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J LHLS Archives: September 2005

Friday, September 30, 2005

BAAU interview with Ian Sy, whom I met at AnimeExpo this past July.

GM: What are you Bay Area Artists United working on these days?

BAAU: Now that school has started again, a lot of our members are less active. However, we've just launched work into our fifth collection of short stories. Our members are now hard at work on cover art and stories for BAAU Down 5.

GM: Who are the members of BAAU? And what are your backgrounds in art and life that lead you to be BAAU?

BAAU: We, as a group, are mostly students. We've all begun our journeys into art and are having tons of fun in our art classes. Some of our most promising members are now majoring in art related courses. Some of us are already working full time -- some in game companies, web portals, and some in the semiconductor industry here around San Jose. [more]

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 11:06 AM PST [Link]

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Tenjho Tenge, Round 02
Distributed by Geneon

Review by Tom Good

Welcome to a world where school has little to do with classes, teachers, or homework, but simply serves as a battleground for extracurricular martial arts duels between rival clubs. Here, the girls look like Pamela Anderson Lee but fight like Bruce Lee, and battles are guaranteed to lift their skirts or shred their clothes. Students never have to study or talk to their parents, but have plenty of time to go bowling and figure out miraculous new uses for their chi powers. This is the world of Tenjho Tenge (literally: "Heaven Above, Heaven Below"). [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 01:24 PM PST [Link]

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Dolls, Vol. 4
by Yumiko Kawahara
Published by VIZ Media

Reviewed by Kathryn Ramage

The latest volume in Kawahara's lovely, graphical, fantasy series about living plant-dolls carries on the standard set by its predecessors. There are only four stories in this volume, but with one exception they are longer and more complex than the stories in the previous collections--more a set of graphic novellas than short stories.

As always, the theme of each story concerns the odd relationship between the dolls and their owners. This time, three of the four stories are about children, both little boys and girls, who have an almost spiritual connection with their beloved dolls. Only the last one has to do with an obsessive owner, and a grown man in love with a doll--both of which have played prominent roles in many of the earlier stories. [more]

Posted by Kathryn L Ramage @ 01:00 PM PST [Link]

Monday, September 26, 2005

Honey Mustard, vol 1
Created by Ho-Kyung Yeo
Published by TOKYOPOP

Review by Kathy LaFollett

Honey Mustard is the best of what Comedy/Romance Manga can offer in spirited characters, misplaced affection, crossed signals and obligatory family expectations.

Poor Ara finally brings herself to ask the boy of her dreams out on a date. Too much liquor and a misplaced kiss in front of the school's chaperone brings the news to both sets of conservatively strict parents. Family uproar, demands of proper etiquette and requisite while retaining the good family names on both sides force Ara and Young Woo to either get married and have children... or forever lose face. [more]

Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 02:08 PM PST [Link]

Kamichama Karin, vol 1
Created by Koge-Dondo
Published by TOKYOPOP

Review by Kathy LaFollett

Can you imagine what would happen if a small and fragile human were granted the powers of the heavens?

No need to imagine, meet Karin. Our young goddess in training. Kamichama Karin presents an average girl who is below average in self esteem. Her parents are gone her favorite pet dies, and she is left alone struggling in her own confusion. [more]

Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 12:27 PM PST [Link]

War on Flesh, vol 1
Story by Justin Boring and Greg Hildebrandt
Art by Tim Smith 3
Published by: TOKYOPOP

Review by Kathy LaFollett

War on Flesh is the Voodoo Curse of a witch doctor named Ew Chot Channy. Ew Chot, like any evil servant of Satan, is eager to see the living harnessed as the walking dead. What better way to mock God himself than to permenantly store all of mankind in the container of the living dead? He unleashes an army of Ew Chot Hornets to raise this army of walking dead. [more]

Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 11:42 AM PST [Link]

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Project ARMS, The 2nd Chapter, Vol. 5 "Through the Looking Glass"
Distributed by VIZ

Review by Tom Good

"Oh, and Takeshi . . . you're in charge of saving the world if we die. No pressure though, buddy." -- Episode 43: "Turn"

This volume in the Project Arms series starts by exploring some of the backstory of Alice, a girl who was the first child to be implanted with "living metal." She developed a relationship with the powerful machine AI known as Azazel, and taught it emotions. Living as a virtual prisoner within the laboratory that created her, Alice wanted to free the other experimental children and see the outside world. When Alice's plans lead to tragedy, Azazel absorbed her body and took on her anger at mankind. [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 08:39 PM PST [Link]

Created by Yukiu Sugisaki
Published by: TOKYOPOP

Review by Kathy LaFollett

Rizel, a genetic engineering project of the government is a healthy and cheerful 12-year old. Permanently. She is destined to stay prepubescent unless she can find her true love who will help her, through his love, to continue her development.

Rizel also has a problem with her tears. Her sadness can destroy a city block.

Poor Iwaki Tomonori, a 15 year old boy who prefers older women and being left the hell alone is about to have a rude and permanent introduction to engineered contracts and projects. [more]

Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 07:58 PM PST [Link]

Indigo Animal and Indigo Animal and the Lawn Statuary Institute
by Rue Harrison
Published by Porch Lion Press

Review by Ginger Mayerson

I started reading Indigo Animal in the Issue 2 of "The Secret Alameda" which was one of the coolest Dada-esque magazines ever. At first the strip didn't have a strong narrative, but over the years it developed one on Indigo's interest in lawn statuary and subsequent enrollment in the Lawn Statuary Institute. The strip is ongoing in "Works + Conversations," but it's so nice to have them all, plus a few more in two books: "Indigo Animal" and "Indigo Animal and the Lawn Statuary Institute." [more]

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

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