The Two Bullies

 

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The distinctly Asian design and layout of The Two Bullies creates a sense of authenticity within Morimoto’s work.  Using an upright, calendar layout, allows The Two Bullies to retain vertical connection to the original Japanese script from which it has been translated. Within the picture book Morimoto explores the nature of fear and control and indicates that the appearance of power is often as effective as power itself. The use of subsequent zooming and low angle drawings accentuates the power of the two bullies and emphasises the dominant position they hold within their respective societies. By transforming a cultural myth into a picture book, Morimoto is validating the medium of visual text as a conduit for cultural construct.

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