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J LHLS Archives: August 2005
Saturday, August 27, 2005
An Interview with Rue Harrison, creator or Indigo Animal
The following is the transcript of a conversation which took place at The Berkeley Art Center January 26, 2005. The topic of conversation was "Art and the Unconscious." Rue Harrison, an artist as well as a practicing psychotherapist, reflected about her own experience with the appearance of the dark and mysterious animal figure which first appeared in her paintings fifteen years ago eventually evolving into the ongoing cartoon narrative "Indigo Animal." This interview originally appeared in the journal Works + Conversations, which, in many ways, has been and continues to be an inspiration for the J LHLS. The editors wish to express our deepest gratitude for permission to reprint it here.
Richard Whittaker: How shall we begin with this big subject?
Rue Harrison: My intention is to explore some questions I have which relate to the topic. I've been working as an artist all my adult life, but for the last 15 years, I've been working with a narrative which has yielded a lot for me, and I can think about it in two ways: from the standpoint of art or from the standpoint of psychology. I've become interested in it both ways. In general, the idea is that the unconscious is the part of us which remains hidden. It emerges sometimes in images and dreams, and these can become an important part of art making. [more]
Posted by Editor @ 08:10 PM PST [Link]
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Hikaru no Go, Vol. 4
By Yumi Hotta & Takeshi Obata
Translation and English adaptation by Andy Nakatani
Published by VIZ Media
Review by Tom Good
Years ago, when I first started getting interested in manga, I immediately noticed the huge variety of subjects addressed in manga stories. I was accustomed to reading American comics about superheroes. But I discovered manga stories with topics like golf, professional wrestling, or becoming a sushi chef, and I wondered if anything like that could ever appear in America. I would not have expected to one day see an English translation of Hikaru no Go for sale, because it revolves around the game of Go, a game much more popular in Asia than in English-speaking countries. [more]
Posted by Tom Good @ 01:11 PM PST [Link]
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Based on the manga by Motoi Yoshida
Produced by Geneon, 2005
Review by Kelly S. Taylor
Despite its beauty, there's a definite "ick" factor to this title. Yes, my friends, "Koi Kaze" is definitely bound to join "Flowers in the Attic" and "The Blue Lagoon" on the small and infrequently visited shelf of incest romance classics. Koshiro and Nanoka’s parents separate when Nanoka is still an infant. The two meet by chance years later and fall in love not knowing that they are siblings. They find out that they are brother and sister and the story begins in earnest. [more]
Posted by Kelly S Taylor @ 04:29 PM PST [Link]
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
BAAU Down 4
Bay Area Artists Unite
Review by Tom Good
The growing popularity of manga in the U.S. has inspired a new generation of artists to explore the style. Bay Area Artists Unite, located in the San Francisco Bay area of California, recently published their fourth annual collection of art by their members. These young artists, some of whom are still in high school, have put together some fun and promising work, and this trade paperback anthology provides a look at what may be the future of home-grown American manga.
Boy Meets Girl, by one sugar dream, shows off a sweetly flowing style and some very nice page layouts. The panels float across the page, producing a sense of motion, and the occasional overlap of elements from one panel into another helps to pull everything together. Understated character designs suit the romantic story, and my only complaint about this one is that I wish it had been longer. [more]
Posted by Tom Good @ 09:53 AM PST [Link]
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