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J LHLS Archives: January 2005

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Alien Loves Predator
by Bernie Hou

Well, I like this strip (it's collage, right, art mavens? [EDIT February 2, 2005: The correct term is Fumetti. Thanks go to Stephen Gerding and his aLp review at 4-Color Comics. Every day I must learn something new.), I think aLp is funny and well done, but I wasn't sure what else to think. So I assembled a panel of webcomics non-experts to give me their non-expert opinions. Many thanks to all who participated. Here's what I got:

"I LOVE AlP. These are the only two guys (or, "guys") who can survive in New York City and make it look hella funny, too. How does the strip's creator manage to make the backgrounds look so good? I'm in awe of his Photoshopping (or whatever he uses) skills.

"Sometimes I think that this isn't a webcomic at all, but a reality show."
Laurel Sutton (Catchword)

"They grow on you. I didn't like it the first time, so I didn't answer, but I gave it a second look and liked it much better. I liked the graphics from the first, but the concept took awhile. I'm not a comix guy.

"So I guess I'd say, if you're gonna publish, beat your brains out to introduce the main concepts in a really catchy way with your best stuff. Once people get hooked then you could branch out. A truism, I know."
John Emerson (Idiocentrism) [more]

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 07:59 PM PST [Link]

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Turn The Other Chick
By Esther Friesner
Published By Baen Books 2004

Review by Ida Vega-Landow

Once more into the breeches, dear friends! Those of you who love sword and sorcery tales about brave, beautiful swordswomen, cunning wizards, evil villains and vile monsters, prepare to have your funny bones tickled as Ms. Friesner turns the fantasy franchise upside down in her fifth anthology of stories about warrior women.

Obviously a lover of fictional female heroes from Buffy to Xena, Ms. Friesner brings us 22 fractured fairy tales from various authors, even sneaking in one of her own stories, in her never-ending quest to remind us radical Feminists from the 70's, as well as our proto-Feminist younger sisters, not to take ourselves too seriously. Her introduction reminds us of the advances we've made since the Women's Liberation Movement opened so many doors for us, back in the days when, all too often, we were told that "You can't do that 'cause you're a girl!" To which the only appropriate reply, according to Ms. Friesner, is a resounding "Sez you!" Nowadays, the old radical feminists among us also put in their sixty-nine cents by saying "You can't do that 'cause you're a Feminist!" Apparently our red-stocking sisters fear it would endanger our hard-won independence if we admitted that we wanted power, whether it's the ability to swing a sword or use magic, not just for its own sake but to make us beautiful as well as strong, to get us a man, and to give us the option to decide whether we really want to devote ourselves to a career or take time off to bear and nurture children. [more]

Posted by Ida Vega Landow @ 10:15 PM PST [Link]

Star Trek
A Time for War, A Time for Peace -- Book 9

By: Keith R.A. DeCandido
Published by: Pocket Books (a Division of Simon and Schuster, Inc.)
available as a downloadable eBook!

Review by Kathy LaFollett

...and they lived happily ever after.

Okay, that's a bit slim on the story line to be sure. But, book 9 dishes closure from the very first page. It's a bit rough writing a full storyline explicit review without being a spoiler. And some of these endings are too good to spoil.

Book 9 offers up an insightful and explicit ending to all the character lives as well as the Federation history. Standing applause to the authors for tackling such a monolith property as Star Trek. We are given a rich and pleasing view into the cause and effect of life on a Starship, political goings-on inside the Federation and galactic size viewpoints. Truly, as a whole the series is an astounding compliment to the very core of Star Trek. [more]

Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 09:55 PM PST [Link]

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