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review 2017-11-28 03:03
Weird art edition of Kipling's animal stories
The Jungle Book: Manga Classics - cr Crystal S. Chan,Rudyard Kipling,julien choy

Disclaimer: reviewing an eARC edition for NetGalley


The art style of this edition totally didn't work for me, but if you enjoy it, the book does a good job summarizing a bunch of Rudyard Kipling's animal-oriented stories. Unlike many of the other Manga Classics series, rather than a pretty shoujo style, the art is more comedic and cartoony. Which could have been good, as there aren't romantic heroes in any of the stories to flatter, but something about the ways the eyes were drawn in particular just rubbed me the wrong way. Like, they look crazy, not funny. It's kind of a weird edition, because I wouldn't necessarily hand it to a little kid - the language and particularly the poems/songs are too challenging. But the art is definitely more kid-oriented. In this case, I'd say just read the originals for the full experience.

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photo 2017-05-12 01:50

I feel like this needs a third component -- maybe a personality quirk column, for example: Evil Butler, Addicted to Pokemon.

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text 2017-02-12 12:13
A List of Top Ten Samurai Jack Episodes from our Re-Watch of Seasons 1 & 2
Samurai Jack #7 - Jim Zub,Brittney Williams,Andy Suriano



I haven’t stopped squeeing ever since they announced that we will be getting ten more brand new episodes of SJ! I completely lost it when they posted the trailer because the show looks edgier and beautifully darker.

Recently, io9 listed the 10 SJ must-watch episodes that everybody should be enjoying during the free online streaming of ALL SJ episodes.

Since The Bear & I have recently started an SJ re-watch and have covered the first two seasons, I decided I’d list ten favorite episodes of ours. Shall we?


In no particular order but in all awesomeness, here are the episodes that you need to see:


Jack and the Three Blind Archers (Season 1)


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Do you see the bodies littering the snow-covered landscape? That is who Jack’s competing against. I love the parts where Jack trains himself in an uber-quick course of using his hearing as the primary sense, in order to defeat them!


Jack and the Scotsman Parts I (Season 1) and II (Season 2)


The Scotsman is a lot of trouble and fun. When they first meet, the SM and SJ do not hit it off right away. Instead, they spent more than half of the episode fighting.



The second time goes better and they work together to rescue SM’s wife. However, my favorite episode happens to be from the SJ comics where the duo are turned into girls by thieving Leprechauns. Don’t believe me? Take a look at that:


Samurai Jacqueline & the Curse of the Scotswoman

















Anyway, I think it is okay to say that SJ +SM = One Entertaining Episode!



Jack in Space (Season 1)


This episode is the first time we see Jack in black and he is in space battling giant insectoid robots. Need I say more? Watch it here!

Jack’s Sandals (Season 2)


We find out how big of an impact Jack’s sandals — and culture — have on who he is and there is a new career in foot modelling waiting for him, if he ever gets tired of trying to “get back”!




Jack and the Spartans (Season 2)


Here’s what you need to know about this episode:


Jack Learns to Jump Good (Season 2)


Samurai Jack: Aku!
Aku: Samurai fool! Your efforts are in vain again. This gateway to the past is once more beyond your…
[Jack jumps]
Aku: …reach? You can fly?
Samurai Jack: No, jump good!

If you want to watch what helped SJ get so good at jumping, click here!


Jack and the Hunters (Season 2)


Aku contacts the Hunters and tries to hire them to kill SJ. They refuse the money and say they’d do it for the fun of the hunt. The leader of the Hunters, Lionor, had one of the sexiest voices and it all made sense when I found out that the same actor had also lent his voice for:
Panthro (Thundercats)!


Jack Is Naked (Season 2)


SJ is dropped into a Lewis Caroll-esque world in this episode but more importantly, this happens:




Jack Under the Sea (Season 2)


Jack visits an underwater race and has a run in with Aku when they betray him. The beautiful art and the comedy regarding SJ’s love for shrimp made this episode a huge favorite.


Under the Dea.jpg 


Well, these are our favorite episodes. Chime in and let us know if our list agrees with yours!


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A chance to watch the first few minutes of new SJ content here!


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review 2016-09-10 16:00
Man, I hate Cursive by Jim Benton
Man, I Hate Cursive: Cartoons for People and Advanced Bears - Jim Benton

So, I did not even know who Jim Benton was before picking up this book. Despite the fact that I have seen his work being shared on social media a lot recently. I can honestly say I am now a fan. I thought it was going to be another average artist with poorly done jokes. That was not the case, however, and I am glad I was proven otherwise. While the illustrations were not the best, I still found them to be enjoyable. The jokes, situations, and humor was the real winner of the show, making it the best graphic novel I have read all year.



5/5 Stars

I just absolutely loved the humor.



Received by NetGalley for an honest review.

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text 2016-07-20 12:10
Children's book club and more

My daughter P has taken a break from her book club. There's only so many stuffed toy animal books you can collect without getting a bit jaded. :) Besides, I have several of my own old favorites, that my mom and grandmother used to read to me and my sister when we were children. Also, almost every time we go to the local library, mom buys some old library books on sale. It was among one of those library books that the children found one of their new favorite books. It's about a little boy who can't sleep and wants to go for a walk, bringing his red crayon. He draws a path to walk on and things to visit. Sometimes he ends up in precarious situations and has to think quickly to draw himself out of those situations. One of our old favorite books has become popular as well. It's about a boy who finds a seed blown by the wind. He sows it and a huge, fantastic tree grows from the seed. A sort of elevator is lowered down to him and he can't resist sitting in the velvet covered seat. The elevator takes him up to the top of the tree and there he has some wonderful adventures.

Speaking of the children - to my shame I have to admit that occasionally when they're crying and can't be consoled any other way, I let them watch cartoons on tv. I have looked for and found my own old favorites from when I was a child and a few of those have become their favorites (among them Winnie-the-Pooh). I was never going to let my children use anything with a screen until they were at least four. There go all my good intentions...

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