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Dramacon Ultimate Edition [Hardcover]

Svetlana Chmakova
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

October 14, 2008 Dramacon
An amateur writer shows up at her first anime convention with her artist boyfriend

Product Details

  • Series: Dramacon
  • Hardcover: 630 pages
  • Publisher: TokyoPop (October 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142781340X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427813404
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny shojo manga May 24, 2009
By Luckee
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a great shojo manga! Even though the author isn't Japanese, you can tell that she is greatly influenced by shojo manga: sparkly backgrounds, shojo-style art, teenage angst, hot-guy-who-falls-for-average-girl plot, and the list goes on. But don't let that fool you into believing that this is an average story. There is definitely a mix of cultures, and it's a refreshing break here. The heroine is very humorous and the art is impeccable.

For those of you who are not familiar with Dramacon, this is about a girl's relationship with an enigmatic guy she meets at a convention over the span of three years (hence the three volumes). Included in this edition are all three volumes of the series, several pages of extras, and a few glossy full-color pages of pictures, including the cover art for all three of the smaller volumes. This is a great buy, especially for being hardcover as well. You won't regret it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Blooms at a Con February 11, 2012
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Mat and Chris story is fun and fast. and if you have ever been to a Con well tou know what its like, The Author cought the atmospear perfectly. First you cant believe what your seeing then you can't waite for next year. But who knew Love could Bloom? See what happens in Dramacon Ultimate Edition also look for a little extra. Hint Hint!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By L. Wu
I picked up this edition at barnes and noble, wanting the whole story for less money (rather than buying all 3 separate novels).

And it was worth it!

The characters are quite real and even has real life quality (moral wise) put in. The story takes its twists and turns, making you want more and more!
Great for people who have been to a Convention, because they would understand the con atmosphere and get a kick out of some of the scenes from thinking, "Hey, I've seen that before at my last con! Hehe!"

On the art note, it can deliver emotion, and it's quite a bubbly style, making it easy to laugh, or feel sorry for the character. The panels are sequenced well, and the whole book it self is well put together!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I tend to hate Tokyopop's 'OEL Manga', mainly because they tried to pass off comics as manga. They may be the same thing in Japan, but in the US, 'manga' has come to mean 'Japanese comics'. The majority of them seemed to want to tell manga-like stories, but with poor writing and art. Not this one, THIS one I feel works not just because it's a good story, but because rather than trying to do an anime-like story, it does a story about American anime FANS. Yeah, there's plenty of manga and anime about the fandom, such as Comic Party or Genshiken, but this is from an American perspective. And while I in now way feel it's perfect, I DO feel it's done much better than you'd expect an 'OEL' book to do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to introduce parents to the convention scene! October 15, 2011
By Claire
Dramacon is the story of an American Manga webcomic author as she attends her first anime conventions as a seller in the artist alley. If you didn't understand that sentence - don't worry! The main character is new to everything, too, figuring it out as she goes along. In addition to trying to sell her comic, Christie meets new friends, deals with a jerk boyfriend, runs into the guy of her dreams, cosplays for the first time, helps her artist with a family that disapproves of her hobbies, and deals with drama as a whole!

I always lend my volume of Dramacon to the Manga Library at anime conventions, as it is the perfect way to introduce parents to both the comic books as a medium and what the convention is all about. The comic has a fun (if drama filled!) story that takes place at an Anime Convention, and as such has the benefit of telling a story while being somewhat informational to convention first-timers.

Dramacon, as a story, is solid. The characters come alive with funny and interesting dialogue. The plot knows how to take itself seriously while maintaining a generally light hearted feeling, and while there is plenty of drama everything is wrapped up neatly at the end of each volume.

The art is likewise solid, if very stylized. This author draws in a style that is very much traditional Manga, yet still manages to be extremely unique to the artist in a way that I could always pick it out of a crowd. Chibis and other style elements such as sweat drops are used liberally, but not excessively.

As far as the actual physical book, the Ultimate Edition is definitely the way to go over the individual volumes. The book is hardback with a decent binding, and the artwork is larger and thus clearer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch November 5, 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed the story; having been to a number of sci-fi/anime conventions, the attendees and the character's reactions to them were extremely accurate. I just regret that, as I understand it, the author/artist was caught up in the publisher's misfortune and can no longer continue the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasmic! June 24, 2013
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I read this manga about 4 years ago and fell in love with it. It's a sweet shojo and the characters have great feelings that go along with them as well as histories (my favorites being Beth and Matt). I wanted to purchase it but I could never find it in any of the Barnes and Nobles I went to, so for the longest time I thought I'd lucked out until I was able to get it on Amazon. Svetlana definitely has her own style of art and it shows her personality really well. I would recommend this to any and everyone. This is literally the only non japanese manga that I have ever read and actually enjoyed so that's a first. Which Svetlana makes a joke about the whole "You can't make manga if you're not Japanese" well this definitely proves that anyone can make a manga and make it amazing. I would love if they made added to the Dramacon series, what with there only being three books, but like they say to much of a good thing can become a bad thing. I love her work and I hope it continues to be as awe inspiring as Dramacon was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!!
Perfect condition. I loved this and i recommend everyone to buy from u❤
Published 17 days ago by Jennifer Elizondo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing condition!
Published 1 month ago by Shannon R. Piper
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome possum!
This manga is one of my favorites from when I was growing up. It's great to have all three volumes in one book!
Published 16 months ago by Sherman
5.0 out of 5 stars great
I totally fell in love with these book when i first read them at my high school library but i never found the third one there, now i own all three and there still as good as the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by wendy olalde
4.0 out of 5 stars It Came Quick
I got my book in pretty quick, but there was scratches to the cover that were about a medium depth where it didnt mess up the image but you could surely feel them while holding the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by JenngerAle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Condition & fantastic book!
The book I bought on Amazon was in mint condition just as the seller claimed and I am so ecstatic that i finally have the whole series, even if its in one!
Published on January 5, 2012 by Tink
5.0 out of 5 stars Great manga!
Dramacon: The Ultimate Edition' is a collection of all three volumes of the Dramacon series bound in hardcover with enlarged print. Read more
Published on March 20, 2011 by Fritosgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely look into a private 3-day annual romance...
This is a beautiful manga made by an intelligent, witty Russian/Canadian author. It gives a year by year account of an annual 3-day anime convention, and the awkward, but sincere... Read more
Published on February 9, 2011 by shardinea
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