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All horror stories, whether told in films, comics, books, or around a campfire after sunset, have in common the aim of making their audiences afraid. But there are many different ways to make people afraid....

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Katherine embraces her inner Elf

October 6, 2008 | 0 Comments

Elfquest is older than I am, which makes it all the more astonishing that it’s taken me this long to start reading it. Even though it has all the elements of something designed to appeal...

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A little over a year after the final volume was published in English, I’ve finally gotten around to finishing one of the most hyped and most heavily-spoiled manga series ever: Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s...

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Apocalipstix

August 22, 2008 | 0 Comments

The Apocalipstix Written by Ray Fawkes, art by Cameron Stewart Published by Oni Press Here’s an object lesson in marketing: 90% of my reason for buying The Apocalipstix was the title, because even if it...

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“The human whose name is written in this note shall die…” No manga series has truly hit the big time until it’s got at least a TV adaptation, whether live-action or anime (or sometimes both),...

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“Aqualung, my friend”*

August 4, 2008 | 0 Comments

Aqua Leung by Mark Smith and Paul Maybury Regular readers of this blog may recall me saying that fantasy is my favourite genre, and that I’d like to see more straight fantasy comics being made....

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In the 1970s, a new group of manga creators caused a stir in Japan. They were known as “the Magnificent 49ers” or “the Year 24 Group”, after the year most of them were born: 1949,...

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Katherine enjoys a sugar rush

July 9, 2008 | 0 Comments

One of the most popular manga genres is the “magical girl” story. Initially inspired by the domestic and mischievous witches from the American sitcom Bewitched, magical girls are often the natives of a realm where...

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Until last week, if you’d asked me about my favourite manga, I would have named Blade of the Immortal by Hiroaki Samura as the #1, with Osamu Tezuka’s Buddha and Ariyoshi Kyoko’s Swan vying for...

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The DFC – Katherine’s take

June 11, 2008 | 1 Comments

My first copy of The DFC appeared the other day – I know we’ve already talked about it on here (see Kenny’s thoughts on it), but I just had to write about it myself. I...

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