Archives for July 2010

MANGA REVIEW: Time to get schooled

ROSARIO + VAMPIRE: SEASON II VOL. 1 By Akihisa Ikeda  (San Francisco: Viz Media, 2010, 184 pp., $9.99 paperback) School is back in session. “Rosario + Vampire: Season II” is back for its second year. This continuation of the original series starts off with Tsukune Aono returning to Yokai Academy for his second year. All […]

MANGA REVIEW: A walk on the wild side

ARATA: THE LEGEND VOL. 1 By Yuu Watase  (San Francisco: Viz Media, 2010, 208 pp., $9.99 paperback) Yuu Watase, the acclaimed author of other manga series such as “Fushigi Yuugi” and “Ayashi no Ceres,” is no stranger to fantasy settings, but “Arata: The Legend” serves as her first foray into comics for boys. In “Arata,” […]

MANGA REVIEW: A collection from the legend

A DRUNKEN DREAM AND OTHER STORIES By Moto Hagio (Seattle: Fantagraphics Books, 2010, 288 pp., $24.99, hardcover) Moto Hagio is certainly one of the world’s leading artists when it comes to shoujo manga (comics for and about girls). Born in 1949, she is one of “the magnificent forty-niners,” a group of shoujo manga artists that […]

State of the Industry A Q & A with Fred Schodt on the end of the anime and manga boom

Fred Schodt is a well-known expert on Japanese popular culture. He was one of the first to write about manga in English, and was Osamu Tezuka’s personal translator for both the man and his comics. His first book, “Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics,” was published in 1983, and is still an invaluable resource […]

JASON SHIGA: Interview with a Crazy Genius

“Crazy + Genuis = Shiga,” wrote Scott McCloud, considered by many to be the foremost authority on comics. Indeed, one would be hard pressed to argue that those two words do not apply to Jason Shiga. A favorite in the indie comics scene for more than a decade, Shiga won renown for his dark humor […]

THE GOCHISO GOURMET: Livin’ with Diabetes

I attended the recent 70th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association in Orlando, Fla. While I mainly attended symposia involving medication treatment updates (I didn’t attend any nutrition symposia), it was still sobering to see that the incidence of diabetes is still on the rise. For instance, more than 4,300 new cases of diabetes […]

OBITUARY: Sumi Ogita Brown

Brown, Sumi Ogita, left this life peacefully for her next adventure on June 28, 2010. Wife to Command Sergeant Major (Ret) Willie Lee Brown (dec), beloved mother to Michael (dec), Anthony (Martha), Frederick and Andrew, cherished grandmother and great-grandmother to Tyrell, Sumi Simone, Dante, Alex, Julian, Aiko Georgia, Alexis, Nico, Julius and Jiana. Sumi was […]

OBITUARY: Karen Tomine

SACRAMENTO — Karen Tomine, described as “a dedicated and passionate advocate,” passed away on July 4, 2010 after an eight-year bout with breast cancer. She was 63. “Karen had tried every chemo regimen available over the course of eight years for her HER2-neu breast cancer, including targeted therapies,” her husband Chris told the Nichi Bei […]

Cosplay, transcending the fourth wall and more

With the rising popularity of anime and the subsequent rise in popularity at such anime conventions as Anime Expo and Fanime Con in California, the practice of cosplay became a largely popular activity among fans. Cosplay, a contraction of the words “costume” and “play” is a fan-activity where people dress up as characters from anime, […]

OBITUARY: Cappy Harada

SANTA MARIA, Calif. — Tsuneo Paul Harada, affectionately known as Cappy Harada, passed away on June 5, 2010. The Santa Maria native was 88. He was born Oct. 16, 1921. He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Kay Harada. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Alex and Etsuko Harada; his son, […]

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