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Part Time Shuffle: Gaiden

The wild forges a new silhouette with classic fire. Curves deadlier than a blade. Resolve harder than iron. A roaming spirit with indomitable soul.

Enter: Aishah Garman

James Stanley’s comic series “Part-Time Shuffle” is back to serve up another dose of Super-VHS City with “Diary of a Soulful Kunoichi.” 

Parts A and B of Episode 00 introduced us to part-time hitter Meiko Schultz and Mari Ohura, yakuza boss of the Ohura family. In this companion episode, a vital new player comes into focus. An enigmatic kunoichi (female ninja) with ties to another crime gang. The Kigen family.

Aishah Garman is summoned out of the shadows by yakuza boss (and pompadour aficionado) Oji Kigen. Her new assignment is to bodyguard someone of vast importance to the organization. It’s heavily implied to be none other than the titular part-timer, Meiko. However, before Aishah sets out on her mission, challengers force her katana blade “Jimi Hendrix” into an impromptu concert.

While “Episode 00: Part B” artfully dipped its toes in cinematic black and white, this episode practically baths in it. Utilizing only accents of color, it pops character intros off the page and makes the aftermath of Aishah’s swordsmanship extra meaty.

As always, be sure to check out the episode music guide (aka “table of dopeness”) in the back. A track listing for each scene, organized by page number.

No PTS experience is complete without it!

Pick up “Part-Time Shuffle: Diary of a Soulful Kunoichi,” along with all other PTS episodes on Storenvy.

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Review of Part-Time Shuffle Episode 00: Part A https://burntmoth19.com/2014/03/24/part-time-shuffle-full-time-grind/

Review of Part-Time Shuffle Episode 00: Part B https://burntmoth19.com/2019/06/02/part-time-shuffle-review-part-deux/

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Part-Time Shuffle Review: Part Deux

The night pulses with a vaporwave beat. The rising sun cleaves the sky. Ocherous rays bleed across the horizon. An inevitable cycle of familiar stings.

With a flash of crackling neon, she mounts her chariot. Ponderous resolve gives way to red-hot determination as she bullets toward her destination.

It’s time for a second, beefy helping of “Part-Time Shuffle” by James Stanley. The comic series chronicles the journey of Meiko Schultz, who finds herself saddled with a strange dept owed to the yakuza. A dept she must work off by becoming a professional killer…..part-time.  

Though in “Part B” of the inaugural “Episode 00,” we explore another pivotal corner of Super VHS City. The spotlight is on yakuza boss, Mari Ohura. 

The last issue left Mari amidst her latest attempt to utterly devastate Meiko’s life. (https://burntmoth19.com/2014/03/24/part-time-shuffle-full-time-grind/)

Here we catch a glimpse of Mari’s own trials and tribulations within the brutal, yet always stylish world of her yakuza family. All the while, Part-Time Shuffle does what it does best, which is distill the vigor of an arcade fighter with the class of a Kurosawa film. Once again, bolstered by the supplementary soundtrack that guarantees a richer experience than most comics.

There’s also an element of levity that binds these elements together. Case in point, the source of the Ohura family’s massive wealth. (Hint: Hot, buttery goodness that you’ll never let go.) It’s the inherent fun of this series will draw you further into this world and eager to dash into next issue.

Maximize your AESTHETIC…….with Part-Time Shuffle.

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Part-Time Shuffle, Full-Time Grind!

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Steady raindrops kiss siring hot pavement. The scent of burning memories pierce the night air.  A haunting voice beckons a weary soul. Dazed and soaking wet, she grips her weapon tighter with each step. There, within the inferno, a familiar smile.  An eager blade yearns for soft flesh.

Get in your stride and enjoy the ride.

Ready your body for Part-Time Shuffle!

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Art/Design – James Stanley                     Colors – Leonardo Bruno

Brain-child of comic artist James Stanley, Part-Time Shuffle is a slick mix of grindhouse glamour and samurai swordplay. An action/adventure comic with Japanese style and hip-hop swagger. It is the story of Meiko Schultz, owner of a quaint hobby shop left to her by her parents. When Meiko finds herself in a financial crunch, she snags a little part-time work…….. as a Yakuza assassin!

However, her dept will be the least of her worries.  The seedy world of professional killing bears bitter fruit.

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I was fortunate to receive an “early-screening” of Episode 00: Reasons, the debut issue. It’s an excellent taste of what’s to come in subsequent installments, as Meiko’s saga ignites.

Readers can drop right into this universe with ease.  The narrative’s unique and original, yet has a nostalgic familiarity.  A pastiche of cultural and cinematic elements mixed better than a martini.

With ultra crisp art and cornea-punching colors, you get a visual treat to feast upon like a wolf on speed. However, this comic also has the distinction of being more than just an illustrated book.  It’s an experience. Each episode comes with an accompanying soundtrack listing, allowing readers to truly feel the rhythm of chaos unfolding. You don’t just read Part-Time Shuffle, you groove to it!

Thirsty? Want more? Can’t wait to grab a copy?  Well, you’ll get your chance soon enough at the Society of Illustrators’ MoCCA Arts Festival 2014 on April 5-6 at 128 East 63rd Street, NYC.

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