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Dramacon, Vol. 1 (Dramacon #1)

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When amateur writer Christie settles in the artist alley of her first ever anime convention, she sees it as an opportunity to promote the manga she had started with her artist boyfriend. But when she unexpectedly falls for a mysterious cosplayer, things become complicated. What do you do when you love someone who is going miles away from you in just a couple of days?! Web- ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 11th 2005 by TokyoPop
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Miss Ryoko
Jun 22, 2011 Miss Ryoko rated it it was amazing
Shelves: oel-manga
LOVED LOVED LOVED IT!!

Thank you so much Jillian for the recommendation!

Where to start... well... first, Matt is a stud. There, I said it :-p Second, HILARIOUS!! I laughed so much while I was reading it. Third, fantastic, fun art! It was super Japanese! Had I not known it was done by a Canadian originally from Russia, I would have thought this came straight from Japan. And fourth, did I mention hilarious?

Per my usual graphic novel/manga review, I have pictures. But there were soooo many I wanted
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Aurora
Sep 23, 2007 Aurora rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: olivia
Shelves: manga
I love this book to death and I CAN'T WAIT for the third one to come out. It's also one of the very first non japanese written manga books I've ever read and if you've ever read book two IT IS MANGA AND PIZZA IS STILL PIZZA EVEN IF ITS NOT MADE IN ITALY BY AN ITALIAN PERSON
Monkey of Doom
Jan 15, 2008 Monkey of Doom rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
I normally don't add anime/manga books that I've read because there's too many in the series (Bleach has 21 and Prince of Tennis is up there too). But Dramacon was soo good, I had to write a review.

It's surprising that I'd like this book in the first place, since it is mainly a romance, which I normally don't like. But Dramacon makes romance realistic. The characters don't automatically fall in love, like with most books. The main character, Christie is a bit of a klutz, and is at her first anim
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Holly Letson
How can one put into words how awesome this series is? My cousin recommended me this series long ago, since she had volume 1 at that time. Then, after I got the (entire) series, it sat on my shelf forever, till I decided to take a break from VIZ review eBooks to read some of my own a little, too.
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Derek, you are a jerk. Anything bad that comes your way, you totally deserve it. You earned it. You really need an "ASSHOLE" badge to wear around. Christie deserves much better, and
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Carrie
Apr 11, 2008 Carrie rated it really liked it
I don't even know what to say about this, other than the fourteen year old girl inside my was jumping up and down in glee. It's enough to make a girl want to go to an anime con and meet a floppy-haired cosplayer. Awwww.
Ginger K
May 19, 2011 Ginger K rated it it was amazing
Dramacon is a manga for everyone who's ever gone to an anime convention or simply wanted to attend one. It packs all the excitement, humor, disappointments, and sheer craziness of an anime convention in a smaller, paper and ink format which is much easier for home consumption than a full-sized convention.

Volume one introduces us to Christie, an aspiring comic author attending her first convention. With her are Derek, her artist and boyfriend, and two friends, all of whom clearly have prior con e
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Aygul Akhunova
Sep 17, 2015 Aygul Akhunova rated it it was amazing
Este manga me ha gustado muchísimo porque te es muy fácil entender a los personajes y cogerles cariño. Me han gustado mucho las escenas en la que Christie se veía perdida en la con, es fácil de identificarte con ella, me hace recordar mis años de novata en las convenciones. Me gusta que existan mangas sobre este tipo de cosas, ademas, el nombre le viene como anillo al dedo <3
En general, esta muy bien hecho y los personajes actúan coherentemente lo que se agradece un montón (no hace gracia ve
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Matt Mazenauer
May 18, 2009 Matt Mazenauer rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Con attendees who aren't afraid of Anime
Recommended to Matt by: Kay's coworker
Shelves: to-buy
I have never managed to read a manga past the first page or two. Something about the format bothered me, I had thought. Apparently, I was just reading sub-par stuff, because I unabashedly devoured this in one sitting. It's a girly romance set in an Anime Convention, so I only recommend it if that premise doesn't scare you. But being a ComicCon devotee myself, I could identify with the con humor, and quickly got caught up in the very grounded and realistic characters, and triumphed with them on t ...more
Travis
Oct 19, 2009 Travis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
A fun sitcom of a manga, as an aspiring young writer travels to her first con and makes friends, deals with relationship issues and keeps crossing paths with a young artist with an attitude that may or may not want to be more than friends.

Brilliant stuff full of likable characters, humor that doesn't feel forced, the joyful chaos that is a con and several moments of 'will they, won't they?' where you really want to know and doesn't feel obvious or forced.
A nice little story that would make a goo
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Aaron
Apr 04, 2007 Aaron rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Shoujo readers, freneticists
This is so embarrassing, but I love this series. It's frenetic, crazy, overdoes the chibis, often very funny, romantic in the usual ways, at times cliched, but it also out-charms most of "authentic" manga you can find out there. Yes, very very embarrassing. When's volume three coming out?
Jasmine
Aug 08, 2016 Jasmine rated it really liked it
Surprisingly accurate depiction of Con life, including coffee runs, panic-inducing crowds, and becoming best friends with people you met two hours ago. Unfortunately the accuracy also includes the depiction of sexual assault.

Cute romance (NOT involving sexual assault guy).
Kimberly
Dec 25, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it
this manga and the rest in series was really cute. There were some parts that made me cry. No shame.
Rosa
Jun 08, 2009 Rosa rated it liked it
Okay this totally gave me flashbacks from my first time visiting a con earlier this year.
L.A.
Oct 25, 2016 L.A. rated it liked it
A young writer loses her con cherry and gains some self-respect in the process.

Christie and her boyfriend, who write and illustrate a comic together, have a table in Artists' Alley at Yatacon, where they hope to make some sales. It's Christie's first convention, and everything is a Bit Much for her. It's also clear from the get-go that her relationship with Derek is unhealthy AF. He's "that guy," flirting with all the cute cosplayers, but freaking out if Christie so much as says two words to a c
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Dramacon Volume 1 is about an aspiring writer named Christie who goes to an Anime convention to promote an comic she and her boyfriend created, gets overwhelmed by the craziness that she never expected at an Convention, dealing with her overly flirting boyfriend all while meeting an mysterious cosplayer who seems to know her better than herself as well and treats her way better than her boyfriend.

My feelings on the first volume, in an nutshell.



Seriously, where has this manga been all my life? I
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Selena
Truer words were never spoken than in Dramacon.

While a tad exaggerated (at least in my Anime Con experience), Dramacon highlights the bests and worsts of an anime convention.

The characters are brilliant. I find myself cheering for Christie and Matt. And I love the manga artist Lida and her editor.

If you're familiar with anime and conventions, you will adore this book.

UPON REREADING 3.28.14
I still stand by my earlier review.

I know some people are turned off by Svetlana Chmakova's crazy exaggerate
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Emma
Jun 03, 2009 Emma rated it it was amazing
Christie isn't sure what to think at her first comic convention in Dramacon Vol. 1 (2005) by Svetlana Chmakova. She excited for a chance to exhibit the comic that she writes and her boyfriend illustrates. But when they get to the comic-con, it turns out nothing is what Christie expected.

Her boyfriend is a jerk. He says he's flirting so that more girls will buy their comic buy Christie isn't so sure--especially with the way he keeps leaving her alone for long periods at a time. Then there's the m
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Lady Cain
Alright

There was a time when Tokyopop was just throwing manga at us like it was candy at a parade and a lot of that manga being picked from their Rising of the Manga Stars contest or whatever. And, let's be honest, a majority of that manga was terrible. It was getting to the point where the manga section was filled with first volumes of really amateur manga that I don't think lasted more than a few volumes. (It probably explains why the company went bankrupt). And the one that I remember making
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Nick
Feb 12, 2008 Nick rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Overall Rating: C
Synopsis from Tokyopop: Dramacon is a romantic dramedy about a romance that blooms over the course of several years at an anime convention.

Christie is a budding writer who is attending an anime convention for the first time in her life. She and her artist boyfriend, Derek, get a table in the artist alley to promote a self-published ashcan comic that she wrote and he drew.

Derek is a little too taken with the attention all the female cosplayers are paying him, which upsets Christi
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London
Dec 23, 2012 London rated it it was amazing
Another great manga series from Svetlana! I read Nightschool first a couple years ago and I bought the entire series because I loved it so much (I definitely recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Svet's books)! I've been trying to get my hands on Dramacon for months, and now I know it was worth the hassle with the library a thousand times over.
I loved this book. The characters were hilarious, the storyline was great, the romance was wonderful, and I'm not even a fan of romance books! Even when
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Sinai C.
May 22, 2012 Sinai C. rated it it was amazing
This = One of the Loves of my Life Manga-wise
Two Stars for Drawings: Cute, chibi-forms sometimes, detail, tender, consistent...I could praise it forever really. It was a great modern-day manga, and I do think it has a few features that sets it apart from other mangas with a similar style. I just have no critiques about the drawings at all. I'm gushing over this book! They fit SO well with the characters and the plot and they made me laugh to no end.

Three Stars for Characters/Plot: So, while the
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Aamrah
Jun 11, 2014 Aamrah rated it really liked it
I quite liked this. It's been a while since I read something this original. Also something that made me laugh out loud several times. I have never been to an anime convention ( excuse me while I use up an entire box of tissues), so I can't vouch for the authenticity of this manga, but it seemed pretty realistic (well, the anime-con parts anyway) to me.
The art was pretty good, and I enjoyed the author's frequent use of chibis. I also really liked the fact that the story did not focus on or menti
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Scottsdale Public Library
I feel as though American manga series tend to get overlooked or dismissed by hardcore manga fans because they aren’t “authentic” (a.k.a. created by a Japanese person), which is unfortunate. I am glad that the publisher Tokyopop gave a few American artists the chance to publish original series several years ago and, in my opinion, Dramacon is the cream of the crop of these homegrown manga; it combines the best of both American and Japanese pop culture culminating in a very entertaining story. Ea ...more
Inês Laires
Mar 18, 2013 Inês Laires rated it it was amazing
I really have to say thanks to Svetlana for writing this! I remember I was in a store that day and I saw the mangas section, I don't know why but I opened this one, maybe because it was from America. The first page made me laugh so hard I gave it a chance. I bought it and I read this at home, I read this and said "Awesome!", few days later I bought the other two mangas, but for me this was the best one! The second was good and the third, well, I was expecting way more...

Every time I see mangas
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Kristen
May 05, 2013 Kristen rated it it was amazing
Plot: I love manga about manga lately. I highly suggest Bakuman to those who enjoy Dramacon. This one is about a girl Christie who goes to a con with her boyfriend and falls for a handsome older guy who only has one eye. Her boyfriend is a jerk and they end up in some iffy situations in which this mysterious guy rescues her time and again. The con ends and there's no resolution between the two, but there's always next year. I couldn't seem to put down this book for long the plot really pulled me ...more
Rachel
Feb 19, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Dramacon is told in the style of manga, a form of art originating from Japan that is typically in black-and-white. Many novels originally published in Japanese have made their way to America translated into English, but Dramacon is unique in that it originated in America. Dramacon tells the story of comic writer Christie who comes to an anime convention with her artist boyfriend Derek to sell their art. Here, after Derek mistreats her, she falls for the mysterious Matt who encourages her to stan ...more
Inumewmew
Dec 22, 2008 Inumewmew rated it it was amazing
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Brandi
Jan 10, 2016 Brandi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
"Dramacon: Volume 1" by Svetlana Chmakova is a really cute OEL manga featuring Christie Leroux, a beginning writer attending her first anime convention. The interactions between Christie, Lida Zeff, Matt Green, Sandra and Greta are really cute and often amusing. There is a lot of humour in this book. The artwork is good and the panels are well-organized and the writing is easy to see and read. I've read numerous manga volumes that seem crowded and hard to follow, but this is not one of them.

As w
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Soobie's heartbroken
Oh, that was extremely nice!

I've already read something by Svetlana Čmakova in the anthology Telling Tales and her contribution was the best. So I kept her under my radar till the day I could put my hands on the whole series.

And boy, I was right!

I really enjoyed the first volume of her series. Christie is a perfect main character and I love the part when she's all sweet and innocent towards Matt one second and all mad and devilish to Derek the next. I really like the art and the way the author c
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Sarah Maddaford
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Svetlana Chmakova (Russian: Светлана Шмакова) (born 1979 in Russia) is a comic creator. She is best known for Dramacon, an original English-language (OEL) manga spanning three volumes and published in North America by Tokyopop. Her other work includes the 2-page The Adventures of CG for CosmoGIRL! magazine and the webcomic Chasing Rainbows for Girlamatic. Though born in Russia, she immigrated to C ...more
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