Author Archive for Thomas Maluck

Vinland Saga, Books 1-3

Vinland Saga Book One Cover

Makoto Yukimura’s claim to fame before Vinland Saga was a relatively brief manga series called Planetes. It was a “hard sci-fi” series that focused on the lives of a team of orbiting garbage collectors. There was a default main character,…

The Heart of Thomas

Heart of Thomas

Moto Hagio helped define the Boys’ Love genre back in the 1970s as one of the “Showa 24,” female mangaka who told the kinds of stories they wanted to read and, in doing so, jump-started shojo publishing. This epic tale,…

ValhallaCon 2014

Christine Brunson cosplaying Bioshock Infinite.

The first year of a convention’s existence is like watching a sapling sprout from the ground: there’s not much to expect from the young seed, but you want to see it grow into something strong and beautiful. ValhallaCon is one…

The Art of The Wind Rises

When it comes to the films of Studio Ghibli, a common description of the viewing experience is that it’s like watching a painting in motion. Art books of the films are therefore akin to flipping through a museum gallery and The Art of The Wind Rises…

One Piece: Strong World

One Piece Strong World

One Piece is the best selling manga series in the world, beginning its run in 1997 and continuing publication to this day. Strong World, the tenth movie in the franchise’s history, came out in Japan in December 2009 but did not reach the U.S. as a…