Wednesday, August 7, 2019

REVIEW: Die Vol. 1

Holy crap why wasn’t I reviewing this in single issues before? After somehow ignoring this series since its beginning, I first learned about it from an online post asking for recommendations of “portal fantasy” stories where characters are sucked into magical lands. It’s a common trope in anime and manga, but not so much in the west. Someone mentioned Die and I was like, “Huh, that sounds familiar.” And then the first trade paperback showed up. Man, have I been missing out.

Monday, August 5, 2019

REVIEW: Stardew Valley

In the late 90’s, a franchise called Harvest Moon created a groundbreaking subgenre: the farming simulator. Long before Facebook games had you taping on crops, Harvest Moon was a JRPG style game where you walked around a big empty plot of land, planted crops, took care of animals, went fishing, explored mines, and won women’s affection. And then the DS era began and the franchise took a turn for the less good, becoming less about creativity and time management and more about goofy minigames. Stardew Valley is in an indie game that goes back to the basics of Harvest Moon and brings the original vision into the modern gaming world.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Watching Anime is Really Easy These Days

When I was a kid, I tried so hard to stay up every night and watch the latest episode of Inuyasha. Not because I particularly liked it as a show, but because I liked anime and back in 2004 you worked with what you had. But today? Anime is everywhere. There are a bajillion DVD and Blu-ray releases and a dozen streaming services. Not to mention every time I go to the movie theater I see a poster for a limited release of an anime I never even heard of. I'm envious of anime fans growing up today. They have no idea how easy they have it.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Adventure in Pittsburgh

I first moved to Pittsburgh for college in 2010. Like most of my fellow filmmaking students, my plan was to graduate and then save up money until I could afford to move to LA and find work in the biz. Then I met a girl, and five years after graduation I am still here. And now, because I love that girl so much, it is time for us to say goodbye to this city.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

REVIEW: C-3PO Does Not Like Sand

I first got in contact with Disney Books after attending NYCC in 2017 because I was interested in reviewing their Star Wars and Marvel books. It’s been over a year and a half and so far they haven’t sent me much related to those two franchises, or anything particularly on brand with The Modern Gafa. But this? Well...It’s Star Wars.

Monday, May 27, 2019

This Week In Comics: 5.29

Another New Comic Book Day is upon us! It’s time to plan a trip to your local comic shop and take a look at this week’s new comics! Hit the jump to check out reviews of my favorite comics coming out this week.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

REVIEW: Paradox Girl Vol. 1

Holy crap, everyone. Stop what you’re doing and go read Paradox Girl. Well, don’t because it’s not out yet so read my review and then go read it. Because Paradox Girl isn’t just good. And it’s not just really good. It’s the best comic I’ve read so far this year.
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