The Journey of Shuna Story and art by Hayao Miyazaki Published by Akita Shoten (1982) Length: 1 Volume (6 Chapters) The Journey of Shuna was a fun little dive into the creative beginnings of Hayao Miyazaki, the face of Japanese animation. His trademark watercolour artistry and eye for detail has led to the creation of a vibrant world, pulsating with life. Unfortunately, when paired with … Continue reading The Journey of Shuna | A Miyazaki Masterclass
Spelunky is the greatest game of all time… When I decided to create this piece, I thought it would be pretty easy, because I have so much to say about Spelunky. But I ended gushing incoherently over a word document, none of which made sense. I was overcome by emotion. Just thinking about this game and what it has done for me over the years … Continue reading Spelunky is G.O.A.T.
Original Title: Magi no Okurimono Story and Art by Kumichi Yoshizuki Original Publisher: Grand Jump Premium (6 Chapters, 1 Volume) Publication Date: 2014 *** I’d like to start this piece by reminding everyone that this manga is 6 chapters long. It will take you less than an hour to read, and I highly recommend you do so. I’ll be here waiting patiently until you’re done… … Continue reading The Gift of the Magi Review
Video Version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O05HEcVdYIA&t=33s When I first saw gameplay footage for Pokemon Quest, I was sad. I felt like Nintendo were waisting their time making, mediocre freemium games that no players really wanted. That’s not to say that fans didn’t want Pokemon games on mobile devices. For years the idea of porting older Pokemon games has filled veteran fans of the franchise with excitement. Yet, this … Continue reading Why Pokemon Quest is Great for all Players
Story and Art by Will Eisner Original Publication Date: 1978 Will Eisner is considered by many to be the pioneer of the “graphic novel”. His body of work was not intended to whisk children away into worlds filled with caped crusaders. Instead, he was dedicated to the depiction of real life struggles that a more mature audience could relate to. During the 1940s he revolutionised … Continue reading A Contract With God Review
Video Version – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8CCoErW8vU Today I’m going to be discussing a very interesting creation I came across a few months back. While 6 hours into a youtube deep-dive, I came across a let’s play for a game I had never heard of before. While the Youtube video seemed to mimic that of a normal lets play video, I became increasingly intrigued with the odd occurrences sprinkled … Continue reading What is Petscop?
Blankets Review Story and Art by Craig Thompson Published by Top Shelf Productions: July 23, 2003 Summary: Blankets follows Craig through his most impressionable stages. We explore sibling rivalry in rural Wisconsin, the importance of faith, its destructive capabilities and the budding romance of adolescent love. Our protagonist must come to terms with his life, and the decisions he must make, even if he must … Continue reading Blankets Review
Good Bye Story and art by Yoshihiro Tatsumi Published in English by Drawn and Quarterly (2008, 1 volume) Created during 1971-72 Just to give you an idea on how important this piece is to me, if I had read Good Bye before I made my Top 10 manga list it would have been up there. Yoshihiro Tatsumi is, without a doubt, the greatest mangaka to … Continue reading Good Bye Review
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Release date: 11 March 1984 Relation to Ghibli: Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, Produced by Isao Takahata Synopsis: Far in the future, after an apocalyptic conflict, dubbed the “7 days of fire”, has devastated much of the world’s ecosystem. The few surviving humans, now divided into warring factions, live in scattered semi-hospitable environments within what has become a “toxic jungle.” … Continue reading Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Review
Video Version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oloKJJLp-4c&t=3s The most recent Pokemon games, Ultra sun/moon have been out for a while now, and as far as remakes go they are pretty standard (in a good way). They seek to add extra content and story to their predecessors, with many graphical and technical updates. However, as I progressed further through the game, and thought back to my experiences with Sun/Moon, I’ve … Continue reading The Importance of Pokemon’s 7th Generation