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MBQ Volume 1 Paperback – July 12, 2005
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Starred Review. Brian runs a pay-by-the-hour hotel and Korean karaoke bar catering to the musically challenged. Part man, part mountain, Jeff is a well-liked worker at the local McBurger Queen—the MBQ of the title. Hotshot rookie Aidan O'Malley is about to start his first day as a cop, while Dee, a brutal black drug dealer, is making plans to pulverize Richie for stealing from him. Omario, a not-so-secret stand-in for this book's author, just wants to draw completely original comics—comics much like the ones on these very pages. Smith's debut manga shows how these people's lives begin to intersect across the multiethnic urban landscape of Los Angeles. He's created an over-the-top, outrageous, slice-of-L.A. portrait that combines the best of manga—intensely expressive figuration and action, visually rich in emotion and comedy—with a violent and frankly entertaining strand of kick-ass, hip-hop gangsta sensibility. From the image of huge but nimble Jeff serving burgers to a couple of hilarious porn-addicted East Indian clerks, Smith takes the reader on a wild ride through the neighborhoods, nationalities and lowlifes of L.A., pausing only to deliver a talk-to-the-camera manifesto on the existential demands of making great comics. Weirdly thoughtful, thrillingly violent and cheesily sexy, this book is a guilty pleasure and a shameless delight. It's a wonderful glimpse into the future of original English manga. (Aug.)
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Top Customer Reviews
From the first page to the last book this book kept me gripped!
i couldnt put the thing down! i have bought many books in my life
this was great
It is unfortunate it is not more well known but that may be largely due to felipes need to be vulgar.
I would love to see him challenge himself and ignore his carnal desires as well as his need to use vulgarities as a crutch when writing/drawing his comics
because he is an excellent story teller with a great message to tell
While the cover is a bit misleading--the cutesy artwork can lead one to believe this is for a younger crowd--and I found myself a little queasy at some of the explicitness in the first chapter, MBQ is still an engrossing manga to be reckoned with. I look forward to future volumes and hope to see more of the main character and his interaction in the lives of those around him. This is a must-read for more mature readers looking for something refeshing and new.
G A N G T A this right here is your book. I thought American made Manga had nothing to offer but then I tried MBQ. If you like Tokyo Tribes (you should) then check this ish right here. The book is ultra violent and funny and adult not to be missed yo!