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J LHLS Archives: April 2007

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Sakuracon 2007

by Tom Good

Cosplayers dressed as Kei and Yuri from 'Dirty Pair'

Sakuracon celebrated its tenth anniversary by putting together its largest event ever, with attendance topping 20,000 over 3 days at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, including over 11,000 individual memberships. Outdoor areas that had been nearly deserted last year were crowded with people on Saturday, and the convention seemed not just bigger, but also better than ever. The opening ceremonies included a speech by the Consul General of Japan, who complimented the costumes at the convention, and said he had just started reading the Fullmetal Alchemist manga in Japanese. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 09:02 PM PST [Link]

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Updated 051107 with Pibgorns acutal url: http://gocomics.com/pibgorn/
050707 Update: May 7, 2007: Pibgorn's new home will be at www.gocomics.com/pibgorn on May 14!

042007 Update: Pibgorn has a Live Journal for announcements and other news.

From Brooke McEldowney:

"With United Media's announcement that "Pibgorn" is to be discontinued, I have been inundated with e-mail, much of it agitated and distressed. I'm very sorry you had to get the news in this rather dispassionate way. That I may answer your central question forthwith, I've composed this response for everyone so please forgive me if I seem impersonal.

"PIBGORN" WILL CONTINUE.

"There. That is the main thing I wanted to say. Comics.com, however, will, as they have announced, no longer be the source. Nothing dramatic happened, really. I simply came to feel that the editorial needs of comics.com and those of "Pibgorn" were becoming more and more divergent and incompatible. For this reason I asked to be released from my contract with United Media in order to secure a new online home for "Pibgorn." United Media most graciously, and reluctantly, agreed. In short order I hope to get Pib back up and flying.

"Meanwhile, you have seen the most current installments of "Pibgorn." Hold that thought. We'll be back.

"All best wishes, and thanks so very much for writing.

"Brooke McEldowney
"9 Chickweed Lane
"and
"Pibgorn"

Whew! So hopefully we all won't be Pibgorn-less for too long. Don't forget the Pibgorn essay and McEldowney interview in J LHLS Issue 3 if you really need a Pib fix.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 04:50 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Ichigenme, volume 1
By Fumi Yoshinaga
Published by the 801 Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.

Review by Ginger Mayerson

In "Ichigenme," volume 1, one of the first offerings from the adult yaoi line from the 801 imprint at Digital Manga, we meet some very hard partying law students making fools of themselves at a party and shocking the one conservative (or repressed maybe) guy in their class. His name is Tamiya and the cute drunk guy named Tohdou lays a big wet kiss on him that completely traumatizes him. I think a little yaoi reading would do Tamiya a world of good. So, anyway, back in yaoiland, Tamiya and Tohdou circle, collide, circle, collide, pretty much for the rest of the book. While all this is going on we learn that Tamiya is the brilliant, virtuous scholarship boy and Tohdou is a rich, louche, but brilliant, brat in the same law class. In fact, everyone in this law class is a rich, louche brat, either brilliant or well connected, and has tons of personal problems. My heart certainly bled for one exceptionally beautiful girl whose boyfriend was "too" rich. Yoshinaga or the translator spend a little time explaining how the "zemi" system, or seminar system, in this law school works. I still wasn't completely clear on it, but it doesn't really have much to do with the main story of Tamiya and Tohdou. Along with some smokin' sex scenes, there's a lot of cooking and cuddling in this book because Tamiya and Tohdou sort of settle into a domestic routine very quickly. Their domestic life seems to be more rewarding than their feints at being lovers, but I personally thought they should just calm down a little and let things naturally take their course. Of course nobody in these books listens to me, if they did, they'd all be the size of "War and Peace." [more]

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:55 PM PST [Link]

The Sky Over My Spectacles
By Mio Tennohji
Published by the 801 Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.

Review by Ginger Mayerson

Digital Manga has decided to get in on some of the "No Minors Allowed" yaoi action with their new imprint, 801. Well, okay, I haven't been a minor for a while now, so I'm probably up to speed for reviewing at least one of their titles, "The Sky over my Spectacles." Fanboys and minors, avert your eyes. [more]

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:52 PM PST [Link]

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