I supposed I should know more about manga, generally a style
of comics created in Japan. My daughter is quite taken with them and has read
I understand that manga come in all flavors and are read by
everybody. I have my own issues with manga as I associate overworked salarymen
reading them on the subway. I suspect manga might contribute to Karōshi (過労死), or death from over work.
In the light of day I realize that such fears are misplaced
and am generally glad my daughter wants to study Japanese so she can eventually
travel to Japan, a place that takes comics and video games more seriously than
I just realized that the above image might be “anime” a word
that describes Japanese animation.
I will catch hell (in a playful way) from the daughter for confusing
manga with anime. I often felt my parents were out of touch with the details of
my life when I was growing up. I may not achieve mastery of these elusive
Japanese art forms, but at least I’m self-aware enough to know my limitations.
I’m hoping for a simple answer: manga are comics (or graphic
novels as fashion now dictates); anime is animation (it moves!)
Artist Chris Hamer created this stylized image based on the Bioshock game
This past Sunday we went to Portland’s Wizard World, a
localized Comic Con, where the entertainment is to walk around and appreciate
I admit it took a while for me to fall under the enchantment
of the whole thing, as each ticket was $50 (the nine-year-old was free), but very
little schwag or public displays to warrant such a high entry price. The
entertainment was generated by the attendees and the vendors.
There were some interesting artists using motifs of
characters from video games, sci fi and horror shows, and comic culture. Many
of the arts and crafts people did the 30-show circuit and appeared to be a
At the end of our day I had to admit that we had a blast,
the kids geeking out on a few cast members from “The Walking Dead” (photos $20, autographs $30, “Hellos” free).
I worried I would be the only middle-aged guy
there – not an issue by a long shot.
I had the urge to consider a costume for next year, but it
evaporated by the time the car pulled into the driveway.
For me the best part was to ask random people if I couldtake his/her picture and never be refused – such were proud to be noticed. A few more editorial thoughts ended up in the video:
Not your ordinary dog: The kids now demand specialty frankfurters.
The little ones are growing up! How can I tell? Simple.
They now will eat such things on their bagels as they never
before would entertain, such as cream cheese and various forms of preserved fish.
Before the son would only eat a toasted bagel dry à la Jake
Elwood, a reference for those of us of a certain age, while the daughter would
have a smidgen of butter and nothing else.
True, tortilla bake is still a punch line, but meat sauce on
pasta is slowly supplanting the ubiquitous butter and cheese.
I suppose the nightmare scenario will be when the kids
become such epicures that they will have issues with all dishes of my
preparation. Dad, you’re supposed to serve the Fromager d'Affinois at room
temperature, and paring it with apples and soda water is beyond ridiculous, you
ignorant old fool!
I do count my blessings that I can still get away with making hot dogs for dinner
every once in a while (as long as they’re Olympic Provisions specialty frankfurters).
I didn't believe key duplication would work so I photographed the customer service number.
Two bit of technology have made my life different, if not easier. The first is a vending machine in a local grocery store that duplicates keys. It worked, `nuff said.
The second is Textgrabber which I use on my iphone. I take a picture of text I like and the app "reads" it and translates it into text -- it also will translate into other languages (I hope to try Ukrainian soon!). I then email it to myself and can then use the text for nefarious purposes without having to type it in myself.
The word recognition works pretty well and it will aid me in my plagiarism. I humbly admit that all the good stuff comes from others. Run the software, you'll see.
I took the kid to school today, peeking inside his locker, wondering what items or images of inspiration he held dear.
The above was taped in a prominent place. I like that he puts emphasis on keeping calm, or at least feels that zambie (this is not a typo, rather belief that the zombie apocalypse will occur only in the American South) killing is best done with a relaxed mind and bearing.
This reminded me of BFTSM, who takes inspiration from a mashup of dramatic lines from the 1992 film "Last of the Mohicians." The actual lines are: "No, you submit, do you hear? You be strong, you survive... You stay
alive, no matter what occurs! I will find you. No matter how long it
takes, no matter how far, I will find you."
I can't say that I have a similar catchphrase or artwork that I turn to for inspiration -- feel free to make a suggestion. The closest thing would be my current signature graphic, which is, indeed, epic.