So here’s Slightly Biased Manga, a review site that houses brief, fannish reviews on Japanese and Korean comics. All reviews are written by Connie. These series are all available in English, and all of them are things that I own. Most of them I bought myself, but a few of them were review copies or advance reading copies. I’ll read almost anything I’m handed, but I have to read series in order, and it has to be an English translation of a Japanese or Korean comic. I read a ton of other comics, American, OEL, vintage, and otherwise, but that’s just what I post here.
This site started almost 5 years ago as a site where I posted full reviews. I’ve written full reviews for Mangabits, ListerX, Anime on DVD, and Manga Recon, but I shifted to this “micro review” format because I found it easier to dash off a couple paragraphs on something that I just read rather than labor and worry over a review for volume 12 of something when I couldn’t think of anything constructive to say. Recently, the reviews here are turning out to be the length of a full review anyway, but they’re really more along the lines of “wow, this was totally awesome” rather than something like “such-and-such plot development added an unexpected depth to the situation.” Also, some of the older reviews are extremely nonsensical and profane, mostly because these were originally only for my benefit, and I would just use a blog to keep some brief notes for things before I wrote a full review. I’m trying to go back and fix these, but forgive me if you happen to stumble across some. Also, I usually use pseudonymns when I write due to an insane need for privacy, but I use the same name here and at Manga Recon. I know there is at least other “Connie” that reviews manga, at Anime on DVD, that isn’t me.
You may also notice I almost never comment on the artwork in any series. I usually only notice the art in a series if it is very bad or very good, mostly because I have a poor eye for details (this also hinders my ability to recognize people or describe the human face at all). It’s something I feel guilty about whenever I read other reviews, so here’s my confession.
My name is Connie. I’m 25 years old, and contrary to the above paragraph, have a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where I studied art history and visual communication. I’m currently the manager of a bookselling company that travels all over the country to various fairs, which is pretty fun since I like to travel. My manga habit started about 10 years ago, when I got really into the video game “Pokemon” and decided to read the comic based on it, and got sent a Viz catalog along with that and started reading Ranma 1/2, and then found out about Sailor Moon, which had just started coming out from Tokyopop… you see where this goes. I’m one of those people who will gladly tell you how hard it was to get manga when there were only a few series coming out, you never saw it in stores (I grew up in the hollers of Ohio, south of Youngstown, we didn’t even have a comic shop), there were no scanslations, no Right Stuf sales, and everything was $16.95 per volume.
Because I can’t think of where else to put it, let’s try here: コニーとボク! 青池保子! Just so I remember that I’m looking for that particular thing.