Beaten

February 5, 2008

You know how you’ll be making a grilled cheese and waiting to flip it and you’ll pass the time by thinking, “Wouldn’t it be cool if…” and making a list? I’d be willing to swear this turn of events has actually been a recurring item on those lists. It’s just 31 flavors of awesome.

On the other hand, I was just in Washington. My hotel was like three blocks from the Kennedy Center. Couldn’t they have bumped this event up a little? (By the way, the Kennedy Center has a really good cafeteria, so if you go to the exhibit and you’re hungry and need a break, it’s upstairs.)


Upcoming 2/6/2008

February 5, 2008

After a couple of slow weeks, things kick back into gear in the comic shops.

I’ve often suspected that my cats have struck up demonic alliances, so it shouldn’t be surprising that there’s a comic based on that premise. It’s Ubu Bubu (SLG) by Jaime Smart. Here’s a preview.

Dark Horse delivers the second volume of Mi-Kyung Yun’s gorgeous, folklore-steeped soap opera, Bride of the Water God.

Go! Comi offers new volumes of two of my favorite ongoing series, each of which turns the traditional school setting upside down. Setona Mizushiro’s Afterschool Nightmare (now at volume six) makes adolescent anxieties manifest in a surreal dreamscape. Hideyuki Kurata and Tomomasa Takuma’s Train + Train has an entire planet as its classroom. Experiential learning is so trendy these days.

Looking for something gorgeous and restful? Look no farther than the second volume of Kozue Amano’s Aqua (Tokyopop), in which a young girl learns to navigate the waterways of Neo Venezia.

Also from Tokyopop is the third volume of Yuji Iwahara’s King of Thorn. I was really looking forward to this series, but I must admit that it’s testing my patience. I hope the characterizations start to deepen beyond survival-adventure stock figures and that the story comes closer to meeting the standard set by Iwahara’s thrilling illustrations.