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J LHLS Archives: November 2004

Saturday, November 13, 2004

When a Fan Hits the Shit
By Jeanine Renne
Published by Heisenberg Press
352 pages, $14.95

Reviewed by Laurel Sutton

In which we ask the question: Are science fiction/fantasy fans really crazier than the rest?

Harlan Ellison once wrote an essay called "Xenogenesis" in which he detailed all kinds of horrific and appalling fan behavior perpetrated on SF/fantasy authors, himself included. The truly insane and dangerous fans are a small minority, to be sure, but they make the rest of us look like a bunch of lunatics, don't they? Once story in particular was about a Very Famous Author who showed up to speak at a con, only to find there was no con it was all a front so that the con "organizer" got to spend the weekend with said author. [more]

Posted by Laurel Sutton @ 10:08 PM PST [Link]

Passion, volume 1
by Shinobu Gotoh
Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing

Review by Ginger Mayerson

Why older women should read yaoi manga.

Warning and Full disclosure: I'm forty-four years old and I've just started reading yaoi mangas and I'm hooked like a bass. Furthermore, I know there's a lot of yaoi theory out there and not only have I read none of it, I intend to read none of it. So what you read here is purely my impression of what I found thoroughly enjoyable about Passion and what I found thoroughly weird about it and everything in between. [more]

Posted by Ginger Mayerson @ 09:16 PM PST [Link]

Tuesday, November 9, 2004

American Elf
by James Kochalka
Top Shelf Productions

Everyday life may be one of the toughest subjects for comics. Saving the world from alien invasion sounds exciting because, well, it probably would be. But topics like brushing one's teeth or petting a cat are more difficult to work with because they are so familiar. What can the artist find to add to something the reader already understands so well?

James Kochalka tackled this problem in American Elf. In October of 1998, Kochalka started keeping a daily diary in the form of a comic strip. American Elf collects an astounding five years worth of this material. These days when I think of diaries I think of blogs, and in fact the current day's strip can be seen online [more]

Posted by Tom Good @ 01:21 PM PST [Link]

Conversations #1
by James Kochalka and Craig Thompson
Top Shelf Productions

Conversations #1 shows James Kochalka and Craig Thompson discussing the nature of art. At first I thought this might be a sort of comic equivalent of My Dinner With Andre, but though the artwork is plenty amusing, and has a more fantastic style than American Elf, the conversation itself never really fulfills its potential. Their talk is full of statements like, "making art is like getting in a wrestling match with God!" and "mastery is subtlety, or subtlety is mastery." Either of these declarations could be a good starting point for an interesting conversation, but only if developed further. Unfortunately, the book simply lines up a series of vague statements, then ends without any resolution. Since this is "#1", perhaps the ideas can be expanded in the next volume.

Posted by Tom Good @ 01:18 PM PST [Link]

Esad Ribic, artist for Marvel's "Loki" mini-series and many other comics, in an interview with Ginger Mayerson and Nirut Poonsombat for the Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society. [more]

Posted by Editor @ 11:50 AM PST [Link]

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