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J LHLS Archives: August 2005

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Too much of a good thing? Well, maybe. J LHLS M&E has a few spots for new reviewers in books, graphic novels and anime. Inquire within.

Posted by Editor @ 10:19 PM PST [Link]

Friday, August 12, 2005

Escential Lotions and Oils Perfumes
Specialty perfume blends - White Flower, Plum Blossom, Sensuality, and Suede

Review by Kathy LaFollett

This is my second review of Escential products, lucky me!

White Flower is a fresh, VERY light fragrance. It's a perfect for applying after a shower right along with your lotion. At least that's what I do. Feminine and clean I'd consider it a summer fragrance to be sure. [more]

Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 12:35 PM PST [Link]

Chrono Code, Volume 1
Story by Eui-Cheol Shin
Art by Il-Ho Choi
Published by Tokyopop

Review by Kathy LaFollett

Three people lost in time and space struggle to find each other in hopes of changing destiny. With a satellite, secret code and "future" police on their tails they must rely on a girl, with amnesia, to unlock the secrets lost in the very time and space they now travel in.

Her friends, in the future, are the answer. [more]

Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 12:33 PM PST [Link]

MBQ, Volume 1
Art and story: Felipe Smith
Published by TOKYOPOP

Review by Kathy LaFollett

"Omario is a struggling artist who's got quite the chip on his shoulder - but he better get over himself before he ends up flipping burgers at MBQ, the local fast-food restaurant. When the hopes and absurdities of trying to make it in this world clash, Omario just might melt down like a cheeseburger under a blazing heat lamp..."

Filipe Smith presents: Life, real...or "What no one tells you REALLY happens in REAL life". [more]

Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 12:27 PM PST [Link]

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Happiness Sold Separately
By: Libby Street
Published by DownTown Press -- PocketBooks

Review by Kathy LaFollett

If you are female aged 13 - 101, you'll be enamored with this story. If you are over 21 you'll find yourself giggling while reading as your own parallel memories are coaxed alongside the storyline.

Really, the collaborating authors known as Libby Street have offered a wonderful avenue bringing back gentle memories of being a young, confused, scared, and a dramatically driven female. Doesn't matter when you were that age, yesterday or 50 years ago, moments will stir in your heart and you will giggle and smile all the way to the end of Happiness Sold Separately. [more]

Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 03:48 PM PST [Link]

Monday, August 8, 2005

J LHLS Reviewer News

Via J LHLS, Kathryn L Ramage and Tom Good have been asked by MangaLife.com, the new manga review site of the Silver Bullet Comics pages, to reprint their manga reviews.

The last few lines from Kathy LaFollett's review of A Time to Heal grace the very first page of the new Trek book, "Vanguard, Book One," with other reviews of author David Mack's work.

Congratulations everyone. J LHLS has always had some of the best writers and writing on or off the web, and I'm glad Kathy, Kit, and Tom are getting some recognition for the wonderful work they do here.

Posted by Editor @ 02:32 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, August 7, 2005

I"s, Vol. 1 and 2
By Masakazu Katsura
Published by VIZ Media

Review by Tom Good

"Did a girl in her underwear just... come through that door? Maybe I'm getting too good at fantasizing?" -- Ichitaka, in I"s Vol. 2

This series made me stop and think about what makes a sexy manga work well. On one end of the spectrum is the type of comic where a woman decides to go into battle against heavily armed robots wearing only a metallic bikini, using combat moves straight from the Cheerleading Style of Kung Fu. Although the drawings may be racy, the reader is left bewildered by the sheer implausibility and awkwardness of the proceedings. At the other end, there are manga like Sokora Refugees and I"s, where sexy illustrations fit into a fully-realized world with likable characters and an intelligent plot. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 08:55 PM PST [Link]

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab perfume oils: Snake Oil, Languor, The Hanging Gardens, Tezcatlipoca, Jabberwocky, and Absinthe.

Review by Tom Good

Let me start by saying that I really like interesting scents. Right now I have eleven different kinds of incense in my living room, and probably a dozen different scented candles scattered around the house. My current collection of colognes includes Luciano Soprani Uomo, Gucci for Men, Carolina Herrera 212 for Men, and L'eau Par Kenzo. Whenever I am in New York or Las Vegas, I always take the time to go to Sephora and check out new perfumes. So I was very pleasantly surprised to discover Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, a company with a unique and fascinating approach to scents. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 08:31 PM PST [Link]

My favorite Goth perfumers - Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - perfume review.

Review by Ginger Mayerson

What they say about it:

TWO, FIVE and SEVEN (Mad Tea Party)
A huge bouquet of squished rose petals: Bulgarian rose, Somalian rose, Turkish rose, Damascus rose, red and white rose, tea rose, wine rose, shrub roses, rose, rose, rose...

...and just an itty bitty bit of green grass.

What I thought:

When I first put it on, the tea and wine rose and grass were very strong. I thought it had a citrus tone to it, but then I realized it's the wine smell that's really intense, if not overwhelming, and it never mellows.

I found this a shame because I like rose scents. Now I know I like them in moderation and only one at a time.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:29 PM PST [Link]

Sticky 3
Story by Dale Lazarov
Art by Steve MacIsaac
Published by Eros

Review by Ginger Mayerson

Sticky 3, in fact, all the Sticky comic books, are master lessons in storytelling. There's not a word of dialogue and the narrative is perfectly clear. I used to hang around USC film school (looking for the next George Lucas's student film to score) and one of the students (whose film I did score) told me that the example her teachers used for non-verbal narrative was "Witness," where the most important action has no dialogue. If you haven't seen "Witness," well, try to; it's worth whatever effort you have to put into it. If they teach non-dialogue narrative in sequential art classes, these Sticky books could be their textbooks. Heh. [more]

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:26 PM PST [Link]

Sticky 2
Story by Dale Lazarov
Art by Steve MacIsaac
Published by Eros

J LHLS would like to thank Eros Comix for this copy of Sticky 2, which was given to us at Comic Con. J LHLS reviewer Lene Taylor isn't writing reviews these days, alas, but she is podcasting about the comics she's received from J LHLS. This review originally appeared on show number 6 at I Read Comics. ED

Transcribed from Lene Taylor's I Read Comics, Show 6: [more]

Posted by Editor @ 08:04 PM PST [Link]

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