Comic Books and Death

A Journal of My Father (Japanese: 父の暦, Hepburn: Chichi no Koyomi).
Author: Jiro Taniguchi.
Year: 1994.

The book opens with some childhood thoughts of Yoichi Yamashita spurred by a phone call at work informing him of his father’s death. So, he journeys back to his hometown after an absence of well over a decade during which time he has not seen his father. But as the relatives gather for the funeral and the stories start to flow, Yoichi’s childhood starts to resurface. The Spring afternoons playing on the floor of his father’s barber shop, the fire that ravaged the city and his family home, his parents’ divorce and a new ‘mother’. Through confidences and memories shared with those who knew him best, Yoichi rediscovers the man he had long considered an absent and rather cold father.

Chicken with Plums
Author: Marjane Satrapi.
Year: 2004.

Nasser Ali Khan, a relative of Satrapi’s and a Tar player, has his cherished instrument broken after a quarrel. The book narrates the last eight days of his life as he lost the will to live, in November 1958 in Tehran. madhg kjankfadnfasomasfomasomfoosamadfmnfadjjafsoafsnnjafsnoafjnasnsfkjnsnsfkjnfknsfskjnsfkjnafkjnaskjnaskjlnaosnasnfnsononsjnfsaknskjnaskjfnjafsknsafnjsnkjnsaosnofadhg kjankfadnfasomasfomasomfoosamadfmnfadjjafsoafsnnjafsnoafjnasnsfkjnsnsfkjnfknsfskjnsfkjnafkjnaskjnaskjlnaosnasnfnsononsjnfsaknskjnaskjfnjafsknsafnjsnkjnsaosnosnonfnjosano

A Contract with God
Author: Will Eisner.
Year: 1978.

In Russia, the young, deeply religious Hasidic Jew Frimme Hersh[a] carves a contract with God on a stone tablet to live a life of good deeds; he attributes to it his later success in life. He moves to New York, into a tenement building at 55 Dropsie Avenue, and lives a simple life devoted to God. He adopts an infant girl, Rachele, who is abandoned on his doorstep. When she dies of a sudden illness, Hersh is infuriated, and accuses God of violating their contract. He abandons his faith, shaves his beard, and lives a life as a miserly businessman in a penthouse with a gentile mistress. He illicitly uses a synagogue’s bonds that were entrusted to him to buy the tenement building in which he had lived when poor. He becomes dissatisfied with his new way of life, and decides that he needs a new contract with God to fill the emptiness he feels. He has a group of rabbis draw up a new contract, but when he returns home with it, his heart fails and he dies.

Death: The High Cost of Living
Authors: Neil Gaiman with art by Chris Bachalo and Mark Buckingham.
Year: 1993.

The main character is a teenage girl named Didi, who appears to be an eccentric, orphaned goth, but who also insists that she is Death personified, taking her one-day every hundred-year sabbatical as a living person. She guides a suicidal young male protagonist called Sexton on a journey of self-discovery. As the story goes on, Sexton gains a reason for not wishing to die, his love for the girl claiming to be Death. adhg kjankfadnfasomasfomasomfoosamadfmnfadjjafsoafsnnjafsnjlnaosnasnfnsononsjnfsaknskjnaskjfnjafsknsafnjsnkjnsao

Neon Genesis Evangelion
Author: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto.
Year: 1994.

In 2015, fifteen years after a global cataclysm known as the Second Impact, teenager Shinji Ikari is summoned to the futuristic city of Tokyo-3 by his estranged father Gendo Ikari, director of the special paramilitary force Nerv. Shinji witnesses United Nations forces battling an Angel, one of a race of giant monstrous beings whose awakening was foretold by the Dead Sea Scrolls. Because of the Angels’ near-impenetrable force-fields, Nerv’s giant Evangelion bio-machines, synchronized to the nervous systems of their pilots and possessing their own force-fields, are the only weapons capable of keeping the Angels from annihilating humanity.