by dm00, not quite so cranky
I’ve been reading Yoshitoshi Abe’s Ryushika Ryushika, in which he creates a character who is half Yotsuba, and half Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes
Like Yotsuba, Ryushika is encountering the world for the first time. Like Calvin, she sometimes has an odd way of seeing things. In the chapter that concludes with the images here, she’s noticed that the world looks different when viewed from one eye or the other (parallax) — and wonders which world is the real one, and if the world looks this different to each of her eyes, it must look very different indeed through the eyes of other people. Another chapter sees her vowing vengeance on the world for a missing takoyaki, and suspects each of the people (plus a dog) she met on the way home of having snatched it (it was stuck to the lid of the box, as it happens).
Her view of Santa Claus is…. different (“Does he carry a big sack in order to stuff children into it?” she asks her brother).
The series is all in color, with ABe’s characteristic character designs (Ryushika is, perhaps, the farthest from ABe’s standard designs). The stories are Yotsuba&! simple, with a bit more of a bite — Ryushika is a bit of a brat in a way that Yotsuba is not, her siblings spend a good deal of time puzzled or annoyed by her.
The chapters are short. Ryushika talks only in hiragana (and her siblings’ kanji are pretty simple). A good deal of the stories are told visually, as we follow Ryushika around the house and yard (though she’s old enough to go down the street to by a box of takoyaki).
I’ve only found this in paper. ABe has been experimenting with digital distribution, but he hasn’t chosen to do this one that way. ABe is also fond of releasing most of his stuff in doujinshi form, this one is actually published by a real publisher, and can be found in real bookshops (I found my copy in a Kinokuniya).