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J LHLS Archives: June 2005

Saturday, June 25, 2005

My favorite Goth perfumers - Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab - perfume review.

Review by Ginger Mayerson

What they say about it:

LES FLEURS du MAL (Funeral Oils)
The scents of the blossoms of darkness, condensed into one perfume. Features a rose base, softened with lilac and wisteria.

What I thought:

Very strong on the lilac, like overwhelming everything else, when I first put it on. It mellows fairly quickly, or mellowed fairly quickly on me, I felt it was still more lilac than rose on me (might be different with your body chemistry). The wisteria adds to the lilac intensity, or vice versa, for an intense floral rush. I'm a great lover of rose scents, (as shall be revealed to faithful readers, every scent sample I selected has rose in it) but the rose in this fragrance was very muted; more muted than suited me. Although I found the lilac and wisteria scent unusual and an interesting change of pace, it's brighter and perkier than I, as a woman of a certain age and temperament, would care to wear on a regular basis. I feel this is a scent for a very young or very mature woman. Or a middle aged woman who looks better in pastels than I do.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:55 PM PST [Link]

Sakura Taisen Vol. 1
by Ikku Masa, Kosuke Fujishima, Ohji Hiroi
Published by TOKYOPOP

Review by Tom Good

In Sakura Taisen, mecha and monsters roam the streets of Tokyo. But the year is 1923, so these mecha are steam-powered. (Oddly, the back of the book says it is 1921, but content within the story indicates it is 1923.) The manga is based on an anime franchise known in the U.S. as Sakura Wars. (Taisen means great war in Japanese; sakura means cherry blossom, and is also the name of one of the characters in the story). As volume one begins, the brave and handsome Ensign Ichiro Ogami gets a new assignment. He is sent on a special mission at the Imperial Theater, where an all-female opera troupe is performing. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 07:56 PM PST [Link]

Thursday, June 23, 2005


MAD MAGAZINE "disgraced" by the Chicago Tribune

NEW YORK, NY, June 23, 2005 -- The editor of MAD magazine expressed outrage today after learning that The Chicago Tribune had named MAD as one of their "50 Best Magazines." "It's a disgrace that with 17,500 periodicals in print, this supposedly respected newspaper would single MAD out for, of all things, excellence," said Editor John Ficarra, barely containing his furor. "It's further evidence of a growing decline in the standards of our culture in general, and of the lack of judgment of this paper in particular. It's just the type of thing we're always railing about in MAD's pages."

Growing red in the face and pounding his desk for emphasis, Ficarra continued, "Frankly, it makes us distrustful of anything that The Chicago Tribune reports. Are their headlines legitimate? Can their sports scores be trusted?"

After several more minutes and the administering of a sedative, a groggy Ficarra concluded, "And we only ranked #43?!? Behind Time, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker? What's THAT all about?"

MAD MAGAZINE ranks # 43 on the Chicago Tribune's list of "50 Best Magazines", narrowly edging out HELLO! (#45), Money (#46), Lincoln Lore (#47) Whole Dog Journal (#48), Absolute (#49) and Lake Superior Magazine (#50).

MAD Magazine is America's longest-running humor publication. Founded by Bill Gaines in 1952, MAD has inspired generations of fans by parodying politicians, movies, television and modern life. Whether in print, on television, film or on the web at, MAD remains one of the favorite American icons. MAD Magazine is owned by DC Comics, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Posted by Editor @ 02:46 PM PST [Link]

"Episode 2 is up
"Show 2 on MP3
"Yay! Another show in the can. This week's topics:
"Music by La Mayerson
"Chronicles of Conan Vol 2 (starts at 1:45)
"The Comics Code (starts at 3:22)
"Desire from Digital Manga (starts at 10:30)
"B.A.B.E. Force (starts at 21:10)
"Neil Gorman's Comicology podcast
"Comic Geek Speak podcast"
Another incredible podcast by Lene Taylor at I Read Comics!

Posted by Editor @ 10:37 AM PST [Link]

Monday, June 20, 2005

Leo Limón and Robert Delgado at Avenue 50 Studio
Gallery review by Raoul De la Sota

The current art exhibit, Stages at the Avenue 50 Studio brings together two veteran artists, Robert Delgado and Leo Limón. Each artist has produced engaging and provocative work that challenge the viewer but in very different ways and with very different results.

The two paintings and seven chalk pastel drawings of Leo Limón in this show cover an intensely prolific period from 2004 to the present year. He uses iconography, humor and techniques that reflect both his interest in the Los Angeles environment and in images from Mexican mythology and history. Those that know Limon's past style will feel comfortably familiar with these narrative works. Colorful Los Angeles landscapes abound with cars, bicycles, Palm trees, shopping carts, tow trucks and canoes while blending seamlessly with an exciting flow of deities and cosmic symbols that compete for visual attention. In these works the artist stages dreamlike scenes that involve onlookers from the ancient past as well as ourselves. In "Downstream Uprising" the LA River, peopled with bicyclists and canoeists, plays an important part while above it loom the figures of troubadours, cacti and the cosmos. This is probably the most romantic piece in the gallery. In "Fruta de la Vida", again using the LA River as a subject base, Limon presents a darker and more dramatic moment. The viewer's focus is upon the leering face of a painted cat flanked by two immense spray cans both working to seemingly obliterate the image. Graffiti marks the surrounding walls while above the heavens sparkle with energetic images. With the non-stop activity of these and other drawings setting a frenetic visual pace, it requires the viewer to take time and absorb the individual images and marks. [more]

Posted by Raoul De la Sota @ 04:54 PM PST [Link]

Interview with Leo Limón

Mr. Limón gave Ginger Mayerson of J LHLS this interview at the Avenue 50 Studio on June 11, 2005, where Mr. Limón has a show up until July 4.

Ginger Mayerson: What are you working on?

Leo Limón: I'm working on pastels and a series of paintings based upon the Aztec calendar.

GM: What media do you work most in?

LL: I love chalk pastels, I love the textures on the papers, the technical aspects of pastels. If you make a mistake, opps! That's it. [more]

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 04:32 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, June 19, 2005

by Robert K. Tanenbaum
Published by
Pocket Star Books, 2004

Review by: Betsy Phillips

The only explanation for this book is that Robert K. Tanenbaum is not a man who lives in the world with other human beings, but is instead some kind of robot programmed to take the most ludicrous plot points and most vile racial, ethnic, religious, and gender stereotypes and print out 600 pages of dreck for his/its publisher.

Let's start with the lesser of those two evils: the ludicrous plot points. On the off chance that you'll want to read this book even after being warned, I won't tell you what they are. Instead, I will use parallel ridiculousness. The first insanely stupid plot point would be like if your best friend were killed during a tragic peanut butter and jelly sandwich accident and you vowed never to eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich again. But then, the ghost of your best friend comes back, again and again, begging you to make peace with peanut butter and jelly and to again enjoy its tastiness. Then, people around you begin to die and your best friend comes back and says, "Hey, you, you must make peace with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or more people will die!!!!!" And you still aren't sure if you should do it. You really wrestle with it for a long time. And then, nothing really happens with the peanut butter and jelly storyline. [more]

Posted by Betsy Phillips @ 04:43 PM PST [Link]

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