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J LHLS Archives: March 2006

Friday, March 17, 2006

Grenuord #1
by Francesca Ghermandi
published by Fantagraphics Books
May, 2005
32pp, b/w

Review by Leigh Anne Wilson

After reading Grenuord #1, the first comic in a series of six by Italian comic book goddess Francesca Ghermandi, I felt like I needed to tilt my head all the way over to one side and vigorously shake all the pent-up surrealism out, like a swimmer does who's trapped water in her ear. Film clips from Brazil, where Robert DeNiro shows up as a bizarrely menacing repairman, and The Wall, where Pink cringes irritatingly around for an hour and a half, whining that all the women in his life are out to get him, a droopy black and white pencil illustrated leading man that looks like Munsch's The Scream, and the old standby of the futuristic world mired in fascism-lite and fealty to the Corporate Overlords - it was all there. The only thing missing were melting clocks, but again, this was only the first issue. We don't want to use it all up at once. [more]

Posted by Leigh Anne Wilson @ 10:07 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, March 12, 2006

DearS, Vol. 3 (DVD)

Review by Tom Good

When an anime episode takes place at a bath house or hot springs resort, you know mayhem is on the way. No anime character ever visits a bath house, takes a quiet, relaxing, uneventful bath, and then saunters back home. Rather, an anime bath house visit always includes "accidental" -- yet mandatory -- ventures into the changing room or bathing area of the opposite sex, jokes about nudity and the size of various body parts, and perhaps even contact with aliens or ghosts. Viewers know exactly what to expect as soon as someone mentions "bath house" or "hot springs," which reduces the chances that this sort of episode will really succeed. But here in DearS Volume 3, when the inevitable hot springs chapter arrives, it manages to be funny and entertaining even though it covers a lot of the traditional ground. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 02:11 PM PST [Link]

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