Tokyopop Manga Magazine MIA?

Got a postcard today from Tokyopop… it said “We know you’re eagerly awaiting your next volume of Manga magazine, so we just wanted to assure you we’re working hard to get you the latest previews and hottest insider information–we definitely haven’t forgotten about you.” It continues with promotion for four fighting titles “filled with bone-crushing art” and an “exclusive 25% discount on … all Tokyopop manga this month.” I hadn’t noticed the magazine seemed to have disappeared until they pointed […]

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CSI: Dying in the Gutters #5

I haven’t seen anyone talk about the comic book convention mystery CSI: Dying in the Gutters, and after they worked so hard to draw direct market attention to it, too. Maybe everyone’s waiting for the trade (due next month)? Here’s the premise: at a Las Vegas comic convention, internet gossip Rich Johnston is killed, electrocuted when he touches a rigged microphone while standing in salt water. So many creators have reason to kill him that the CSI team has trouble […]

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Tokyopop Revising Rating System

Tokyopop Revising Rating System: With “more than 40 content indicators divided among five age ranges”, perhaps a better verb is “complicating”. It’s due to debut this fall. [A] general set of content indicators in addition to the ratings icon will be printed on the cover of each new series. The new system will provide prospective buyers with far more information about a book’s content than the previous system (that Tokyopop pioneered), which simply provided the age rating alone. That’s a […]

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Earthlight Volume 1

It’s high school teen drama… in space! I’m not sure what to say about Earthlight. I want to like it, but it’s not quite there for me. The artist, Christopher Schons, is great with near-future technology, and he’s also good with creating expressive figures in the kids, so that’s not it. The writer, Stuart Moore, crafts excellent scenes and is good at introducing story events and characters efficiently, even if most of the people are predictable types (but still likable). […]

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Caliber Titles Online

I remember Caliber fondly from when I got back into comics last decade. Now, they’re putting many of their titles online. Press release: Caliber Comics, one of the leading independent publishers of the 1990’s, is making many of their titles available as downloads from drivethrucomics.com. The titles will be available as pdfs which can be used with Acrobat Reader and the majority will sold less than the original cover price. [sic] Caliber, which helped to launch the careers of many […]

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Ross Campbell Quits Tokyopop

I’m not a fan of zombie stories, so I didn’t enjoy Ross Campbell’s The Abandoned as much as I have some of his other works. However, I’m sorry to hear that he had publisher problems (as revealed in the comments at Bill Sherman’s review, link no longer available). i sorta quit Tokyopop after the first book, i had a crummy experience with them (requiring a long rant to explain, heh). but i’m pitching the sequel’s material to another publisher, but […]

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Spooked

I sought out this older graphic novel because I so much enjoy Ross Campbell‘s art (as seen in Wet Moon). It was a worthwhile quest. Writer Antony Johnston has often worked with crime, horror, and suspense, and in Spooked he blends the three in the story of artist Emily Spook. She’s a kind of medium, able to host and converse with spirits. It’s unsurprising to note that she considers this a curse more than a gift, but it’s the way […]

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Finder: King of the Cats

King of the Cats more deeply explores the world of the Nyima, the lion people first seen in the Finder: Sin-Eater books by Carla Speed McNeil. The Nyima women are quite accomplished. Although they look like lionesses, they walk erect, use tools (especially guns), and conduct diplomatic missions. The males, except for the leaders, are more likely to go feral, running on all fours like the lions we think of. Jaeger’s working for a tour company as armed escort, getting […]

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