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J LHLS Archives: August 2006
Friday, August 4, 2006
Space Pirate Captain Herlock: The Endless Odyssey
Vol 1. "The Legend Returns"
Based on the comic “Space Pirate Captain Herlock” by Leiji Matsumoto
English Language Version: Geneon 2004
Review by Kelly S. Taylor
What is it about pirates anyway? The swords? The clothes? The fey charms of Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom? I don’t know if I’m just being haunted by the pile of "Captain Herlock" DVDs awaiting my review, but this has definitely been Summer of the Pirates for me. Just last night, I ended up watching "Captain Blood" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" back to back. This morning on the way to the grocery store, I was surprised to find Cap’n Morgan grinning up at me from the ditch where he’d been discarded Saturday night. [more]
Posted by Kelly S Taylor @ 04:50 PM PST [Link]
Thursday, August 3, 2006
By Daniel Clowes
Published by Fantagraphics
Reviewby Leigh Anne Wilson
In the introduction to Daniel Clowes' latest graphic novel, Pussey! (That's "poo-SAY," you barbarians!), Clowes writes about the inspiration for his eponymous character: "I'm a little ashamed to admit it, but from the vantage of middle age, I can say that the initial spark for many of the Pussey stories came from some misplaced, low-grade desire for 'revenge.' Spending years in a room working on stuff that nobody likes in a debased medium for no money can take its toll on your self-esteem." [more]
Posted by Leigh Anne Wilson @ 10:00 PM PST [Link]
Interview with Makoto Tateno, creator of Yellow
I had the pleasure of meeting the creator of "Yellow," Mokoto Tateno, at Neotypes Station, which will continue to host a gallery show of Ms. Tateno's illustrations through August 6 or 7, 2006 (please call Neotypes Station at (213) 628-8883 for more information). This interview was superbly translated by Amelia Cantlay, courtesy of DMP Books, for yours truly and our very special drop-in spider guest (who was very quickly dispatched to the next incarnation, yes, indeed).
Interview by Ginger Mayerson
Ginger Mayerson: What are you working on these days?
Mokoto Tateno: I'm working five manga series right now. "Hero Heel," "Noise," "Steal Moon," a shojo title that doesn't have a name yet, and "Angelic Room," which is a fantasy story.
GM: Which ones are yaoi? [more]
Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 01:33 PM PST [Link]
Wednesday, August 2, 2006
The Black Tattoo
By Sam Enthoven
Published by Razorbill (Penguin Group)
Publication date: October 5, 2006
Review by Kathryn Ramage
A demon known as the Scourge has escaped from an ancient Order, the Brotherhood of Sleep, which has kept him imprisoned for thousands of years. When this demon possesses a mortal, it appears on its victim as an elaborate black tattoo that moves around the surface of the skin.
With the Scourge running loose in modern-day London and the numbers of the Brotherhood of Sleep growing too small to handle its recapture, one of the Brotherhood approaches two fourteen-year-old boys, Jack and Charlie... but is recruitment what he really has in mind? The boys are brought back to the Brotherhood's headquarters, introduced to the remaining members of the Order--including one very pretty girl around their own age named Esme; one suspects that she's the reason they stay and listen to this fantastic tale of escaped demons, and agree to be tested. During this test, something is transferred into Charlie, and now the boy bears a black tattoo, and has gained some extraordinary powers, such as the abilities to defy the laws of physics and dominate other people's minds. [more]
Posted by Kathryn L Ramage @ 02:03 PM PST [Link]
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