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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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The 19th Annual Animation Show of Shows

 

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I caught the Animation Show of Shows again, now in its 19th annual installment and it was as delightful as always. There were several films that stood out to me such as “Our Wonderful Nature: The Common Chameleon” by Tomer Eshed and “Everything” by David OReilly. However one film that I found especially captivating was “Min Börda” (The Burden) by Niki Lindroth Von Bahr.

In the film, we’re presented with vignettes of anthropomorphized animals, toiling away at various menial jobs. They each break into song, but their veil of drudgery is hardly lifted. They solemnly highlight the contours of their stilted existences, while seemingly welcoming an oncoming apocalypse. They await the day that burdens are lifted from their shoulders and all that ails them vanishes away.

The sentiment has universal appeal as many of us often find ourselves in an inescapable rut. I found personal resonance, as someone grappling with the tenuous balance of conflicting responsibilities. It can often seem as though there is no relief in sight. The prospect of a doomsday delivering that relief is a tragically alluring concept.

It’s films such as this that make the annual Animation Show of Shows special. A showcase of unique voices often left unheard, whose messages can resonate with anyone, no matter place of origin. I look forward to seeing what gems await in the 20th show!

As a bonus, I’d like to share my review of the previous year’s screening:

“The 18th Annual Animation Show of Shows, recently held at the SCADshow theater, was my first attendance of the event. I’m always eager to see new and interesting films, especially films with personality. The Animation Show of Shows had this in spades. Not since the days of “Liquid Television” have I seen a collection of films that step outside the box and set it on fire.

A few of my personal favorites were “Afternoon Class” by Seoro Oh and “Bøygen” by Kristian Pedersen. “Afternoon Class” was an immensely entertaining short featuring a boy locked in a pitched battle with himself to stay awake. It’s crisp, colorful art style is seconded only to the hilarious “heavy head” running gag. The nosedives he takes onto his desk turn his head into a kaleidoscope of pain. His plight reminded me of my own struggles against the sandman, burning barrels of midnight oil to complete my student film.

My next highlight is the film “Bøygen.” This short was an abstract piece inspired by a creature from Scandinavian folklore known as The Boyg. It’s described as a formless or pervasive obstacle, problem, or enemy. Though it is also known as being serpentine in appearance. It is this characteristic that predominantly finds its way into the film. Each scene is a menagerie of slithering forms that swirl and churn in a basin of chiaroscuro. The Boyg is the embodiment of an obstacle, but the visuals nevertheless gave me the impression of creation. Appropriately enough, adversity is often the mother of inspiration.

These were, of course, just a sample of what The Animation Show of Shows had to offer. The wellspring of weirdness went much deeper. I highly recommend checking out any screenings that come to your area. As an animator and avid theater goer, there’s simply no replacement for seeing animated films on the big screen. My first attendance certainly won’t be the last.”

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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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