Archive for March, 2007

Check this out: Love it or loathe it Manga’s here to stay

orchid01_800.jpgGaren Ewing has posted a very thoughtful contribution to the Manga love/hate debate in the news section of The Rainbow Orchid. He has some excellent points about influence and style in comic art. I have to agree that the popularity of Manga can only be a good thing for comics overall whether you like them and their derivatives or not. Manga does have some random oddities that I just don’t get, like the school girls screaming while surrounded by stars and hearts. But I still like Manga because when you say Manga your saying comics and I’ve always been a fan of comics. Check out Ewing’s post ‘On Manga and style’ he says it all better than I ever could.

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Return to Dreams

dan2.jpgI haven’t checked on The Dreamwalker Chronicles for some time and that has been a mistake. Since I last checked in the story has made great progress and the art just keeps getting better.
Kokopelli starts to give us hints about Flint, the formerly box-wearing protagonist and his precise relationship to Kyle.

We also encounter the mythical figure Kokopelli for the first time with his cool glowing petroglyphs and I have to say I was really blown away by the artwork for Thunderbird in this chapter.

There’s some great storytelling here and this is a valuable and much awaited addition to the chronicles. Go catch up on your reading.

3, 2, 1 and you’re back in the room

dan2.jpgTZH is back up and running again. If you’re still seeing scary business types trying to sell you guns then you need to clear your cache. It seems really odd that this has happened but head over to the zombie hunters for a new update. I may even write a new review later today :0

Zombie Hunters Down again?

dan2.jpgIt appears that are favourite Zombie comic has come under attack by those nasty cracker types out there in web-land.  The guys are not in financial difficulty so don’t worry normal service will be resumed.  The site is down solely due to the malicious actions of some ne’er do wells.  So why don’t we all show are support by checking out the comic as soon as its back on line.    🙂

Houston we have a writer.

dan2.jpgAt last we’ve had a response for our appeal for contributors (I’m using the royal we hear 🙂 ). If anyone else would like to contribute to the blog let me know.

Well it’s a post.

dan2.jpgA post at last.  To be honest I’m not happy with the quality of my writing at the moment but I’m having to squeeze this in alongside work and parenting.  All I can say is go and check out Gunnerkrig Court for yourselves because my pathetic writing doesn’t do it any justice.  😦

Gunnerkrig Court Or why can’t I teach there.

Gunnerkrig CourtGunnerkrig Court by Tom Siddell is familiar territory, a supernatural school story but it is far superior to Harry Potter and its ilk. For a start this is definitely not an influence as the comic has an edgier darker tone than anything produced by Rowling. Despite Antimony, the main character, initially looking like a bratz doll this title has more in common with the game Ico. Only in the sense that it shares a vast castle like setting and strange shadow creatures do make an appearance. Antimony draws you into this comic, she is a smart and empathetic heroine who’s personal tragedy and curiosity endear her to the reader. As a side note the protagonists head seems to have returned to more normal dimensions. This comic turns cliche’s on their head and creates a cast of compelling characters backed by an intriguing sense of mystery. And what characters, they range from the comic Doctor Disaster to the sinister Reynardine, who is one of my favourites. I can’t wait to see how he’ll try to get out of his current predicament.

If you like a good mystery and compelling writing coupled with cool artwork you can’t go wrong with Gunnerkrig Court.