Reviewing comics great and small since 2006
UKMANGAXL, was a website born out of a lack of love and appreciation for homegrown manga comics in the UK back in the early months of 2006. There was a general lack of appreciation not only from ordinary people but also so called manga fans themselves.
These days this is website reviews the creative works of whoever from wherever in the world, in print or on the internet regardless of the influences and style you can be sure to find honest, fair, and hopefully constructive critique.
There are sites on the Internet already that review other small press and indie comics and there always have been. In the past many such organisations avoided or even mocked the manga style and so UKMANGAXL was created to address this imbalance by being a positive voice amongst the detractors. Of course the UK comics scene has grown beyond just manga with many questioning if that terminology even applies, that we should simply call a comic a comic. The scene out grew UKMANGAXL and so the mission simply becomes the appreciation of whatever creativity I see fit.
UKMANGAXL grew to do also offer table sharing at comic related events, and at London MCM expo in particular up until 2010. Due to the distance and cost involved I wont be doing anything like that again. Regardless it was a fun experience most of the time.
This is a good question, at the time I was thinking of a name and just happened to be listening to Chino XL at the time. I was like UK manga X… L…, ok why not. So no particular reason, it just popped into my head and stuck.