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J LHLS Archives: August 2004

Saturday, August 28, 2004

I saw "Hero" today, I recommend you go see it on the biggest screen you can find while it's still in theatrical release. [more]

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 07:14 PM PST [Link]

Same Difference and Other Stories
By: Derek Kirk Kim
Published by: Top Shelf Productions
A Low Bright Collection
Visit: Top Shelf Productions

An endearing book that tugs at memories we all carry from those confused and demanding years in our twenties. I often found myself softly laughing and sighing at each turn, thinking the author had gone to my high school and later followed me into my mass confusion. There is a twist though; his experience is seasoned by being a Korean American. And there are times the reader will envy that flavor.

The opening story is the story of regret and missed opportunity due to pride and conformity. It reads like a storyboard from a movie rather than a comic. One gains insight and understanding through sub notes as well as rambling humor running through seemingly meaningless conversations. But, as the reader travels this road with the author it becomes clear every word penned and expression drawn carries a pronounced importance to clarity and empathy. I laughed, I cried, and couldn’t stop reading. [more]

Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 12:43 PM PST [Link]

Friday, August 27, 2004

Fade from Grace #1
By Gabriel Benson, Jeff Amano
Beckett Comics

Review by Jane Seaton

Issue one plods through the standard superhero set up, looking fresh only because we're seeing the story through the eyes of girlfriend, Grace. She's clearly done her research. Even though she precipitates John's metamorphosis into an invisible strongman by getting herself trapped in a burning apartment, she knows that doesn't give her the right to insist he returns to normality, domesticity and traditional romance. Ever practical (yet feminine), she gets him checked over by a friendly medic and resolves to stick by him. Neither one of this all-American pair of lovers seems entirely clear what this will involve, but clearly, it threatens to be more radical than rescuing the occasional damsel from a dark alley full of muggers.

I'm hoping that in #2, they'll move to a pleasant middle class suburb, where dark alleys are unknown and apartment blocks are fitted with sprinklers, and discover that John's superpowers will never be needed again.

Posted by Jane Seaton @ 03:11 PM PST [Link]

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Carnet de Voyage
by Craig Thompson
Top Shelf Productions
ISBN 1-891830-60-0

Review by Jane Seaton

I was in Marrakech two months earlier than Craig Thompson, and I swear, I can see my lingering footprints in his sketches of the alleyways in the soukh. I'm not going to bother with vacations in future. I'll simply commission this genius to visit places on my behalf and send me his notebooks.

Sure, this book is a personal record, not a glossy travelogue. Thompson goes far beyond 'objective reporting', and has drawn and written a fascinating piece of autobiography with an acute sense of time and place. But when he accuses himself of whining, and embeds simulated third party commentary in the mutterings of gargoyles and the squawks of basketfuls of chickens, he just increases my delight in our common experience of French family life, fresh orange juice, stinking tanneries and skinny cats.

Thompson describes the book as a self-indulgent side-project. I disagree. Carnet de Voyage is almost perfect.

Posted by Jane Seaton @ 02:31 PM PST [Link]

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