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The Incal Classic Collection

Just want to say that this book is out. Again.

It was released previously in deluxe slipcase edition Dec 2010 and went out of stock quickly, very typical when you see Moebius' name on the cover.

So this new edition doesn't come with the slipcase, but is more affordable, and more importantly, available.

The colours are well restored from the original series, and the story is enjoyable. It really reminds me of the movie The Fifth Element, not the plot, but the overall feel of how a sci-fi world is like.

One of comics' greatest masterpieces illustrated by Moebius and written by Alexandro Jodorowsky. Together they present the classic adventure of sci-fi detective John Difool, a low class detective in a corrupt world. With the great darkness attacking the galaxy, John Difool races through the cosmos with his companions, which include his pet concrete bird, Deepo, and the Universe's greatest warrior, the Metabaron. - Amazon product description.

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The Incal Classic Collection

The Incal Classic Collection

The Incal Classic Collection

The Incal Classic Collection

The Incal Classic Collection

The Incal Classic Collection

The Incal Classic Collection

The Incal Classic Collection

The Incal Classic Collection

The Incal Classic Collection

The Incal Classic Collection

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The Manga Guide to Physics

There are so many genres of Japanese comics that it doesn't come as a surprise that there's a series dedicated to teaching subjects that are normally taught in schools.

I was curious about the effectiveness of the book, so I emailed the publisher No Starch Press and asked for a review copy. They sent me a PDF version of the book that I could read on my Kindle. The 6-inch Kindle, as I suspected, is a bit small for reading manga - a more comfortable size would be 7 inch.

The Manga Guide to Physics is a great introduction to physics. It has a very simple but entertaining storyline, one about the lead Megumi trying to learn physics so that she can defeat her opponent in a tennis match. Compared to thick physics textbooks, it's certainly a more interesting way to learn physics.

The different concepts of physics are explained and illustrated by using real life examples. You get to learn about how forces work in a tennis match, the safety distance to keep while driving a car, how to get yourself back to the space shuttle using just a wrench, etc. The situations are not too complex, but always towards explaining a certain concept, and does so effectively.

There are four chapters, namely Law of Action and Reaction, Force and Motion, Momentum and Energy. The content is presented one part in manga format, and after each chapter a summary which is more technical in text format with diagrams.

This is a helpful and engaging teaching tool, one that successfully tackles a seemingly intimidating and dense subject as physics. I showed the book to my colleague who used to be a physics teacher and he was very impressed.

This book is highly recommended to anyone interested in learning physics.

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The Manga Guide to Physics

The Manga Guide to Physics

The Manga Guide to Physics

The Manga Guide to Physics

The Manga Guide to Physics

The Manga Guide to Physics

The Manga Guide to Physics

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Bakuman Vol. 1

Bakuman is a Japanese manga with a story that revolves around manga.

I was wondering when they would come to create a story for that and they did it in 2009. The only other one I know is Making Comics by Scott Mccloud, which is a one volume instructional book.

Bakuman is created by Japanese writer Tsugumi Ohba, who's also the author of hit series Death Note, and illustrator Takeshi Obata, who also draws for Hikaru No Go.

The story isn't an autobiography of the creators, but a story of two students trying to break into manga drawing. In volume 1, it begins with Akito Takagi, the smartest student in class, trying to team up with Moritaka Mashiro who can draw pretty well. Takagi's secret ambition is to be a manga creator and Mashiro is just trying to figure out what to do with his life after junior high school.

We learn as the characters learn about the trade, all the little things that go behind the scenes to create a manga series, like coming up with a story, finding an editor, getting work serialized. The characters make quite a lot of reference to real world manga, like Death Note, Shonen Jump, so it really creates a believable world. The story takes a while to build up though.

This series is translated and distributed by Viz Media. The price of the book is US$9.99 which is quite steep, compared to the Japanese edition which is only 420 Yen. I don't usually read English editions of Japanese comics because of the steep pricing. Even the Chinese translated edition is cheaper. Hopefully, in future volumes, we can also find out how manga is priced and distributed.

If you're interesting in how manga is created, this is a series you might want to check out.

4 out of 5 stars

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Bakuman Vol. 1

Bakuman Vol. 1

Bakuman Vol. 1

Bakuman Vol. 1

Bakuman Vol. 1

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Mesmo Delivery

Book description from Dark Horse:

When the Mesmo Delivery truck rolls into town a heap of trouble is sure to follow. Eisner Award-winning artist Rafael Grampa (5, Hellblazer) makes his full-length comics debut with the critically acclaimed graphic novel Mesmo Delivery - a kinetic, bloody romp starring Rufo, an ex-boxer, Sangrecco, an Elvis impersonator, and a rag-tag crew of overly confident drunks who pick the wrong delivery men to mess with. Mesmo Delivery features an extended sketchbook section from creator Rafael Grampa and pin-ups from top comics creators Eduardo Risso, Mike Allred, Craig Thompson, Gabriel Ba, and Fabio Moon. also includes an introduction from Brian Azzarello.

Not to give too much away (there's not much to giveaway anyway), let's just say it's a stylized violent piece of comic that ends pretty quickly. The plot is really simple, or more accurately, the plot exists only for the purpose of setting up the violent showdown. It's not a book you get for the story but for the art if you like the style.

The book's only 80 pages and the comic took up 58. The rest are concept sketches and commentary.

3.5 out of 5 stars.

Mesmo Delivery

Mesmo Delivery

Mesmo Delivery

Mesmo Delivery

Mesmo Delivery

Mesmo Delivery

Mesmo Delivery

Mesmo Delivery

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