Convention Report: Kumoricon 2010

Text and photography by Thomas Good

Model: StarryShay

Model: StarryShay

On Labor Day Weekend, downtown Portland came alive with colorful anime costumes, as Kumoricon occupied the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower for the second consecutive year. 4,055 people attended the convention, weekend badges were capped at 3,500 and sold out, and the charity auction raised $3,688 for the Portland Police Sunshine Division.

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Yaoi Review: Finder vol. 2: Cage in the Viewfinder

Finder vol. 2: Cage in the Viewfinder
Story and Art: Ayano Yamane
Published by the Juné Imprint of Digital Manga, Inc.
Copy supplied by Publisher
ISBN-10: 1-56970-186-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-56970-186-7

Review by Kris

Akihito Takaba can’t seem to stay away from Ryuichi Asami for very long. Always searching for the next big story Takaba is approached by another cop (you’ll have to read the first volume for the details on that whole scenario) and he has special access to the exclusive Club Sion, run by Asami himself. Once inside will Takaba get the story he’s looking for or will Asami show up and foil Takaba’s plans?
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Book review: Dead in the Family

Dead in the Family
A Sookie Stackhouse novel
By Charlaine Harris
Published by Ace Books, New York
ISBN: 0441017150
Review copy purchased by reviewer

Review by Ida Vega-Landow

And so we come to the tenth book in the Southern Vampire series. I don’t think it’s jumped the shark yet (a cultural reference to the popular TV sitcom “Happy Days” and the episode where Fonzie jumped over a penned shark–on a surf board, not his beloved motorcycle–in the final season), but it’s getting closer and closer. You can see the fin on the distant horizon. The time is rapidly approaching when Ms. Harris will no longer have anything to say about or do with these characters. This will be a pity, because I love ’em all.
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