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Manga Review: Dramacon by Svetlana Chmakova

Just in time for CON season, this manga series will have you wondering if the author was sitting next to you at last years CON. Dramacon Ultimate Edition is a decidedly American style, but in this case, it works! Comic creator, Christie attends a comic convention with her boyfriend. Nervous and unsure what to expect, Christie finds she is more like the attendees than she thought. The only problem is that her jerk of a boyfriend is flirting with all the skimpy-costumed chicks. Trapped behind a table in artist’s alley, she stews as he goes off to a panel by her favorite author without her. Running away from her boyfriend after a fight, she knocks into a cute, understanding guy who teaches her to stand up for herself.

This book is riddled with con details non-con peeps just might not get, such as: Getting lost in the maze of a hotel, trying to reign yourself in from buying too much at the dealer room, and being awed (and perhaps a bit jealous) of those brave enough to dress in cosplay gear.

There’s always a bit of drama and intrigue when going to a con and I think this author got it right. Who will you meet? Will there be a weekend romance? Will your favorite author be nice or a jerk? Svetlana also leaves us with an idea that I think we can all relate to. A feeling that comes from not meeting anyone interesting, not falling in love, or not seeing your favorite author.

“My first anime convention did not go smoothly, but all things considered… I can’t wait to go back!”

I think any con-goer will enjoy this little comedy/romance. I enjoyed the first one more than the second, but they were both enjoyable. The third book in the series has received mixed reviews. The series may continue, but right now Svetlana is working on other series such as Nightschool.

Extras include ten pages of author/artist thanks and fun manga shorts, fan art, and a feature on how manga goes from thumbnails to inks.

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DVD Releases: February 10th, 2009

Friday_13_series2This weeks DVD releases brings us seven progressive speculative fiction movies and TV shows:  Afro Samurai: Resurrection, Death Note Movie II: The Last Name, Kiss: Resurrection, Tales from the Darkside: The First Season, Friday the 13th - The Series - Season Two, Dragon Ball Z: Season Eight (Babidi & Majin Buu Sagas), and Against the Dark.

  • Afro Samurai: Resurrection:  The second season is out for this action-packed animated series.  I’m very curious to try this out and have heard great things about the series.   Samuel L. Jackson returns as the voice of the tortured titular character who learns that the body of his father has been stolen from its grave.  Afro and his sidekick, Ninja Ninja (also voiced by Jackson), set off a bloody trek through futuristic Japan to exact revenge.  Inspired by the work of manga artist Takashi Okazaki.
  • Death Note Movie II: The Last Name:  The second live action movie based on the anime series which is based on the manga.  For more on the anime series and to watch it streaming online read: Death Note: Streaming Online Anime.  For more on the manga read: Review: Death Note.  In this live-action sequel to Death Note, the battle of wits between enigmatic detective "L" (Ken'ichi Matsuyama) and teenage vigilante Light (Tatsuya Fujiwara) escalates as Light infiltrates L's inner circle of investigators to divert suspicion away from himself. Meanwhile, popular television host Misa (Erika Toda) finds a second Death Note notebook and uses it to become Light's deadly disciple.
  • Kiss: Resurrection:  This was a really good concert and worth Netflix, Inc.checking out as a renter.   After ditching their makeup and costumes in the 1980s, rock band Kiss reformed in '96 with their classic look and style. Through this documentary's behind-the-scenes footage and candid interviews, explore this exciting period in the band's history. All four of the original members, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, return for this amazing reunion and show the world they still rock.
  • Tales from the Darkside: The First Season:  This series was a pseudo knock off of Tales from the Crypt, that said this was an entertaining series and fun to watch.  I would highly recommend renting it.  A macabre anthology series features adapted stories by Stephen King, Clive Barker and other horror writers with eerie tales about a levitating boy, an endlessly ringing phone, an undead grandpa, a vengeful genie and a bookie whose life depends on a bet populate.
  • Friday the 13th - The Series - Season Two:  This is a great show really enjoyed watching it and recommend renting it.  A supernatural mystery series where Johnny Ventura teams with Micki and Ryan in their endless quest to track down the cursed relics of Lewis Andredi, who forged an unholy alliance with Satan. Joined by ex-magician Jack Marshak, the gang pursues -- among other things -- a voodoo mask, John Wilkes Booth's makeup case, vampire bees and a hexed camera.
  • Dragon_Ball_Z_8Dragon Ball Z: Season Eight (Babidi & Majin Buu Sagas):  This is a crazy series that grows on you, for fans they already know this one is an owner, for non fans do yourself a favor and start at the beginning, rent it wait a while and you too will get sucked into this series.  Dragon Ball Z is great fun with copious amounts of super smashing action and humor.  This season contains the Babidi and Majin Buu sagas… lol like any one can “contain” Majin Buu.  Supreme Kai comes to Earth to help the Z fighters thwart villainous Babidi's evil plan to revive the monstrous Buu. As the epic battle unfolds, Goku, Gohan and the others must face the underworld ruler Dabura, and Vegeta makes the ultimate sacrifice to break free of Babidi's mind-controlling influence.
  • Against the Dark:  This movie sounds so craptastic that if I were sitting on the couch flipping channels I would have to stop and watch this suspected train wreck of a movie… Let me set the stage bloodthirsty vampires wreaking havoc and our only savior Steven Seagal… ROFL.  On a slightly more serious side if you have seen this let me know how it was.

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Death Note: Streaming Online Anime

death_note_5 Are you looking for some anime to watch? Bob The Elementalist asks

I love anime but I don't know what I should watch. does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks to Emerian Rich for recommending Death Note!

Death Note is streaming online here on Hulu.

death_note_4 The entire first season is up with all 37 episodes in a non-dubbed format.  Death Note is about Light Yagami an ace student with great prospects but he's bored out of his mind. All that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal...or his life?

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Read Emerian’s Review of Death Note Manga here

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