Those Judges Guild modules are insane! On a totally technical note, it's harder to draw 3D-isometric-maps with the 'architectural floorplan adventures' where the rooms are separated only by thin walls... it's easier to draw dungeon-style layouts where there's more empty space inbetween. But I did it for Barrier Peaks,… » 9/25/14 7:59pm 9/25/14 7:59pm

You're forgetting that even as cheesy a disaster movie as "The Day After Tomorrow" featured a brief scene in which hordes of Americans flee south over the border to Mexico to escape the "global cooling." And the Mexican government agrees to take them in, in return for the US forgiving all their foreign debt. -_- » 6/26/13 11:20am 6/26/13 11:20am

So: you're arguing that zombies are going to die from lack of water. This is like someone arguing on a vampire forum that it's impossible to get enough nutrition from blood. i.e.: unintentionally hilarious » 6/24/13 8:03am 6/24/13 8:03am

Escape from Canada's Manga Censorship Dungeon

Last summer, civil liberties groups Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund helped defend Ryan Matheson, an American citizen who faced a year in Canadian prison for possession of child pornography. Why? The charges against the 27-year-old software engineer had come via Canadian customs… » 3/19/12 7:00am 3/19/12 7:00am

Why Manga Publishing Is Dying (And How It Could Get Better)

If in 2007, manga was like a foreign movie star who had arrived on American shores to make it big, the last four years have been like watching that star run out of roles, run out of money, sell their house, go into rehab, and end up barely limping along in infomercials. » 1/23/12 8:00am 1/23/12 8:00am

American Faces Minimum 1 Year in Prison for Bringing Manga to Canada On…

If you're traveling to Canada, a country whose customs officials are notorious for playing the role of morality police, you'd better leave your Japanese comics at home — whether they're in print or digital. » 6/24/11 7:30pm 6/24/11 7:30pm

Manga's Greatest Apocalypses

From earthquakes to slime molds, from zombies to the romance of decay, here are the manga you'll want to read to prepare for the End of Days. » 5/09/11 1:31pm 5/09/11 1:31pm

This grueling survival manga by Minetaro Mochizuki (published in English by Tokyopop) never shows us any crowd scenes or news reports or gives us a full…

What-EVER. So Nazis are off-limits for humor? Someone tell that to Mel Brooks before he makes "The Producers"... oh wait, that was 50 YEARS AGO. While Legend of Koizumi does have some racial stereotypes, political humor is invariably offensive. It's certainly less offensive than people comparing politicians to Nazis… » 2/26/11 7:15am 2/26/11 7:15am

5 Brilliantly Perverted Manga

Before Pokémon in Toys-R-Us and Naruto in Wal-Mart, before manga was all about selling stuff to 14-year-olds, there was a time when anime and manga were all about sexual degeneracy. » 5/07/10 8:30am 5/07/10 8:30am

To Protect and Kill: Morality in Action Manga

Just as Watchmen criticized the morality of superhero comics, manga like Bokurano and Fullmetal Alchemist criticize the "smiles and happy endings" of shonen manga. » 3/11/10 11:10am 3/11/10 11:10am

@Jack B. Quick (jbq): Good point, I agree that d20's cultural hegemony (or now, 4e's) is a little scary. I hope to get into many other RPG systems, but I wanted to start with what was most easily recognizable. Really, any system can be role-play-based... even D&D is as role-playish as you want it to be, just with… » 1/20/10 11:56pm 1/20/10 11:56pm

The Long Tentacle of H.P. Lovecraft in Manga (NSFW)

Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos has left its slimy mark on Japanese manga, anime, pinball, and dating sim games. It always comes back to those infamous tentacles, as seen in adult horror anime such as Toshio Maeda's Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend. » 1/04/10 2:25pm 1/04/10 2:25pm

Militant Cute and Sexy Politics in Japanese Moe Comics [NSFW]

The Japanese catchphrase moe means "budding," mostly applied to young girls. But it's also part of Japanese political satire - in moe comics, the U.S. military and war-torn countries of Central Asia are represented as cute girls and metrosexual boys. » 11/13/09 9:00am 11/13/09 9:00am

Dragon Ball, Spice and Wolf, and "Low-Class Filth" in Manga (NSFW)

Why have so many manga titles - including the ever-popular Dragon Ball - been censored in the United States? The fact is that fans here buy manga because they love the Japanese sensibility that censors want to whitewash out. » 10/16/09 12:53pm 10/16/09 12:53pm