Season of Infidelity: BDSM Tales From the Classic Master
By Oniroku Dan
Translated by Chris Violet
Vertical Inc. 2010
Copy supplied by Publisher
Review by Linda Yau
Controversy and intrigue may surround the topic of eroticism and nudity. It is quite the lucrative business. There’s an audience, and for those who corner the niche in the SM market, infamy occurs. Sadomasochism is not for the fainthearted and it has carved a place in Japanese society.
Continue reading “Book Review: Seasons of Infidelity”
As a disclaimer from the panel this is not the definitive list of the best graphic novels for this year, since the panelists have not gotten to read everything just yet. Though this is the panel’s picks for the best of graphic novels that they’ve read so far.
Continue reading “Hottest Graphic Novels Picks of 2012 at BEA”
I can never claim to be a cook, however one of my favorite type of books to browse through are Asian cuisine cookbooks. Last year I was able to purchase The Worry Free Bakery, so this year I was quite happy to learn of Kumiko Ibaraki, the author was releasing a second translated cookbook of The Worry Free Kitchen. She was also in New York around the period of Book Expo, so I was able to get an interview with this Japanese author/dietician/teacher on Thursday with interpretation from Ioannis Mentzas, Vertical‘s Editorial Director. Here is a transcript of my interview with Ms. Ibaraki. Continue reading “An Interview with Kumiko Ibaraki, Author of The Worry Free Kitchen”
Intermixed with the show room was a robust schedule of panels avaliable for attendees to attend. BEA Panels were designed for booksellers and librarians, and were all relevant toward funneling interest in the publishing industry. Panel topics was related to a specific book/speaker or tips on how to improve with technology. Continue reading “Book Expo 2011: Panels”
Attendees waiting for the show floor to open. (This was a familiar sight on all three days at two entrances) Continue reading “BEA/BWENY 2011: Summing the Show Floor”
Happy Memorial Weekend! It has been that time of the year again, and before I even get on my experience this year. I have to say this year felt slightly like New York Comic Con last year again. Why? Because this year Book Expo America (#BEA) shared the same physical location as Blog World & New Media Expo (#BWENY), so there were twice the amount of panels and exhibition to cover. Badges for BEA also covered for Blog World, so attendees went back and forth between the two shows. Not that Blog World detracts from the main focus of BEA though, which is spreading buzz and excitement for what books are. Continue reading “Book Expo 2011: Overview”
On Saturday, I had a couple of events to attend, but the first thing I was able to head to was the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Festival, otherwise known as MoCCA. People who weren’t able to come to the city this past weekend, was definitely pretty envious as I saw from Twitter. This is a Saturday and Sunday event, that served as a fundraiser and showcase of the Museum’s accomplishments for the year. At this event, there were exhibitors, and panels. I wasn’t able to go to any panels, but I was around the exhibitor’s room, so these are pictures I took from Saturday. Continue reading “MoCCA 2011 – Saturday Here I am!”
During the last weekend of March on the 26th, I was definitely in high spirits for the winter to over. The weather was certainly partially paying attention to my wishes, since it was a sunny yet brisk day. I rarely am around the West Village, so the commute there was pretty interesting. You have to love or hate the weekend transit changes that occurs, it is mostly an annoyance for some routes. Continue reading “NYC’s Rainbow Book Fair”
Last year when it was at the Book Expo, the buzz was e-books and of course there was many discussions about how the publishing industry will respond to this industry. Now more than six months after that event, the news came out recently about Amazon, that e-book sales eclipse paperback sales. Continue reading “Kindle Lending Club Website Review”
Saturday, consistently a very very busy day.. for any and every convention. and for this year.. so much conflicts.. I ended up with so much conflicts of choosing this and that. In summary, I chose this time around to go for a more professional slant of panels.. rounding out an evening of book publisher events.
Continue reading “NYAF/NYCC 2010 – Part 2”
During the weekend of October 8-10, 2010; New York Comic Con and New York Anime Festival, had merged, and it was hosted at the Jacob Javits Center as every other large size conventions are normally held, in the New York City Area. Continue reading “NYAF/NYCC 2010 – Part 1”
Photographs, and other components that make up compiling parts of a convention report is conducted, especially this convention. Time must be taken for regaining feeling of normalcy, after a very very VERY intense weekend. Words can’t sufficiently convey my feelings, as a professional, fan, and press. I can say that this is something that convention goers would probably not forget for a while to come, if they came to this event with an agenda or if it was to hang out with friends, view screenings, meet exceptional guests or sample new products, along with a mountain of other things to have done at the convention.
Continue reading “NYCC/NYAF 2010: Navigation of a Mega Con”
Just days before New York Anime Festival, Deb Aoki writes of news that Del Rey of Random House is closing shop, and Kodansha USA, will be taking over, publishing their manga in English from their Japanese counterparts. Originally scheduled to have a panel at the upcoming NYAF, the panel is at this moment canceled and removed from the schedule.
This is the press release that was released:
Continue reading “Industry News: Del Rey concludes, and Kodansha USA steps up to the plate.”
Reported and Photographs by Linda Yau
Image courtesy of Book Expo 2010 Press Photos Continue reading “Book Expo America 2010 – Part 2”
Reported and Photographs by Linda Yau
Book Expo America had some notable changes this year. One it was moved to mid-week. Two, the exhibition show was cut by a day. Three the method for counting attendance was changed in mentioning a number of professionals vs. exhibitioners. There were 21,919 verified professionals, excluding exhibitioners that were at the show. Registered number in attendance though was 27,211, and comparing this to last year’s 29,923. The smaller number was attributed to the shorten show days Next year the format of the show will be going back to three days instead of two days. Continue reading “Book Expo America 2010 – Part 1”
Art and Story by Atsushi Suzumi
Translated and adapted by Elina Ishikawa
Published by Del Rey, imprint of Random House, Inc.
ISBN 10: 0-345-51248-0
ISBN 13: 978-0-345-51248-2
Review copy provided by publisher
Review by Linda Yau
The setting of this story is in a desert town, Gimmy is a teenage repair guy, and by mistake he loses his siblings as offerings to the local rain goddess. Sora, the goddess usually receives dolls as offerings, but follies occur. Gimmy messes up, but is determined to get his siblings back and that’s where the adventure begins. Continue reading “Manga Review: Amefurashi”