SPX 2016: An Interview with Kerin Cunningham

SPX (Small Press Expo) is an event where all independent and rising artists come together to share and show their work in the art and comic book world.

Most of them are either from the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area while others are from other states or even other countries. One of those artists is Long Island, New York native Kerin Cunningham. Last Saturday, we got a one-on-one interview with Kerin to ask about her beginnings, how hard work pays off, and connecting with other artists is important.

Gaylene A.: How did you start out? What inspired you to create art and illustrate?

Kerin Cunningham: Oh man, I’ve been drawing since I was tiny… I used to pause Disney movies on TV and then I would draw whatever was on the screen, like 101 Dalmatians or Pinocchio, I loved things like that. When Pokèmon came out and I was all about drawing them. So I saw these things and I was like, “If they can create things, I could make things too.”

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“Life on Mars” by Kerin Cunningham, 2016

GA: What would you say helped you branch out with other artists and help get your name out there?

KC: You know what? I’m still working on that stuff. It’s hard and it’s constant, but going to art school helped a lot. You network a lot and the people that are your classmates go on to become other working artists so it’s really great. Going to these kinds of shows and just talking to people whose work is interesting to you, and whom you want to stay connected with, you keep those friends for a long time. It ends up paying off and you can meet people from all over the world that way.

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“Astro Cats” by Kerin Cunningham, 2015

GA: Difficult question, what would you say to starting artists? Artists who want to start out but don’t really how.

KC: Don’t stop making art! Because I’m someone who made that mistake. I graduated college and I thought, “Man, I’m burnt out, I want to take a break.” And that didn’t work for me. You just keep pushing through it; Even if you’re making bad art, you’re still making art and you’ll get to the place that you want to get to. So don’t give up. That’s cliché, but that’s what I would say.

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“Polstar: Love is a Radio Wave” by Kerin Cunningham, 2015

GA: What’s your favorite thing to do at a convention? Besides selling.

KC: Meeting new people!  Sometimes you’ll go to a convention in a completely different place and you’ll see familiar faces and you’re like, “Oh man, I saw you at this one two years ago”. It’s just so cool to connect with different people and meet all different kinds of artists, you also get so many new ideas that way. I love the whole thing; I would do these forever if I could.

Gregory M.: Is this also your first Small Press Expo by the way?

KC: This is my first Small Press Expo and I am loving it. Honestly, I was afraid that I wouldn’t sell a dime! But people seem to really like my work, which is awesome. Everyone has been so cool and I’d definitely do it every year if I could.

GM: Do you have any website or any type of DeviantArt page to browse and view more of your work?

KC: Absolutely! kerincunningham.com is the easiest place. I do have a Twitter, I’m trying to be really good on Twitter, I’m not really into it but I’m trying! My Instagram is @KerinCunningham. Basically, my name isn’t taken by anyone else in the world so you’ve just got to Google me, you’ll find all of my pages and things like that.

Injustice 2 Officially Announced

All it took was one poster leak for Warner Bros. and NetherRealm Studios (Ed Boon and the studio behind the Mortal Kombat series) to release an announcement trailer for Injustice 2.

Injustice: Gods Among Us was a fighting game first released three years ago, having players fighting against each other using the DC Roster of both heroes and villians.

What’s new for the sequel? Here’s what we know so far

  • The story mode will take place right after the events of the first game.
  • You can be Iron Man! Just kidding, however! There is a new “gear system”, having players place customizable armor pieces on their hero or villain to enhance their strength, speed, health, and agility.
  • Returning characters such as Batman, Superman, The Flash, and Aquaman return with new faces such as Supergirl, The Arkham Knight, Gorilla Grood, and Atrocitus.

Hopefully we shall see some gameplay next week at E3 2016?

Injustice

Injustice 2 releases next year for Playstation 4, XBOX One, and PC.

Black Panther Finds It’s Director!

Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is starting off well this year with Captain America: Civil War on May 6th and Doctor Strange on November 4th. Also, there have been reports going on with The Russo Brothers stating that the two part Avengers: The Infinity War movies might feature the entire character roster of the Marvel Universe shown on both television and movies so far.

That roster includes Black Panther, a super hero from the African fictional country of Wakanda, who’s abilities are like no other. Marvel announced that Ryan Coogler will be directing the film. Director credits of Coogler include Fruitvale Station and Creed, both have which been praised very highly.

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Black Panther hits theaters on February 16, 2018.

 

Daredevil Season 2 Teaser and Release Date Announced

Netflix users! Prepare to renew your accounts or for those who don’t even have one to this day, get one now!

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The teaser and release date has just been released today for the second season of Marvel’s Daredevil! This time around, Matt Murdock will be balancing his life between being a lawyer and savior for Hell’s Kitchen, only this time he’ll be facing against The Punisher and an old love interest.

Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Dlen Henson, Rosario Dawson and Vincent D’Onofrio are set to return from season one, along with newcomers Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead, Mob City) and Èlodie Yung (G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Gods of Egypt).

Marvel’s Daredevil returns on Netflix on March 18, 2016.


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Upcoming October Anime 2015

Fall has officially arrived! It is time to get ready for Halloween and here are some of October’s upcoming anime to start you off:

Kami-sama Minarai: Himitsu no Cocotama (TV)
10/1/2015
Kokoro Yotsuba is a fifth-grade student who is very clumsy but very careful and caring to her belongings, learning from her grandmother about “everything has a soul”. One day, she witness the birth of a strange creature from one of her colored pencils: a Cocotama named Luckytama. Surprised on each other, and with Kokoro now permanently linked to the “Contract of Secrecy”, she must agree to keep their kind a secret to the world. Now living with Luckytama, she and him learn each others’ friendship while meeting with other Cocotamas.

Young Black Jack (TV)
10/1/2015
Based on the brilliant maverick doctor created by manga pioneer Osamu Tezuka. This prequel follows Black Jack when he was still a medical student in the 1960s.

Lance N’ Masques (TV)
10/1/2015
Yōtarō Hanafusa is a young man who is part of the last remaining order of knights in the 21st century, “Knights of the World.” As he fights as the mysterious Knight Lancer, he must hide his identity behind a mask. One day he meets a girl named Makio Kidōin, and when finding that she lives alone, decides to watch over her.

Kyoufu! Zombie Neko (TV)
10/1/2015
A cat is suddenly resurrected from the grave and begins to wander around town. Despite being a zombie the cat is able to get all the townsfolk to fall in love with it.

Noragami Aragoto (TV)
10/2/2015
In the second season of Noragami the main focus is on Bishamon, god of combat. She has many shinki due to her being unable to abandon spirits attacked by Ayakashi. She has a large group of shinki with her as leader, causing her trouble as she sometimes cannot tend to all of them properly, especially when one of them gets sick or is in pain. She has a strong hate for Yato, as a dark past binds the two of them. How will the horrifying events dated hundreds of years ago in combination with current evil happenings affect Yato and Yukine?

Kagewani (TV)
10/2/2015
Mysterious monsters called “UMA” suddenly appear in the present day and attack humans. The scientist Sōsuke Banba pursues the truth with the keyword “Kagewani,” a word that literally means “Shadow Crocodile.”

K: Return of Kings (TV)
10/2/2015
In modern Japan there are seven “Kings” who share power with their fellow clansmen. The Blue King Reishi Munakata, the leader of the Blue Clan “Scepter 4,” held great responsibilities on his back. The tower that Gold King Daikaku Kokujōji supervised called the “Dresden Slate” was still on his mind, and he felt a great burden by killing the previous Red King, Mikoto Suoh. On the other hand, the former Red Clan “HOMRA” clansman Anna Kushina experienced the attacks from the Green Clan “Jungle” and awakened as the next Red King. By doing this, she bound her comrades through a strong bond once again. Finally, White Clan members Neko and Kuroh believe that the White King Yashiro is still alive, and seek his whereabouts. However, it was not just them searching for the White King. With “Jungle” once again jumping back into action, the fates of the various Kings are brought together.

Hacka Doll the Animation (TV)
10/2/2015
DeNA revealed during a stage event at the “Machi Asobi 14” event in Tokushima on Sunday that its Hacka Doll news app is inspiring a television anime series. Hacka Doll The Animation, which will be a series of anime shorts, will air on the Tokyo MX TV and BS 11 television channels’ “Ultra Super Anime Time” programming block starting in October 2015.

Heavy Object (TV)
10/2/2015
Objects are powerful! Massive weapons that change the course of warfare and are manned by Elite Object pilots. An odd Elite girl named Milinda meets Quenser, a student who aims to become an Object mechanic, with the soldier-in-training Heivia on a snowy battlefield.

Miss Monochrome – The Animation- 3 (TV)
10/2/2015
The third season about “Miss Monochrome” is an original character design from seiyuu Horie Yui. In March 2012, she first used the “Miss Monochrome” character as a 3D virtual singer to sing her songs at her concert “Horie Yui wo Meguru Bouken III ~Secret Mission Tour~.” Later, the character appeared in a range of merchandise as well as in the social network game “Girlfriend (Beta).” According to the setting, Miss Monochrome loves only the monochrome style, dislikes all kinds of color, and always dreams about changing the world into her favorite monochrome color.

Fafner EXODUS (TV 2)
10/2/2015
Soukyuu no Fafner: Dead Aggressor – Exodus 2nd Season 2150 AD. The battle against the silicon-based Festums from outer space reaches a new phase. Fragments of the North Pole Mir were scattered throughout the world. Eventually, they began to act on their own as independent Mirs. Most hated humanity and attacked them, but some chose to coexist with mankind. Some with the same way of thinking existed within the human race, as well: those who were both human and Festum. They added to the chaos of the battle and brought about even more hatred.

Shisha no Teikoku (movie)
10/2/2015
The story of Shisha no Teikoku takes place in 19th century Europe and revolves around John Watson. He is scouted by the government to become a secret agent. However, Watson lives in a world where “Frankensteins”, human corpses that are re-purposed with a false soul in order to use them as laborers and are used to improve industrial development.

Haikyu!! (TV)
10/3/2015
Second season. Inspired after watching a volleyball game, an ace nicknamed “Little Giant”, small-statured Shouyou Hinata revives the volleyball club at his middle school. The newly formed team even makes it to a tournament however, their first match turns out to be their last when they are brutally squashed by the “King of the Court.” Tobio Kageyama. Hinata vows to surpass Kageyama, and so after graduating from middle school, he joins Karasuno High School’s volleyball team—only to find that his sworn rival, Kageyama, is now his teammate. Thanks to his short height, Hinata struggles to find his role on the team, even with his superior jumping power. Surprisingly, Kageyama has his own problems that only Hinata can help with, and learning to work together appears to be the only way for the team to be successful. Based on Haruichi Furudate’s popular shounen manga of the same name, Haikyuu!! is an exhilarating and emotional sports comedy following two determined athletes as they attempt to patch a heated rivalry in order to make their high school volleyball team the best in Japan.

Utawarerumono: Itsuwari no Kamen (TV)
10/3/2015
The nameless protagonist awakens to find himself standing in the middle of a vast, snowy plain he doesn’t recognize. Suffering from amnesia, he remembers nothing about himself. Suddenly, he’s attacked by an insect-like creature but is saved by a beautiful girl with animal ears and a tail named Kuon. She names him Haku

Attack on Titan: Junior High (TV)
10/3/2015
The school comedy story is set in a junior high school and centers on the original manga’s characters such as Eren and Mikasa as they battle with Titans. The spin-off incorporates gags while using Shingeki no Kyojin’s story and notable scenes as its basis.

Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water (TV)
10/3/2015
Invertia was a meteor storm that caused an unprecedented disaster during the 20th century. Because of this disaster, numerous cities around the world were destroyed. However, within the meteor, an unknown element called mana was discovered. It allowed human technology to make rapid strides giving rise to a new species of super-powered humans, the Star Pulse Generation (Genestella). The Festas (Star Warrior Festivals) host battles between Genestella at a city of six academies called “Rikka,” also commonly known as “Asterisk.” Scholarship student Ayato Amagiri transferred into Seidōkan Academy in order to fulfill his own wish, swearing he too will fight in this city.

Kowabon (TV)
10/3/2015
Kowabon, a horror story, will be animated using a technique called rotoscoping. Animators will trace live-action footage frame-by-frame to recreate it as animation.

Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo Returns (TV 2)
10/3/2015
Hajime Kindaichi once again becomes embroiled in solving baffling cases and deciphering puzzling crimes that would confound the most seasoned of detectives. Whether it’s a gruesome murder and shady circumstances surrounding the Japanese board game Go; a perplexing and macabre case involving a mysterious character, “Rosenkreutz,” and blue roses; or blood curdling crimes associated with an urban legend at a winter ski resort Hajime is out to crack them all!

Itoshi no Muco (TV 3)
10/3/2015
The seventh compiled volume of Takayuki Mizushina’s Itoshi no Muco manga is announcing on Thursday that a television anime adaptation has been green-lit for this fall. The manga depicts the life of the pet dog Muco and his owner Komatsu, who lives in his glass-making workshop in the mountains.

Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry (TV)
10/3/2015
Magic Knights are modern magic-users who fight with weapons converted from their souls. Ikki Kurogane goes to a school for these Magic Knights, but he is the “Failed Knight” or “Worst One” who is failing because he has no magical skills. However, one day, he is challenged to a duel by Stella, a foreign princess and the “Number One” student. In this duel, “the loser must be obedient for life.”

Peeping Life Season 1?? (TV)
10/3/2015
It’s a slice of life comedy.

Owarimonogatari (TV)
10/3/2015
According to a notice displayed at Shosen Book Tower in Akihabara, the anime adaptation of Monogatari Series: Final Season’s Owarimonogatari will air on TV in Fall 2015. Production of the series was hinted last week when animator Hiroko Kazui listed Owarimonogatari on her online portfolio. In 2012, animation studio Shaft announced it would be animating all of Nisio Isin’s Monogatari Series novels.

Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova Cadenza (movie)
10/3/2015
Second movie of Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio: Ars Nova which will be an entirely brand-new work.

Big Order (OAV)
10/3/2015
Eiji Hoshimiya is an introverted high school student with a huge secret — he wished for the destruction of the world when he was younger. Fairies give certain people special powers called Orders. What Order Users can do with their power depends on their wishes. 10 years after the Great Destruction, Eiji struggles to come to terms with his immense power.

Komori-san Can’t Decline (TV)
10/4/2015
Middle school student Shuri Komori is too kind and is unable to say no when someone asks her for a favor. However, she has gained various amazing abilities as a result.

Ameiro Cocoa: Rainy color e Yōkoso! (TV)
10/4/2015
Life at the Rainy Color café can never be described as boring. The arrival of the Koga brothers from England—Noel, always brimming with curiosity, and Nicola, somewhat shy and conservative—ensures that their sibling, café manager Shion, is kept on his toes. There’s also another newcomer, cameraman/photographer Jun Arisawa, who holds a mysterious connection to café owner Koji Amami. Last but not least, there’s a special photograph that incites all kinds of heartfelt and comedic reactions from the Rainy Color crew!

Concrete Revolutio: Chōjin Gensō (TV)
10/4/2015
Tokyo is flooded with countless heroes; chōjin, during the time of “apotheosis.” Their origin stories are all different. While some were altered by evil organizations, others came from space, magical worlds, or are fairies from ancient times or robots. But the Japanese government could not simply close its eyes as these superheroes ran rampant.

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (TV)
10/4/2015
300 years after a great conflict between Earth and Mars known as the “Calamity War,” a woman named Cordelia sets out on a journey to Earth to speak for the independence of the Martian city of Chryse, which is under the control of the Earth government. Escorting her is the private security company CGS members Mikazuki Augus and Orga Itsuka. When a group named Gjallarhorn attacks CGS and Cordelia, Orga sees this as a chance to rebel against CGS and launch a coup. Mikazuki and Orga are thrust into a new conflict. To fend off Gjallarhorn, Mikazuki rides an old mobile suit from the Calamity War, powered by a nuclear reactor, the Gundam Barbatos.

One-Punch Man (TV)
10/4/2015
One-Punch Man is a super hero who has trained so hard that his hair has fallen out, and who can overcome any enemy with one punch. However, because he is so strong, he has become bored and frustrated with winning all his battles so easily.

Comet Lucifer (TV)
10/4/2015
On the planet Gift there are precious crystals called Giftjium buried in the earth. A young man named Sōgo lives in Garden Indigo, a prosperous mining town. Sōgo’s hobby is to collect rare crystals. One day, he gets wrapped up in a riot caused by his classmates Kaon, Roman, and Otto, and he loses his way until he finds a lake deep under the ground’s mining ruins. There, he meets a mysterious girl with blue hair and red eyes that gaze straight ahead. The story follows the adventure of what happens after this meeting.

Teekyū
10/5/2015
Teekyuu is based on a sports comedy manga of the same name featuring four high school girls who belong to a tennis club.

Osomatsu-san (TV)
10/5/2015
A wacky comedy about identical sextuplets.

Yuru Yuri San Hai! (TV 3)
10/5/2015
Third season of Yuru Yuri. Four mischievous girls illegally occupy the former Traditional Tea Ceremony clubroom, in order to create the “Amusement Club.” These scamps… who ignore repeated warnings in direct rebellion with the righteous directives of the Student Council decide to remain in the room until they finally get off their bums and do something! In this slightly sluggish manga, full of fits and starts, the four girls set off from their homes for a walk together with days full of a little this and that!

JK Meshi! (TV)
10/5/2015
Three high school girls have mastered the art of cooking simple, B-class dishes called JK meshi. The three girls — Reina, Ryōka, and Ruriko — are all classmates in their second year of high school. They often get distracted when studying for tests, and when they do, they cook JK meshi.

High School Star Musical (TV)
10/5/2015
Yūta Hoshiya enters Ayana Academy, a school focusing on show business activities, specifically music. The academy has a group of the three students with the highest grades in the musical department, and they are known as the Kao Kai (Cherry Blossom Flower Association). This organization stands at the top of the pecking order within the academy. The shortcut to entering the musical department is to enter the Star Frame class, which is directly taught by the members, and to be recognized by them. Unfortunately, due to their own problems, students Tōru, Kaito, Shō, Shū, and Yūta are all struggling to even remain candidates for the musical department. By a stroke of luck, however, the five are spotted by Kao Kai member Ōtori, and they pique his interest.

Hero Company (OAV)
10/5/2015
Five workers workers at a giant corporation are dedicated to protecting people from disasters and other events all over the world. Together, they transform into the superheroes Dessert Five: Chocolate Red, Macaron Navy, Langue de Chat White, Soft Ice Cream Yellow, and Parfait Pink.

Aria the Scarlet Ammo Double A (TV)
10/6/2015
Akari Mamiya is a freshman and E-rank student who looks up to her upperclassman, the S-ranked Aria H. Kanzaki. They both attend Tokyo Butei High School, which employs the “Amica” system, allowing an underclassman to train alongside an upperclassman. Akari is determined to be paired with Aria.

Hokuto no Ken: Ichigo Aji (TV)
10/6/2015
A fun version of the Holy Emperor Souther tries to find ways to become friends with Kenshirō, demonstrates his party techniques, and sometimes plays with the Gosha Sei.

DD Hokuto no Ken (TV 2015)
10/6/2015
The gag manga centers on a fun version of the Holy Emperor Souther as he tries to find ways to become friends with Kenshirō, demonstrates his party techniques, and sometimes plays with the Gosha Sei. Imōto Yukito, Yukito, and Kawata launched the manga on Tokuma Shoten’s Web Comic Zenyon website in 2013. Kajio’s DD Fist of the North Star, another Fist of the North Star spinoff gag manga, previously inspired a DD Hokuto no Ken short anime, a series of anime shorts that premiered in 2011, and another television anime series that premiered in 2013.

Hantsu x Trash (OAV)
10/6/2015
Aimless high school freshman Yōhei Hamaji receives an invitation to join a club where “he can touch girls as much as he wants.” He finds himself at the water polo club.

AntiMagic Academy “The 35th Test Platoon” (TV)
10/7/2015
People with magic powers are close to being wiped out. Just as the balance of power and military might had once shifted from swords to sorcery, it shifts once again to guns. Takeru Kusanagi goes to “AntiMagic Academy,” a training facility for Inquisitors of Heretics who crack down on the dwindling threat posed by magic users. However, Takeru cannot use guns at all and can only fight with a sword. As a result, he is relegated to the 35th Test Platoon, the motley “small fry platoon” for poor students. One day, Ōka Ōtori, the ultra-elite pistol master who already has her qualifications for witch-hunts, joins the platoon.

Tantei Team KZ Jiken Note (TV)
10/7/2015
Aya Tachibana is a sixth-grader who frets and obsesses over friends, family, grades, and more. One day, she joins the “Tantei Team KZ” with four very idiosyncratic boys she met at cram school. There is the glib and attention-grabbing leader Kazuomi Wakatake, the mysterious “expert of personal relationships” Takakazu Kuroki, the smart and stoic math genius Kazunori Uesugi, and the sweet-hearted Kazuhiko Kozuka who is good at social matters and science. Aya finds her place among them as the “language expert.” “Tantei Team KZ” gets involved in modern-day cases, and even if they bicker from time to time, they collaborate by pooling each of their talents and skills to solve these cases.

Fushigi na Somera-chan (TV)
10/7/2015
The story follows the everyday life of Somera Nonomoto who can use the strongest kenpo, Nonomoto Mahou-ken, which is inherited from her mother with her younger sister Kukuru.

Ore ga Ojō-sama Gakkō ni “Shomin Sample” Toshite Gets-rareta Ken (TV)
10/7/2015
Kimito Kagurazaka is an ordinary high school boy who is kidnapped by an elite young lady’s academy to be a “sample of the common people.” The school is full of sheltered girls who have never met male peers before.

Dance with Devils (TV)
10/7/2015
Ritsuka Tachibana is a female second-year high school student who attends Shiko Academy in Shiko Town. She enjoyed her school life while living with her mother Maria, but one day, that balance fell into ruin when she discovers several of her attractive, male classmate are demons.

Beautiful Bones: Sakurako’s Investigation(TV)
10/7/2015
Also known as Sakurako-san no Ashimoto ni wa Shitai ga Umatteiru, this anime is about Shōtarō Tatewaki, a normal high school student with a serious demeanor who likes to show off his girlfriend Sakurako Kujyō. Sakurako is an extraordinarily beautiful woman in her mid-20s from a rich family who loves “beautiful bones.” The two live in the city of Asahikawa in Hokkaido, and they get involved in various incidents regarding bones.

Perfect Insider (TV)
10/8/2015
Sōhei Saikawa is a member of the Saikawa Research Lab. He goes on a vacation held by the lab, and Moe Nishinosono, the daughter of his mentor, joins the group on their vacation despite not being a part of the lab. There, the two end up finding a corpse. The two work together to solve the mysteries of what becomes a serial murder case.

Garo: Guren no Tsuki (TV)
10/9/2015
Second anime adaptation of the Garo series.

Testament of Sister New Devil BURST (TV)
10/9/2015
Second season of Shinmai Maou no Testament series. “Hey, you said you wanted a little sister, right?” First-year high school student, Toujo Basara, was suddenly asked by his father and fell into a state of panic. On top of that, the eccentric father told him he will be getting remarried. He then departed overseas after bringing Basara two beautiful step-sisters. But Mio and Maria’s true forms are actually the newbie Demon Lord and a succubus!?

Owari no Seraph (TV 2)
10/10/2015
Yuuichirou has reunited with Mikaela at the Shinjuku Battle. But Mikaela was turned into a vampire… To save the “family,” and to protect his fellow members, Yuuichirou needed to gain knowledge and power. He searched for ways to bring back vampire to human beings, and at the same time, trained hard working on the Cursed Gear. Meanwhile, Kureto calls Guren and tells him a shocking truth. That in one month, the main unit of the vampire will start attacking Tokyo. To get a head start against vampires, Kureto orders Guren to go to Nagoya. The noble extermination mission is about to open fire!

Is the order a rabbit?? (TV 2)
10/10/2015
Second season of Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka? Cocoa arrives at the cafe Rabbit House one day, excited for rabbits. She actually all but lives in that cafe. She meets lots of different girls there, including a tiny and cool girl named Chino, a tough and soldier-esque girl named Rize, a spacey and quintessentially Japanese girl named Chiyo, and the ordinary but dignified Sharo.

Valkyrie Drive -Mermaid- (TV)
10/10/2015
In a world where five artificial islands exists, Mamori is a “mermaid” transferred to one of those islands. When Mamori is attacked, a newly transferred girl named Mirei saves her. The enemy doesn’t stop, however, and the two are soon cornered. Just when they think all hope is lost, Mirei kisses Mamori, and Mamori turns into a sword. Mirei then wields the sword and launches a counterattack against their enemies.

Gamba: Gamba to Nakama-tachi (movie)
10/10/2015
Atsuo Saitou’s original 1972 novel is set in Yumemigajima, an island ruled by a fierce white weasel named Noroi. The town mouse Gamba and his friends fight to save the island’s mice.

Laws of the Universe Part 0 (movie)
10/10/2015
Or also known as UFO Gakuen no Himitsu, Ray, Anna, Tyler, Halle, and Eisuke are five high school students who are suddenly wrapped up in a mysterious incident. An alien species called Grey abducts Halle’s sister and embeds her with a special chip inside her brain. The five stand up to save Halle’s sister and try to reveal the existence of aliens, but continue to be met with mysterious events. The high school students’ story progresses into a shocking development! What truths hide on the dark side of the moon? What are the true intentions of the aliens that are infiltrating America, Russia, and China? What is the true crisis that is closing in on Earth and what hope can we have towards the future!?

World Trigger: Tōbōsha Hen (TV 2)
10/11/2015
It will be a brand new series with an original story not presented in the World Trigger manga, and with new characters and concepts.

Cardfight!! Vanguard G: Gears Crisis-hen (TV)
10/11/2015
Second season of Cardfight!! Vanguard G series. Taking place after a three-year time skip, the series will follow Shindou Kurono, Kiba Shion, and Anjou Tokoha as the new protagonists of G. Kurono uses the never-before-seen clan Gear Chronicle, which brings together the destinies of these three toward an “impossible future, an impossible self signifying ‘Generation.'”

Brave Beats (TV)
10/11/2015
Hibiki Kazaguruma is a sixth grader who meets an amusing little robot named Bureikin while coming home from school one day. Bureikin, a dancer from an alternate-dimension dance world, challenged the dance king for the throne and lost. He has been deprived of Dance Stones (the stones of dance power) and sent to the human world. To restore his power, Bureikin must collect all the Dance Stones scattered around Earth. Meanwhile, the Dance Stones cause chaos on the human world. To retrieve the Dance Stones, Bureikin fuses with Hibiki and transforms into a Dance Hero.

Ani Tore! EX (TV)
10/13/2015
Move your soul and body! Each episode contains a variety of routines, such as push-ups, sit-ups, spine twists, dance, yoga, stretches, trunk training and taichi. Five girls aiming to become idols will exercise with you, and that troubling body fat percentage will go down by 1000%…!?

Ketsuekigata-kun! (TV 3)
10/13/2015
Third season of the Ketsuekigata-kun! series. The anime adapted from the manga remake version of the Korean webtoon “A Simple Thinking About Blood Types” involving the faceless and nameless characters of four different blood types to discuss about popular anthropomorphized blood types (the stereotypes about the blood types) in Japan and Korea.

Neko no Dayan: Nihon e Iku (TV)
10/17/2015
Second series of Dayan the Cat. The titular character and his friends energetically explore Japan.

Cyborg 009 Vs. Devilman (OAV)
10/17/2015
Cyborg 009 vs. Devilman is a 2015 anime film crossover and a joint production between Ishimori Pro and Dynamic Pro. The animated feature, compiled from three OVA episodes, combines the characters from Shotaro Ishinomori’s Cyborg 009 franchise with Go Nagai’s Devilman franchise.

Tobidasu PriPara: Minna de Mezase! Idol☆Grand Prix (movie)
10/24/2015
When the right time comes, every girl will find that a mysterious PriTicket has been delivered to them, granting them entrance to the world of PriPara, where up and coming idols perform and partake in auditions. Unfortunately, in Paprika Private Academy, PriPara activity is prohibited for elementary schoolers so as to not take time away from their studies. But an unexpected chance comes to fifth grader Laala when she finds a lost PriTicket bag, leading her to the PriPara world where she makes her idol debut. In season 2 in the PriPara amusement park, a new zone called Dream Theater has opened and a new event called the PriPara Dream Parade will be held.

Eiga Go! Princess Precure Go! Go!! Gōka 3-bon Date!!! (movie)
10/31/2015
Go! Princess Pretty Cure: Go! Go!! Splendid Triple Feature!!! The movie will be divided into three parts. The title of the stories are as follows:
The Pumpkin Kingdom’s Treasure- The girls have to rescue a kidnapped princess.
Pretty Cure and Refi’s Wonder Night- The Kingdom of Night lost its daytime and the Pretty Cure fight alongside the Kingdom of Night’s Princess, Refi, to take back daytime.
Cure Flora and the Vain Mirror- It will feature super-deformed characters. Cure Flora will interact with a playful spirit that dwells within a mirror.

Queen’s Blade: Grimoire (OAV)
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A scan of the latest issue of Hobby Japan magazine, released on April 25, announced that Queen’s Blade Grimoire will be adapted into an OVA. Comprised of two disc volumes, it will be bundled with the release of the next visual combat book of the Queen’s Blade series in Fall 2015. The project is made to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Queen’s Blade. The project will feature a new cast, set in a parallel multiverse, with the characters fighting using Grimoires (magical books).

source: animenewsnetwork.com; myanimelist.net


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The Gulf (All You Can Eat): From the Staff

As an individual that enjoys pop culture, I actually don’t frequent many conventions (when I say I don’t frequent them I 1 001mean I don’t enjoy them much at all). There’s a myriad of reasons why, but that’s not what this is about. What it is about though is this amazing annual convention that I went to in Small Press Expo (SPX). Since its inaugural year in 1994, SPX has become well renowned as a longstanding festival for writers and artists from all over the world to share their own independent comics and artwork. The intimacy of the festival in addition to being an outlet for these artists to present and sell their works that aren’t accessible through more commercial means is what instantly piqued my interest. As I made my way through the small (but immensely crowded) venue, I made it to this small booth in the corner of the room and here is this young and charming indie artist by the name of Nguyen Khoi Nguyen. I walk up assuming to do the same thing I always do at these things (or the few I have been to); browse around, window shop a little… and walk away (I’m broke, sue me). But this time was different. It didn’t take long at all for him to ingratiate himself as opposed to simply shilling whatever he had on display. Our short conversation did inevitably (as it should have) lead to his current work and what I found out is that sometimes less really is more.

Now many want to try to share their vision with the world through the extraordinary. Fantasy
and fiction rule the world of comics and graphic novels with an iron fist. Buyers (like me) consume their fill of super-powered heroes struggling against whatever opposition floats the author’s boat. We all by our share of illustrations depicting people in extenuating circumstances whether it be a post-apocalyptic land of mutant people or a futuristic setting where the planet is taken over by a technologically advanced overlord. Tales of life, death, love, action, and adventure, get told over and over in these works and while always fun, can be overwhelming (or underwhelming). For a serene break from the norm, I suggest The Gulf (All You Can Eat).

2 002This multimedia graphic novel illustrates the life (both past and present) of author, Nguyen Khoi Nguyen and his Vietnamese-American family. It may seem unassuming at first glance, but it is filled with interesting hidden gems of humor and captivates you in a fascinating way when you finish. Even the chapters themselves flip both between the author’s life as a young child growing up in Cape Coral, Florida in 1987 and a fairly interesting conversation had between his brother and sister in his current home of Washington D.C. Now as a hyper-exuberant kid whose family owns a Chinese buffet restaurant, one would expect the hi jinks to ensue a fair amount… and you’d be right. 2 004It is so funny to see these young siblings (his brother and sister are very prominent characters) and never fails to put a smile on my face as it resembles my own siblings a great deal. The art seems simple in the beginning, but the subtle use of music and traditional vernacular all help to bring life to the panels and the story in an original way. The dialogue is honest and endears you to the characters as if you know them yourself (or know people like them in your life).

In the scene of modern-day art (of any genre), ego reigns supreme and everyone is trying to make the biggest story alive in a thinly veiled attempt to make themselves a larger name. Sometimes, it’s creating the most convoluted piece you can, and sometimes it’s pandering to the lowest common denominator (and those things don’t have to be mutually exclusive). “Pretentious” can be a common word for me to use, but rarely could I use the word “humble” 2 003for a lot of works that I’ve seen. Fortunately for me, The Gulf is the embodiment of the term “humble”. So many times we pick up a book and use it to escape reality and whatever problems we have. While it can be fun and therapeutic, sometimes we become so disconnected from what reality is we lose sight of what is important. Nguyen Khoi Nguyen has created a piece of work in which its strongest asset and appeal isn’t the flash and flare of other comics or novels. It isn’t the grandiose and intimidating expansion of its world. It isn’t any of the common tropes of other written works (highly regarded or not). It is the intrinsic ability minimize the experience for the reader and relate to the common experiences of people through the life of the author and his family. It’s a reminder of the importance of love and family and that maybe the escape that people are looking for can be found in the catacombs of one’s fond memories of their youth (and we all have our fair share).It’s definitely what I would describe as a “colorful” autobiography shaped in the form of a graphic novel. The chapters (4 available, 10 total scheduled) are short in length, but gives you your fill of fun and a bit of introspection. It’s not an ambitious read at all, and why should it be? It’s fun stories about a guy and his family bound together by the business of food and personal experiences. It is reflective in its own right and for me, it’s got everything I need when I want to take a break from what I usually read. It’s a good read and I am happy that I got a chance to pick it up when I did. Nguyen Khoi Nguyen is an intriguing man. He’s a jazz musician and a filmmaker on top of his aptitude for comic art. If you want to purchase his work, you can find it on iBooks or tiny.cc/nguyenmade. To learn more, check out his website at ngknguyen.com. I think it’ll be worth anyone’s time.


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Soulless: Novel or Manga? Does it Really Matter?

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Have you read Gail Carriger’s novel Soulless?  Did you read the manga? Yes she has a manga! For those who haven’t heard of it, I’ll run a quick summary for you.


The life of a spinster in Victorian London isn’t an easy one on the best of days, but such a life becomes infinitely more complicated when said spinster is “Soulless” – A Preternatural, bridging the gap between the natural and supernatural worlds. Miss Alexia Tarabotti has this unique distinction, and when she is assailed at a formal gathering by a Rove Vampire , an encounter that results in the death of the half-starved creature, her circumstances become exponentially more complicated indeed!!

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Now caught up in an intrigue with life or death stakes, Alexia must rely on all her talents to outmatch the forces conspiring against her, but it may be the man who has caught her eye -Lord Conall Maccon- and their budding flirtation that truly drives her to her wit’s end!


Verdict: This Victorian era manga is absolutely phenomenal, not only is the story great, but the art as well! It’s beautiful, clean, and the romance is quite steamy. Gail Carriger, you definitely get an immense amount of praise from me for this piece of work.

So check it out  if you haven’t, you won’t be disappointed!

Soulless gets a 5 out of 5

+ Amazing story

+ Outstanding artwork

+ The romance actually helps makeu the story rather than hurt it


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Another Kamisama Kiss?

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I had just picked up and read the first volume of The Demon Prince of the Momochi House and so far it is a great read with great art. But I couldn’t help but notice how similar this manga is to Kamisama Kiss.


0001-012On her sixteenth birthday, orphan Himari Momochi inherits her ancestral estate that she’s never seen. Momochi House exists on the barrier between the human and spiritual realms, and Himari is meant to act as guardian between the two worlds. But on the day she moves in, she finds three handsome squatters already living in the house, and one seems to have already taken over her role.

The only difference between the two manga is that the main protagonist in The Demon Prince of the Momochi house is only human with no special powers… or so it seems, as I haven’t read very far. She’s basically just a landlady who gets herself into trouble and collects rent from three demons. Even though this manga is similar to the other,


Verdict: I would still like to give Momochi House its due for its art and hilarity. So if you don’t mind reading another Kamisama Kiss with different characters and background story, then I suggest you check out The Demon Prince of the Momochi House.

The Demon Prince of the Momochi House gets a 4 out of 5

+ Good art

+ Great humor

– A bit too reminiscent of another familiar manga (though that could change)

Volume one of The Demon Prince of the Momochi House is available now


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80s meets Zombies with Alpha Girl!

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It’s 1984, and Judith is your typical 17-year-old girl. She chain smokes, cuts class, sells her tamps to perverts, and she just might be the last sane woman on the planet. When a third-rate cosmetics company creates a pheromone that turns women into crazed man-eaters, the world image.comics.alpha_.girl_.three_dives into chaos. Judith must break her little brother out of juvie, all the while dodging rabid women and the men who hunt them. Already a proven survivor, she picks up some interesting strays along the way and kicks some serious zombie butt! Judith is ALPHA GIRL!!

I’m a zombie fan and to be honest… I’m feeling a bit burnt out on them. Today’s zombie comics just don’t give me that chill anymore. Instead, they make me bored and a tad irritated. Alpha Girl unfortunately did not give me that chill I was looking for. The art style is unique in its own way and I like that, but I couldn’t help but noticed how some things look like it was photoshopped into the comic. Was that suppose to be on purpose? Not sure but all I can say is that while I  it threw me off a bit.
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The story started off good, but as I read further along it started to drag on. The humor was pretty cheesy, but I’m sure others will like it. The backstories of the main characters are interesting and makes me want to know more about them. So if you’re not tired of reading about the apocalyptic world then I suggest you pick up Alpha Girl.

Alpha Girl gets a 4 out of 5

+ Story has a fairly strong start to it

+ Original artwork (for the most part)

+ I did enjoy the backstories and made the main characters entertaining

– Humor could have been better

– Still missing that spark that puts it over the top

Get your copy of Alpha Girl now!


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Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice Comic-Con Trailer Is Here!

Batman v SupermanSan Diego Comic Con attendees and now the entire world has a chance to see the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight duke it out a bit in the brand new trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice!

Not only we see Ben Affleck (The Town, Gone Girl) as Batman and Henry Cavill (The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Immortals) in action but it’s the first time we see Jeremy Irons (Die Hard with a Vengeance, Eragon) as Alfred Pennyworth,  Gal Godot (Fast and the Furious series) as Wonder Woman, and Jesse Eisdenberg (The Social Network, American Ultra) as the infamous Lex Luthor.

Judging by the trailer, it seems that after the events of the Man of Steel movie, Superman is being looked at as both a hero and an “Alien Threat”, making Bruce Wayne turning into Batman to stop him.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on March 25, 2016.


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