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J LHLS Archives: December 2004

Monday, December 6, 2004

From Sawdust To Stardust
The Biography of DeForest Kelley, Star Trek's Dr. McCoy
By Terry Lee Rioux
Published by Pocket Books (Advance copy released 2004,
Final Version to be released 2005).

Review by Ida Vega-Landow

Of all the beloved characters in the Star Trek pantheon I could have written about, I had to end up with Doctor Leonard "Bones" McCoy. Not that I'm complaining (If I were, I'd be writing, "Damn it, Jim, I'm a Star Trek fan, not a professional book reviewer!"); the late Jackson DeForest Kelley (he never used his first name) was a Southern gentleman of the old school, the kindly father figure of the powerful command team known as Kirk, Spock and McCoy. His persona of the good old country doctor was a reassuring presence to many who viewed Gene Roddenberry's vision of the future. Risky as it is to quote from a work in progress, I can't resist quoting Ms. Rioux from Chapter XX, in which she defines both Gene's vision and Kelley's: "Gene lived and fought so that when the future arrives, there will be humans in it. DeForest lived and endured so that when the future arrives, it will be humane." [more]

Posted by Ida Vega Landow @ 01:28 PM PST [Link]

From Far Away Vol. 1
Story and Art by Kyoko Hikawa
First published in Japan by Hakusensha, Inc. 1992
Adapted and translated edition published by VIZ, 2004

Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Adolescence of Utena
Story and Art by Chiho Saito
First published in Japan by Shongakukan, Inc. 1996
Adapted and translated edition published by VIZ, 2004

Princess Mermaid
Story and Art by Junko Mizuno
First published in Japan by Bunkasha, 2003
Adapted and translated edition published by VIZ, 2004

Review by Kelly Taylor

What do comic books do? I mean other than produce that enchanting odor of molding paper that permeates so many of our closets, attics, and basements? Do they express forbidden hopes? Fears? Dreams? Aggressions? Desires? Reading Japanese comics (called manga) always makes me wonder about the true functionality of American comics. In Japanese hands, what is familiar about the genre becomes defamilarized. What is natural and normal becomes exotic and dreamlike. Transplanted from their cultural context into ours, Japanese comics make a reader like me aware of the subtle nuances of the process of consuming this category of entertainment artifacts and our collective motivations for producing and collecting picture books for grown-ups. [more]

Posted by Kelly Taylor @ 11:09 AM PST [Link]

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