Movies: The Green Hornet misses.
The Green Hornet, who began life as the star of a 1930s radio serial, is a little late to the gritty superhero reboot club. And the critics say despite the direction of the oft-whimsical Michel Gondry and the presence of likeable everyman Seth Rogen in the title role, The Green Hornet doesn’t quite succeed as a superhero flick or as a subversive send-up of the genre. Rogen plays the famed vigilante, who teams up with Kato (Jay Chou) to take on the mob after the death of a friend. The pundits say The Green Hornet has moments of inspiration, and that Chou is excellent, but that Gondry’s typical good humor is mostly missing here, resulting in a strange mix of wisecracking and ultra-violence that never quite gels. Rotten Tomatoes.
Manga: 2010 Japanese Manga Magazine Circulation Numbers. The Japanese Magazine Publishers Association released the circulation numbers for Japanese manga magazines from its Magazine Data 2011 book on Friday. The data covers the period between October 1, 2009 and September 30, 2010.
Of all the magazines, only Ultra Jump, Coro Coro Comic, Weekly Shonen Jump, Dragon Age, ASUKA, Ciel, and MELODY rose in circulation from last year. Two magazines, Weekly Comic Bunch and Deluxe Margaret, ended their runs or were revamped under a new title.
The bestselling manga magazine, Shueisha‘s Weekly Shonen Jump, rose in circulation again from 2,809,362 copies to 2,876,459. However, its closest competitor, Kodansha‘s Weekly Shonen Magazine, dropped again from 1,650,205 to 1,571,063. Similarly, Shogakukan‘s Weekly Shonen Sunday dropped from 773,062 to 678,917. Shogakukan‘s Coro Coro Comic’s circulation rose from 911,667 to 950,834. See the lists and acttual numbers at Animae News Network.
Conventions: All Con Dallas, March 18-20, reaches new heights for fandome culture conventions. The Crowne Plaza hotel in Addison Texas is the home of the seventh annual All-Con convention. Conceived as an umbrella event to house several specialty ‘mini-cons’, the convention coordinators have found an ideal mix of fresh content each year to keep the community coming back, and asking for more.
True to its name “All-Con” is the multimedia event that unites fans from diverse interest communities under one roof, for three exhausting days that are just plain fun. Fans of science fiction, art, costuming/cosplay, literature, collectibles, Asian ball jointed dolls, roller derby, maid culture, anime, short films, Otaku, burlesque, games, celebrity guests, contests, pageants, discussion panels, workshops, and performances will have their whole weekend filled at the single event.
The standard convention staples are all place. All-Con offers an art show (open to the public – no badge or ticket required), gaming, short film screenings, a 50 booth vendor room, artists, and club tables. Then there’s the not so usual mix such as women’s flat track roller derby, Japanese mania culture, and steampunk. PRweb.com.
Cosplay: “Addy” as Wonder Woman.
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