June 6 – 8 , 2014 at The Hilton Anatole Dallas

Review of “Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Heroes and Superheroes”

This two-volume set embarks on the ambitious project of survey the most important and influential works of graphic literature in the American canon.

Review of Mike Mignola’s “Lobster Johnson: Prayer of Neferu”

Mignola, Mike, and John Arcudi, authors. Art by Wilfredo Torres and Dave Stewart. Lobster Johnson: The Prayer of Neferu. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, August 2012. 22pp. $3.50. Minor spoilers.

Review of Michael Avon Oeming’s “Victories” No. 1

Oeming, Michael Avon. Victories, no. 1. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, Inc., August 2012. 22pp. $3.50. Minor spoilers.

Looking at Tokyopop (Again?)

Looking at Tokyopop (Again?)

08/16/12

The following article originally appeared at Mangapunk.com on 31 August 2006. I was reading an interview of Stuart Levy, CEO of Tokyopop, over at Publishersweekly.com and found some interesting and telling comments in the interview amidst the positive PR speak. “It’s a wonderful book called Parasyte. It’s one of the first books we ever...

A-Kon Reviews

A-Kon Reviews

08/12/12

A-Kon is now doing reviews of some of your favorite anime, manga, books, and movies in our Blog section, The Good, The Bad, the WTF!?

Review of Will Eisner’s “A Contract with G-d and Other Tenement Stories”

Review of Will Eisner’s “A Contract with G-d and Other Tenement Stories”

08/12/12

This book is genuinely a difficult read, both intellectually and emotionally. They are stories that needed to be told and indeed their visceral nature makes them that much more compelling, but one should not approach this piece lightly. This work is a must read for completist auteurs or those interested in 1930s living but can safely be avoided by others.

More Manga for Your Money?

More Manga for Your Money?

08/12/12

One argument on why some people prefer imported Japanese comics (i.e. manga) over American comics is that it’s more cost effective to purchase manga because you get more content for your money. David Doub hopes to show that this thinking may be a misunderstanding or at the very least illuminate how the different comic businesses work.

Review of Helen McCarthy’s “The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga”

Review of Helen McCarthy’s “The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga”

07/26/12

Osamu Tezuka is a pop cultural icon and as such should not only be studied from a scholarly approach, but also as a storyteller who compares with the greatest writers and film makers of the twentieth century.

Review of Kouno’s “Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms”

Review of Kouno’s “Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms”

07/18/12

The book is actually three short works combined into one. They share a narrative structure and art style which tell a cogent story of young people’s lives as they are affected by the Hiroshima bombing, spread out from 1955 to 2004.

A Review of Mizuki Shigeru’s “Onward toward Our Noble Deaths”

A Review of Mizuki Shigeru’s “Onward toward Our Noble Deaths”

07/08/12

Originally published in Japanese in 1973, Mizuki’s tale of Japanese soldiers on the island of New Britain, east of Papua New Guinea, during World War II was only recently translated into English. In the words of introduction writer Frederick Schodt, “Finally!”