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International award-winning mangaka and 2009 TED Fellowship member, Sara E. Mayhew is a Canadian writer and illustrator striving to produce manga that promotes skepticism and critical thinking. Canada's prestigious graphic arts magazine, Applied Arts, featured her in their Young Blood article on "new talent commanding our attention". She has spoken on the TED Fellows stage at the TED 2009 conference in Long Beach, CA, and more recently at TEDActive 2010 in Palm Springs, CA. Currently, Sara is working on producing a new series, Legend of the Ztarr, that aims to introduce manga readers to skeptical and humanist values through storytelling. Her blog, There Are Four Lights, combines art and skepticism, with occasional pepperings of general geekdom and cuteness.
on April 27, 2010 :
I find it difficult to write an accurate review based on what is just the beginning of a story, and almost couldn't bring myself to give it five stars for the same reason. The story thus far seems captivating and incredibly promising, but in this volume can be just a bit confusing at points; it currently isn't long enough to tell whether or not it'll prove to be very original (I was reminded somewhat of Star Wars, to be honest.) The artwork is excellent, though a few of the scenes transitioned a bit roughly. The potential here is endless, and I'm definitely looking forward to more. There's something here everyone can enjoy, be it the comedy, action, romance, the colorful characters (including what I hope will prove to be a strong female lead,) the science fiction and RPG-like elements, or the beautiful fantasy aesthetic provided by the artwork and the story. Overall, it's a very promising piece of fiction, and I hope future parts won't fail to deliver.
(review of free book)