Read These Comics For The Week Of 12/31

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Dead Boy Detectives #1 by DC/Vertigo Comics

From the pages of THE SANDMAN, Neil Gaiman’s dead boys get their own monthly series! As fans of storybook detectives, Edwin Paine (died 1916) and Charles Rowland (died 1990) will take on any and all mysteries – including their own untimely deaths! The dead boys head back to St. Hilarions, where bullying headmasters continue to rule the school. But when they investigate the lingering mysteries of their own deaths, they meet a young girl named Crystal whose tech skills and strange link to the undead earn her a place as a new detective. DEAD BOY DETECTIVES is a fast-paced adventure series that takes us from the bustling streets of contemporary London to Japanese-inspired video games and dangerous worlds perched somewhere between the now and nevermore.


Legenderry A Steampunk Adventure #1 by Dynamite Entertainment

It’s a world in which the great heroes of our…

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Manga In Memoriam: 2013

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Remembering those in the manga field who passed away in 2013:

  • Kiichi Toyoda, the first editor-in-chief of Shogakugan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine, passed away on January 10 at the age of 87 from acute heart failure.
  • Yuji Nishi, creator of the Ando Natsu – Edo Wagashi Shokunin Monogatari manga, passed away on February 6 at the age of 59 due to stomach cancer.
  • Toren Smith, manga translator, passed away on March 5 at the age of 52.
  • Isuka Hakozaki, creator of the Caterpillar manga series, passed away suddenly at the age of 27. The date of death is not known, but it is assumed he died in April 2013.
  • Kim Thompson, co-publisher and co-owner of Fantagraphics Books, passed away on June 19 at the age 56 after a battle with lung cancer.
  • Yasuda, Comic LO manga artist, passed away at the age of 24 due to a sudden illness.
  • Jun…

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Game Review: Star Realms Deckbuilding Game

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20131229-143517.jpgFully funded after a wildly successful Kickstarter run, sci-fi deckbuilding game Star Realms hit backers’ mailboxes  just in time for the holidays. In a refreshing change of pace, the White Wizard Games team maintained a receptive and transparent crowdfunding campaign that exceeded expectations by delivering decks, promos, and merchandise within their estimated delivery date. Designed by Magic the Gathering Hall of Famers Darwin Kastle and Rob Dougherty, Star Realms combines the addictive deckbuilding of Dominion with the offensive nature of MTG to create an original, fast-paced, and highly entertaining card game.

In this corner of the universe there exists four factions: Star Empire, Trade Federation, Machine Cult, and the Blobs. Through trade and combat, each faction acquires ships and bases to further its defensive or offensive posture and establish intergalactic dominance. The 128-card deck consists of 18 Authority cards (double-sided numerical cards that represent life), 16 ‘Scout’ cards…

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Lesley’s Musings… on Anime & Manga: 2013 in review

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The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 21,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 8 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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This Cartoon Is Trying To Break Your Heart: Grave of the Fireflies

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A hard-hitting, harrowing and realistic portrayal of a young brother and sister suffering the ravages of Japan’s losing World War II ordeal. A film that Roger Ebert calls one of the best and most powerful war films ever made, included on his 2000 list of the “Great Movies.” A film that’s been remade twice, having only been released in 1988. And yet, it’s hard to find, and hardly ever screened. In short, a classic. But no Spielberg drama, nor the sturm und drang of Coppola’s Apocalypse Now. This film is Grave of the Fireflies, one of the best anime movies ever made. Yep, it’s a cartoon. Pull the cord with me and I’ll fill you in on the way down, after the jump.

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Preview: Witchblade #171

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Witchblade #171

Story By: Ron Marz
Cover By: John Tyler Christopher
Story By: Stjepan Sejic
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: SEP130649
Published: December 18, 2013


Sara Pezzini violently ripped the Witchblade from her body and abandoned it. For Sara to begin her life anew, the Witchblade must find and bond with a new host. But not all who wield the Witchblade are worthy to bear the burden of the gauntlet.


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Fun With Numbers: Thoughts On the Tamako Market Movie


Correction: Blood-C had a lower average (1577) than any of the series mentioned below, though its movie was announced in advance of the TV show.

So Tamako Market is getting a movie, and fairly soon (this April), at that. I’m nothing but excited at this news; of the shows that aired last winter, Tamako Market was probably my favorite. It had a colorful cast, a very nice soundtrack, and an adorably chubby, pompous bird. But the fact that it’s getting a continuation is a bit striking, in light of recent history.

The final average for Tamako Market’s per volume sales clocked in at about 3624, above the 3000 pvs benchmark but considerably below the sales levels of other franchises that got movies while averaging TV ratings of less than 3% (i.e. excluding Pretty Cure, One Piece/battle series in general, and Lupin III). From 2005-2012, the next lowest-selling series…

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