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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
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J LHLS Archives: December 2004

Friday, December 17, 2004

Vagabond, No. 17
By Takehiko Inoue
Publisher: VIZ

Review by Tom Good

Vagabond, based on the book Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa, tells the story of Miyamoto Musashi, one of the most famous swordsmen in Japanese history. But this episode concerns the deaf but highly talented swordsman Sasaki Kojiro, who will one day fight a duel against Musashi. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 10:18 AM PST [Link]

MAD Magazine - 20 Dumbest of 2004
No. 449 January 2005
Published by: EC Publications
www.madmag.com

Review by Kathy LaFollett

Back in the 70s I was addicted to Mad Magazine. So much so that at the age of 13 I sent in a portfolio of work hoping to garner employment as a cartoonist/humorist. But Alas, my character "Mr. Tic" didn't make the grade. I received a rejection letter with a personal note from Alfred E. Newman though. Which I slept with for months. I knew Alfred didn't REALLY exist, and that some editor was kind enough to take the time to let me know my talent was young and rough, but could go somewhere if I chose to take it forward. I still have that letter. I also still have an addiction to the pointed irreverence only dished out by the mind boggling talent found in Mad Magazine. [more]

Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 09:24 AM PST [Link]

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Sensual Phrase #5
by Mayu Shinjo
Publisher: Viz

Review by Tom Good

Aine, a high school girl, is in love with her pop star schoolmate Sakuya, who is in a band called "Lucifer." But Tomoyuki, another pop star from the group "Jesus" also has designs on Aine, and he is not above using a little hypnosis to get his way.

In this story, every character's hair flows and drapes so beautifully that at times it seems like a shampoo commercial that forgot to mention the product, and instead evolved a complex plot. This plot is pretty standard fare for a romance manga, and the characters are likewise drawn with an elegant and attractive style. Translator Joe Yamazaki succeeded in turning the dialogue into contemporary, idiomatic English that never feels forced, even when characters use expressions like "whassup" or "no worries." [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 03:11 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Beet The Vandel Buster, Vol. 2
Story by Riku Sanjo
Art by Koji Inada
Published by VIZ

Review by Tom Good

Beet The Vandel Buster takes place in a world where evil magical creatures called Vandels have taken over. The activities of the Vandels resemble a typical fantasy Role-Playing Game in reverse: the Vandels get "points" and a type of money called Sorcery Bills in return for attacking humans and disrupting their society. Vandels can use these Sorcery Bills to purchase new monsters, such as giant beetles or living torches called "Criminal Torch." One of the Vandel leaders of is a giant humanoid rabbit named Shagie, who is the Chief of the Dark House of Sorcery. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 03:13 PM PST [Link]

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