Naruto Marathon Read Through Live Blog (Spoilers)

Admittedly, I’m not a Naruto fan. It started back when I had just entered the comics world, though it was completely off my radar at the time. I was already a fan of shonen action titles like Dragon Ball, but my comic preferences were very different at the time. Caught up in the continuity-driven rhetoric of Marvel ..

Striker: The Armored Warrior

Striker: The Armored Warrior

Back in my comic-reading infancy, I was caught up in the world of hyper-violent titles with big dudes, bigger guns, and pouches, oh so many pouches. The early days of Image filled out the modest collection of my younger self, what few comics I could sneak past my parents. My view of the medium was ..

Top Ten Manga Series to Get into Manga

Top Ten Manga Series to Get into Manga

So, I like Manga. That’s not something that I might have said only a few years ago, simply because I hadn’t read anything that really grabbed me; there was nothing that pulled me away from North American comics, or so I thought. Then I started digging around and chatting with fellow All-Comic contributor Nick Rowe—who ..

My Love Story by Kazune Kawahara and Aruko

My Love Story by Kazune Kawahara and Aruko

An inescapable side effect of reading shojo manga is a glowing, warm feeling, something My Love Story excels at producing. This warm feeling typically stems from a combination of ridiculously cute, endearing moments, with a bit of awkward follies derived from simple misunderstandings. Kawahara and Aruko’s romantic comedy uses these standard devices and adds a ..

All-Comic 1 Year Anniversary Special (Featuring Dragon Ball by Akira Toriyama)

All-Comic 1 Year Anniversary Special (Featuring Dragon Ball by Akira Toriyama)

Today is the first anniversary of All-Comic. When deciding on what title to write about, my thoughts were overrun by reminiscing about what pulled in such a diverse group of fans to the crazy world of writing about comics. Every train of thought successfully derailed by why anyone would willfully join a collective to tear ..

Ranma 1/2 by Rumiko Takahashi

Ranma 1/2 by Rumiko Takahashi

Back when I was in my comic reading infancy my world was full of nothing but superhero, and superhero style storytelling. My uncle bought me my first comic at a young age, an issue of Amazing Spider-Man, and afterwards allowed me access to his collection from childhood. I became hooked, my mission in life became ..

Gon by Masashi Tanaka

Gon by Masashi Tanaka

Reading comics teaches us an amazing amount of skill when interpreting a story. They teach us to think logically, translating still pictures into active motion; to understand how actions progress from one panel to the next only through temporal context of the page. They teach us how to understand a story from a combination of ..

Manga Madness: Tropic of the Sea by Satoshi Kon

Manga Madness: Tropic of the Sea by Satoshi Kon

What seems like ages ago now, and when I was far too young to do so, I was taken to see Perfect Blue at a local theater. To say my young mind wasn’t able to fully process what I saw would be an understatement, but that didn’t stop the movie from leaving a significant lasting ..

Manga Madness: Biomega by Tsutomu Nihei

Manga Madness: Biomega by Tsutomu Nihei

Bizarre manga is a wonderful thing. Typically it deviates from standard tropes and themes for the benefit of off the wall storytelling, and brain melting moments. Biomega by Tsutomu Nihei is a shining example of such a process. In the span of six books Nihei stuffs a menagerie of contrary genres, creates a brand new ..