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Chainsaw Man: A (Spoiler Free) Review

Chainsaw Man: A (Spoiler Free) Review

by Renzo Adler August 27, 2021

Despite not having an anime on TV (though one has been announced to be in development) or any merchandise presence in the US, Chainsaw Man by Tatsuki Fujimoto has garnered a following from its manga alone. Chainsaw Man is basically an adrenaline charged dirtbag shlock comic with a heart and some great artwork and it is gaining a devoted following.
Juggling Dread & Delight at Otakon 2021

Juggling Dread & Delight at Otakon 2021

by Renzo Adler August 12, 2021

As 2021 progressed and more people were getting vaccinated, there was still a cloud of uncertainty amongst myself and friends about whether Otakon could or should resume as an in-person event. Even before the Delta Variant was in the headlines, things seemed iffy. But Otakon showed no signs of yielding and sure enough, August 6 rolled around and Otakon returned to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
Shintaro Kago: Decrepitude & Absurdism

Shintaro Kago: Decrepitude & Absurdism

by Renzo Adler July 28, 2021

Sitting in a dormant part of my hard drive is a simple image, dated from around 2007, of bold white text on a black background that simply says “SHINTARO MOTHERFUCKING KAGO”.
The Hand Crafted World of "Phil Tippett: Mad Dreams and Monsters"

The Hand Crafted World of "Phil Tippett: Mad Dreams and Monsters"

by Renzo Adler July 15, 2021

Directed by Gilles Penso and Alexandre Poncet, who previously worked on the documentary Creature Designers The Frankenstein ComplexMad Dreams features interviews with Phil, along with his peers and collaborators such Jules Roman, Joe Dante, Paul Veerhoven and Denis Muren. 

The Super Creators: Shigeru Mizuki

The Super Creators: Shigeru Mizuki

by Renzo Adler June 08, 2021

Shigeru Mizuki (1922 - 2015) was one of the great storytellers of manga, who even made Osamu Tezuka bristle with jealousy. Growing up in the coastal countryside of Sakaiminato, many of Mizuki’s stories draw from legends and folklore passed down through generations. 
Akira Comes to New York at The Philippe Labaune Gallery

Akira Comes to New York at The Philippe Labaune Gallery

by Renzo Adler May 11, 2021

The Philippe Labaune Gallery (534 W 24th St, NY, NY) recently opened in Chelsea, right next to the High Line and a few blocks south of the Javits center. It’s first exhibition is Good for Health - Bad For Education: A Tribute to Otomo 
Q Hayashida's "Dai Dark": Equal Parts Grotesque & Silly

Q Hayashida's "Dai Dark": Equal Parts Grotesque & Silly

by Renzo Adler May 03, 2021

Dai Dark, published by Seven Seas, is the latest manga from Q Hayashida (Dorohedoro), which is as silly and frivolous as it is morbid and bleak. Dai Dark follows Zaha Sanko, a nearly seven foot tall teenager with a gift that’s also a curse. Zaha, who comes from a world on the other side of black holes known as Darknest, possesses superhuman strength and the ability to control Dark Flesh, but everyone in the known universe wants him dead because Zaha’s bones will grant any wish to whoever claims them. 
The Horror of "Resident Evil Village"

The Horror of "Resident Evil Village"

by Renzo Adler April 28, 2021

Resident Evil Village, set to be released May 7 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, Google Stadia, Microsoft Windows will be continuing the same balancing act of new and classic elements that Resident Evil 7: Biohazard had.


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