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« Reply #30 on: May 14, 2010, 02:31:11 PM »

You know, I just returned from a business trip in the midwest (and met up with a chap from ComicAttack.net, checking out the local comic shops...) and came across this Twilight graphic novel.

It was pretty bad. Not attrocious, but poorly compiled and bland as bland can be. It's like they took a decent product and coated everything in bland sauce.

On top of that, the lettering (which I think is rather hard to screw up) was terrible. Dialog balloons that took up way too much panel real estate, and an obvious, i.e. Times New Roman letterset. Yes sir, I will move on to The Green Hornet now...
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« Reply #31 on: May 16, 2010, 10:45:47 AM »

I've read some reviews of the Twilight manga.  They praised the artwork, which I admit does look rather nice.  But Twilight is still Twilight.  The story is dumb.

The biggest slam I've heard about the manga is the lettering and word bubbles.  That the bubbles cover up art (and not just background stuff, but character's faces); horribly misplaced.  And that there was really no effort put into the lettering.  Which is really quite surprising, because Yen Press had to have known this title would make a killing, but they don't seem to have put a lot of effort into it.  It HAS made a killing though.  The book topped the hard cover lists for weeks, and it's probably still on there.  Unfortunately it's so poorly designed, that it likely won't bring anyone new in (meaning casual readers, or manga readers, but only people who are already Twilight fans), and it may turn Twilight fans off from checking out other manga.  Huge mistake on their part.  A strange one, because they usually do much better work.

As shitty as it is, though, I can put a silver lining on there.  The more of the Twilight GNs they sell, the more money they have to spend on bringing awesome titles like Black Butler and Goong over here.  So I hope the Twilight brats eat it up.
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« Reply #32 on: May 20, 2010, 09:03:10 AM »

Finished Eclipse, the third Twilight book, last night.  I can't really even remember most of it; it's a lot of insignificant nonsense, and very little actual plot.  Mostly it's teenage drama, with Bella running back and forth between Edward the vampire and Jacob the "werewolf," trying to figure out which one she's in love with.  And then trying to be in love with Edward, but friends with Jacob (who is in love with Bella, of course), while the two of them are enemies (because the wolves exist to hunt the vampires).  Then someone tries to kill Bella (again; this happens at least once in every book), so everyone works together to defeat them.  It was pretty poorly written, but still better than the first book (New Moon was, too).

Looking forward to the final book, actually, because it's supposed to be so bat (poop) crazy ridiculous that I should get a pretty good laugh out of it.
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« Reply #33 on: June 10, 2010, 10:57:47 PM »

I finished Breaking Dawn, the last Twilight book.  I can't believe I made it through all 4 without killing myself.  I almost didn't finished the last one, I got so fed up with the whole thing.  But I figured I might as well, since I was near the end. 

It was sooooo disappointing!  There's this huge set up during the last book for a massive battle to occur.  Two very powerful opposing vampire factions gather together, and I was ready for some bloody mayhem.  And then they talked. And talked and talked and talked.  And then they all went home.  LAME.  No one dies (well, one vampire dies, but she's a minor character and it has like zero impact on anything), no one has to sacrifice anything, everyone walks away completely scott free, and they all live happily ever after.  Four books leading up to this enormous face-off...and then nothing.  It was totally pointless and dumb.
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« Reply #34 on: June 19, 2010, 02:31:31 PM »

Have moved back to Tolkien.  Super refreshing after Meyer, which is really saying something. 
Reading Tales From the Perilous Realm, which is a collection of children's stories about fairies and various things.  Have read and enjoyed Roverandom, Farmer Giles of Ham, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil, Smith of Wootton Major, and Leaf by Niggle.  All that's left is Tolkien's essay "On Fairy-Stories" which I am debating putting aside for a while.
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