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J LHLS Archives: July 2005

Saturday, July 9, 2005

By Dan James
Published by Top Shelf

Review by Sarah Rasher

I am a text-oriented person, and this sometimes creates problems between me and visual media. When I was four years old, a friend of my grandmother's gave me a picture book that had no words, only beautiful watercolor illustrations, for which I immediately proceeded to inscribe captions in crayon. This instinct still prevails when I read graphic novels that have minimal or no text. Frequently enough, it doesn't stop me from enjoying them: Sammy Harkham's pirate tragedy Poor Sailor has such evocative images and such a clear narrative that I hardly notice the lack of words. [more]

Posted by Sarah Rasher @ 11:38 PM PST [Link]

Friday, July 8, 2005

My Wicked Highlander
By Jen Holling
Published by Pocket Books 2005

Review by Lynn Loper

"What are these books like? " said Winston curiously.

"Oh, ghastly rubbish. They're boring, really. They only have six plots, but they swap them round a bit. Of course I was only on the kaleidoscopes. I was never in the Rewrite Squad. I'm not literary, dear -- not even enough for that." George Orwell, 1984

I read "My Wicked Highlander" in an hour and a half. It's 328 pages long, and I wasn't in a hurry. You don't really read it; it's like being in the room with someone you know very well, well enough to know that you don't have to concentrate on the conversation. [more]

Posted by Lynn Loper @ 10:32 AM PST [Link]

Wednesday, July 6, 2005

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

Review by Ginger Mayerson

What they say about it:

BLACK ROSE (Funeral Oils)
Exquisitely melancholy. The background scent to an ancient exequies. Heavy, dark and floral: a blend of roses, with a touch of amber and musk.

What I thought:

This perfume will annihilate any other perfume in the room. Except maybe "Old Spice," which the musk and amber remind me of. Don't get me wrong, I like "Old Spice." Reminds me of my youth. I also conducted a survey at work, and everyone wanted to know why I was wearing "Old Spice." I mean, they all like "Old Spice," but they were justifiably wondering why I was wearing it. Oh well. Ahoy there, matey. I wonder if they have a blend that smells like Brut.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:52 PM PST [Link]

Monday, July 4, 2005

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

Review by Ginger Mayerson

What they say about:

NOCTURNE (Funeral Oils)
An olfactory serenade. A somber, contemplative scent -- dreamy and subdued. Deepest violet touched with lilac and tuberose.

What I thought:

Violently Violet! When I was a little girl in the 60s, there was a line of dolls based on scents: Rose, Jasmine, Honeysuckle (I think), and Violet. The dolls came in plastic perfume shaped cases and the Violet doll, in her purple case and purple draperies, scented with violet. Back in the present, my boss thought this perfume would be good for a little girl, perhaps one under 12. Violet is a very sweet scent, add a little lilac and tuberose and you have sweet squared. There is a metallic undertone to this fragrance, which is probably the tuberose. I switched from wearing tuberose to essential oil of rose a few years ago because of that. I like violet, but I like it better as a sachet than a perfume. "Nocturne" is way too sweet for me, even as a change of pace, but I do think it would be cute on a little girl.

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 08:37 PM PST [Link]

An Inteview with Range Murata

Renji "Range" Murata is a Japanese artist and designer, best known in the United States for his conceptual design work on anime series "Last Exile" and "Blue Submarine No. 6". He still continues to do some work in this area today, and is working on a new anime series for GONZO studios for DVD/Video release called "Mardock Scramble" (I'm not completely sure of the name, but that was the best we could figure out in English). Mr. Murata was born on October 2, 1968 in Osaka, Japan. He originally studied industrial design, with an emphasis in auto design, at Osaka Art College. He has published more than a dozen books of his work, some of the most notable being "Robot", "rule", and "futurhythm".

Mr. Murata graciously gave this interview to Ginger Mayerson of J LHLS in Anaheim, California (across the street from AnimeExpo 2005) on July 3, 2005. The interview was courtesy of Isaac S. Lew of Digital Manga Publishing, which was hosting Mr. Murata's visit to California for DMP's launch of the English language version the first "Robot" anthology. The translator was Katherine U.

Ginger Mayerson: What are you working on these days?

Range Murata: For "Robot," the first volume, that's being released in the US, and volume 3 is going to be out on July 8 in Japan and I'm currently working on volume 5, and for "Robot" I'm thinking about releasing four, five or six maybe a year. Apart from "Robot," I've been working on illustrations in general and, to be more specific, I've been doing cover illustrations for novels, and apart from illustrations, my animation job right now, I'm working with GONZO studios with the upcoming anime series that I can't say too much about right now. [more]

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 07:58 PM PST [Link]

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