Time to Spookify the Blog for October! [Blog Update]

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Hi there!

One of my favorite times of the year is coming up in two weeks! Trees changing color, various apple flavored desserts and ciders, and the digging up of old spooky stories told to pass the growing nights. As you can tell, I love Fall and the month of October especially. October means Halloween, one of my favorite indie comic conventions, and Inktober! So, I wanted to try something new this year and get the blog into the spirit of the season so to speak.

You all seemed to love my Mythology of Ancient Magus’ Bride posts, with a total of 1,297 views for the first one alone. What better way to usher in the season then to take a dive into more mythology in a special month-long event! Continue reading

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Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (9/17 – 9/23)

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Welcome back to another installment of “Last Week in Geekdom” where I comb the internet for all the news you need to know so you don’t have to. October is slowly upon us which means delightful cold weather here in New England, but it also means the debut of this blog’s October Mythology Special. Be sure to come back on October 1st to see what I have planned. Suggestions are open all month long. For this week’s highlights: Seven Seas Entertainment has just announced a whole ton of new manga licenses; controversy has been brewing over the appearance of Batman’s penis in Batman: Damned; and the Ignatz award winners have been announced. Be sure to check out those and more down below as well as the tons of interviews and other announcements. As always, have a great Sunday! Continue reading

A Bride’s Story Manga Volume 3 Review

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No matter how much I grumble about the price of a volume of this manga (17 USD), I will always enjoy picking it up and reading on with the story. The price really is worth it. For a hardcover edition, larger pages, and great quality art, I really shouldn’t be grumbling too much. Not to mention that the series is finally getting an ebook edition that just might be cheaper, so if you like to read manga digitally more than in print, this is your chance to pick up one of my top 10 favorite mangas. Whenever I get around to reviewing my top 5 lists that I did a year or two ago, I might just add this one up there. You can feel the just vast amount of work and dedication Kaoru Mori put into this series through her intricately detailed art and in-depth historical knowledge of the setting and cultures she’s depicting. It creates this great cross-over of enjoyment for me between my history buff side and artistic side, providing a great well-rounded series I can really sink my teeth into.

The plot of each volume of A Bride’s Story follows one or two different potential brides through their lives and troubles as they try to find a marriage partner. For this volume we have Talas, a five-time widow who now lives alone with her mother on the land left to her by her husband’s family. The potential groom in this case is Mr. Smith as he continues on his journey back to England. At the start of the volume, we see him arrive at the meeting point where he is supposed to pick up his guide to Ankara, but due to some unforeseen circumstances (like his bags being stolen and his guide nowhere in sight), Mr. Smith is invited to stay with Talas and her mother until it is time for him to leave. Continue reading

Skip Beat Manga Review: Volumes 10-12

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Skip Beat never ceases to pull me back over and over again. It’s been awhile since we last took a deep dive into the manga, and I was definitely starting to feel that pull to read it again. Each time I pick up a volume I’m reminded why this series is on my top manga of all time list. One of the things I love so much about this series is how much time Yoshiki Nakamura takes to explore the backgrounds and weaknesses of each character, even the smaller ones. In these three volumes alone, we get an exploration of Ren’s big weakness in acting, the growth of Kyoko as an actor, the origins of the director’s mental illness, and a lot more. The romance is real in these volumes too with a some big revelations and explorations of what it means to fall in love with someone. Every volume feels like a journey where we get to see the characters grow and change fully, with us reading along every step of the way.

Volumes 10-12 continue where the story left off last time with one of the biggest and most important arcs for the series: the Dark Moon drama arc. Kyoko has been scouted for one of the most important roles in an upcoming remake of a popular drama. It’s not only a chance for her to have a big break, but also a chance to costar alongside Ren who will be playing the starring role. The only problem, the president of LME has recommended Ren turn down the role, citing a weakness in Ren’s ability to act in deep romance dramas. As Kyoko succeeds in creating her character of Mio that is sure to surpass the original, Ren struggles to understand what it means to love someone. Continue reading

Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (9/10 – 9/16)

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Welcome back to another installment of “Last Week in Geekdom” where I comb the internet for all the news you need to know so you don’t have to. I realize I haven’t been keeping to my schedule of posts the last couple weeks, but I’m planning big things for the future. If you haven’t checked out my blog update post, please do so! I could really use your help. Also, I was just interviewed over on LitaKino’s blog, so be sure to stop by there and show her some love. In this week’s news: anime music producer Akihiro Tomita is predicting a big change for anime opening and endings; more anime debut dates are announced for the Fall and Winter season; and controversy is brewing at Marvel after it cancels their unpublished series Vision. Be sure to also check out my new feature sections Twitter Threads and Interviews, there’s some great stuff in there. As always, have a great Sunday! Continue reading

Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (9/3 – 9/9)

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Welcome back to another installment of “Last Week in Geekdom” where I comb the internet for all the news you need to know so you don’t have to. Phew, this week has been busy with coming back from vacation sore as can be from hiking and trying to get back in the flow of things for the blog. I won’t say that I’ll reliably get back into a two-post-a-week schedule, but I damn well will try. Anyways, this post introduces two new categories: Twitter threads and a separate interview category, so be sure to check those out down below. Some highlights for this week: so many premiere dates announced for the Fall season of anime; Hanebad!’s 11th episode is delayed due to the Hokkaido earthquake; and the all-women comic retail group The Valkyries disband. Check out the links down below and have a great rest of your Sunday! Continue reading

Twisted Romance Issue #1 Review

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Image Comics has always been one of the publisher’s I find myself gravitating towards the most in terms of comics and stories that capture my interest. They always have a wide variety of genres and stories to choose from and have the market share and money to fund experimental projects. Like Twisted Romance. Last January, Image Comics took a chance on a short, 4-issue romance anthology, marketing it as a special weekly event that would last the month of February. It features both prose and comic writings with one story written by Alex de Campi and a new artist every issue. Three self-contained stories wrapped up in its 44 pages, longer than a standard single issue and definitely worth the $3.99 price tag.

Because I’m slow on the uptake, you can actually find all four issues in one combined volume now, but I figured I’d take it one issue at a time and just have a shorter than normal review for each. Twisted Romance started as an experiment in romance comics, one of the first after many years of publishers leaving the genre by the wayside in favor of superheros and the ever-popular zombies and post-apocalyptic stories. But in the past, Image has been one of the big publishers to take a look at the genre and see some real potential, with series like Saga and Sex Criminals winning a lot of attention from fans and even multiple awards. Continue reading

Fresh Romance Volume 1 Anthology Review

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Anthologies have always been hugely interesting for me. In the past, I’ve reviewed an issue of Dirty Diamonds and The Other Side. Anthologies offer a way for creators to get their work into the hands of comic fans that may not have ever heard of them, and Fresh Romance fills a niche I think the western market has been lacking for a long time. In the past, the US comic market was flooded with romance comics targeted towards women and young girls. However, because of the effects of the introduction of the Comics Code and the general down-turn of the comics industry during the 50’s and 60’s, romance comics fell by the wayside (you can read the full history here). With the creation of this collection of romance comics, we can see a slight revival of some more serious romance comics for the western audience again, and considering the comics featured in this volume, I’m excited to see what other comics will come out of this anthology.

Fresh Romance originally started as a Kickstarted magazine featuring creator-owned romance comics for a queer and diverse audience published by Rosy Press. When Rosy Press had to close down, Emet Press took over, keeping the same theme and general principles of the magazine intact. The first collected volume was published through Oni Press and features five short romance comics from a variety of different creators. All of them have their own unique style and story with a cast of diverse characters and romances. Continue reading

I’m Back from Vacation [Short Blog Update]

I’m back! Sorry for the short hiatus. I was planning on setting up some posts before I left but things got a little crazy and I never wound up getting around to writing anything good. Anyways, I was away on a short vacation this weekend in Maine to celebrate my birthday!

I’m pretty rested now, though sore from hiking up mountains. I have a backlog of manga I need to review and the end of this anime season and the start of the next is fast approaching. I’ve also been trying to plan some more creative posts—that aren’t just reviews—as well as get back to writing my once-a-month long-form articles (that kind of fell by the way-side). For October, I’m also planning to spookify the blog a bit for the month with a series of special posts, but more on that later in the month.

I’ll be going to signing for the new Monstress volume 3 signing tomorrow, but will try and have a post up either tomorrow night or Thursday, so keep your eyes out!

~As always, thanks for reading!~


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Last Week in Geekdom – Your Weekly News Round-Up (8/20 – 8/26)

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Welcome back to another installment of “Last Week in Geekdom” where I comb the internet for all the news you need to know so you don’t have to. There will be no news round-up post next weekend as it’s my birthday and I’m off to a hiking trip in Maine to celebrate. However, if you follow my twitter you may see me like or retweet some news related items if I think they’re important. Anyways, here are a few highlights for this week: Crunchyroll has announced a new anime originals project that has been met with much infighting among the anime community; new manga publishing company Denpa has been formed to bring in more of a variety of manga titles to the US; and graphic novel My Boyfriend is a Bear (previously reviewed here) is getting a movie adaptation. Be sure to check out the articles and videos down below, and I hope you all have a great rest of your Sunday! Continue reading