June 6 – 8 , 2014 at The Hilton Anatole Dallas

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...

Team Four Star returns to A-Kon 25 *Updated Info*

Team Four Star returns to A-Kon 25 *Updated Info*

02/12/14

                *UPDATED INFORMATION*  - Nick “Lanipator” Landis and Curtis “Takahata101” Arnott are not going to be able to join us at A-Kon this year. So, KaiserNeko is bringing some new friends to the convention. Please read below on Chris Guerrero and Lawrence “MasakoX” Simpson and welcome them to...

Review: Blackfish

Review of Blackfish             Keeping wild animals in captivity is a touchy subject, especially when the animals in question are highly intelligent and immensely powerful. Accidents will happen. One such accident, the death of orca trainer Dawn Brancheau inspired one of the most critically acclaimed documentaries of 2013: Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s Blackfish....

Mel Brooks: The Parody King

Mel Brooks: The Parody King             Since his introduction to the silver screen with The Producers in 1968, director Mel Brooks has become one of the best parody and satirical auteurs that Hollywood has ever seen. Like all auteurs, Mel has certain thematic and ideological consistencies throughout most of his films. Such consistencies include: genre...

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...

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...

Review of Art Spiegelman’s “MetaMaus”

Spiegelman, Art.  MetaMaus: A Look inside a Modern Classic, Maus.  New York: Pantheon Books, 2011.  301 pp.  $35.00.  Hardback.  ISBN 978-0-375-42394-9.  With MetaMaus: The Complete Maus Files.  DVD. Reader Warning: This volume is not for the faint of heart.  Confronting evil never is. This insightful work, by the author of the original Maus, brings to light...