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J LHLS Archives: October 2005
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Arcadia of my Middle Age
Some thoughts on Space Pirate Captain Harlock
A Revessay by Ginger Mayerson
Ginger Mayerson: Alex Row is very sexy. ... Where did this character come from? What was the inspiration for Alex Row?
Range Murata: The director and writer asked me to model him after Captain Harlock, who is from an earlier anime series. He's a character that goes by himself, a loner. Captain Harlock is that character, and they asked me to make Alex Row Captain Harlock-ish. Same kind of black clothes.
An Interview with Range Murata, July 3, 2005
Famous last words: What's Captain Harlock?
Disclaimer: Eventually I'll send "Arcadia of my Youth" and "Space Pirate Captain Herlock, The Endless Odyssey, Outside Legend" from the completely wonderful people at AnimEigo and Geneon, to the completely wonderful Kelly Taylor for a real review. She's a very serious person. Years ago, she used to watch undubbed and unsubtitled versions of bootlegged Harlock and then wait for translations to be posted to the BBS. I mean, wow! Anyway, she's the one who noticed that AnimEigo had "Arcadia of my Youth" and then I noticed Herlock at Geneon, and then I watched those DVDs and this essay-like thing you're about to read (unless you've surfed off) is what happened next. Although they both start with letter "e," this is more of an exorcism than an essay. That being said, all that's left to say is: Proceed at your own risk. [more]
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:26 PM PST [Link]
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Beg the Question
by Bob Fingerman
Review by Tom Good
Like an X-Rated Seinfeld, this story pits some young New Yorkers against the absurdities of life, and gives them free reign to amuse us by talking in circles about nothing. Rob, the semi-autobiographical main character, is a comic artist who pays the bills by drawing pornographic comics but dreams of doing more with his art. When he's not drawing sex, fantasizing about sex, or talking to his friends about sex, he's having sex with his girlfriend Sylvia. This is shown in a fairly explicit way, but it does not exactly come across as erotic because of the matter-of-fact way it is presented. Unlike the smut comics Rob draws, this seems more like a documentary that happens to include all aspects of the characters' lives, their sexuality as well as their insecurities. [more]
Posted by Tom Good @ 12:19 PM PST [Link]
Sunday, October 23, 2005
Only With a Highlander
By Janet Chapman
Published by Pocket Books
Review by Lynn Loper
I started out this review by picking the book apart. But then I thought about it.
The embittered man who cannot love, and the young innocent woman who loves him and endears herself to him is an old, old plot, and that's essentially what you'll get with "Only With a Highlander" by Janet Chapman.
There's a very superficial Scottish flavor (Scottish names, the usage of "Nay" and "bairns" a few times, kilts, sword fights), but really, these people might as well be Hungarian, for all the Scots cultural traits they show.
There's some popular magic (Druids, time travel, a ludicrous "I'm my own grandmother" ending). But a ten-year-old who's read a Harry Potter book would expect something more sophisticated. There are hidden identities, trees of life, spells and talking animals. These are all things that a mundane writer who's watched 24 hours of TV on Scifi can pick up and use. [more]
Posted by Lynn Loper @ 01:27 PM PST [Link]
Angry Youth Comix #9
By Johnny Ryan
Published by Fantagraphics Books, Inc.
Visit Johnny's Site: http://www.johnnyr.com
Review by Kathy LaFollett
In their October 6 issue, Rolling Stone Magazine named Johnny Ryan "2005 Hot Cartoonist".
As an aficionado of MAD Magazine, this does not come as a surprise. I've seen his work add to the chutzpah of MAD Magazine and I can attest to the fact he's neither a drug addict nor a sociopath; but for reasons of National Security we really cannot comment further on the subject. [more]
Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 07:42 AM PST [Link]
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