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Summit of the Gods Vol.2
Summit of the Gods Vol.2
by Yumemakura Baku
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.55

5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging story of obsession, adventure and mystery., 13 May 2011
Jiro Taniguchi is a Manga legend who is known in the west for creating several award winning works and is also well respected for illustrating other author's stories. The Summit of the Gods is a fine example of mature `thinking persons' Manga that has very little in common with most trash `Seinen' Manga out there.

The Summit of the Gods is a story of obsession, adventure and mystery which has been translated into English very well and published with great care by Ponent Mon / Fanfare. The quality of the printing and materials for the book are top-notch and the 300+ page count for each book provides plenty of reading matter for your money.

If you are the kind of person who has dabbled with Manga but considered it a bit immature and disposable - you should give Jiro Taniguchi a try. The Summit of the Gods is an impeccably drawn, thoughtful and exciting story that deserves a wide readership. Purchase with confidence.


Summit of the Gods Vol.1
Summit of the Gods Vol.1
by Yumemakura Baku
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging story of obsession, adventure and mystery., 13 May 2011
Jiro Taniguchi is a Manga legend who is known in the west for creating several award winning works and is also well respected for illustrating other author's stories. The Summit of the Gods is a fine example of mature `thinking persons' Manga that has very little in common with most trash `Seinen' Manga out there.

The Summit of the Gods is a story of obsession, adventure and mystery which has been translated into English very well and published with great care by Ponent Mon / Fanfare. The quality of the printing and materials for the book are top-notch and the 300+ page count for each book provides plenty of reading matter for your money.

If you are the kind of person who has dabbled with Manga but considered it a bit immature and disposable - you should give Jiro Taniguchi a try. The Summit of the Gods is an impeccably drawn, thoughtful and exciting story that deserves a wide readership. Purchase with confidence.


The Arctic Marauder (Adventures of Jerome Plumier)
The Arctic Marauder (Adventures of Jerome Plumier)
by Jacques Tardi
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy with confidence, 28 Mar 2011
Another fine example why Jacques Tardi is a master of the comics medium, his style is so distinctive it is impossible to get him confused with any other artist. This book is well translated and lavishly produced by Fantagraphics and printed in a larger format to show off the exemplary artwork.

Created in 1972 this adventure tale is as fresh and entertaining as when first published, it reminds me of Adèle Blanc-Sec in style and the b/w artwork really lends itself to the frozen landscapes and icy seas contained in the story.

Mad scientists, monsters of the deep, futuristic submarines and flying machines. Seriously - whats not to like? Buy with confidence.


Bill Bailey Live: Dandelion Mind [DVD]
Bill Bailey Live: Dandelion Mind [DVD]
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 4.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Bailey back to his hilarious best, 28 Feb 2011
I disliked Tinselworm a great deal - and i am a long-time BB fan. This DVD however proves he is back on form - and then some. I absolutely loved it from start to finish - intelligent stand-up, great songs and a few surprises. Sorry i doubted you Bill . . . . i will just treat Tinselworm as a one-off glitch in your weird and wonderful repertoire.


Rhys Darby - Live [DVD] [2008]
Rhys Darby - Live [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Rhys Darby
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 17.27

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Light and fun but still intelligent and finely crafted, 24 Jan 2011
i would imagine most people not from New Zealand interested in this release will be big FOTC fans like myself. I was not dissapointed by this energetic comedy performance.

Whilst his stand-up style is not exactly cutting-edge cool (most of it is extremely silly and includes alot of physical comedy and self-generated sound effects) i enjoyed his show immensely.

Rhys has an infectious enthusiasm and confident stage presence that really draws you in and doesn't let go, in fact I haven't laughed this hard at a comedy DVD in ages.

I would call his comedy style `off-beat' much like his great character Murray in FOTC. He had me laughing often and in unexpected places which gave this release a fresh and unusual (compared to UK and American comedians) feel which is rare in the oversaturated world of comedy.

One of the best extras on the disk is an interview with Rhys where he substitutes the usual kind of questions with some he previously scribbled on a bit of crumpled paper. Comedy gold ensues (honestly, i was wetting myself!).

ignore the haters - if you are after something light and fun but still intelligent and finely crafted this is for you. A+


X'ed Out
X'ed Out
by Charles Burns
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.39

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An instant classic in my opinion, 11 Oct 2010
This review is from: X'ed Out (Hardcover)
If you like Charles Burns. Buy it. Now.
Mr Burns is well known for his sharp black and whites but this book is in full colour - and it works brilliantly, adding another layer to his Lynchian dreamscapes. This first volume in a new series is an instant classic in my opinion. The nod to Hergé's Tintin enhancing the weird-factor beautifully. Impeccably printed on gorgeous paper, don't waste any time - buy the hardback. You won't regret it.


The Otaku Encyclopedia: An Insider's Guide to the Subculture of Cool Japan
The Otaku Encyclopedia: An Insider's Guide to the Subculture of Cool Japan
by Patrick W. Galbraith
Edition: Paperback
Price: 13.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Japanese pop-culture in a nut shell., 9 Aug 2010
Another great book from Kodansha completely stuffed to bursting with facts, figures and interesting information. The spin on this one is that it is written by a `Gaijin', albeit one who really-really knows his stuff. I bought this book a while ago and keep referring to it on a regular basis, it is absolutely fascinating and very well designed, which makes it a real pleasure to flick through. If you have an interest in modern Japanese pop culture this book is invaluable! Superb.


Children of the Sea, Volume 3 (Children of the Sea (Viz Media))
Children of the Sea, Volume 3 (Children of the Sea (Viz Media))
by Daisuke Igarashi
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.93

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant alternative Manga, 6 July 2010
I reviewed the first book in this series about 9 months ago, and am very pleased to report that the story keeps getting better. Daisuke Igarashi's drawing style fits this ecological mystery tale perfectly - his depictions of coral reefs, marine life and the deep open sea are truly impressive. This Manga deserves to be read by a wide audience, it is a perfect example of how not all Manga are about large breasted cyborgs and teenage ninja wizards.

Read this story and the power and mystery of the sea will wash over you. I cannot wait for the next instalment. I should also mention again the quality of these books is fantastic - lavishly printed with lots of story for your money (book three is over 320 pages long).

Highly recommended. Open your -Manga- mind and jump right in!


It Was the War of the Trenches
It Was the War of the Trenches
by Jacques Tardi
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 16.39

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly deserves its reputation as a classic., 17 May 2010
Dark and very grim, but beautifully drawn by one of the greats of franco-belgian comics. His clear-line style is very unique and the use of grey tone is impressive too, it reminds me of the tone work in the excellent `Bloody Streets of Paris'.

A collection of powerful short vignettes rather than just one story, all held together by the theme of the atrocities of trench warfare. The book illustrates how expendable soldiers were at the front, and the inhuman conditions they endured.

This is the kind of book that breaks boundaries, i bet alot of people will be interested in this who don't usually read graphic novels or european comics.

This truly deserves its reputation as a classic - purchase with confidence.


Black Blizzard
Black Blizzard
by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.20

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pivotal Gekiga Manga book of its time., 11 May 2010
This review is from: Black Blizzard (Paperback)
After i read `A Drifting Life' i wished that some of the early works mentioned in the story would be available in English translation one day. My wish came true with `Black Blizzard'.

Yoshihiro Tatsumi created this book in 1956 when he was 21 years old. It was published by Hinomaru Bunko for the rental book market that had sprung-up after the war mainly based in Osaka. Akabon (Red books) were a cheap way for fans to keep up with the stories of their favorite Mangaka without the expense of actually owning the books.

This story is considered one of the pivotal Gekiga books of its time. It gets a big mention in the book `Manga: 60 years of Japanese comics' by Paul Gravett (on pg.39 is a full page colour reproduction of the dramatic original cover). Rental books eventually died out with the advent of Television and big compilation magazines similar to the famous `Shonen Jump'.

In A Drifting Life Yoshihiro Tatsumi writes that with Black Blizzard he experienced his first thrill of creation as he finished it in one continuous streak of productivity. You can see the influence of Osamu Tezuka in the energetic and fluid lines - the strength of the howling storm and the desperation of the escaped prisoners rendered brilliantly.

This is a great little slice of Manga history. An atmospheric Noir from a soon-to-be master of his craft. Thank you D+Q!

Highly Recommended.


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