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Hi, everybody!

It's time for another round of Jump Start, the time when the Shounen Jump manga anthology tests out new series, and some of the chapters get to appear in the online edition. Last week's new entry has a long title.

It's mentioned in the editorial content that Jump doesn't do that many "school club" series. But this one is also a sports manga, so that's entirely in their wheelhouse. Fifteen pages of forty-five, which is a bit shorter than most of the first chapters we've seen lately.

Shall we dance? )

Sadly, the series that started this week will not appear in the online edition at all. Lady Justice is a superhero parody with a heroine who's invulnerable, but her clothes aren't, demonstrated repeatedly. It reminds me a little of Empowered but with less bondage so far.

But the third new series, Devilyman will be appearing, so you can look forward to that!

Your thoughts and comments?
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Hi folks!

This Jump Start is a little unusual in that it's a shoujo title. Sadly, there is no online Shojo Beat magazine, so when Viz wanted to showcase "Boys Over Flowers Season 2", it had to be in their boys' manga anthology.

I have not actually read Hana Yori Dango ("Boys Over Flowers"), so this synopsis of the original series will be brief: Eitoku Academy is a private high school for rich kids, which is ruled by four obnoxious jerks who call themselves "The Flower Four" or "F4" for short. Their wealthy parents have paid off the school administration to make them immune to punishment, so they are free to bully anyone they please and make the student body go along with it.

That is, until scholarship student Tsukushi Makino finally defies the F4 when they attack her friend, and finds herself the target. She refuses to let them intimidate her, and her stubborness eventually mitigates their jerkitude, especially when their leader Tsukasa Domyoji falls in love with Tsukushi.

We pick up the story a couple of years after the previous cast graduated...21 pages of 65.

The title is a pun in Japanese; there's a saying that 'dango' (sweets) are better than 'hana' (flowers) from a girl's point of view, but 'dango' can also mean 'young men.' )

Your thoughts and comments?
Check out my shoujo manga reviews here:

And in other news, I give my icebreaker speech at Toastmasters tomorrow night!
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Hi folks!

A while back I posted a bit from the Hero Hotline appearance in Action Comics Weekly, so I thought you might like to see a bit of the full miniseries. This was actually written first, and three issues were already in the editing phase when the creators were asked to do a "preview" in Action.

7 pages of 22 from the first issue. Trigger Warning for domestic abuse.

Sometimes you need the Justice League. But sometimes you just need a hero. )

Your thoughts and comments?
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The local weekly paper has an annual "comix" issue--this time the theme was "what you did this summer."

I thought you folks might like to see a couple of the entries.

through here )

Your thoughts and comments? How's your summer been going?
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So I comic that I really enjoyed ended recently. It had some interesting philosophy and great running gags.

And now it's gone.
All that can be done now is to honor it's memory.
who wants some

Read more... )
I wish I had made some posts about this comic before. I don't know if it would have helped Mark Leiknes keep it going but now we'll never know.

If you want to check out more of this the site is still up here. Reruns of the strip are on gocomics here
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This one is one of my first, from December of 2009, when I was doing a series of 1980s British comics scans.

So, 7 1/2 pages of 23 from Nutty #178, July 9th 1983.

Why yes, that is a banana in my pocket. )

I'll be describing the features you're missing, starting with:

*Jay R. Hood: You may remember from the Roy Race post a bit back that "Dallas" was huge in Britain back in the day. This included several comics characters clearly inspired by scheming villain J.R. Ewing. To be honest, this one's a fairly standard rowdy boy, who happens to wear a cowboy hat. He and his gang run the local constables ragged, until the police captain decides to get them toughening-up lessons...from Jay R.

*Peter Pest: Standard annoying kid brother. His teenage sister and her beau attempt to hide their date from the boy, which actually gets them in more hassle than if they'd just admitted the truth in the first place.

Class warfare--a long-honoured British tradition. )

*Nip and Rrip": A boy and his cat, and yes, I've spelled its name correctly. Broke and desiring ice cream, the pair dig up the garden (what us Yanks call a "yard") in search of buried treasure. They find none, but Dad gives them money to stop digging.

*Snoopy: A reporter dog, no relation to the more famous American Snoopy. In this issue, the boss orders Snoopy to replace the carpet as it's getting worn through. Hilarity ensues.

*Tweet William: A daft youngster. After ruining his shoes, he goes shopping for a new pair. His insane prattle drives the shopkeep to distraction.

*Super Gnat: A powerful but small insect. Super Gnat is observing a yacht race when he observes some poor sportmen swamping a smaller competitor's boat. One burst of superbreath later, the underdog has won not only that race, but a nearby beach sailing contest as well.

*Sports Fan: A very athletic girl. She's performing some fancy dives...and some fancy leaping back up to the board. It turns out there's a trampoline instead of water in the pool.

Speaking of sports... )

*Snoozer: A boy who likes to sleep. His parents buy rice crunchies for breakfast, and the "pop snap crackle" startles Snoozer awake at the table. The next morning, the folks are distressed to learn that he's swapped the box with "Silent Crunchies" that make no such sounds.

Feral Dog Roll Call )

Not quite as scary as St. Trinian's, but then who is? )

*Wacky the Crackpot Inventor: Exactly what it says on the tin. Mum's got a nasty cold, so Wacky invents a housework robot. Hilarity ensues, and at the end Wacky decides it would be easier to invent a cure for the common cold.

*Cannonball Kid: He's football crazy. (Soccer, to Americans.) Cannonball learns that there's a scout in the audience for his game, and figures that he should try to impress this visitor in order to be called up to the big leagues. In reality, it's a Boy Scout, and Cannonball finds himself being hauled off to the scrapyard with a bucket on his head.

and finally
*Cuddles, an annoying toddler. He and long-suffering Dad visit the zoo. Hilarity ensues.

Your thoughts and/or comments? Happy decade, Scans Daily!
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Happy New Year, everyone!

Imageshack has had a major redesign since the last time I signed in, so if anything goes wrong, please bear with me.

While the show itself may have become something of a zombie franchise, it's always fun to look at the Simpsons comic books. Here's the latest issue focusing on Lisa.

I'm posting three pages of ten from the lead story, "The Pyramids of Lisa" .

Pride goeth before... )

Your thoughts and comments?
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Preliminary note: yes, I'm aware of slang uses of words relating to "bunty". "Bunting", for example, is what one displays to honour the Queen. ;-)

Mighty Mo wears a dress. )

Advert for Bimbo children's weekly, with a free gift including 7 gay pictures, from Bunty, 1965.

Advert for Bimbo children's weekly, from Bunty, 1965
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Happy Fourth of July!

Turns out the other Captain America stories I had in mind have already been posted, so instead, let's have some ponies!

It's a new comic, so just four pages.

Good joke. Everyone laughs. Curtain falls. )

Your thoughts and comments?
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Let's catch up with the Bravest Warriors!

The battle with Sadness, the clown world goddess of fear, ended in #4, so it's time for a new storyline.

Four pages each from Bravest Warriors #5 & 6--SPOILERS for issue #4.

Tonight, the role of Sandra Bullock will be played by Beth Tezuka. )

Your thoughts and comments?

One Punch!

Feb. 13th, 2013 09:39 pm
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Hi folks!

Shonen Jump Weekly has added a few new series, including one I quite like, One Punch Man.

Saitama was once an unemployed salaryman who was bored and unhappy with his life. A chance encounter with a monster convinced him to become a superhero, since that sounded way more fun. Problem is that he's too powerful, able to take any opponent out with one punch. So now One Punch Man must search for meaning in a world that holds no true challenge for him.

Or does it?

Four pages from the latest issue )

It's funny, but I don't know how long the premise can sustain itself.

Your thoughts and comments?
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Been meaning to post one of these for a while. "Helvetica Standard" is a monthly strip published in Newtype Magazine and created by Kei'ichi Arawi, who also does "Nichijou." The latter manga has become an anime series--here's an AMV inspired by it.

And now the strip itself, from Newtype April 2012 )

Your thoughts and comments?


May. 27th, 2012 07:54 pm
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Here's a selection of humorous silent comics created by the Argentine cartoonist Mordillo:

Read more... )
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Oh, right, like I was going to let this one pass. Assuming that Sam meets the technical specifications of "dude" and not "freakish animal/human hybrid"[1], let's look at him in distress, shall we?

Yes, we shall? )
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Alan Moore's and Steve Parkhouse's The Bojeffries Saga was sporadically published during the 80s and early 90s. It was more or less The Addams Family meets Coronation Street. Set in Northampton, England, Grandpa was a Cthulhoovian horror, the baby was a lethally radioactive metahuman in the basement, and Uncle Raoul was a werewolf. As for Uncle Festus?

Well, you can probably guess... )
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A fistful of Fantagraphics' Critters came out of the latest Box from the Closet thus reminding me of J.P. Morgan, who made me laugh quite a lot at the time with his Fission Chicken. I'd guess I wasn't the only one, as the character ended up getting his own series for a few issues before falling afoul (ha!) of one of Fantagraphics' periodic money crises some time around 1993.

Lo! and behold Google tells me that the Chicken of Wrath is still a going concern, running as a web comic after a hiatus that lasted until 2006. But let me introduce Morgan's creation to y'all via the very first comic to feature him (though published second, in Critters #22, February 1988). This is sort of Fission Archeopteryx, as he had a redesigned head starting from his second story (and first appearance), but on the other hand the script is more representative of the current run's humour -- the other Critters stories are, in retrospect, slowed down by some pretty heavy-handed satire.

Two pages of two:

Fission Chicken vs. The Creatures from Ineptune )
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This was requested a bit earlier today, and it was practically the first comic I pulled out of the first box I opened in my ongoing trip down memory lane tonight. So that's fate talking right there, and I got down to scanning it.

Barry Windsor-Smith is one of roughly eight thousand highly talented artists of the eighties (or in his case, 70's and 80s) who couldn't or could no longer keep up a monthly pace. You've got Windsor-Smith, Art Adams, Dave Stevens, Mike Mignola (to the point that he just writes now), Bill Willingham (ditto)...I'm sure I could come up with more given some time (Brian Bolland, Bernie Wrightson...) I think the common denominator is that they were all unwilling to produce substandard work and would take as long as it took to get it right. So they were worth tracking down even if you never knew what odd anthology or mini-series would next feature their work.

After first being exposed to Windsor-Smith's art in X-Men #186 I made a point of buying everything he did from that point onward and worked backwards too, at least until I saw what his old Conan issues from the 70s were going to cost me. Marvel Fanfare #15 was only a few months old at the time, though, so I scooped up a copy of Barry's take on the love/hate brotherly relationship between the Human Torch and the ever-lovin' blue-eyed Thing, and the pranks they play on each other.

Seven pages of nineteen. Astute readers will notice that the file names here start at "2", because I had to throw out one great page at the beginning even after severe triage while following the one-third rule. Even at that I skipped the epilogue and prologue that show the double- and triple-cross setups, plus it broke my heart to cut out the spring-loaded pancakes.

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If I had to pick a single funniest person in comics, I'd go for the sadly unprolific Steve Purcell. So imagine my delight at coming across my long-filed stash of Sam and Max comics last night, as well as another treasure I'd forgotten about. Go on, imagine it. I'll wait.

All of Purcell's published creator-owned comics work is Sam and Max, with this one exception: Toybox. This setting has shown up only twice in print, both in 1993 (though he revisits it on his blog every now and then) and both uncollected since. This one is from Piranha Press' StoryTellers, an anthology series by DC's short-lived creator-owned alternative comics imprint.

Toybox chronicles the adventures of Ernie the Rat and Suda, who is a creepy doll. They live in the eponymous town with a variety of other toyland-like creatures vaguely reminiscent of The Nightmare Before Christmas (which it slightly predates) or Pleasure Island from the 1940 Pinocchio Disney movie. Sam and Max are noted for being funny with an admixture of creepiness, and Toybox, true to its fictional brethren, ups the mixture to about 50/50.

Five pages of thirteen.

Yes, those are coffins raining from the sky on the cover. )


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