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J LHLS Archives: June 2005
Saturday, June 18, 2005
The Killing Kind
by John Connolly
Published by Pocket Books, 2003
Review by Betsy Phillips
Holy cow is this book good! From the opening page clear through to the end it's as much a rumination on the nature of evil and the ways the past haunts the present as it is a thriller about a shadowy religious group called The Fellowship that appears to be involved in the disappearance of another religious group some forty years before and the recent death of a young grad student.
Charlie Parker, John Connolly's ex-cop turned private eye, is hired to solve the death of the grad student and is soon caught up in a shadowy underworld full of almost supernatural evil. From the get-go, the book sucks you right in. More than that, Connolly really gets what being a character like Parker would be like for one's psyche and Parker is literally haunted by his past as he tries to come to terms with the events in this book and events that, I assume, happened in previous books in the series.
My only reservation is that this book is full of bugs -- especially spiders -- so if you have any kind of bug issues, parts of this book are going to be extremely unbearable. Spiders don't scare me, but after reading this book, and going to bed, I woke up in the middle of the night to the dog making some weird noise and my first thought was that an army of spiders was coming to get me. So, just a warning.
Posted by Betsy Phillips @ 06:40 PM PST [Link]
Outlaws, Rebels, Freethinkers & Pirates: Essays on Cartoons and Cartoonists
by Bob Levin
Published by Fantagraphics Books, 2005
Review by Betsy Phillips
Let me admit, right up front, I would have not bought this book. I don't know that much about comic books and I would have looked at the illustrations and thought "This is going to go some place I'd rather not." And that would have been a shame because this is a beautiful book.
I don't say that lightly. There are portions of this book I was tempted to read out loud. Bob Levin is a great writer and this book is as much a meditation on the creative spirit and what compels people to devote so much time to a craft for which there seems to be so little reward as it is a collection of his essays from The Comics Journal.
Clearly, his main audience is fans of Chester Brown, Dori Seda, the Crumb brothers, and other non-mainstream cartoonists. But anyone who enjoys thoughtful musings about the nature of creativity and artistry would enjoy this.
Posted by Betsy Phillips @ 05:19 PM PST [Link]
STAR TREK VOYAGER Spirit Walk
Book Two -- Enemy of my Enemy
Written by Christie Golden
Published by Pocket Books
Review by Kathy LaFollett
As a refresher you can read the review for "Book 1 -- Old Wounds."
Captain Chakotay and Sekaya, his sister, are being help captive on Loan II by a Changeling. The Changeling is an outcast Founder who has, for the last six years, been masquerading as Chakotay's second-in-command. For the last six years the Changeling has also been working in concert with the Butcher of Bajor to gain his shapeshifting abilities back, among other advanced alien DNA driven talents. [more]
Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 05:06 PM PST [Link]
Friday, June 17, 2005
Ménage à Trois 1
By various artists
Published by Eros
← See the Note at the end of the review if the words are too blurry. ED
Review by Ginger Mayerson
Well, I've had this comic on my desk for months now and, as part of J LHLS's ongoing commitment to public service - "We read these things so you don't have to!" - I guess it's time to review it. [more]
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:31 PM PST [Link]
The Black Swan
by Mercedes Lackey
Published by Daw Books, Inc., 1999
Review by Ida Vega-Landow
Once again I find myself reviewing a book by Mercedes Lackey, a sci-fi fantasist without peer. Anyone who's familiar with the ballet "Swan Lake" will know the story, which Ms. Lackey has given her own unique interpretation. For those of you who aren't into ballet, here's a brief rundown: the black swan is Odile von Rothbart, the only child of a powerful, shape-shifting sorcerer, Baron Eric von Rothbart. Odile lost her mother when she was a little girl, and her father considers his wife's death the ultimate betrayal. So his self-appointed task is to fly about the German countryside disguised as an eagle-owl, one of the most cunning birds of prey, to ensnare faithless women and turn them into swans. He makes his daughter the guardian of this enchanted flock, giving her the ability to become a black swan whenever she pleases. But the others are cursed by his magic to be swans by daylight and maidens by moonlight, including the beautiful Princess Odette, who becomes the white Swan Queen, the head of this all-female flock, some of whom are nobly-born ladies, some peasants. But all are guilty of having betrayed a man in some way or another, usually by refusing to wed the man their fathers picked for them to marry, which in those days was a no-no for any girl. [more]
Posted by Ida Vega Landow @ 12:53 PM PST [Link]
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Putting Another Black Cloud In The Sky
Angst Boy Comics # 7
Story and Art by: Karl Christian
Published by: Angst Boy Comics
Visit Angst Boy Group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/angstboy
Review by Kathy LaFollett
The whole is more than the sum of it's parts. Every part of the whole of this issue resonates. I love the stickers on the front and back, the binding is perfect. It seems so careless and flippent. The inkings are strong, sharp, fast and borderline doodled. As though the artist has a hard time keeping up with his thoughts. [more]
Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 02:00 PM PST [Link]
Sympathy for the Devil
by Holly Lisle
published by Baen Books, 1996
Review by Ida Vega-Landow
This book was published by Baen, which is responsible for giving us the delightful "Chicks In Chain Mail" series. The story takes place in Charlotte, North Carolina (the Bible Belt, no less!), where a compassionate, widowed nurse named Dayne Kuttner, who is sick at heart from being forced to maintain the bodies of comatose and brain-dead patients, as well as at the injustice of seeing good people die while bad people seem to live forever, sends up a prayer to God which is more of a challenge. She asks Him to give all the damned one more chance to redeem themselves. "You said ask and believe. So now I'm asking. Let them have the chance to repent, God. All of them. Every single soul in Hell. Let them have the chance to learn from the mistakes they made; let them into Heaven if they repent." [more]
Posted by Ida Vega Landow @ 07:28 AM PST [Link]
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Lene Taylor reads comics and then podcasts about it!
This is SO exciting! Not only because it's Lene T, but because she is the first woman in comics podcasting (that we know about)! Even if you don't like comics, go have a listen; it's not just about comics.
If you link to such things, we'd be much obliged if you'd link to her podcast at http://ireadcomics.blogspot.com/2005/06/first-show-up.html. Thanks!
Posted by Editor @ 02:27 PM PST [Link]
New Poetry Magazine in LA
Posted by Editor @ 01:13 PM PST [Link]
Monday, June 13, 2005
Interview with Roberto Delgado
Roberto Delgado’s work evolves from the reality of the photo. Both his easel work and public art murals have been based on the people and circumstances that he encounters, with both being an appreciation of the human figure. He was born and raised in the Koreatown area of Los Angeles, did his time in the US Army, and is a 1976 MFA graduate of UCLA. He spent most of the 70s and 80s in Chiapas State, Mexico, where he honed his skills in murals and public art. In 1985 he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and lived in Mexico City, working on large monotypes and murals. Delgado works and lives in Los Angeles, the second largest city in Mexico. He continues to paint and lately has been doing some airbrush over photosilkscreen experiments in cut fired tile. Mr. Delgado gave this interview via email to Kathy Gallegos of the Avenue 50 Studio where Mr. Delgado has a show up until July 4, and Ginger Mayerson of J LHLS in June 2005.
Ginger Mayerson: What are you working on these days?
Roberto Delgado: I make my money from public art commissions, mostly in the public sector. I use acrylic for indoor treatments and tile for the outdoors. I have no illusions that what I do for shows such as at Avenue 50, is more than just fun, fun, fun and maybe a bankroll for my estate down the line.
GM: What media do you work most in?
RD: Acrylic when the weather is nice and wet and the paint flows like butter; oils when not; and 2D ceramic tiles with airbrush over photosilkscreen glazes.
GM: Did you have formal training in art or are you self-taught?
RD: MFA, UCLA, 1976. GI Bill, good scholarship money, free medical, a studio, and the keys to the print shop. Other than that, self-taught in murals and ceramic tile. [more]
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 04:35 PM PST [Link]
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