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Cinema Panopticum

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  965 ratings  ·  99 reviews
T. 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 ...more
Hardcover, 104 pages
Published July 17th 2005 by Fantagraphics (first published June 1st 2005)
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Sam Quixote
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The framing device of the book is of a girl at a carnival who discovers that she hasn’t enough money for any of the rides or stalls - that is until she finds a small, unattended attraction called Cinema Panopticum. 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
Oct 03, 2012 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. Cinema Panopticum reminds me, in many ways, of my favorite TV show of all time, The Twilight Zone. 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 ...more
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.
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
Coos Burton

Cuando leí que era un comic ampliamente recomendado para fans de "Cuentos de la Cripta" y "La Dimensión Desconocida" sentí que era inconcebible que yo no lo leyera, siendo fanática a muerte de ambas series. Y efectivamente sentí la vibra de estas series, cosa que me gustó mucho, aunque las historias se me hicieron exageradamente cortas, un poco insípidas, daban para una extensión mayor. Por otro lado, esas ilustraciones en blanco y negro son verdaderamente alucinantes, muy acordes al tipo de
David Schaafsma
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.
May 24, 2015 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.
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Велико е това! Мирише на тежки плюшени завеси (леко прашни) и на стари книги, и на прожекционен апарат, от който се донасят пращения и необясними звуци. Радост за окото и въображението!
Mohammed Hmood
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another amazing graphic novel.. Thank you goodreads for the suggestion
Dov Zeller
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphics-comics
What a perfectly put-together book. A girl wanders through a fair looking for amusement but finds she doesn't have enough money to enjoy any of its novelties until she happens across an empty booth. "Cinema Panopticum" is part of the fair and yet stands alone and takes the girl away from the mundane into the horrific. There are five little machines, like games in an arcade, but each machine plays a terrifying little movie and she has just enough coins to watch each one, almost as if this encount ...more
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantagraphics
Perhaps the best collection of short horror(ish) stories I have ever read, I was really taken off guard by how much I enjoyed Panopticum. I've never been a huge fan of short stories, and all the Lovecraft style monster tales I've been reading have always left me feeling like things were cut off just as they were getting interesting!

Not so with Panopticum. Three short stories within an overarching narative, each part has a distinct intro, middle and end. The stories are all mind bendingly peculia
Andrés Santiago
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Escheresque and nightmarish, one of the best graphic novels Ive ever read. Haunting and beautiful, I could re-read this ad nauseam. ...more
vostendrasamigos yotengolibros
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love Thomas Ott, what else can I say
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
No words are needed here except for the titles of the different sections. This story is worth reading immediately after reading. It is circular in a way that entirely works.
Sooraya Evans
May 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Loved the use of framing device.
The hotel story was indeed creepy and disturbing.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Santiago Eximeno
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Maravilloso. Una preciosidad de libro.
Omg <3 This graphic book is definately a masterpiece!
Chad Jordahl
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Engaging little book, excellent emotive black-and-white drawings
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cinema Panopticum caught my attention mainly because of the fact that it has the word "cinema" in its title. When it comes to cinema, I feel like I am pulled towards anything to do with it, and pretty much the moment I laid my eyes on this, I picked it up and walked towards the check-out counter.

Cinema Panopticum is a collection of five graphic horror novelettes, which are The Prophet, The Wonder Pill, La Lucha, The Hotel and The Girl. The first story in the book, that being The Girl, introduce
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Strong framing device.
A funny-scary-bizzare work by Thomas Ott, a name I just recently knew about, but his works had given me much enjoyment. I particulary love this one, a series of stories inside a story, which could be read/watch separately - every parts are solid and properly told, or read/watch entirely as whole - and feel the ghastly excitement.

The Girl
A little girl wants to have some fun on an amusment park, but she only has 5 dimes. Everything are too expensive, except for Cinema Panopticum. A dime per cinema
Mi piace l’horror, non perché mi spaventi (per nulla), ma per una sorta di gusto per il macabro, di attrazione per il ripugnante.
Purtroppo oggi le produzioni del settore sono per lo più superficiali e scialbe, c’è ben poco di ben costruito, che spicchi per contenuti e originalità.

Cinema Panopticum di Thomas Ott credo possa essere annoverato tra quanto valido di considerazione, pur essendo un breve fumetto muto (non compaiono dialoghi), è in grado di insinuare uno strisciante senso di inquietudin
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel

Several of the frames I wish I could have larger for prints in my house. This is the first time I've ever "read" an all-graphics graphic novel, however this didn't leave anything lacking. I feel like any text added would've detracted from such a wonderful experience I had with filling in the gaps.
Very quick read (less than 15 minutes) but I know I'll be coming back to it again and again to admire the beautiful art in this.

Only taking off half a star from the full five because I wish I had a
Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, horror, ebook
I've always been fascinated by wordless narration and by what it takes from the narrator to effectively tell such a story. Well Ott here gives us a sample of how to do it, and then some. He pulls it off masterfully and is able to get us through a couple of darkly humorous, surprising stories without uttering a single word. It also should be noted that he is an impressive illustrator and that it is quite obvious that he has mastered his technique and style. I really loved this and I'm looking for ...more
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A very clever, wordless graphic novel. A young girl at a carnival finds the only amusement she can afford is the Cinema Panopticum. The following five stories are the little films she watches: The Hotel, The Champion, The Experiment, The Prophet and The Girl. Each wordless little story has a horror twist at the end which are actually quite quirky and disturbing, in the vein of some of the better Twilight Zone episodes. The art is lovely, scratchboard white on black which gives a dark, atmospheri ...more
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sequential-art, art
I liked Thomas Ott's artwork. The high contrast black and white images, highly detailed and expressive, render the surreal, dark and twisted atmosphere perfectly. His framing is brilliant too.
Cinema Panopticum consists of five surreal, Kafkaesque stories. The first story was absolutely brilliant.
محمود راضي
Mar 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books
هذا الكتاب انتهيت من قراءته حرفيًا في أقل من ربع الساعة، ربما ﻷن توماس أوت في جميع أعماله المصورة يعتمد على الصورة فقط، لكنه بالرغم من ذلك هو يبحث عن الأثر الذي سيتركه في قارئه بعد الانتهاء من القراءة، خاصة مع الطابع الكابوسي الذي يغلف جميع حكايات الكتاب، وجميع كتبه على حد سواء.
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-and-comix
Ott's art is always delicious to look at, and he takes the tired art-horror tropes to new and disturbing levels. If Lynd Ward and Ingmar Bergman had a child, it'd turn out something like Thomas Ott.
Elizabeth Drake
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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"Thomas Ott was born in Zürich in 1966. He received training as a graphic artist at the School of Design in Zürich and has been a free-lance comics artist and illustrator since 1987. From 1998-2001 Ott attended film studies at the University of Art and Design (HGK), Zürich. He currently lives and works in Zürich and Paris. Ott is also the lead singer of The Playboys." -Fantagraphics Books
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