June 6 – 8 , 2014 at The Hilton Anatole Dallas

International Anime Research Project

International Anime Research Project

04/21/14

Calling all Anime Fans 18 and over! Have your voice heard!

A-Kon 2014: Helen McCarthy

A-Kon 2014: Helen McCarthy

02/17/14

              Helen McCarthy loves conventions; this year she celebrates four decades of congoing since the first British Star Trek Convention in 1974. Her first American convention was Boskone in 1977, where she looked her most ladylike in long gloves and pearls at the Regency tea dance. Her first anime convention was ANIME...

Comic writer Terrance Griep returns to A-Kon 25

Comic writer Terrance Griep returns to A-Kon 25

02/10/14

              Anime is all about animation, and so is writer Terrance Griep Terrance has written Redakai: The Tiger Terror, an anime graphic novel based on the popular animated television series.  During the past decade, Terrance has also written DC Entertainment’s comic book version of that cartoon icon, Scooby-Doo. ...

Meet Gilles Poitras at A-Kon 25

Meet Gilles Poitras at A-Kon 25

12/27/13

              Gilles is best known to anime fans for his three books; The Anime Companion, Anime Essentials and the Anime Companion 2, he has also written for NewType USA and Otaku USA. Gilles also sits on the senior board of Mechademia, an annual scholarly anthology of essays on anime, manga and fan culture. Gilles also has...

Review of Joshua Williamson, Victor Ibáñez, and Pere Pérez’s “Captain Midnight, #0″

Williamson, Joshua, Victor Ibáñez, and Pere Pérez. “Captain Midnight, #0.” Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, 2013. Captain Midnight, the alias of James Albright, a decorated hero in America’s fight against the Nazi menace, disappeared in 1944 under mysterious circumstances. No one knew of his fate. Many years later, there is a radar blip on the screens of the...

Review of Steve Niles and David Wachter’s “Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem, #1″

Niles, Steve, and Dave Wachter. “Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem, #1.” Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, 2013. In the heated atmosphere of wartime Europe, one does not expect to meet a golem in 1944. The gritty art immediately brings the reader into the heat of battle. The central question seems to be “What is the nature of evil?” Noah, a young soldier,...

Review of Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden, and Ben Steinbeck’s “Baltimore: The Inquisitor”

Mignola, Mike, Christopher Golden, and Ben Steinbeck. “Baltimore: The Inquisitor.” Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, 2013. The story begins in wartime Sarajevo, still part of the Austo-Hungarian Empire in 1917. Lord Henry Baltimore receives an unexpected letter as he hunts vampire under cover of the conflict. He is sought by a resurrected Holy Inquisition that...

Review: Criminal Macabre: Final Night; The 30 Days of Night Crossover by Steve Niles and Christopher Mitten

Niles, Steve. With Christopher Mitten, Michelle Madsen, Nate Piekos, and Justin Erickson. Criminal Macabre: Final Night; The 30 Days of Night Crossover. Milwaukie, OR: Dark Horse Comics, 2013. This compendium comprises all four disturbing, yet entrancing, chapters originally released individually. The stark art and minimalist realism tell as much of the story...

Jake Tarbox at A-Kon 25

Jake Tarbox at A-Kon 25

10/08/13

              Editor, translator, producer and teacher—Jonathan “Jake” Tarbox has done it all during his career in international media and content production. He’s worked for DC Comics, Time Warner, VIZ Media, Kadokawa Publications and the NFL to produce print and video content for both the Japanese and American markets. While...

Review of Frank Bramlett’s “Linguistics and the Study of Comics”

Bramlett, Frank, ed.  Linguistics and the Study of Comics.  New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012.  xiv + 310 pp.  $85.00.  Hardback.  ISBN 978-0-230-36282-6. The basic purpose of this edited volume is best stated in the editor’s “Introduction.”  Namely  that this is “a book for anybody who wants to know more about how language and comics go together.  It begins...