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Mark Crilley

Forfatter af Akiko on the Planet Smoo

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Værker af Mark Crilley

Akiko on the Planet Smoo (2000) — Forfatter — 186 eksemplarer
Miki Falls: Spring (2007) 141 eksemplarer
Miki Falls: Summer (2007) 128 eksemplarer
Miki Falls: Autumn (2007) 116 eksemplarer
Miki Falls: Winter (2008) 114 eksemplarer
Brody's Ghost Volume 1 (2010) 98 eksemplarer
Akiko in the Sprubly Islands (2000) — Forfatter — 89 eksemplarer
Akiko and the Great Wall of Trudd (2001) 86 eksemplarer
Akiko and the Intergalactic Zoo (2002) 78 eksemplarer
Akiko in the Castle of Alia Rellapor (2001) — Forfatter — 78 eksemplarer
Akiko and the Alpha Centauri 5000 (2003) 69 eksemplarer
My last summer with Cass (2021) 60 eksemplarer
Akiko and the Journey to Toog (2003) 48 eksemplarer
Brody's Ghost, Vol. 2 (2011) 45 eksemplarer
Akiko: The Training Master (2005) — Forfatter — 33 eksemplarer
Creatch Battler (Billy Clikk) (2004) 30 eksemplarer
Brody's Ghost Volume 3 (2012) 29 eksemplarer
Akiko, Vol. 4: The Story Tree (2000) 26 eksemplarer
Brody's Ghost Volume 5 (2014) 25 eksemplarer
Akiko and the Missing Misp (2008) 24 eksemplarer
Akiko: Pieces of Gax (2006) — Forfatter — 24 eksemplarer
Brody's Ghost Volume 4 (2013) 23 eksemplarer
Rogmasher Rampage (Billy Clikk) (2005) 22 eksemplarer
Akiko, Vol. 8: Flights of Fancy (2002) 21 eksemplarer
Cautionary Tales (Kindle Single) (2011) — Illustrator — 20 eksemplarer
Brody's Ghost Collected Edition (2016) 19 eksemplarer
Miki Falls (2007) 19 eksemplarer
Akiko, Vol. 5: Bornstone's Elixir (2001) 18 eksemplarer
Lost in Taiwan (2023) — Forfatter — 17 eksemplarer
Brody's Ghost Volume 6 (2015) 14 eksemplarer
Akiko e il pianeta Smoo (2003) 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Bone: Tall Tales (2010) — Illustrator — 596 eksemplarer
Half-Minute Horrors (2009) — Bidragyder — 281 eksemplarer
The Usagi Yojimbo Saga Book 3 (2015) — Illustrator — 84 eksemplarer
The Usagi Yojimbo Saga Book 5 (2015) — Illustrator — 66 eksemplarer
Bohemians: A Graphic History (2014) 61 eksemplarer
MySpace Dark Horse Presents Volume 6 (2011) — Bidragyder — 16 eksemplarer

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I appreciate what they are trying to accomplish here. I have no doubt that there's an audience for this book, but I'm not it and the frame story wasn't compelling enough to hold my interest.
Library_Guard | 4 andre anmeldelser | Jun 17, 2024 |
teen/middlegrade graphic novel (ages 12 and up) - Eisner-nominated author was a former English teacher in Taiwan (during which 2.5 years he learned a lot about Taiwanese culture)

moody highschooler Paul leaves his older brother Theo's apartment in Changbei, Taiwan in search of the new Nintendo Swoop, but becomes hopelessly lost when his phone falls into a storm drain; Peijing (who learned English while studying abroad in a homestay last year) offers to drive him around town on her moped (while she delivers starfruit) to see if he recognizes anything, and they get to enjoy lots of tasty treats and learn a little about the local customs along the way.

Gorgeous artwork, an engaging story, awesome storytelling and an incredible setting. I loved the part where Peijing explains to Paul:
'I'm a real person, Paul. I'm not "exotic."
Taiwan is my home.... Your culture isn't the "normal" culture. And mine isn't the "weird" culture.'

published May 22 2023
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reader1009 | 3 andre anmeldelser | May 1, 2024 |
This has a fairly simple message about how going to new places can help you learn more things about yourself -- and that's a great message. I found the storytelling a little blocky, but the art is tremendous and the love for Taiwan is evident in every page. Beautiful.
jennybeast | 3 andre anmeldelser | Apr 25, 2024 |
#ThrowbackThursday - Back in the '90s, I used to write comic book reviews for the website of a now-defunct comic book retailer called Rockem Sockem Comics. (Collect them all!)

From the March 1998 edition with a theme of "Science Fiction":


Science Fiction. Sci Fi. SF. It's a genre with incredible flexibility, isn't it? This month alone, I have been able to locate a space opera, a farce, a post-apocalyptic road trip, and a fantastic fairytale that all fit comfortably under the label of Science Fiction. (An interesting side note: Japan seems to be having a huge impact on Science Fiction comics in America today. Of the four comics below, one is directly imported from Japan, and two others are obviously influenced by the art of manga -- Japanese comic books.) While I wait for some capable soul to revive the straight Western in comics, I'll be content knowing that the popular genre of SF is well represented every month in PREVIEWS.


AKIKO #19-22 (Sirius Entertainment)

Alice tumbled down the rabbit hole to Wonderland. Wendy flew via the power of pixie dust to Never Never Land. Dorothy rode a tornado to Oz. And, now, Akiko has rocketed in a spaceship disguised as an ice cream van to the planet Smoo. Welcome to the age of hi-tech fantasy lands.

AKIKO is an amazing all-ages comic that blends fantasy, science fiction, and children's literature into one tasty concoction. The skeptical adult readers out there may have been skipping AKIKO -- and are about to skip this review, perhaps -- because AKIKO looks child oriented, but I'm here to tell you that this is an "all-ages" book that will absolutely entertain adults as well as kiddies. Writer/artist Mark Crilley's AKIKO stories have as much drama and adventure as any comic being produced today. Sure, the seriousness is leavened by outrageousness and slapstick humor, but it is in no way overridden by that wild streak. That AKIKO is also infused with the wonder and sense of awe of its young female protagonist is a bonus in my eyes.

Akiko is a fourth-grade schoolgirl who travels to the fantastic world of Smoo to save the day. Smoo, you see, is a planet of dichotomy: on the one hand, its inhabitants have developed advanced technology; but on the other hand, the people of Smoo seem to lack even an iota of common sense. Akiko is the voice of reason, the steady hand, and the font of initiative needed to guide Smoo through its various crises. With the help of the reckless and roguish Spuckler Boach, the learned and cautious Mr. Beeba, and the incomprehensible and bodiless Poog, Akiko crisscrosses the planet getting captured by various exotic cultures. The adventurers invariably escape and achieve their goals through a combination of spunk and luck. (Heavy emphasis on the luck.) Akiko's extended absences from Earth, by the way, are covered by a robotic doppelganger thoughtfully provided by her friends from Smoo.

Crilley's writing in AKIKO is brisk and humorous. Sure, the plots are simple and depend heavily on capricious turns of luck, but that suits the type of tales Crilley is telling. Once you understand the funky logic of Akiko's adventures, it's easy to suspend disbelief and simply let the torrent of action carry you along. Besides, Crilley is smart enough to reward the reader with plenty of dramatic revelations and thoughtful moments in order to prevent motion sickness. The best part of AKIKO is the character interaction. I'm particularly fond of the amusing personality clash between the over-the-top Spuckler and the head-buried-in-the-sand Mr. Beeba. I also like the innocent, oblivious hypocrisy of the supporting cast as they alternate between condescension and acquiescence toward Akiko, sometimes in the same breath.

I can almost justify purchasing AKIKO based solely on the pictures. While a Japanese manga influence is obvious, Crilley's linework is still very unique. His major strength is in distinctive character design. Akiko has big, black button eyes and a nub of a nose, while many of the side characters look like they've just stepped off the "Muppet Show." Crilley's monsters and alien critters are truly bizarre and wonderful. His spectacular sense of design is also showcased in elaborately detailed backgrounds. Castles, fortresses, ruins, villages, and vehicles are rendered with care rarely seen outside of such visual masterpieces as Dave Sim and Gerhard's CEREBUS (Aardvark-Vanaheim) or Katsuhiro Otomo's AKIRA (Epic/Marvel Comics). Though printed in black and white, Crilley adds incredible depth to AKIKO through masterful toning and shading. This guy has the complete package, folks.

I usually try to review only comics where I have read the entire series. In this case, however, the eleven issues of AKIKO I've read are so delightful I can't help but rush a recommendation, especially when so many of AKIKO's back issues will be available this month. I'll be ordering the ones I'm missing. I strongly suggest that you follow suit.

Grade: B
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villemezbrown | 1 anden anmeldelse | Nov 29, 2023 |



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