• Bodacious Space Pirates Shoots for the Stars … And Misses

    Bodacious Space Pirates Shoots for the Stars … And Misses0

    Bodacious Space Pirates Tatsuo Sato (writer), Chibimaru (illustrator) Media Factory December 2013-September 2014 Disclaimer: This article contains spoilers for Bodacious Space Pirates. When I happened to come across the title Bodacious Space Pirates, I was definitely interested. It’s pirates! In space! And they’re bodacious! What’s not to like? After reading both volumes, though, I found the

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  • Women in Men’s World: The Feminism of Basara

    Women in Men’s World: The Feminism of Basara0

    Stories about gender and women have always fascinated me. Seek me out as a kid and you’d find me watching Mulan with a copy of Bruce Coville’s The Dragonslayers clutched to my chest. Discovering a relatively obscure series called Basara during my college years was just an extension of that. Basara follows the journey of

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  • Juliet Looks Through a Fishtank at Romeo: Romance Manga Aquarium

    Juliet Looks Through a Fishtank at Romeo: Romance Manga Aquarium0

    There’s a sweet and lovely feminism to the shoujo romance stories found in Tomoko Taniguchi’s Aquarium. Femininity is their strength. Tomoko Taniguchi was active in the Japanese market by the early nineties, but those same stories experienced a second, translated wind a decade later, in the bubble days of the American manga market. There’s very

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  • Trading Outpost: Genre/Gender/Generic

    Trading Outpost: Genre/Gender/Generic0

    Hello! And welcome back to another of The Trades, the world’s only comic podcast by people who don’t know anything about pen nibs. This month, we swear off literacy in order to better live out deconstructionism. Also, Aaron reads award nominated comics, while Webtoons is taking over my life, and I don’t know how to

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  • You Be You: a Review of Princess Jellyfish

    You Be You: a Review of Princess Jellyfish0

    Princess Jellyfish, Volume 1 Mangaka: Akiko Higashimura Translation: Sarah Alys Lindholm; Lettering: Carl Vanstiphout; Editing: Haruko Hashimoto; Kodansha Comics Edition Cover Design: Phil Balsman. Kodansha Comics March, 2016 Disclaimer: This review of Princess Jellyfish is based on a review copy provided by the publisher.

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  • If It Fits: Shoes, Sex, and Eroticised Withdrawal in Okazaki Mari’s “&”

    If It Fits: Shoes, Sex, and Eroticised Withdrawal in Okazaki Mari’s “&”0

    Okazaki Mari’s romance comic “&” is about romance as a connection that springs from sensual experience. Its heroine, Kaoru, works in a hospital and is attempting to build her own business as a nail technician in her own time, and at the site of each job, she has a suitor.

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