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.


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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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Paper or Plastic? Conveyor Belt Review

Short films have the ability to prove to viewers that filmmakers only need 15 minutes or less to make a great story or script come to life. For Brett Melnick, that ability comes to play in his film, Conveyor Belt.

Conveyor BeltThe film follows a grocery cashier named Max (played by Remy Tyndle), as he goes through a tedious day to night shift facing off rude or weird customers and a tenacious boss. As he goes from box to box in each aisle, it seems as if hope is hard to grasp at this point, until one customer comes in.

While watching this movie,  some viewers might feel as if you have a connection to Max, depicting the hardships and challenges of working in marketing or retail. Remy does a great job showing it off, through facial expression and body motions.

Melnick does a great job taking shots from different angles or switching from scene to scene in order to show perspective. For one example, there are scenes where Max can be shown doing his job, unpacking boxes, counting inventory, sweeping floors, where the camera can be placed on the floor or adjusted to the middle. Another example can be a transition scene, where Max is taking care of checking out grocers while in the background, the clock is slowly passing by, just to show how time is moving slowly.

Conveyor Belt is a must see for any rising or pursuing filmmaker or actor/actress, just to show how it’s never to complicated to make something simple is less than 15 minutes.

Click here to check out Conveyor Belt on Brett Melnick’s YouTube Page!


Me Chibi!Grayson M. is the Editor in Chief of Teh Lunchbox Publications and he can’t wait to see more of Melnick’s work and Remy’s acting skills! For more news, up to date information, previews, and reviews, keep it here on tehlunchboxpub.wordpress.com and LIKE and FOLLOW us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and Twitch!

 

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!


Sherita M. is a contributing Editor for Teh Lunchbox Publications and she’s currently playing Corpse Party… Follow us on twitter@tehlunchboxpub.

Genisys, Can mankind win?

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When John Connor (Jason Clarke), leader of the human resistance against Skynet, sends Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back to 1984 to protect his mother, Sarah (Emilia Clarke), from a Terminator assassin, an unexpected turn of events creates an altered timeline. Instead of a scared waitress, Sarah is a skilled fighter and has a Terminator guardian (Arnold Schwarzenegger) by her side. Faced with unlikely allies and dangerous new enemies, Reese sets out on an unexpected new mission: reset the future.


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In these previous movies we had witnessed Skynet takeover and go back in time to kill Sarah and John Connor. And so far humans have the upper hand because of John Connor and Skynet knows it.

Taking a new direction, machine decides to do the unthinkable….turn John Connor into a machine. Well sorta, he’s not machine and he’s not human. He’s more.


Guardian-Terminator-734x310Verdict: Terminator Genisys is a very entertaining movie that does better than the last two movies…in my opinion anyway. Now don’t get me wrong. The movie was good, but I felt that the film was lacking something and just repeating the previous films with new machines.

(Spoiler alert!!!) Hopefully the next one goes outside the box, but not so far outside to where everything is completely different and off subject… yes you read right, there is going to be a sixth Terminator! At the end of the credits they show that Skynet has been destroyed but under the rubble, deep down in the ground lies the core of Skynet. Alive and angry.

Terminator Genisys gets a 3 out of 5

+ Does a solid job on the entertainment front

+ Does have improvements compared to the previous two Terminator films

– The movie is still formulaic and doesn’t provide anything new that the previous one’s didn’t

Terminator Genisys is in theaters now


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E3 PC Gaming Show!

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The PC Gaming Show went live on Tuesday June 16, 2015, PC Gamer and AMD had  put on the Show. This was the first PC conference at E3, and was hosted by Sean Plott.

There was quite a few guest speakers on the show (did you guys see Sean’s stack of cards?) some talked about new affordable hardware for your PC. While others talked about new games and expansion packs.

And those speakers were:

  • Sean ‘day[9]’ Plott (Host)
  • Richard Huddy ( AMD)
  • Colin Johanson (ArenaNet)
  • Chris Sigaty and Dustin Browder (Blizzard)
  • Joris Vantland, Jay Crowe, and Brian Hicks (Bohemia Interactive)
  • Cliff Bleszinski (Boss Key Productions)
  • Phil Spencer (Microsoft)
  • Ryan Geddes (CCP Games)
  • Chris Roberts (Cloud Imperium)
  • Dave Crooks and Joe Harty (Dodge Roll)
  • Jean-Francois Dugas and Jonathan Jacques-Belletête (Edios-Montréal)
  • Bruce Maclean  (Electronic Arts)
  • Ian Thomas  (Frictional Games)
  • David Braben (Frontier Developments)
  • Steve Gaynor (Fullbright)
  • David Eckelberry (Lionhead Studios)
  • James Phinney (Motiga)
  • Feargus Urquhart and Fredrick Wester (Paradox Interactive)
  • Thom Glunt (Pixel Titans)
  • Dean Hall (RocketWerkz)
  • Paul Wedgwood (Splash Damage)
  • John Gibson (Tripwire Interactive)

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The show may not seem as exciting as the shows for the consoles but I can honestly say for PC gaming, their first show was quite good. From new and better PC hardware, new games, and 16205235562366-t300x200cool expansion packs.

In true PC gaming fashion, the show wasn’t just about games. AMD’s CEO Lisa Su revealed their new upcoming hardware. She talked about the R9 Fury X (above) and R9 Nano graphics card (left), and their dual-GPU Fiji. If you want to know more, you can watch the show.

Now to introduce the games!

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The E3 PC Gaming Show had presented some very interesting games. The long list included; Star Citizen 2, Total War: Warhammer, Fable Legends, Gigantic, American Truck Simulator, EVE: Valkyrie, Ion, Strafe, Pillars of Eternity: White March, Hitman, Strafe, Beyond Eyes, Dirty Bomb, Tacoma, Soma, Take On Mars, Project BlueStreak, Enter The Gungeon, Rising Storm 2, Planet Coaster: Simulation Evolved, Heros of the Storm, and Guild Wars 2 expansion.

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Microsoft also chimed in to announce that Killer Instinct would also be available to the PC and after that the crowd went crazy (in a good way of course). Another console game that would be making it to PC is (drumroll)…Gears of War: Ultimate Edition.

Now I have a question for all of you PC gamers…What did you think about the E3 PC Gaming Show?


Sherita M. is a contributing Editor for Teh Lunchbox Publications and she can’t wait to try Minecraft Hololense. Follow us on twitter@tehlunchboxpub.

Jurassic World: More Teeth is Very Deadly

jworld-banner-44Located off the coast of Costa Rica, the Jurassic World luxury resort provides a habitat for an array of genetically engineered dinosaurs, including the vicious and intelligent Indominus Rex. When the massive creature escapes, it sets off a chain reaction that causes the other dinosaurs to run all over the place. Now, it’s up to a former military man and animal expert (Chris Pratt) to use his special skills to save two young brothers and the rest of the tourists from an all-out, prehistoric assault.


Brothers Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins) Mitchell go to visit their aunt Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), the park’s operations manager, but all she cares about is work to care for them. Instead leaves them with her assistant, Zara (Katie McGrath) . Unfortunately, she doesn’t do much to care for them at all. Now, the neglect of children is bad, but of course the movie isn’t about that. This is about deadly dinosaurs that should never have been genetically made in the first place.

maxresdefault (4)Jurassic’s World scientists decide it’s a good idea to create a new dinosaur called the Indominus Rex. Sounds deadly right? Well… you have no idea. These idiots mix the DNA of Jurassic’s most deadliest predators, T-Rex and Velociraptor. Like WHY??!! When your boss says more teeth and screen-shot-2015-03-13-at-11-39-05-jurassic-world-raptor-squad-chris-pratt-t-rex-who-can-stop-indominus-rex-png-301401scary he didn’t mean a deadly weapon that you can’t take down when it gets out of control. Don’t worry I’m not going to give away anymore, go see it because it’s that amazing.

What I really love about this movie is how they showed the original park in a scene (very small, but very cool) and the theme music, It gave me so much chills. It just make me happy that they didn’t change a lot of things and made for an all too familiar feel to the movie. Much credit to Director Colin Trevorrow. It was a huge nostalgia trip!!


This film is amazing. The only issue is that it will never beat the original Jurassic Park movie (but that doesn’t have to be all bad). Jurassic World had its own uniqueness that cannot be understated and it blew my mind! It is a must-see movie for everyone, so get out there and go see it. Oh, and remember… More teeth is more deadly!

Jurassic World gets a 5 out of 5

+ The theme music and the look at the original park was so great

+ The Indominus Rex is next level in terms of brutality (and intelligence)

+ Still has a unique and somewhat original approach that allows the movie to stand on it’s own


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Insidious Chapter 3: Get Lost in The Further

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When teenager Quinn Brenner (Stefanie Scott) senses that her late mother is trying to contact her, she seeks help from gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye). However, Elise’s tragic past makes her reluctant to use her abilities. After Quinn is attacked by a malevolent entity, her father (Dermot Mulroney) pleads with Elise for help. With support from two parapsychologists, Elise ventures deep into The Further — where she finds a powerful demon with an insatiable craving for human souls. Did I mention that Elise is a total boss in this film?


This chilling prequel did not disappoint me one bit, if anything it made me very scared. Its been insidious-3-shadowyone week and I still check the dark corners before bed! None of the jump scares were false, they each lead to something terrifying.

Personally I was hoping that this 3rd chapter would continue from chapter 2 where Elise saw something terrifying behind Allison (see Chapter 2), how come they didn’t show it? Is there going to be an Insidious Chapter 4? I wish there was more to the story because the potential was there to polish it up, but hey who knows? All I know is that It’s not over (horror movie franchises rarely are).


Insidious-3-Story-and-Character-DetailsVerdict: The scares were good, but I also felt like there could’ve been more to the story. The movie was leaning too much on the jump scare and while that’s not necessarily a bad thing (in fact, it is the staple of any horror movie), it shouldn’t be the only thing that carries the entertainment value of the movie. Still, it is a good time at the movies so if you want to be scared go see this film!

Insidious: Chapter 3 gets a 4 out of 5

+ It… Is… Scary

+ Elise is a great character in the movie

+ Although it isn’t a sequel, the movie left the door open for more potential films

– Could have fleshed out the story a bit more

Insidious: Chapter 3 is in theaters now


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Kung Fury: Hitler and Dinosaurs and Man-Splits, oh My!

GUESS WHO’S BACK FOR ANOTHER LUNCHBOX REVIEW, LADIES AND GENTS!!  This is your man, Remy Tyndle over here, and I do believe it’s about that time take down the bad guys while delivering cheesy one-liners, because I’m gonna give you my two cents on Laser Unicorns’ Kung Figgity!  For those of you who aren’t familiar with this title, Kung Fury is a low-budget short film made in Sweden, written and directed by David Sandberg, that made its world-televised premier on the El-Rey Network this week.

The story first takes place in 1980’s Miami, centering around a martial arts master and police detective by the name of “Kung Fury”, played by director, David Sandberg.  When Adolf Hitler blasts into the present time and guns down innocent, Kung Fury makes it his mission to go back in time to kill him.


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Have you ever wondered what it would look like if Regular Show was ever converted to Live Action? This is pretty much the best visual you are going to get and it can’t possibly get much better.  Kung Fury is a parody film, paying top tribute to 80’s action cinema; Cops, robots, fast cars, hackers, dinosaurs, lasers, dinosaurs with Lasers, arcades, one-liners, David Hasselhoff, viking chicks, and man-splits… lots and lots of man-splits.  If you’re looking for a film that doesn’t take itself seriously, and you just want a laugh while you say “Well that’s just plain silly!”, Kung Fury is the flick to put on your screen.

The majority of the film was shot in front of a green screen with 90 percent of the environment having been digitized, however the end result is pretty awesome, especially considering the special effects and the cinematography.  The only downside is the lack of actors’ feeling in the dialogue.  Now I know what some of you may be saying right now– “It’s a parody movie!  The dialogue acting isn’t supposed to be great!”, but I mean c’mon. Even some of the one liners just lacked that cliché nail in the wood that would have driven those scenes home.


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Verdict: Kung Fury is still a great time, unless of course you are aiming to critique it from top to bottom, as if the thing was directed by Martin-freaking-Scorsese (if that’s the case, you’re going to say “This movie was stupid!”). If you just want to see some hilarious shenanigans on a dull Saturday night, it will not disappoint.  Just make sure you invite your friends over.  Kung Fury accomplishes what it was set out to do; honor the good ol’ 80’s action flicks in just 30 minutes.

Kung Fury gets a 4 out of 5

+ Fun nod to the old cheesy action movies

+ Special effects were actually good considering the budget

+ Crazy stuff going on that you and your friends will love

– Actors could’ve been better with the dialogue

– It’s still just a straight-to-television movie, so don’t expect too much


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Wayward! Have You Guys Heard?!

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Have you checked out Wayward yet? You should!


Rori Lane is trying to start a new life when she reunites with her mother in Japan, but ancient creatures lurking in the shadows of Tokyo sense something hidden deep within her. The creatures threaten everything she holds dear. Can Rori unlock the secrets of her power before it’s too late?

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Jim Zub (Skullkickers, Samurai Jack), Steve Cummings (Legends of the Dark Knight, Deadshot), and John Rauch (Invincible) team up to create an all-new Image supernatural spectacle that combines the camaraderie and emotion of Buffy the Vampire Slayer with the action and mystery of Hellboy. The colors are bright and bold which works extremely well with the artwork and the story as a whole. The design of the characters is anime-esque and makes for a familiar look. The attention to detail in all departments cannot be understated and makes the book visually stunning.


Verdict: Jim Zub and Steve Cummings Wayward gets a strong start with a spunky young protagonist, incredibly meticulous artwork, and phenomenal coloring. This comic is so highly recommended that I don’t want to spoil it for you by telling you what goes on in this series. Do yourselves a favor and head to the nearest comic book store (or bookstore) and pick up a copy. Seriously, it’s worth it.

Wayward gets a 5 out of 5

+ Strong artwork

+ Rori is a great main character

+ A story that’s pretty hard to put down


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