Book Review: Seasons of Infidelity

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.
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An Interview with Kumiko Ibaraki, Author of The Worry Free Kitchen

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”

Book Expo 2011: Overview

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”

MoCCA 2011 – Saturday Here I am!

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!”

NYC’s Rainbow Book Fair

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”

NYCC/NYAF 2010: Navigation of a Mega Con

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.
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Industry News: Del Rey concludes, and Kodansha USA steps up to the plate.

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:

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Book Expo America 2010 – Part 1

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”

Manga Review: Amefurashi

Amefurashi
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”