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detroit7, SA, SPARTA LOCALS, Omodaka, and FLiP
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Here is the show information as it stands today, with updates to come:
03.20.09 - Austin, TX, Elysium (SXSW)
03.21.09 - Austin, TX, Elysium (SXSW)
03.22.09 - New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom
03.23.09 - Cambridge, MA, TT The Bear's
03.24.09 - Chicago, IL, Empty Bottle
03.26.09 - Denver, CO, bluebird Theater
03.27.09 - Seattle, WA, High Dive
03.28.09 - San Francisco, CA, Independent
03.29.09 - Los Angeles, CA, Knitting Factory
These are almost the same stops as last year, so those in the know, know where to show. I will try to catch the tour in SF, since I'm into the SPARTA LOCALS these days, but attendence at any stop near you is recommended.
Kaneko Atsushi is one of my favorite comic creators in any language. He's becoming known for [BAMBi And Her Pink Gun] in the US, but his latest series is [SOIL], now being serialized in Japan, in the monthly [Comic Beam] magazine.
[SOIL] Volume 7, the latest collection of his serialized manga novel, was released in Japan on 5.26.2008, and it's just more of the same greatness. It juxtaposes "typical" life in a smallish town, with a growing mystery that threatens to engulf all normalcy. Science fiction and fantasy meet a grounded exploration of the hopes, quirks and fears of a population, as they try to discover just what seems to be corrupting their way of life.
It has vortexes, people acting all crazy, a fair amount of blood, broad slapstick humor, and more, all rendered in that Kaneko Atsushi style that simply can't be beat. The story has really solidified over the past few volumes, and it's quite satisfying. You might as well import and appreciate now, or else wait many years to see it translated. Either way, we all win.
Feel free to find out much more about the work of Kaneko Atsushi at my fan site now.
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