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J LHLS Archives: March 2006
Wednesday, March 8, 2006
By Matt Broersma
Date published - 2005
Review by Leigh Anne Wilson
My husband often accuses me of being a sucker for marketing, and I have reluctantly come to believe this is true. Nothing else explains my secret desire - revealed on this web site for the very first time! - for a Hello, Kitty! toaster. So cute! So pink! Toast with little cat faces on them! Squeal!
Hey, you know what? Forget I said that.
Let me just say, for whatever reason, I find it delightful when something is as lovely on the inside as it is on the outside, and this applies very nicely to Matt Broersma’s Insomnia #1. The first in an ongoing series, Insomnia is one of the first releases from the Ignatz series, a collection of internationally produced comics that seek to bridge the divide between what most Americans think of as comics - the thin, mass-produced pamphlets á la Archie and Jughead - and the more critically accepted graphic novels such as Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus or David B’s Epileptic. [more]
Posted by Leigh Anne Wilson @ 12:38 PM PST [Link]
Tuesday, March 7, 2006
Kaze Hikaru, vol. 1
by Taeko Watanabe
published by VIZ
Review by Tom Good
I rarely read shojo manga, but the cover art for Kaze Hikaru caught my eye and I decided to give it a try. "Kaze hikaru" means approximately "the wind is shining," and the winds in question are the winds of change. The story takes place in 1863, during the turbulent Bakumatsu period of Japanese history, the same era that serves as the backdrop for Rurouni Kenshin. But in this story, a young girl named Tominaga Sei disguises herself as a boy, and in her male identity "Kamiya Seizaburo," she joins a group of samurai. These are the "Wolves of Mibu," a group loyal to the shogunate, and in their ranks Sei hopes for a chance to avenge the murder of her parents. [more]
Posted by Tom Good @ 11:22 PM PST [Link]
Monday, March 6, 2006
Raisin Pie #4
By: Rick Altergott / Ariel Bordeaux
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Page Count: 32pp
Date Published: 2005
Review by Leigh Anne Wilson
I feel like I came in a bit late to the party to review Rick Altergott and Ariel Bordeaux's indie comic Raisin Pie #4, but even being plopped down in the middle of a couple of plotlines, I found the stories engaging enough to make me interested in reading the first three.
The fourth issue of Raisin Pie contains three stories each from the husband and wife team, Bordeaux leading the way with the first two, "The Pentecostal Pyro" and "The Wrong Love," and Altergott finishing things up with the more visually complex "Blessed Be," and two one page panels, "Young Doofus," and super surreal "The Garden Weasel" on the back cover, an odd little tale that reads like a Kids in the Hall sketch gone horribly awry. [more]
Posted by Leigh Anne Wilson @ 06:20 PM PST [Link]
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