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13th-Aug-2008 12:30 am
Because microblogging is extremely addictive. The following tweets were posted to my public Twitter account in the past twenty four hours (or the last time LoudTwitter updated, whichever is sooner):
  • 02:50 Read the Atlantic article. Mark Penn may have been an ass, but I suspect that he was more right than anybody else in the Clinton campaign...
  • 16:15 Wow, I can't believe I actually enjoyed the first two volumes of RETURN TO LABYRINTH. (And here methought the 80s passed me by...)
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13th-Aug-2008 05:07 am (UTC)
I kind of can't believe you enjoyed Return to Labyrinth either. At least art-wise (I like Jake's story)--some great designs, not-so-great execution, especially in book 1 (book 2 improved in that we didn't have to use, like, six different inkers in order to get it done on time).

And, as gorgeous as the covers are (we actually have the original art in the office--and I am tempted to steal it frequently), for manga fans who aren't as used to the American comics thing of having guest artists draw the covers, the Kuyo Shurei on the outside, and whats-his-face on the inside was very jarring.
13th-Aug-2008 05:16 am (UTC)
Oh, I meant that I enjoyed it story-wise. Art was meh, serviceable. Story is always at least twice as important than art to me when it comes to manga; no narrative, no sequential art. Back in college, my roommate (my one and only) and I had a fun argument one night after the lights were out about how we interpreted the movie, and the manga seemed to split the difference between us. XD
13th-Aug-2008 05:27 am (UTC)
Agreed. Jake did a nice job of handling fan tastes without ever pandering. I'm looking forward to volume 3.

My problem with the art was only that I feel like it gets in the way of the story sometimes, rather than serving it. There were a lot of reasons why I think it ended up this way (not for lack of talent on either part, but possibly from lack of experience), but it's my job to spot that kind of thing, and so I'm glad that it didn't infringe too much on your pure fanish enjoyment. :-)
13th-Aug-2008 05:47 am (UTC)
*grins* Why do I get the feeling that you'd be happier if I nitpicked more? My biggest problem with the art was the facial expressions (and to a lesser extent body language and posture) of the characters. They weren't nearly expressive enough. Very stiff. Otherwise, pacing overall was good. Layouts were just okay. I wasn't flipping back and forth trying to figure out what was going on at any point, which is always good for bonus points.

Overall, though, it was fun, and I had no expectations going into it. ^^; Worth what I paid to get remaindered copies. (Oops, guess I shouldn't be talking to you about how I only buy remainders these days... :P )
14th-Aug-2008 03:58 am (UTC)
I don't think people buying remainders is the source of our trobles. :-) No worries.
14th-Aug-2008 06:16 am (UTC)
No one person's behavior, no...but if everyone did what I did--wait for books to go on remainder instead of buying them new--that could be bad. 'Course, not everyone knows the publishing cycle well enough to realize that write-downs are where virtually every book ends its life. (Luckily for the book industry.)

In TP's case, though, the problems have become a big *disincentive* to buy new--all I've had to do was wait ~9 months after street date to save myself Big Bucks. ^^; Ya know...so I liked Labyrinth 1-2 well enough to buy vol. 3 when I see it on remainder... ^^;;;
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