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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Single-Panel Reviews 2/16/05

Welcome to the ECCC edition of Single-Panel Reviews. Here is a quick look at some of the books and previews that I either purchased or picked up at the comicon two weeks ago.

Random Pirate Comics.com presents Promo This
Story and concept by Jonah Gregory; Art and lettering by Jeremy Gregory
Free from the randompiratecomics.com booth

This quick little xeroxed promo packs a punch and shows a lot of promise. The premise is that a crew of alien pirates has somehow fallen through a wormhole to Earth. Now I love pirates and I love aliens, so this is really a match made in heaven for me. The book is funny and the art is good. The promo drew my interest just like a promo should and I'm looking forward to more of this wacky story.

Bottom Line: A-

TokyoPop sample of @Large and Tokyo Tribes
@Large by Ahmed Hoke
Tokyo Tribes by Santa Inoue
Free on the literature table

@Large was the first story I read. It's actually an American manga and takes place in Los Angeles. Now correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought the whole point of manga was that it was from Japan. Anyway, @Large seemed really slow going. No characters are introduced and no story got rolling. It was a snooze fest. Tokyo Tribes was somewhat better. The ending is pretty surprising, but it didn't make up for the slow and boring beginning. Maybe hip-hop and manga are better as separate entities?

Bottom Line: C-

Jade: Hide and Seek
By Edward Pun
$3 from the creator's booth

Jade is a great little mini-comic that is packed with lots of action and story. Jade is a waitress looking for betting things. When a mysterious stranger comes to town with a cute baby, she gets an adventure and fight all her own. The art is crisp and looks to be inspired by manga. Jade has large eyes, spiky hair, and a cute outfit, just like so many manga characters. The book is entertaining and hopefully the characters will be around for more adventures in later books.

Bottom Line: B

PVP #6
Written and drawn by Scott Kurtz
Dorkstorm Press; free from Mr. Kurtz's table

I read PVP for free every day, so I wanted to show Mr. Kurtz at least a teensy bit of gratitude for all his hard work by buying one of his books. I purchased PVP at Large #1 and also picked up this freebie. This romance themed book couldn't have come at a better time, considering Monday's holiday. The issue is all about skull trying to get the totally wrong for each other couple Jade and Brent back together. Some of my favorite strips involve those two squaring off, so I was delighted with the book. I love all the PVP characters and this issue gives great background on Brent and Jade's relationship.

Bottom Line: A

1 Comments:

  • At 11:36 AM, September 22, 2005, Blogger Jonah Gregory said…

    Hello there!
    I know this is a bit late (only 7 months)but thanks for the kind words about the promo and we're glad you like it :)
    We just setup a blog for the Random Pirate Comics group, so you can check out our latest news and junk at http://randompiratecomics.blogspot.com (shameless plug)
    Our goal is to have Issue 1 out by the end of the year. We're only 1 page away from finishing, then we just have to compile, print, etc.

     

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