- Posted by Johanna on June 29, 2006 at 7:56 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
Going crazy getting ready to leave for Heroes Con in Charlotte tomorrow! Blogging may be light, until I find out whether the Hilton has free access, so this will have to tide you over.
Reviewing would be so much easier if you didn’t have to read the darn things first! That’s one of the very few drawbacks to the graphic novel revolution — a stapled comic takes me ten minutes, a book-format one at least an hour.
Dave at YACB reviews Scooter Girl (after some urging). His major complaint revolves around how much he disliked the lead, Ashton. As he says, that speaks to how good a job author Chynna Clugston does, that she’s created a fictional character Dave hates.
I also think he’s gone a bit overboard. Dave dislikes Ashton to the point that he doesn’t believe that he’s changed at all, considering the growth we see in the book another act. That seems to take interaction with the work slightly too far for my comfort. I have good reason to hate Ashton’s type, a user of women, but I really appreciated the way Chynna made a usually two-dimensional stereotype into a real person, and I understood and believed in his motivations. (More at my review.)
Yes, everyone has to work very hard to break into comics. But as a class, women have to work harder. That’s all it boils down to, and comments like “my wife doesn’t draw girly and she’s working” demonstrate the point.
The manga domination continues, with Viz Pictures, a sister company of the manga publisher, announcing the DVD release of Train Man in January 2007. (The manga series starts in October.) Meanwhile, Tokyopop has launched a Jpop music label. Three compilation albums are planned (no dates, though), with an eventual release schedule of 20 albums a year.
Is Tokyopop expanding into other media because Viz and Del Rey are tying up more and more of the popular Japanese manga titles? Movies, music, they’ve already revolutionized publishing… what’s next?
And ending on a happy note, happy anniversary to some great bloggers!
Tom the Dog has been doing this for two years, and now he wants to make money with his reviews. Good luck with that!
Ian Brill’s site is also two years old, and he’s already making money, using this time to thank some of the people who pay him for comic writing.
Mark Fossen celebrates one year and plans for more, shorter reviews. Yay!
Congratulations to you all! (And what is it about June that makes people launch blogs?)