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The Speakeasy #071: Thunderbolt—Detective Conan, Steelheart, Gundam Thunderbolt, Monstress

November 23, 2015
Drink #071: Thunderbolt
Detective Conan, Steelheart, Gundam Thunderbolt, Monstress

Ongoing Investigations: Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson, Genesis of Aquarion by Satelight, Aquarion Evol Volumes 4 & 5 by Aogiri and Shoji Kawamori, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R. R. Martin, Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda.

Topics: Detective Conan 20th Anniversary Project, Gundam Thunderbolt, Netflix Producing Anime, Dragon Half Added to Crunchyroll Catalog.


And now your helpful bartenders at The Speakeasy present your drink:


  • 0.75 oz. Gin
  • 0.75 oz. Apricot brandy
  • 2 tsp. Grenadine
  • 0.25 oz. Lemon juice

Fill a shaker half full with ice cubes. Pour all ingredients into shaker and shake well. Strain drink into a Cocktail glass and serve.


The Universe Where Tokyopop is Still King

November 18, 2015

I took my first overseas vacation this summer to Hungary, Austria, and Germany. It was a mind expanding experience. I saw amazing cities, ate delicious food, and broadened my understanding of Europe, the world, and myself. It was pretty much all you could ask out of my first international trip. Nowhere I went felt utterly alien or insanely different from my experiences in the United States. A mixture of globalism, cultural exchange, and communication have made it that you can go to any major city in the world and get by fairly well without any major inconvenience. (A smart phone is a godsend in such a situation.) That said only the most jaded or ethnocentric travelers could not notice that there are a mixture of major and minor differences between various cities in the same state let alone cities in different countries and on different continents. Finding and appreciating those differences is one of the subtle but rewarding parts of travel.

Now I being me decided that I would do three things in every country I visited.

I would:

  1. Eat a donut from a shop I could not visit in the US. No German Dunkin’ Donuts for this guy.
  2. Buy paprika chips for Kate. (Side Note: If you want to get on Kate’s good side one of the keys to that is the gift of paprika chips.)
  3. Visit a comic book store.

If you curious about the results of the first two I can tell you about that outside of this post. This is a Reverse Thieves article not something for the Junk Food Gourmet. But the third goal was as eye-opening as any other part of my journey. I think I learned quite a bit the manga market quite by accident.

DISCLAIMER: I was in Hungary, Austria, and Germany for a little over a week and no more than that. If anyone who has actually lived in any of those countries recently wishes to weigh in I would greatly appreciate it. I fully admit that any conclusions I come to in this post could be either incorrect because I have a very small sample size. I am hardly touting myself as an international manga expert. My name is not Ed Chavez. Consider this post more of a hypothesis I wish to put forward to be peer-reviewed than an absolute proclamation of the truth.

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The October 2015 Line-Up

October 31, 2015


narutaki_icon_4040 KUROKO’S BASKETBALL!!!

hisui_icon_4040 It seems like New York Comic Con has become one of the conventions where manga publishers show of their licenses they got after the big summer anime conventions have come and gone. I wonder if any of that helps get attention to those titles from an audience outside of the normal manga buying crowd.

The Line-Up is a monthly rundown of new anime, manga, light novel, artbook licenses, streaming/broadcasting announcements, crowdfunding projects, anime/manga projects, and live-action anime/manga adaptions.

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The Speakeasy #070: Glitter Bomb—Barakamon, Felicia Day, Omakase, Glitter Force

October 26, 2015
Drink #070: Glitter Bomb
Barakamon, Felicia Day, Omakase, Glitter Force

Ongoing Investigations: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day (memoir), Maria the Virgin Witch: Exhibition by Masayuki Ishikawa, Barakamon vols. 1-3 by Satsuki Yoshino, Fables by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham.

Topics: Glitter Force, Omakase by Viewster, Attack on Titan American anthology, Tiger & Bunny American movie.


And now your helpful bartenders at The Speakeasy present your drink:

Glitter Bomb

  • 1/2 oz. After Shock
  • 1/2 oz. Goldschlager

Combine and shoot.


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