If there’s one thing that bugs me, and many others, it’s the fact that some individuals will compare the work of one person to another by calling them the ‘so and so’ of this or that. In other words, Junji Ito being called the “Cronenberg of manga” feels a little too much like the need of the public to minimize a person’s work by citing another famous name in the industry by which to compare it. Many would claim that this isn’t the case, that they’re simply drawing a parallel between one person’s work and another, and that’s usually the case. Those that find it necessary to say things such as ‘the next Stephen King’ or ‘the next Stanley Kubrick’ and so on so forth only show their lack of ability to recognize artistry for what it is, an achievement that doesn’t need to be compared in such a manner so as to allow Junji Ito to have his own time in the sun without being likened to another artist. It’s very possible that Junji doesn’t care if he’s likened to other artists and might even find it flattering, but it’s still a bit annoying to think that being ‘the next’ anything is what people are willing to do in order to justify their interest in someone’s work.