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J LHLS Archives: June 2006

Saturday, June 10, 2006

The Ticking
By Renee French
Published by Top Shelf

Review by Leigh Anne Wilson

There’s this really great scene in the remake of The Fugitive, where we're introduced to Tommy Lee Jones' big cheese U.S. Marshall character for the first time. He gets out of his car and walks quietly up to the scene of Harrison Ford’s latest escape. The officer in charge on the scene is frantic, running around and barking at people and letting everyone, including Tommy Lee Jones, know that he is someone very important indeed. [more]

Posted by Leigh Anne Wilson @ 11:04 AM PST [Link]

Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Project X Cup Noodle
by Tadashi Katoh
Digital Manga Publishing

Review by Tom Good

If you've ever eaten a serving of Nissin Cup Noodle instant ramen, you must have wondered about how all the designs, technologies, and ingredients in this product came about, and what kind of heroic corporate workers contributed to its creation. Well, OK, actually you probably didn't -- but you should have, because the story is interesting. This nonfiction manga dishes out all the behind-the-scenes facts about the development of the Cup Noodle. It would be easy to make fun of how seriously these businessmen take instant ramen, and laugh at lines like "No food so convenient! No food so indispensable!" But it's hard to argue with the number: 8.2 billion served per year. Creating something so colossally successful really is a fantastic achievement. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 11:22 PM PST [Link]

Tuesday, June 6, 2006

VIZ Sweeps the Bookscan Top Ten

VIZ's manga titles swept all ten top spots on Nielsen BookScan’s Adult Fiction Overall Graphic Novel list for the week ending May 28, 2006.

The top ten titles were:

1. NARUTO, Volume 10
2. RUROUNI KENSHIN, Volume 27
3. NARUTO, Volume 9
4. BLEACH, Volume 13
5. FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, Volume 7
6. NARUTO, Volume 1
7. NARUTO, Volume 8
8. NARUTO, Volume 2
9. DEATH NOTE, Volume 5
10. NARUTO, Volume 7

"We are extremely gratified to see ten of our manga titles on Bookscan’s Top Ten," stated John Easum, Executive Vice President of VIZ Media. "It’s not a stretch to say that NARUTO has become the most popular anime and manga property in North America and the favorable placement of six volumes of the series in the Bookscan list validates that. We look forward to the continued stellar success of the series. We also anticipate continued growth for our other top performing titles such as BLEACH and DEATH NOTE, and we are optimistic that some new VIZ titles will also soon break the top ten!"

I was pleased to see Death Note make the list. It has one of the most intricate and satisfying plots of any of the manga on my reading list, and it reminds me of a Sherlock Holmes story. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 08:32 PM PST [Link]

MOME Vol. 3 (Winter 2006)
Fantagraphics Books

Review by Tom Good

This volume of the MOME comics anthology contains one outstanding piece: The Armed Garden by David B. The story begins in 1415, based on the historical events of the Hussite Wars in Bohemia. Rebelling against the Catholic church, the followers of Jan Hus first fight against the armies of the Pope, then after splitting into rival Taborite and Adamite sects they find themselves in conflict with each other. But though it begins as if it intends to present a history lesson, the story quickly evolves into a work of magical realism, full of supernatural beings, talking animals, and dreamlike visuals. When the Adamite leader Rohan engages the Taborite preachers in theological debate, the drawing shows the letters of their words floating over their heads, clutching swords and other weapons, as if the words are having a literal battle. The art has an intense, calligraphic style that makes this a haunting work of dark fantasy. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 08:21 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, June 4, 2006

Coffee and Donuts
by Max Estes
Published by Top Shelf

Review by Leigh Anne Wilson

For several years the foyer of my old apartment building served as a nighttime resting area for two homeless men. As soon as night would fall and the Chicago winter wind would start piercing the flesh and chilling down to the bone, they would show up at our building, settle down onto the chilly ceramic tile floor and sleep in a layered huddle. The foyer was unheated, but as long as they weren’t rousted back out into the elements, they wouldn’t freeze to death. None of us ever had the heart to complain about having to step over their bodies as they snoozed away beneath our mailboxes, and eventually we became attached to them in the way urban people are about the neighborhood homeless – we left gifts of sandwiches and cans of soda next to them for when they woke up, and we worried amongst ourselves on cold nights when we would come home from the clubs and they weren’t there. [more]

Posted by Leigh Anne Wilson @ 05:44 PM PST [Link]

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