My name is Charlie, but if your looking for my work, I go by C. E. Dorsett. I write scifi, fantasy, and a touch of horror. I like to play with gothic, steampunk, decopunk, epic fantasy, and wuxia. I love to tell stories and talk about books, movies, series, and music.
And this little cute octorok! And not just any octorok--it's a boss. I love all of the little details on the top of him (Geek Central Station).
When I see things like this, I get a little worried that if I ever get the Victorian house I want it will turn into a fannish version of my great aunt's house.
- Crocheted Super Mario coin doilies
- Knitted Octorock tea cozies
- Sephiroth tapestries on the walls
- Fine art dragon paintings
I could go on, but I don't want to scare Brian with more of these musings. It would be awesome though.
Mangas NOT To Waste Your Money On
Some of you might think I like all manga. The reason that I don’t usually review mangas I dislike is because I’d rather not give them the attention. I feel like they don’t deserve my time if they have not done their job and entertained me. In this post, I’m going to warn you about several books I did not enjoy.
- Bizenghast, Volume #1 by M. Alice LeGrow I was first attracted to this manga by the spooky gothic artwork on the front of a girl whose body is a violin. The cover stopped me in my tracks as I perused the manga aisle. The artwork inside is just as breathtaking, but with such beautiful artwork, you would assume the story would be just as chilling. Sure there was a graveyard, lost souls, riddles, and keys, but somehow it wasn’t as scary as I had hoped. I may, in time decide to return to this series and give it another chance, but at this time it will stay on my shelf.
- Dark Hunger by Christine Feehan, Illustrations by Zid & Imaginary Friends Studio I have not read any of Christine’s novels and am sure they are good by the reviews I’ve heard from some of her fans. This book seems like a mistake made by the publishing company. It was overly illustrated, not like a manga at all. I felt like I was reading some 1980’s comic out of the back of my mother’s Redbook. This was definitely a stab by the publisher to try and get in on the manga market, but it was done very badly. The underlying plot was interesting, so I don’t fault the writer. I think it was probably just made by people who have never read a manga before in their lives. Perhaps it will interest Christine’s fans to own a copy of the manga just to say they have the whole collection. I doubt it though as the fans I’ve talked to have said things like, “I don’t read those weird manga things.” So, if the publishers were trying to corner the manga market, they missed it by a long shot. I’m glad I only paid a dollar for it from the sale aisle.
- I Luv Halloween, Volume #1 by Keith Griffen & Benjamin Roman I really wanted this to be a great book. Halloween is my favorite holiday. The art promises greatness when you see kids dressed in costumes and spooky jack-o-lanterns around. How can you get that wrong? Well, they did. I think perhaps you would love this book if you were a ten-year-old boy who likes boob jokes and farts with the intention of grossing out your friends. Reading this manga is like being trapped in a station wagon with pre-teen boys all the way across the Great Salt Lake. No one wants to do it and once you reach Nevada, all you can think of is leaving them at the pitstop so you don’t have to listen to their nonsensical chitter chatter any longer. I pitched this book out of my house the first chance I got.
- Ghost Talker’s Daydream, Volume #1 by Saki Okuse & Sankichi Meguro I almost bought this book, but thankfully for a long line at the register, I was saved. This cover was so beautiful, I was about to be fooled again! If there is one thing these manga companies are getting right, it is the glossy cover art. If you get a chance, check out the cover at a store because the photo online does not do the cover art justice. When I saw the cover, it reminded me of spooky Japanese movies I’ve seen where there is some sort of ghost presence in the closet waiting to kill you. Something I awe at when reading manga is that the artists are able to redraw the characters in so many different moods and poses, but they still look like the same character. This manga’s art was very inconsistent and the characters even sometimes ugly. The lead girl pictures were so different, I had trouble knowing it was her. There was a parental guidance label on the cover, which was warranted because of the strange “up the skirt” shots the artist chose to depict. At times these shots were awkward and not in pleasant proportions. The reason I finally put it down was that although they had the parental advisory, talked about the lead having a job at an S&M club, and showed various vulgar shots of her womanhood, they didn’t allow her to say the name of her body parts. Perhaps in some ways, it is more x-rated to say the word than to see it displayed on the page in art? I have no idea, but didn’t want to find out.
If you’ve read these mangas and have another view, I’d love to hear it. I’d like to know if there is something I missed. Feel free to comment here and let me know.
Tattoo: Respecting Your Video Game Roots
It looks like the Tattoo isn’t finished. If you look closely at Link’s hand, it looks like he should be holding a sword. Maybe it is just my personal bias.
Headlings for August 21th
Here are some quick headlines for August 20th:
- DVICE: Facial animation reaches new heights with 'Emily' - I almost cannot believe the video is animated
- Hard Heroes 5 Raises Money, Body Painting Skills - PinkKryptonite.com - Wow, that is the coolest Venom I have ever seen
- What if: Futurama were Anime | dashPunk - I really like this, but I am not sure that Nibbler is cute/scary enough. Zoidberg is always great.
- The 'Watchmen' war: Fanboys furious with Fox | Movie Biz | Hollywood Insider | EW.com - Does Fox just want to be hated?
- Power Struggle on the Set of X-Men Origins: Wolverine! - Grr.. what is the matter with Fox?
- Jackson Already Writing Hobbit - I wish them luck
- Proyas Adapting Heinlein Novella - If anyone might make a decent film, I'll trust Alex, for now
- Holmes Brings Love To Stone? - I have mixed feelings about her being on the show...
- Review: Dark Passion Play by Nightwish | dashPunk - To be honest, I could not imagine the band without Tarja, but this album put all of my fears to rest and made me fall in love with Nightwish is a deeper way than I had ever believed possible.
Headlines for 2008-08-04
This is the last blast from one of the titans of metal.(tags: therion)
If you liked the other ones, watch this movie.
I hope he is not seriously injured and get well soon
(sigh) I love Amazon for making my life as a small press writer, but at the same time they have become more and more monopolistic lately... seeing them buy AbeBooks is not a good thing. I really want to see more competition not less.
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This just seems like something that a father would buy for their son, or a loose weight in 30 days gimmick. Either way, it saves on gas and and would probably work
Maybe these would go well in a public office, but my dog would destory them... unfortunately, that doesn't stop me from wanting them.
Thanks Mike, this is one of those sites that makes me want to do more crafts, especially crafts that will keep that certain aunt away. :)
The Levelator is a must for every podcaster to have and they just updated the Windows Client.