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J LHLS Archives: October 2005
Saturday, October 22, 2005
By Monte Beauchamp
Featuring the musings, art, and splotches of untold genius listed within the contents of this grinding, ink-drenched, semigloss, slip-n-slide production of Fantagraphics.
Published by: Fantagraphics Books, Inc.
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Review by Kathy LaFollett
Have you ever been to a party that you didn't want to leave? That one party-during-college-in-your-senior-year-before-having-to-go-out-and-get-a-real-job-and-grow-the-hell-up party that no matter how fast you flitted about boozing it up, pressing flesh and squeezing palms you just couldn't fully absorb the sounds, smells, words, humanity, liquor or food that was in that one room. [more]
Posted by Kathy LaFollett @ 03:39 PM PST [Link]
Sunday, October 16, 2005
Kanpai!, Vol. 1
By Maki Murakami
Published by TOKYOPOP
Review by Betsy Phillips
This is the first manga I've ever read. Honestly, I don't know what the heck this is about. There are some preternaturally mature, overburdened junior high kids, one of whom fights people who fight monsters. There's a lot of moping. There's a bitter black rabbit type thing. The hero is in love with the back of some chick's neck.
And the climax of the book is an intense game of "rock, paper, scissors."
So, I can't say that I exactly liked it, and I have no idea if anyone else will like it, but there's something cool about a plot that hinges on "rock, paper, scissors." So, for that reason, I'd recommend it.
Posted by Betsy Phillips @ 06:42 PM PST [Link]
The Man Burns Tonight
By Donn Cortez
Published by Pocket Books
Review by Betsy Phillips
This is the kind of book where the main character, who's supposed to be as square as they come, before he learns his great life lesson brought on by the transformative experience of the Burning Man Festival, is named Dex Edden. Yes, Dex Edden. If the thought of reading a book about a normal guy named "Dex Edden" already annoys you, this is not the book for you.
Also, if you don't like super genius villains with convoluted motives and unsympathetic dead people, you're probably not going to like "The Man Burns Tonight." (Hmm. Warning: this last paragraph actually makes the book seem more interesting than it actually is.)
But if you're looking for a good introduction to The Burning Man Festival, I think this book is great in that regard. Cortez does a great job of describing the Festival and the quirky communities that spring up. He also provides a lot of information for how to survive in the desert for a week. And he does a fine job of developing his secondary characters so vividly that I imagine you could go to the Festival and pick out the people they were based on.
So, as a mystery, it's not so great. As a travel guide and introduction to The Burning Man Festival, it's a good read.
Posted by Betsy Phillips @ 06:40 PM PST [Link]
Hurricane Relief Musical Benefit (pfd flyer with graphics!) If you have a blog, and are so inclined, please spread the word, thanks.
Saturday, October 29, 2005, 8:00 – 12 midnight in Los Angeles
The Arroyo Arts Collective, Avenue 50 Studio, Inc., Culture Vulture, the Mexican Cultural Institute, and Riganetti Productions are jointly sponsoring a musical benefit for the victims of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Stan. Our event will feature two up and coming local bands, Timbaloo and the Nightmares. Here’s how these two bands have been characterized:
"Timbaloo"- Chicano Cumbia with a side of Salsa. The rich rhythms of this dynamic group fronted by vocalist/songwriter Eddika Organista is sure to make even the wallflowers dance. Members of Phatso, The Stellas, and Highland Parks’ own La Flota make up "The Nightmares", which is anything but. This eclectic, super charged configuration known for the sweet but strong vocals of Johanna Moore and Cindy Martin will make you hope you never wake up from this dream. [more]
Posted by Editor @ 06:31 PM PST [Link]
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