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image 1Grand Slam Romance #1 Review

Written by Olivia Hicks Drawn by Emma Oostherhous In the afterword for the first issue of Grand Slam Romance, both of the creators involved admit they do ‘not know much about softball.’ It is exactly… [more]

Sequart logoSmorgasbord #54: World War Jude

Shawn and Tom dive headfirst into news with the very amusing Bleeding Cool Civil War (not to be confused with the thoroughly unamusing Civil War II or the actual political landscape), Marvel’s latest attempt to… [more]

Solaris3Science Fiction Doesn’t Have to be Dystopian

I love Science Fiction, whether it be in literature or film/TV, but as a fan, I’m frustrated at the moment. In the past years there was been quite a lot of product in this area,… [more]

Monkey D Luffy and the Strawhat Pirates of One PieceJapan’s “New” Anti-Piracy Campaign for Anime and Manga

There has been much discussion of a newly enforced law in Japan regarding online piracy. A-Kon, for which I run various programs, and most other anime conventions do not permit bootlegging at events and internet… [more]

St.-George-Slaying-the-Dragon-Hans-Von-AachenKnights of Sidonia (Shidonia no Kishi): Mecha Anime and Primordial Evil

The Netflix Original Series Knights of Sidonia is a triumphal tour of the mecha genre and a major coup for Netflix as their first anime series. While it’s not a true original, as it aired… [more]

© Madman EntertainmentSturm und Drang: Germanic Influence on Shingeki no Kyojin

Seid ihr das Essen? Nein wir sind die Jäger Spoilers to follow: The bestselling manga Shingeki no Kyojin by Hajime Isayama has been adapted to television, inspired several video games, and a commercially successful English… [more]

Kuroshitsuji Volume 1Indian Culture in Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji)

I will warn you now: this article has spoilers. What I have in mind would be impossible without them. So, that said, allons-y! In the anime series Black Butler, episodes 13 – 15 introduce us… [more]

Convoy x Melissa toy box detailOptimus Prime, Pedophile

Did you know that the beloved leader of the Autobots had a fetish for underage girls? Or that a Megatron look-alike not only shared the same fetish, but repeatedly tried to rape those girls? Or that… [more]

Miss Manga mascaraManga Make-Up Hits U.S.

It’s sadly rare that we have an occasion to talk about make-up on Sequart. But then, it’s rare that a brand as big as l’Oréal Paris has a line named after comics.

When Manga Came to America: Super-Hero Revisionism in Mai, the Psychic GirlSequart Releases When Manga Came to America: Super-Hero Revisionism in Mai, the Psychic Girl

Sequart Organization is proud to announce the release of When Manga Came to America: Super-Hero Revisionism in Mai, the Psychic Girl, by Julian Darius. The first manga widely available in English, Mai, the Psychic Girl — written… [more]

east_of_westEast of West #1-5: A Genre Mashup that Doesn’t Quite Work

The great thing about Westerns, as I often explain to those who don’t understand the genre, is that you can really “go there”. It’s a genre that contains within it the whole spectrum of that… [more]

KUMAR Blade Of The ImmortalAn Interview with Kumar Sivasubramanian

Kumar Sivasubramanian is an Indian-born Canadian currently living in Melbourne, Australia. He has written for Dark Horse Presents and translated over eighty volumes of manga from Japanese to English, including such series as Blade of… [more]

powerpuff -LGPowerpuff Girls: Too Hot for Comics?

A small furor erupted recently when a variant cover for the IDW tie-in to the Cartoon Network series The Powerpuff Girls was withdrawn from circulation after criticism that it was too sexualized. Michigan comic book… [more]

120th Century Boys Volume Four

This is an exciting volume. A lot of it focuses on Shogun being generally badass. Shogun acts rather like a vigilante in this volume. He’s continually saving abused women from Thai gangsters. At first this… [more]

120th Century Boys Volume Three

This is definitely the best volume of the series so far. Now that’s almost a false statement in a series like this, because this volume’s quality is utterly dependent on the two prior. Without their… [more]

Real 120th Century Boys Volume Two

Wow. Naoki Urasawa really gets this series going early. It’s hard to talk about the volume over all without sounding repetitive and it’s hard to resist summarizing the plot. Given that the whole reason behind… [more]

akira_iconicMy Big Brother’s Secret Japanese Cartoons: How Anime Addicted Me to Serial Narratives

I’m ten years old, and you’re already dead. Your head explodes, and leather cringes while boots crush bone and dust swirls around a strange haired man in the desert. Buildings lay like corpses, luxury liners… [more]

MAI VOL 4 CH 13 PG 250Super-Powers in Mai, the Psychic Girl’s Final Act

Continued from our introduction to Mai, the Psychic Girl and parts one and two of our discussion of how super-powers are depicted in the series. In the story’s truncated third and final act, Mai’s life has… [more]

MAI VOL 3 CH 12 PG 230Super-Powers in Mai, the Psychic Girl’s Second Act

Continued from our introduction to Mai, the Psychic Girl and part one of our discussion of how super-powers are depicted in the series. As the narrative shifts into its second half, in which the Wisdom… [more]

MAI VOL 1 CH 02 PG 058Super-Powers in Mai, the Psychic Girl

Continued from our introduction of Mai, the Psychic Girl. Ryoichi Ikegami is one of manga’s most talented artists, and he’s certainly one of my own favorites. His cityscapes and vehicles are bafflingly realistic. And while… [more]

tumblr_inline_mragc65Swp1qz4rgp20th Century Boys Volume One

The last volume of Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys I read was volume 22. The series only lasts two more volumes – 21st Century Boys Volume One and Two. These articles cover my attempted reread… [more]

scan0005On Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys: Friends

When I first read Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys: Friends, I stopped after the initial six pages and put the book away. For they were so perfect in themselves, so wonderfully concise and clever and moving,… [more]

Osamu_TezukaThe Grandmasters

I’ve been planning a series of articles about the all-time greats of the medium for a while. I was planning to focus on living greats, but with Sequart doing this Manga Week it seemed like… [more]

Mai, the Psychic Girl #1On Mai, the Psychic Girl

In early 1987, Eclipse introduced American comics readers to manga with three translated series. The first, debuting one week before the other two, was Mai, the Psychic Girl. The following week, Eclipse debuted The Legend… [more]

Oldboy (2013) posterIt’s Manga Week on Sequart!

In celebration of this week’s release of Spike Lee’s Oldboy, a remake of the 2003 South Korean film, in turn based on the Japanese manga, we’re running manga-related posts all this week on Sequart. Manga’s… [more]