Japanese Movie Posters: Yakuza, Monster, Pink and Horror

While Japanese Anime has seeped into the western subconscious for a while and just about everybody has a fondness for Toho Studio’s Godzilla franchise, there seems to be a new interest in other Japanese movie genres. In particular, Japanese horror movies such as Ringu and Audition have found favour with an intelligent audience who want [...]

Secrets of the Ninja

Up until recently I had always assumed that Ninjas wore black as they crept unheard through the night: but apparently dark blue was the colour of choice for the discerning ninja, as black stuck out like a sore thumb in the bright moonlight of ancient Japan. This is just one of the many facts I [...]

Cosplay Girls: Japan’s Live Animation Heroines

From the publisher that brought you Japanese Movie Posters and Secrets of the Ninja comes a new book, Cosplay Girls, which is also the most intriguing one so far. The book explores the bizarre Japanese world of cosplay (short for costume play) where hardcore fans of manga, anime and video games dress up in the outrageous outfits of their [...]

Love & Death: The Murder of Kurt Cobain

Ask anyone who shot John F. Kennedy and you never know what kind of response you will get. One school of thought has it that the mafia was behind his assassination. Some observers think it was Fidel Castro, while others will point to the CIA. A lot of people still believe that Lee Harvey Oswald [...]

Song of Susannah (The Dark Tower, Book 6)

About mid-way through Song of Susannah, book 6 of Stephen King's epic Dark Tower series, heroine Susannah Dean is told that it is vitally important that she find a way to waste the day. She does so by asking lots of questions, and we read about her doing so. It's as interesting as it sounds. [...]

Living Corpse

DH Publishing have done an admirable job introducing the West to Japanese culture with books on the bizarre world of Cosplay, movie posters, silver screen samurai and a revealing look at real-life ninja, but are now mainlining undiluted Japanese manga direct to you via their Cocoro imprint. Cocoro are republishing all the works of Hideshi Hino, the cult godfather of [...]

DPM: Disruptive Pattern Material – An Encyclopedia of Camouflage: Nature, Military and Culture

Before I read this book, I must confess my knowledge of camouflage or "Disruptive Pattern Material" (D.P.M.) was pretty limited. Nothing could have prepared me for the depth that this volume goes into. I say 'volume' as opposed to book, because this 944 page behemoth is exhaustive. DPM has been split into two separate books [...]

Preacher (Trade Editions, Volumes 1 to 9)

I didn’t know very much about comics when I bought Gone to Texas, the first volume of collected issues of Preacher. Until then, I used to occasionally buy random armfuls of assorted single issues for 50˘ a pop from the second hand bookstore in Lucky Plaza – just anything with art that I liked and wanted [...]