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More Reviews!
July 21, 2011, 5:49 pm
Filed under: Comics, Manga, Reviews

You can now read another review of Blood Magic at the Poopsheet Foundation.

There is also a lovely review of Urban Beasts over at the Forbidden Planet blog.



Blood Magic Update!
June 15, 2011, 7:24 pm
Filed under: Comics, News, Reviews, Uncategorized

There have been a few online reviews of Blood Magic that I’d like to share with you! From Forbidden Planet International, Comic Bits Online and Anime Picks.

Blood Magic is FREE, you only need to pay the shipping charges, which you can do so via Paypal using the email karen(at)karenrubins.com

Currently the postage costs are 50p in the UK, €1.50 in Europe and $3.50 to the United States. Please email for other international charges. ^_^

If you like you can also donate to the Victoria and Albert museum who kindly funded my Residency, of which this project was a part. This is entirely optional!



Leek and Sushi’s Manga Show reviewed in NEO magazine
July 1, 2009, 3:26 pm
Filed under: Comics, Manga, Reviews

NEO, a UK magazine with an emphasis on anime, manga and other aspects of otaku culture (games, j-rock, film etc.) has given Leek and Sushi a fantastic review with 4.5 stars!  It includes a mention for l’il ole me, too. Exciting! Page 1 of Tales by Ghost Light, by myself and Andy Smith was featured on the Reviews section title page, and we were mentioned as having “excellent mythological stylings”. Thanks, NEO!

Gwen Kortsen (my collaborator on Shinagami) was also given a mention with her story 150 years of Opreshun, and Willie Hewes got the kudos she deserves for the awesome Leek and Sushi interludes.

Review of Leek and Sushi

Review of Leek and Sushi



Web and Mini-Comix Thing 2009
March 29, 2009, 12:36 pm
Filed under: Comics, Events, Manga, Reviews

Yesterday was the annual “Thing” in Mile End, London. I was exhibiting on a stall with Willie Hewes of ITCH, and while she had most of the merchandise, I was also trying to flog some A1 size artwork that really needed a good home. We also made some badges the night before with my Super Badge-It (yeah yeah). Leek and Sushi’s Manga Show was the table’s newest and most exciting book, and was so popular we ran out in a couple of hours, with people actually being disappointed they couldn’t get hold of one! This must be a good thing. Other ITCH products seemed popular too. The badges went down well too. Like every “Thing” it was a good time to meet up with other comickers.  I did wimp out of the pub at the end, though, I was feeling tired and kind of fragile. X-D

I bought a huge quanitity of comics, too. I was looking forward to Sarah Burgess’s “Far Out Mantic” having seen some of the pages up online, and was suitably impressed by the comic book. Her art style is really expressive, completely un-slick, with a very real and visceral quality, as well as having a bit of a retro look. The occasional colour pages added light and depth, working well amongst the mainly b&w art.  The story looked like it was just getting going by the end, so I’ll be watching out for future releases.