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J LHLS Archives: November 2005

Thursday, November 3, 2005

Spiral-Bound: Top Secret Summer
by Aaron Renier
Top Shelf Comics

Review by Kathryn Ramage

So, you're a shy little elephant named Turnip living in an average small town with your dad (who makes a mean peanut stroganoff) and you dream of being an astronaut. Your new best friend, a hound-dog named Stucky, has a crush on the girl who sat two seats ahead of him in school; she's a bunny-rabbit with journalistic ambitions, and becomes the 'cub' reporter for an underground newspaper run by a dryly humorous and old-fashioned hipster tortoise. You're taking a summer art class--the teacher, Ms. Skrimshaw, is a baleen whale who gets around on dry land in an enormous water-filled globe on a giant tractor--and you have to come up with a good idea for a sculpting project. [more]

Posted by Kathryn L Ramage @ 02:01 PM PST [Link]

Yaoi-con of my Middle Age
By Ginger Mayerson

EDIT 111005: Here's a link to Lene Taylor's Yaoi-Con podcast, with me! And also special guest Isaac Lew of Digital Manga Publishing. Podcast 14 and I read comics website.

So I decided to go to Yaoi-Con No. 5 and I'm very glad I did. [more]

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 10:26 AM PST [Link]

Tuesday, November 1, 2005

Alien Rock: The Rock'n'Roll Extraterrestrial Connection
By Michael C. Luckman
Published by Pocket Books

Review by Richard Mellott

Just the title is enough to get a skeptic like me going on and on about the nut-jobs roaming the planet…and then I thought, I like science fiction, why not go along for a pretend ride? So, Google in hand, I proceeded to read, giggle, and google names, dates, and stories. I wanted to check into these stories about Aliens and Rock Stars.

I started doing the dates and names together, and got some interesting results. I did find that some of the people he mentions did exist, but not in relationship to the artists or events in question. When I began to see that happening again and again, I realized this author probably just used the art of juxtaposition to bring unlikely stories together, with a sense of reality. One of the rock concerts he talks about happened on the dates he mentioned, and was organized by the managers that he names, but the key figures never mention the events he talks about in his book. I am referring to a man named Dr. Don Hamrick, who was supposed to have been introduced to John Lennon as a concert promoter. The mention of two other concert promoters, John Brower and Ritchie Yorke, who were actually associated with a peace festival in Toronto in 1970, apparently lent some credibility to the story. Hamrick's alias of Z. Charneau didn't show up anywhere, either. So, I began to see how, by inserting a "mysterious character" he was able to spin fantastic tales that gave a sense of historic basis in fact, a common ploy used by historical fiction writers. That's all well and good in a literary piece, but not in a supposed reality-based story about aliens. [more]

Posted by Richard Mellott @ 06:45 PM PST [Link]

Monday, October 31, 2005

Fafner, Vol. 2
"Ultimate Sacrifice"

DVD
Distributed by Geneon

Review by Tom Good

I tend to mentally classify anime according to how much yelling they contain. Action/adventure and science fiction anime often have a lot of yelling (with some notable exceptions like Cowboy Bebop). And for some reason, stories with giant mecha are usually scream-fests. There may be a direct correlation between the size of the monsters or mecha that the heroes must fight, and the amount and volume of yelling. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 07:12 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence
After The Long Goodbye

by Masaki Yamada
translated by Yuji Oniki with Carl Gustav Horn
Published by VIZ Media

Review by Tom Good

Sometimes a hard-boiled cyborg detective just wants to do the right thing for his dog. He'll go out in the rain to get her favorite dog food. And if his dog goes missing, he'll do anything to track her down. His electronic brain gives him superior reflexes, but it has its vulnerabilites. Hackers can insert false data into his memories. And his love for his dog may lead him into great danger. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 04:16 PM PST [Link]

Mermaid Forest, Vol. 2
"Bitter Flesh"

by Rumiko Takahashi
Distributed by Geneon

Review by Tom Good

Eating mermaid flesh grants some people the gift of immortality, but drives others insane or turns them into deformed monsters. Yuta and Mana came out on the good side of this gamble, and gained immortality and healing abilities from their supernatural snack. But when Mana gets hit by a truck, Yuta arrives at the clinic looking for her, only to be told that Mana has already left. He searches a nearby forest, which is rumored to contain the burial site of a mermaid. Then a giant monster dog attacks him, and it seems that the dog's owner may have her own plans for Mana. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 03:27 PM PST [Link]

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