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J LHLS Archives: April 2005

Saturday, April 2, 2005

Sticky #1
by Dale Lazarov & Steve MacIsaac
24 pages, $4.95
Published by Fantagraphics

Reviewed by Lene Taylor

Dear Readers, the arrival of a comic book with art by Steve MacIsaac is one of the most exciting events in a woman's life. Especially if that woman is me. [more]

Posted by Lene Taylor @ 10:56 PM PST [Link]

There and Back Again: An Actor's Tale
By Sean Astin
Published by St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 0312331460
308 Pages, $24.95

Reviewed by Laurel Sutton

I now know more about Sean Astin than I ever wanted to know. Not a judgment, just an observation. [more]

Posted by Laurel Sutton @ 09:56 PM PST [Link]

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Louder Than Bombs: The Progressive Interviews
by David Barsamian
Publisher: South End Press

Review by Chad Denton

For the politically active liberal, The Progressive probably needs no introduction -- founded in 1909 (originally named until 1929 "La Follette's Weekly"), "The Progressive" has been an icon of American liberalism, involved in issues from arguing for non-intervention in World War I to greater support for the poor during the Great Depression to opposing nuclear weapons (famously one essay, "The H-Bomb Secret: How We Got it and Why We're Telling it," was repressed by the U.S. Government for six months until the courts decided in favor of the magazine), so it's no surprise that Louder Than Bombs, a book collecting interviews conducted by "The Progressive" journalist David Barsamian, would be both mired in the political concerns of the last seven years and in questions over globalization, neo-conservatism (or, as one interviewee puts it confusingly, 'neoliberalism'), and the Wars on Drugs and Terror. [more]

Posted by Chad Denton @ 11:16 PM PST [Link]

Shining Knight #1
Story: Grant Morrison
Art: Simone Bianchi

The Guardian #1
Story: Grant Morrison
Art: Cameron Stewart

Review by Chad Denton

There're only so many ways to repeat that Grant Morrison is a genius who continuously defines and redefines the medium, so I'll be unimaginative here: Grant Morrison is a genius who continuously defines and redefines the medium. His current project, under the omnibus title of Seven Soldiers, will be a collection of seven mini-series with two book-ends (Seven Soldiers Special #0 and #1) that will finish publication on April 2006 with issues of the two mini-series coming out each month. The trick here is that, while all the series are part of a larger story, each is meant to be self-contained. Each Seven Soldiers mini-series focuses on a different second- and third-tier denizen of the DC Universe - the Shining Knight, Zatanna, the Bulleteer, the Guardian, Mister Miracle, Frankenstein, and Klarion the Witch Boy -- with each exploring different genres and different corners of the DC canon ranging from urban superhero to fantasy to gothic horror. It's an ambitious and refreshingly intricate project, particularly for an era when original series that don't include Wolverine or Superman rarely last past the tenth issue. Different talented artists are being brought to the table as well, so, in addition the various genres being explored, each series is really a different beast. Although Grant Morrison is working with established characters and he has stated in interviews that his aim is to delve into the minutiae of the DC Universe, it's almost like reading a universe of Morrison's own. [more]

Posted by Chad Denton @ 04:27 PM PST [Link]

Banana Fish Book 6
Story and Art by: Akimi Yoshida
Published by: VIZ

Review by Kathy LaFollett

Shojo Pulp Fiction, readers:

Banana Fish is simply a juicy, easy read that is just too fun.

Ash, our dazzling hero, started life as a runaway who was adopted by crime lord "Papa" Dino Golzine. He is the expected heir to the crime throne. Ash wants no part of this kingdom and after loosing his older brother in Vietnam, he sets out to step away permanently from Papa. Eiji Okamura, a young photographer from Japan, has made Ash's acquaintance just in time to fall with him into this bloody whirlpool. Now the Chinese Lee Syndicate has delivered Ash, Max Lobo, Ibe and Dr Alexis Dawson to Papa Dino. "Banana Fish" has been used to brainwash Shorter Wong and manipulate him into mutilating Eiji Right before Ash's eyes. [more]

Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 03:47 PM PST [Link]

Star Trek - Captain's Blood
By: Willaim Shatner wtih Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens
Published by: Pocket Books (a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.)

*available as a downloadable eBook!

Review by Kathy LaFollett

I can't get past this, so I'll just write it up front and move on: it really bugs me when the author's name is larger than the title of the book itself.

It double bugs me when the author's name is three times the size of the title and ten times the size of the co-authors of the book. It's pretentious.

Any Trekkie knows Mr. William Shatner is a commodity unto himself. James Kirk is synonymous with Star Trek. He's the 007 of space. [more]

Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 03:32 PM PST [Link]

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
by Gregory Maguire
Published by Regan Books
ISBN: 0060987103
416 Pages, $15.00

Reviewed by Janine Fennick

I finished Wicked this morning and I'm sorry I did. [more]

Posted by Janine Fennick @ 08:05 PM PST [Link]

Monday, March 28, 2005

The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society, Issue 6

I had hoped to be writing this editorial during the Kerry administration, but, as was proved late last fall, the Dems we got now couldn't win a race against a blind hog with one trotter tied behind its back.

Posted by Editor @ 08:29 PM PST [Link]

Being the recollections of Kathryn Ramage, with additional notes from her friend, Susan Hawman, on their literary travels
The Jane Austen Tour
By Kathryn L. Ramage

Posted by Editor @ 08:26 PM PST [Link]

When I was in my early twenties, an admirer looked at me fondly as we embraced on his couch and said, "You are perfect."
My Nostril Hair
By Russell Smith

Posted by Editor @ 08:23 PM PST [Link]

A brief survey of Molly Kiely's art and life
Erotica, Utopia and Judicial Proceedings
By Ginger Mayerson

Posted by Editor @ 08:21 PM PST [Link]

George Herriman's "Krazy Kat" is one of those works of artistry that is simultaneously very simple and very difficult to explain.
Krazy and Ignatz 1933-1934: Necromancy by the Blue Bean Bush
By Kelly S. Taylor

Posted by Editor @ 08:20 PM PST [Link]

In the 1820s the Danish archaeologist Christian Jürgensen Thomsen divided human prehistory into three stages, basing his division on the materials used to make weapons and tools: the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, and the Iron Age.
The Coming of the Age of Iron
By John Emerson

Posted by Editor @ 08:19 PM PST [Link]

Of course you can be moral without a belief in God -- hell, you can be moral without a belief in morals. What I like best about religion is the ritual -- we have gotten away from understanding the importance of ritual on connecting us with the great mysteries. I spent my 60th birthday sitting in a graveyard in an Indian village in Mexico, for midnight to dawn, watching the Day of the Dead rituals. It was extremely moving, partly because no one was telling me how to feel or what to think. This Christmas, for the first time ever, we hung lights on our house -- not because we believe in Christmas, but because we believe in lights.
An Interview with Jon Carroll
By Ginger Mayerson and Laurel Sutton

Posted by Editor @ 08:16 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Warcraft: The Sunwell Trilogy Vol 1. Dragon Hunt
by Richard A. Knaak & Jae-Hwan Kim
Published by TOKYOPOP

Review by Tom Good

If you play World of Warcraft online, congratulations on logging out long enough to read this review. If you have not played this amazing game, it is a multiplayer online RPG set in a detailed fantasy world, and I highly recommend it. Though it contains many standard fantasy elements such as Elves, Dwarves, Trolls and Orcs, it also has some interesting twists. For example, though swords and sorcery are the standard means of combat, gunpowder also exists in this world and primitive guns are fairly common. And the Orcs in Warcraft's world of Azeroth originated on another planet: the world of Draenor. There they were a noble, shamanistic people before being corrupted by a demon lord and brought to Azeroth. The eight-page introduction to this manga explains this and many other details, and provides an intriguing summary of the history and lore of Azeroth. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 07:19 PM PST [Link]

In Dream World, Vol. 1
by Jae-Ho Yoon
Published by TOKYOPOP

Review by Tom Good

In Dream World seems as if it based on a collectible card game, but as far as I can tell, there is no such game. So it is based on a hypothetical, or at least not-yet-released, collectible card game. The characters travel through a world of dreams, doing battle using magical cards that can unleash elemental energies or transform their owners into powerful creatures. I must admit that though I liked the second half of this manga, for the first half I was completely confused about what was going on. I kept turning back a few pages to see if I had misinterpreted something or accidentally skipped some vital explanation. And often I had indeed misinterpreted the page. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 07:18 PM PST [Link]

Ranma 1/2 Season Seven
by Rumiko Takahashi
VIZ Video 2003

Review by K.S. Taylor

There is simply no American equivalent to Rumiko Takahashi's Ranma 1/2 series. Well, maybe… Can you remember the old "Archie" cartoons? Okay, now imagine that instead of just being a high school student, Archie was also a phenomenal martial artist who fell into a magical pool while on a training exercise and now is cursed to transform into a woman when he's hit with cold water and that his and Betty's fathers agreed that they should be married before they were born and now Archie's father is insisting that Archie and Betty become engaged because he and Archie are broke and need a place to stay and that Reggie has fallen in love with Archie when he's in his girl form and that Veronica is also a skilled martial artist who is also cursed and turns into a cat and Jughead turns into a pig and Moose turns into a duck… Okay, so in other words, Ranma 1/2 is pretty much nothing like "Archie." The similarities drop off sharply after taking into account the fact that both series are about high school students who have zany comic adventures. As you may already be able to tell, Takahashi has taken "zany" to levels that are light years away from the standard "We have to spend the night in the haunted mansion so we can inherit from my eccentric uncle" plots of American teen-comedy. [more]

Posted by Kelly S Taylor @ 07:13 PM PST [Link]

Inu Yasha -- First Season Box Set
Based on the Original Comix of Rumiko Takahashi
Licensed and Published by: VIZ, LLC
For the hardcore Inu Fan who can't sleep for the excitement of it all;

Review by Kathy LaFollett

Inu Yasha takes pieces of Japanese folklore, clever anime practices, and skillfully uses humor and intrigue to set the standard in anime writing, art and tradition. InuYasha is the standard by which all others strive. Rumiko Takahashi has a talented and successful history in Japan with titles including Ranma 1/2, Urusei Yatsura, and the Inu-Yasha television series. A veteran and a talent who's work is impressively gathered inside this box set.

The first season box series of twenty-seven episodes is presented in classical anime artwork. The packaging itself makes a very small footprint on the shelf. One of the past frustrations for buyers were the size of the box sets. Thankfully the Inu set presents with economy, but traditional anime beauty. It's a set any Inu fan will be proud to own. [more]

Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 07:11 PM PST [Link]

The Incal
Story and Art by:Jodorowsky and Moebius
Published by: Humanoids/DC Comics
Visit: and

Review by Kathy LaFollett

This review contains plot and character information that might be considered spoilers. Please continue at your own risk.

If you were to take "A Clockwork Orange", add "MadMax", stir in a pinch of "Star Wars" (the original three, not the tripe of this decade), and finally baste the whole with a creamy layer of "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", serve that up with a side of "The Fifth Element" and you've just made The Incal in your own kitchen. [more]

Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 07:07 PM PST [Link]

Goodbye Chunky Rice
By Craig Thompson
Published by: Top Shelf Productions
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Review by Kathy LaFollett

Chunky Rice belongs on the book shelf next to The Cat in the Hat.

What a sweet, kind, honest and thoroughly expressive trip through life.

Life's chaotic features, both fair and unfair, explainable and not, are given a moment to show themselves. Life, death, friendship, hatred, jealousy, hate, love, patience, fear, joy, loneliness, prejudice, aversion, justice, injustice are just a handful of what you'll find with Chunky Rice. [more]

Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 05:18 PM PST [Link]

Star Trek
I.K.S. Gorkon -- Book 3
Enemy Territory

By: Keith R.A. DeCandido
Published by: Pocket Books (a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.)

*available as a downloadable eBook!

Review by Kathy LaFollett

The Elabrej Hegemony, a race that believes there is no other life in the universe apart from their own.

The Klingon Empire, a race that knows better.

Mr. DeCandido brings Captain Klag to the forefront (my personal first meeting with the Captain) as this book's leading man, or should I say, Klingon. [more]

Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 04:36 PM PST [Link]

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