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J LHLS Archives: June 2006
Thursday, June 15, 2006
Rocky, Vol. 1: The Big Payback
by Martin Kellerman
Review by Tom Good
"Graphic novels are the new thing, baby, the slower and less eventful the better. Humor strips are so five years ago. These days funny-book readers want tedium, and lots of it." -- A publisher explaining why he does not want Rocky's cartoons.
Rocky, a young slacker and struggling cartoonist, makes ends meet by drawing comics for adult magazines. His relationships with women and interactions with his friends create a variety of funny domestic situations. This basic structure also formed the core of Beg the Question by Bob Fingerman. Both are semi-autobiographical tales, but unlike Beg the Question, Rocky takes place in Stockholm and features cute animal characters. Actually, the characters are more like humans with cute animal heads, because they do not have tails or claws, and they wear human clothing. This comic has been a huge success in Sweden and was even made into a play. [more]
Posted by Tom Good @ 10:48 PM PST [Link]
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
MBQ - Volume 2 Big Bro
Art and story: Felipe Smith
Published by: Tokyopop
Review by Kathy LaFollett
RECOGNIZE! Dats right, bitch.
Omario finished his latest foray into comic literature and he is hounding everyone in his circle
of avoidance driven friends to read the damn thing.
But let's not digress to the main character, I doubt Felipe Smith wanted it that way. "Hell Bent" stamped Big Bro, a UFC type badass fighter has a title round to fight as we enter back into the MBQ world. One punch lays out the contender and moves us deftly to Omario searching out his hooligan acquaintances to get their opinion on his latest comic. [more]
Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 09:21 AM PST [Link]
Sunday, June 11, 2006
Monster (Vol 1.)
by Naoki Urasawa
Review by Kathryn Ramage
This first volume of Naoki Urasawa's graphic suspense novel sets up the storyline, which begins in Dusseldorf, West Germany, in 1986. Life is pretty good for the brilliant young surgeon, Dr. Kenzo Tenma; he's at the start of what promises to be a successful career at Eisler Memorial Hospital, and he's engaged to the lovely daughter of the hospital's director. Everything's looking up... until Dr. Tenma is called to perform surgery on an opera singer while a Turkish immigrant, who came into the hospital first, is shifted off to the care of a less skilled surgeon; the former surgery is a success, but the latter patient dies. After being confronted by the dead man's family--and haunted by his fiancee's callous remark, "All lives aren't created equal"--Dr. Tenma is wracked with guilt. So, when a similar situation arises and he must choose between operating on a little boy with a gunshot wound to the head versus the city's mayor, he refuses to be called away, and saves the child's life. [more]
Posted by Kathryn L Ramage @ 11:53 AM PST [Link]
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