First part of doujin reviews/impressions.
A doujin based in a classical Malay setting, definitely sets it apart from the others. The art is good, and some nicely designed characters. Though IMHO it might be best to cut down the number of characters so that they are more focussed and better developed. Token female character gets token damsel role. I don't quite understand the resolution at the end, perhaps I was reading too fast.
Blanc et Noir
A collection of fancomics of various games, from various people. Art & printing quality is consistently good. Good mix of styles by the contributors. I don't remember AmeGee's Alice to be blonde though.
Yak Bok Te!
Who'd thought there'd be a book featuring social criticism of current local events, trends and politics being sold in CF? Quite funny and well drawn, perhaps the material is more relatable to the more mature readers.
Being a murder thriller book makes it something out of the CF norm. I bought it because of its unique art style, but it is also one of its weakness. There are many closeups and panels barren of backgrounds, that it becomes disorienting as to where the thing in the current scene is taking place. In the end, despite a good start, the murderer was just another run-of-the-mill serial killer without any special twist to him.
Tokimeki MGS 2
I loved the first one, but this book wasn't as good. Not to say it's bad, it's quite entertaining. But I wish more elements of Tokimeki made it into the book like love rivals (bomb?) etc. Perhaps it's time to do a Tokimeki Revengeance (because Raiden never gets any love. ). Art is spotty in some spots.
It's Touhou, it's a lovely art book, and it's expensive.
It's an Indonesian smallpress comic, about a painter who is trying to find her muse and happens to do so quite literally. Her benefactor had to do some mumbo-jumbo to get her back from the other side. Nice monochrome watercolours, though I need to brush up on my Indonesian to fully enjoy this.
DreadOut: The Official Manga
It's the manga based on DreadOut, the still unreleased creepy Fatal Frame-clone from Indonesia (if you don't know what it is, go download the demo or watch Pewdiepie play it). The stories are not related at all to the game's heroine though, so I guess they're just back stories to some of the game's locations. Art is okay, we know Indonesian mangakas put good effort into drawing backgrounds.
Oh No! Manga
A Filipino manga magazine. The comics were rather average, and I can't find anything more to say about it, good or bad.
No Pink Ponies vol.2
Can't review this, as I'm biased towards the webcomics series since I've been reading it since its inception.
It's a colour comic book by a single artist! You can tell a lot of effort went into this book. Art is good, execution is good, story-telling is good. I do have crits though. A lot of the panels are too safe; it's as if the cameraman is always tagging along with the characters within arms reach, at the same eye level. Perhaps the artist may look into more adventurous (lol!) angles and setup in the future. Another thing I found disappointing was the final battle was disproportionate to the buildup, in the end it was Mr.A distracts while Miss.B casts spell... and that's it. Hope there'd be better battles in future installments, as it has potential to be a good series.
Maids VS Zombies
One of my favourites, the book is nicely drawn, great angles, great fight scenes and has teh sexies. Also: maids. Who can hate maids? (I'm not talking the bibik variety here). It tries to emulate the feel of recent darker mahoushoujo shows, which is good. I quite like the main character, and the style shift the artist uses whenever he wants to uglify somebody. So this book gets my Must Buy recommendation of CF2013.
(Fast fact: This is perhaps the only group that I went to that I bought ALL of the titles they had for sale, I kid you not)
Okay, end of part one of reviews. Will try to finish reading the second batch soon.