Toshihiro Kawamoto guest of honor at AM^2 2012

“AM2 PROUDLY ANNOUNCES CELEBRATED STUDIO BONES CHARACTER DESIGNER AND DIRECTOR TOSHIHIRO KAWAMOTO AS THE FIRST OFFICIAL GUEST OF HONOR FOR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED 2012 CONVENTION

“A Founding Member of the World Famous Bones Anime Studio Comes to this Summer¹s Most Anticipated Anime, Manga and Music Convention this June 15-17, 2012 at the Anaheim Convention Center and Anaheim Hilton! Get your Passports
Today and Experience the Difference!

“LOS ANGELES, Calif. (February 17, 2012) ­ Celebrated character designer and director, TOSHIHIRO KAWAMOTO, of such famed animes as COWBOY BEBOP, MOBILE SUITE GUNDAM ZZ, MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 0080, MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 0083, TEKKAMAN BLADE, BLOOD THE LAST VAMPIRE, ESCAFLOWNE, MOBILE ANGEL ANGELIC LAYER, WITCH HUNTER ROBIN, FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, SCRAPPED PRINCESS, EUREKA SEVEN, OURAN HIGH SCHOOL HOST CLUB, GHOST IN THE SHELL and outside of Japan as the character designer and animation director for the beloved many more will attend this summer¹s most aniticipated anime, manga and music convention AM2 (June 15-17, 2012; Anaheim Convention Center and Anaheim Hilton). More info and attendee registration can be found at www.am2con.org

“Kawamoto founded the world famous anime studio Studio BONES in 1998 with Masahiko Minami (former Sunrise producer) and Hiroshi Ousaka (animator colleague who passed away in 2007. He has an animation career that spans over 25 years and has a long list of high profile works but is best known for his work as the character designer and animation director for the ever popular anime, COWBOY BEBOP.
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Goodbye Tokoyopop

“ANN has confirmed with Tokyopop Senior Vice President Mike Kiley that the company will shutter its Los Angeles-based North American publishing operations on May 31. The company’s film and European operations will be unaffected by this closure, and its office in Hamburg, Germany will continue to handle global rights sales for the company.

“A PR representative working for Tokyopop CEO Stu Levy informed ANN that ‘TOKYOPOP will announce the future of specific titles and other releases in the coming weeks.’

“In a post on the website for Tokyopop’s America’s Greatest Otaku reality web series, Levy announced that he will spend the next year in the Japanese prefecture of Miyagi, making a documentary about the effects of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake disaster (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) of March 11. The proceeds of the documentary will go to support the victims. He also posted a farewell message on the official Tokyopop website.”
News: Tokyopop to Close North American Publishing Division
, Anime News Network, April 15, 2011

In their heyday, Tokoyopop was very generous to J LHLS with review copies and swag. I hope their former and remaining employees find jobs worthy of them. Good luck.

J LHLS suggests you buy those Tokoyopop and BLU titles while you can, fanboys and girls.

Edit 04/16/2011:  Why close it when they could have sold it?  I wonder.  Anyone know?

Book review: Immortal

Immortal
By Gene Doucette
Published by Hamel Integrity Publishing, 2010
ISBN: 0984568514
Review copy provided by publisher

Review by Ida Vega-Landow

This has got to be the most whimsical fantasy/horror novel I’ve read since I discovered Murphy’s Lore. The protagonist claims to be the oldest man in the world and calls himself Adam; he may or may not be “the” Adam, the father of us all, but he’s certainly quite a character. According to him, “My earliest memory is something along the lines of fire good, ice bad, so I think I predate written history. . .I like to brag that I’ve been there from the beginning, and while this may very well be true, I generally say it just to pick up girls.”
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Book reviews: Freddie the Frog books

Freddie the Frog and the Thump in the Night
1st Adventure: Treble Cleft Island
by Sharon Burch
Illustrated by Tiffany Harris
Published by Mystic Publishing
ISBN 0-9747454-9-9
Review copy provided by publisher

Review by Ginger Mayerson

This is the first of two books and CDs to teach pre-school to grammar school to read music, or at least introduce them to western music notation. Continue reading “Book reviews: Freddie the Frog books”

Book review: Boleyn: Tudor Vampire

Boleyn: Tudor Vampire
by Cinsearae S.
Published 2010
ISBN: 1451559496
Review copy provided by the author

Review by Pet Leopard

Interesting perspective on the time period and very original. From the point of view of Anne Boleyn, the author stayed faithful to first person perspective. In such a way, we were able to see the world as she saw it.

The quite ‘accidental’ messing with history seemed like only a footnote. The hanging of the Queen was used as an effective plot device, whose falsity did not get in the way of the main story.
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Book Review: You Never Give Me Your Money

You Never Give Me Your Money
By Peter Doggett
Published by Harper
Review copy supplied by publisher
ISBN 10: 0061774464
ISBN 13 978 0061774461

Review by Lynn Loper

I remember reading a ‘making of the film story about Raging Bull years ago. Martin Scorsese said he put the comedian scene in first, because everybody knew that De Niro had put on a lot of weight for that part of the movie, and he wanted them to get the fat man out of their minds and watch the movie.

The prologue of “You Never Give Me Your Money” lays out the book for you. Time, death, lost hope, tangled relationships, pain. For some reason, it took me three days to get through it. Am I still that much of a Beatlemaniac? Probably. I still can’t sit still watching “A Hard Day’s Night.” I want to scream.
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Book Review: Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters
By Jane Austin and Ben H. Winters
Published by Quirk Books, Philadelphia, PA 2009
Distributed in North America by Chronicle Books
ISBN: 9781594744426
Review copy courtesy of the publisher

Review by Ida Vega-Landow,

Once again we are entertained, or afflicted, by a smartass who has decided to “improve” Jane Austin by adding an element of horror to one of her classic romance novels. As if “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” by Seth Grahame-Smith wasn’t bad enough (and by that I mean good enough to be skewered on “Mystery Science Theater 3000”, if it were still on the air, and if anybody brave enough to film PP&Z could be found), we now have “Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters”, in which the course of true love not only seldom runs smooth, but frequently has blood-stained water. You see, in this alternate version of Miss Austin’s novel, dear old England has been afflicted by “The Alteration; which had turned the creatures of the ocean against the people of the earth; which made even the tiniest darting minnow and the gentlest dolphin into aggressive, blood-thirsty predators, hardened and hateful towards our bipedal race”.
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