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J LHLS Archives: June 2008

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Future of Manga panel survey with Audry Taylor of Go! Media

Editor Ginger Mayerson briefly met Audry Taylor of Go! Media in Los Angeles at the Book Expo Future of Manga panel on May 31, 2008. Some of our editors put their heads together for these questions on the Future of Manga that weren't addressed at the panel due to time constraints and Mayerson just not being very fast on her feet (which, we are told, were aching by that time). We sincerely thank Ms. Taylor for her time and effort on this survey.

J LHLS: As we understand it, right now manga buyers are primarily teenage girls. As this demographic ages, what age groups and interests are you going to be aiming at?

Ms. Taylor: Our efforts will become two-pronged. We'll want to continue appealing to the teen demographic, because it's always fresh and exciting. We'll also want to follow our existing audience into maturity. Our fans are growing up, but not growing out of the passion they have for manga. We'd like to make sure that passion continues to be satisfied. [more]

Posted by Editor @ 05:22 PM PST [Link]

Friday, June 13, 2008

Vampire Hunter D Volume 5: The Stuff of Dreams
Story by Hideyuki Kikuchi
Art by Yoshitaka Amano
Published by Digital Manga Publishing
ISBN-10: 1595820949
ISBN-13: 9781595820945

Review by Jilly Gee

Vampires, or Nobility, as they are more commonly called in Hideyuki Kikuchi's world, occupy the same world as humans, yet they do not coexist peacefully. The Nobility often prey on humans, and the humans in turn hunt down the Nobility and kill them. One such hunter is startlingly only half human, the other half of Nobility descent. Choosing only to call himself D, he wanders the Frontier, not necessarily helping others, but doing his job as a vampire hunter.

It is strange in many ways then, when he is called in a dream by a young girl to what seems to be a small, prosperous town. Not only is the town peaceful and rich in resources in this harsh land of the Frontier, the Nobility lived in peace with the humans in that little town in the not too distant past. No one knows why they just up and left, but one returned thirty years ago, biting the young girl seen in D's dream. Because of that wound, Sybille sleeps on, never waking, never dying, and never aging in the town's hospital, thanks to the immortality caused by that Nobility's bite. As a vampire hunter, D does not see the purpose in being there, as the vampire that marked Sybille is long gone. Leaving the town, however, proves to be an impossibility. [more]

Posted by Jilly Gee @ 03:17 AM PST [Link]

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

A Good Thing
Written by Julia Talbot
Published by Torquere Press
ISBN-10: 1-60370-234-2
ISBN-13: 978-1-60370-234-8

Review by Linda Yau

After a disastrous Christmas three years ago for Dan, where his house is partially burn down and his lover leaves him. He has grown to hate the holiday season. Now that the holiday season is coming around again, it is up to Chris to prove to Dan that there are still things to celebrate about. Just as soon as Dan lets him into his life, house and bed then good tidings would come. [more]

Posted by Linda Yau @ 11:37 AM PST [Link]

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Written by Mike Shade
Published by Torquere Press
ISBN -10: 1-60370-347-0
ISBN- 13: 978-1-60370-347-5

Review by Linda Yau

As a successful reclusive horror writer, Gary Short is a man with many past and personal demons. Now the story begins with him being the only witness to a horrific crime. The perpetrator as Gary identifies is a stalker known as the penny man. Zeke Henderson is the police detective who is assigned to cover this case. He questions Gary and remembers that he was the first respondent with a case involving Gary years earlier. Now he faces an attraction to the writer and over the story proves to be the man that would ignite Gary's passion. [more]

Posted by Linda Yau @ 09:16 PM PST [Link]

Monday, June 9, 2008

The President's Time
Story and Art: Tamaki Kirishima
Published by 801 Media, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-934129-71-4
ISBN-13: 978-1-934129-19-7

Review by Kris

801 Media has made another brilliant choice with The President's Time. Mutsuki Nagasawa is a truly talented CEO. He is good at his job, thoughtful to his employees, and an all around nice guy. There is one problem. Mutsuki has yet to fulfil his father's final wish for him. He is supposed to become an evil president. So evil in fact he needs to be able to summon Beelzebub himself. What is Mutsuki to do? [more]

Posted by Kris @ 05:38 PM PST [Link]

Story and Art: Satomi Sugita
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1-56970-563-1
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-563-6

Review by Kris

When he was younger Tooru didn't seem to fit in with the rest of his family. Then he met his cousin, Takara. They immediately got along and Takara took it upon himself to protect the smaller Tooru. Now that they are all older, Tooru works in the family confectionary store with his older brother Hajime. He also has a cute younger brother, Futaba. The three live happily in the family home while their parents are overseas. One afternoon guess who shows up on their doorstep, the one and only Takara. Instead of the sweet and caring cousin that Tooru remembers, this Takara is cold and aloof. [more]

Posted by Kris @ 05:31 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Some Kind of River
Written by Andi Marquette
Published by Torquere Press
ISBN-10: 1-60370-270-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-60370-270-6

Review by Linda Yau

Dez is a graduate student who works summers as a rafting tour guide. For the last few summers, she had worked at a place where she was best friends with a fellow river kayaker: Mel Hammond. Dez has a secret crush on Mel, never imagined that she would feel the same until a company Truth or Dare game proved otherwise. The blurb of this story seemed appealing, but when read, it proved to be a disappointment. [more]

Posted by Linda Yau @ 01:44 AM PST [Link]

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