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. 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.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Cinema Panopticum by Thomas Ott. Cinema Panopticum by Thomas Ott. Ott plunges into the darkness with five new 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 and running between 16 to 20 pages.
The first story in the book introduces the other four: A little girl visits an amusement park. She looks fascina T. She looks fascinated, but finds everything too expensive. 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 Wonderpill," 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 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 Shamalayan's films; his artwork will haunt you long after you've put the book down. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published July 17th by Fantagraphics first published June 1st More Details Original Title. Other Editions 8.
Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Cinema Panopticum , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Cinema Panopticum. In this silent short story collection, a girl visits a fair where she can only afford one attraction, a "cinema" which will allow her to experience five absurd and horrible stories.
The hotel A man makes himself comfortable in an apparently empty hotel. The champion A wrestler has to fight his last demon. The experiment Don't forget to take your meds. The prophet The truth is out there. The girl Some things just can't be unseen. A mysterious, intriguing and disturbing collection.
One of the In this silent short story collection, a girl visits a fair where she can only afford one attraction, a "cinema" which will allow her to experience five absurd and horrible stories. One of the author's best! Sep 20, Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing. Inside it are 5 sets with screens, all cheap. She puts a coin in each and watches them one by one The Hotel is a Kafka-esque tale of a man wanting to stay the night in, what turns out to be, an empty hotel.
Finding a lavish spread in one room, he feasts upon it and then goes to bed. He awakens in the middle of the night with an ache in his gut The Champion sees a Mexican wrestler literally fighting for his life against Death. The Prophet follows a homeless man and his attempts to spread the word that the world is doomed.
The Experiment features a mad scientist and his experiment on a man with poor eyesight. Thomas Ott excels at the storytelling in all of the shorts here, all without words. The black and white scratchboard technique he uses so skilfully perfectly matches the tone of mounting horror in each of the macabre stories and has you rifling through the pages, devouring each brilliant story much too quickly!
The level of artistry is just astonishingly high. Cinema Panopticum is my favourite Thomas Ott book and I heartily recommend this, and his entire body of work, to all comics fans. His nightmares are too good not to be experienced!
Oct 03, Forrest rated it it was amazing. From the framing story of The Girl wandering the carnival to the vignettes she discovers in the Cinema Panopticum, this wordless graphic novel is a complete "artifact" with no loose ends. The stories are surreal and horrific with a touch of dark humor. This work might be considered the flip side to the cute, surreal Ojingogo , with one side of the coin Panopticum having a drop of humor in a bucket From the framing story of The Girl wandering the carnival to the vignettes she discovers in the Cinema Panopticum, this wordless graphic novel is a complete "artifact" with no loose ends.
This work might be considered the flip side to the cute, surreal Ojingogo , with one side of the coin Panopticum having a drop of humor in a bucket of surreal horror, and the other Ojingogo having a drop of darkness to its bucket of lighthearted, surreal humor. But readers need not compare Cinema Panopticum to other works in order to see the work's brilliance. It stands quite well on its own as a book in which the weight of the artwork is commensurate with the gravity of the stories it portrays.
The scratchboard technique used throughout is, by its very nature, a little rough-edged, though this grittiness is foiled by the elegance of expression that Ott imparts to his characters. His faces exude the underlying thoughts and feelings of each character: curiosity, laughter, disgust, and, most of all, terror; all in a wonderfully clever and even moving series of wordless stories that one will not soon forget.
Jan 16, Sophie rated it really liked it Shelves: comics-graphic-novels. A grotesque graphic novel, wordless and, thus, completely atmospheric, that consists of a series of stories , or rather vignettes, that are all linked together.
Absolutely mesmerizing, with healthy doses of Kafka-esque dark humour. Jul 29, David Schaafsma rated it it was amazing Shelves: gn-european , gn-silent , books-loved , gn-horror , best-graphic-lit-ever. Gorgeously rendered black and white scratchboard graphic novel of a girl who goes to a carnival to pay pennies to see four thoughtful, not graphic, but still successfully unsettling horror movies in what is called Cinema Panopticum.
Silent, and thus somehow even more unsettling. One of several sort of similar and silent works by Ott. Terrific work, highly recommend. This short graphic novel can be read in less than 15 minutes. Its lack of dialogues makes the black and white images even more powerful than they already are.
It consists of 5 stories, each exceptional and creepy in its own way. For a fan of The Twilight Zone like me, this graphic novel is like Christmas time. View 1 comment. May 24, Lee rated it liked it Shelves: graphic. I don't have much to say about this one, other than the first short story; the hotel, was absolutely brilliant and hilarious. I loved the ending, brilliant! The rest to be honest were pretty average. But The Hotel made up for it. Feb 19, Mohammed Hmood rated it really liked it.
Another amazing graphic novel..
Welcome to 31 Days of Horror Comics , where I will spotlight some of the best horror comics around, as chosen by a bunch of my favorite horror comic writers and artists around! Today's creator is Lisandro Estherren, the artist for the wonderfully twisted horror series, Redneck, from Image Comics with writer Donny Cates It's a really great read and since they're taking a break before 25, you have time to go catch up on the whole series! Very much recommended! This is a silent comic that narrates four short stories, linked by a common character, a young girl who is watching this stories through a coin operated boxes, in a undefinied town fair. The drawing textures, the blackness and the unsettling atmosphere builted page after page of mute narrative makes this comic a unique piece.