Sanrock Reviews

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Comics

They Called Us Enemy Review

George Takei is probably THE most famous Japanese-American actor. Some people may only know him as that guy who says “oh my” but to those in the know he’s Sulu from Star Trek. So, of course, anything this man puts out the fans will lap it up. The most recent thing he created is a memoir comic book called They Called Us Enemy It’s World War II and the Japanese […]

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Cowa! (Manga) Review

Akira Toriyama is best known as the creator of the Dragonball franchise. He has, however, done plenty of non-Dragonball manga that are super short (one volume) and a lot more kid-friendly. One of them is the comedy-horror themed Cowa! Paifu, a half-vampire half-werekoala (yes) decides to go to a witch who has the cure that will help cure the citizens of his village from the monster flu. Along with his […]

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Tokyo Ghoul (Manga) Review

Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida is an interesting manga series. It has an interesting plot, setting and characters. Then it all went downhill. Tokyo Ghoul is about Ken Kaneki who one day goes on a date with a ghoul who almost kills him and causes an accident that kills her. He has surgery where some of the ghoul girl’s organs are transplanted into him, turning him into a ghoul. Now […]

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Manuelito Review

Before I start, I just want to say that I will try my best to keep the politics to a minimum and focus more on the graphic novel as a whole. Immigration in the United States is a super complicated topic that I will not get into on this blog. This is a review blog and, while I do review things that have political leanings in them, I do my […]

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Kindred (Comic) Review

What some of you may not know, I and an associate have been doing a panel called Comics: An Underappreciated Form of Literature for the past two years at Boroughcon (new, super small con in New York City.) We’ll be doing it again this year at Xavier High School Comic Con on May 11 (time TBA) so come on by. The reason I brought up the panel is that last […]

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Junji Ito’s Frankenstein Review

First off, Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it. Second, I know I’m late to the party (again,) but 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein. Hell, The Morgan Library has an entire exhibit devoted to this (it’s actually really awesome.) So, I decided to get in on this action by reading Junji Ito’s manga version of it (and buy the 1818 version of the book. What? It’s for historical/scholarly reasons.) […]

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My Take on Stan Lee

I know I’m late for this, but life happens. So, Stan Lee, one of the greatest if not THE greatest comic creator ever, has died. Now, I’m not going to reminisce about how great a person Stan Lee was because I never knew the guy personally. I wanted to meet him at a convention but never got the chance. Instead, I’m going to talk about how his work influenced an […]

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