. Ryden's innovatively differing recipes defies easy explanation, hence its mystique.
Ryden is raw and wildly creative 28 Oct. 2014
By Harry W Wood - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Ryden is the master of this hyper realist edgy genre.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
It's pretty. 5 Feb. 2012
By Jen-n-life - Published on
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This is a pretty book, and not bad either for the price. I think perhaps one should do their homework before ordering it and find a book written in the language that you speak.
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