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Naoki Urasawa’s “Billy Bat”

Posted by on December 29th, 2010 at 12:13 PM

I chanced being in Japan to pick  up volume 4 of Naoki Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki’s “Billy Bat” this month. The premise and conceit of the series are so fascinating I was surprised not to see more written about it.

Highlights from the Vimeo Film Festival

Posted by on October 15th, 2010 at 2:11 PM
Far and away the best piece of animation at the Vimeo Film Festival: "My Mother's Coat" by Marie-Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovits

Recommended Viewing: Lala Albert

Posted by on October 15th, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Yonic Clonic And The End of The Universe” is up at Arthur Magazine right now. Great stuff and a good opportunity to remember Arthur. Remember Arthur? There, I’ve said it three times and there’s no place like

Inside DMC with Johnny Ryan

Posted by on August 30th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
I needed more material if I was ever going to publish something on DMC. After weeks of feeling dejected about the curt interview, about failing to break through the professional wall and become a buddy, I put down the boxed wine, paused my Tori Amos CD, wrapped a metal-plated sash around my forehead, channeled my nine-tail demon fox and started working on this interview again. One day my nine-tailed demon fox (friend and collaborator Ryan Sands) told me his nine-donged spirit animal (friend and collaborator Johnny Ryan) was a die-hard fan of Detroit Metal City. A few e-mails later, we’d had this conversation.

My Nuclear Totoro

Posted by on August 24th, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Studio Gibli is taking Totoro merchandise out of a PR facility in a Fukushima nuclear plant after fans complained the giant bear-cat-ghost-furball-guardian should not represent nuclear safety.

The Fukushima plant’s decision to pimp nuclear energy with a creature that looks

Tezuka Awards Winners

Posted by on June 3rd, 2010 at 9:11 AM

The Osamu Tezuka Cultural Awards were presented last week. Some beautiful looking books I look forward to seeing. Check out the full list here (in Japanese but I’m sure you can navigate through the book covers).

What I’m more interested

Tokyo Anima

Posted by on March 30th, 2010 at 8:01 AM
I’m going to use this opportunity to segue into a mildly controversial but fully mutinous statement: Why do good people design abusively ugly websites? I’m talking about web design that makes me want to papercut my eyeballs. Publishers can complain all day about the iPad, Kindle or kids-these-days but until our own digital content platforms look like something other than my grandma’s diaper, readership will not grow. If content is king, let’s do it the courtesy of dressing it up a little, shall we? A product planner for say, an accessory line or a marketing manager of a newspaper would get fired for some of the stuff I’ve seen. I won’t name names because I don’t have to. Every. Single. One. Of. Our. Publishing. Blogs. Is. Fugly.

No One’s Watching The Shigeru Mizuki Biopic

Posted by on March 30th, 2010 at 7:08 AM

According to Video Research (which I guess is like a Japanese Nielsen’s Ratings), an aforementioned Shigeru Mizuki bio-teleplay, Ge Ge Ge no Nyobo, is tanking. Its first episode, which aired this week, was watched by only 14% of TV

Osamu Tezuka Erotica Anthology

Posted by on March 2nd, 2010 at 6:58 PM

Last week, Studio Voice Comics released a tremendous, gorgeous, tactile two-volume anthology of Osamu Tezuka’s erotic manga. I bought myself copies while in Tokyo, and the production quality is simply gorgeous.  So gorgeous I can’t bear to tarnish it

Biopic Miniseries on Shigeru Mizuki

Posted by on March 2nd, 2010 at 6:44 PM

Ge Ge Ge no Nyobo (The Wife of Ge Ge Ge) is a biography based on a memoir written by Mizuki’s wife, Fumie Iida. She’s Ge Ge Ge’s wife because “Ge Ge Ge Kitaro” is Mizuki’s most famous manga/anime creation.

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