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Blog Tour: graphic noiz 3 by Natsuya Uesugi

graphic noiz 3 | Natsuya Uesugi

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Release Date: December 31st, 2020

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Publisher | Amazon US | Amazon UK

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Blurb

Noiz (Wolf Tadashi Begay) is anxious as he gets involved in the New York City manga artist community who teases him calling him “Gaijin.” The community says he is not “Japanese enough” to be a mangaka while New Yorker’s say he doesn’t “act Black enough.”

Having grown up in Japan and on the Reservation after his parents died, his childhood trauma causes Noiz to doubt himself and his talents going on a journey of self-discovery as he navigates being an artist, coming out as gay, and being Hafu (half Japanese and half Native American). He finds he doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere.

Turning to Shiro Ijima, the famous Japanese SF writer who initially insults him, the aloof writer uses his own sordid past as a mangaka who was abused by his narcissistic mentor to help Noiz accept that being different does not mean inferior but unique.

Series Blurb

Year old raving otaku and anime fanatic, Noiz a indie manga artist, fresh out of art school with a two-year degree. Creator of his original SF manga, Disaster Code, he is eager to show off his first finished volume at New York Comic Convention.

Discouraged when no one stops by his table, he is intrigued when famous former manga artist, Shiro Ijima, author of the bestselling SF Fissure novels, is showcasing his latest book at the con. When Noiz notices Shiro at his table and compliments his art, a chain of events that leads Shiro’s agent Keita to inquire if Noiz is available to work on Shiro’s new property.

Keita asks Noiz to illustrate Shiro’s new Fissure manga and the game of cat and mouse as Shiro leads Noiz on flirting with him in a seductive and manipulated game starts roping Noiz in hard. It’s all about the contract, but Shiro has other things in mind?

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About The Author

An award-nominated writer and manga artist with a BA degree in English, a minor in Japanese, an art degree in animation, and an MBA in International Management, certificate in Social Engineering and multiple awards for articles on Net Neutrality, Privacy, LGBT Youth Homelessness, Cybersecurity and Cyberbullying, Natsuya is writing his dream of showcasing fictional minority characters in positions of power.

Of Multi-cultural Mixed heritage,, he sees life through the lens of challenge, marginalization, personal power and systemic marginalization of QPoC minority voices that are often silenced and invisible in mainstream literature, film, and comics.

Focused on bringing stories of empowerment, truth, triumph and hope against insurmountable odds, Natsuya uses fiction, fantasy, and yaoi to spread his positive message encouraging young people to live their truth and dare to be their genuine selves. His stories, lauded for bringing visibility featuring Queer People of Colour, showcase the power of a multicultural viewpoint and the power of daring to pen diverse, real world fiction fostering the complex aesthetic of #OwnVoices realness, beauty, and truth.

Social Media

Author Website: https://www.natsukoarts.com

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Release Blitz: TRY: A Graphic Novel Collector’s Edition | Ella Frank & Sarah Jo Chreene

TRY: A Graphic Novel Collector’s Edition | Ella Frank & Sarah Jo Chreene

Can you think of a better gift then spending time with these two lovers?

Logan and Tate are the epitome of the perfect love story, and now you can SEE them brought to life by the ultra talented Sarah Jo, who also created this swoony, sexy, animation.

Don’t miss this one of a kind, limited collector’s edition!

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Beautifully written but emphasis on Japanese culture isn’t my thing

AntisocialAntisocial by Heidi Cullinan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5*

I want to say at the start that this book is beautiful. Impeccably researched, detailed in Japanese culture, anime and manga and featuring a love story which goes beyond the normal physical expressions into something soul deep.

However, as beautifully written as this book is, it’s not a five star read for me only for the simple reason that the whole Japanese culture element of it isn’t something I’m personally interested in and, as it anchored the whole narrative, I wasn’t as engaged in it as someone who does have a fascination with it probably would be.

However, it is so rare to get a love story which, even within the LGBTQ+ world, that isn’t a conventional one that it was a delight to read. Here Heidi Cullinan does it with some style as she depicts how someone identifying on the ace/gray spectrum finds the perfect person to become his.

The Greek myth of Galatea and Pygmalion – so famously turned into a play by Sir George Bernard Shaw and then into My Fair Lady, starring Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn – forms the basis of this romance as business student and future lawyer Skylar Stone takes on the project of putting reluctant Xander Fairchild’s art out into the world as part of his senior project.

Xander is anti-social, the artist responsible for the manga comic produced at the college they both attend, and a bit of an enigma. He’s also perfect for Skylar as he sees beneath the frat boy to the scared and confused young man beneath.

This story is so well written, the sensuality and eroticism of watching the two fall in love is superbly done, there is no “sex” in this book but there absolutely is a whole host of making love as Xander discovers just how much he can be turned on by watching Skylar find himself aroused by a simple touch.

The painting scene alone is an exercise on how to make something incredibly sexy and stimulating without the trappings of penetration in any form and their romance oozes intimate connections and passionate loving which fits perfectly within the sexuality of the protagonists.

#ARC received from the publishers via NetGalley in return for an honest and unbiased review

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