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January 7, 2013 |
Images of a city smoldering and a river clogged with pale, radioactive cadavers never left Keiji Nakazawa's mind. The Japanese manga, or comic-book, artist used those images and other memories of surviving the atomic bombing of Hiroshima to create "Barefoot Gen," a gruesome yet hope-driven comic about a boy who, like Nakazawa, survived the Aug. 6, 1945, attack. Nakazawa was a first-grader standing outside his school when the United States dropped the bomb that killed more than 100,000 people, including his father, brother and a sister.
December 13, 2012 |
Think of Japanese movies, and two things readily come to mind: samurai and anime. But organizers of the L.A. EigaFest - a showcase of contemporary cinema from the Land of the Rising Sun - aim to show Angelenos that the nation's filmmakers are up to much more than that. The festival, now in its second year, runs Friday through Sunday at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and features films on such topics as an unraveling supermodel, a time-traveling Roman architect and a single mother raising two werewolf children.
November 5, 2012 |
When last we visited “The Drops of God,” the totally addicting wine manga , the two protagonists were just beginning their battle to decide who would be the emperor of wine. In one corner, ingenue Kanzaki Shizuku, the son of Japan's most legendary wine writer who had forsaken his birthright and gone to work in, gasp, a beer distributorship! In the other, Tomine Issei, a darkly handsome, gifted young wine critic with troublesome values. To decide the winner, the two have to parse Kanzaki's father's clues and identify a series of wines.
April 22, 2012 |
The Angry Buddhist A Novel Seth Greenland Europa Editions: 400 pp., $16 paper Seth Greenland's "The Angry Buddhist" begins with two sexy American women getting matching tattoos in Puerto Vallarta - and then it swiftly jumps forward into the madcap final week of a congressional race out in the desert around Palm Springs. The incumbent, a wily and infinitely pragmatic political sleazebag named Randall Duke, finds himself facing a new kind of problem, namely, an opponent who might actually defeat him. Her name is Mary Swain, and here she is, observed at a rally by the angry Buddhist of the title, one of Randall's brothers, the busted cop called Jimmy Ray Duke: "She glides to the microphone and Jimmy notes the burnished skin, the blinding smile, the five hundred dollars' worth of blond highlights, fitted red blouse set off against the matching white linen skin and jacket that wraps her like cellophane.
December 4, 2011
The Batman Files Matthew K. Manning Andrews McMeel, $100 A vivid assortment of "files" on everything in Bruce Wayne's world - gadgetry, enemies, police records, dossiers - collected by Wayne as a guide for helping his future successor. Government Issue Comics for the People, 1940s-2000s Richard L. Graham Abrams Comicarts, $29.95 How U.S. government agencies have used comic characters - Lil Abner in the Navy, for example, or Bert the Turtle surviving an atomic blast - to spread information to the public.
March 19, 2011
Sailor Moon is setting sail for the U.S. after a six-year absence in print. Kodansha USA Publishing said Friday that it will release new deluxe editions centering on the iconic manga character that helped cement the Japanese comic art form with American readers in the late 1990s. Out of print for six years, Naoko Takeuchi's "Sailor Moon" will relaunch in September under the Kodansha Comics imprint. It will be accompanied by a two-volume prequel series titled "Codename: Sailor V," the first time it will be in print in the U.S. In it, teenager Minako Aino will fight as Sailor V against the Dark Agency before discovering Sailor Moon.