During Monsterpalooza 2023 Phantasmic sat down with artist Tom Franck to discuss the newly released Shin Kamen Rider, how the Shin trillogy has shaped up, Naoki Urasawa's Pluto, and how Japan handles their superhero re-tellings.
On February 13th, 2023, Leiji Matsumoto passed away. It is nigh impossible to encapsulate his reach in a few words, and others have chronicled his works, so I will focus on the personal. My first encounter with his work came in the form of Fred Schodt’s 1983 tome, Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics, which I purchased from the New York Kinokuniya back in the days when they were in Rockefeller Center
by Renzo AdlerFebruary 03, 20235 min read0 Comments
Now streaming on Shudder and still playing in theaters, Skinamarink is directed by Kyle Edward Ball and evokes the memory of The Blair Witch Project as an ultra-low budget horror film spread by word of mouth online and garnering polarizing reviews. WhereBlair Witch relied on the internet to spread the word of its release, Skinamarink is a byproduct itself of the internet.
by Renzo AdlerJanuary 30, 20234 min read0 Comments
This title retreads some familiar territory for fans of modern Japanese ghost stories: inescapable doom, long haired specters, ancient religions encroaching on sterile urban life. But wherePTSD Radio excels is in its oppressive atmosphere, slow burn story, and shocking art.PTSD Radio is the first work by Nakayama to get released in English, though his previous manga, Fuan no Tane, was actively passed around on social media, getting him a cult following due to his knack of blending the nightmarish and the familiar.
by Renzo AdlerOctober 31, 20222 min read0 Comments
Happy Halloween, everybody! Here at Phantasmic it's kinda like Halloween every day, but on this auspicious holiday we wanted to take a quick look at five particularly gruesome and spooky artists in our vast collection.
by Renzo AdlerOctober 11, 20224 min read0 Comments
What if losing the body was just the beginning of something grander and more terrible? Now on AMC+ and HiDive (in the United States, anyways), Pantheon is adapted from KenLiu's short stories "The Gods Will Not Be Chained
by Renzo AdlerSeptember 27, 20221 min read0 Comments
We have a quick read up for Sculptors Issue 7, which is available NOW! Sculptors is a modeling and hobby magazine for seasoned pros and people that just want to admire Japanese art alike. Each issue has a breadth of different artists making new and original creations.
When I was a kid, Predator moved pretty quickly from terrifying movie monster to marketable and collectible sci-fi Jason analog. The 90s in particular had Predator 2, a slew of action figures from Kenner, comic book crossovers with Batman, novels, video games. It became a fever pitch of MORE MORE MORE
Conventions have become a well oiled machine in many situations, bordering on being colossal juggernauts like Anime NYC and San Diego Comic Con. So it’s extra refreshing to partake in smaller cons that you can get the gist of in one afternoon and don’t have attendance numbers in the tens (or hundreds) of thousands. The Five Points Fest is one such convention.