So I went to the premiere of Stripped at the ArcLight in Hollywood last night and liked it a lot. If you’re into comics, syndicated or web, comics history, a man whose job title is Comics Historian (what great job), and where comics might be going, you’ll love all 77 minutes of this documentary. Esquire has more on the subject. (Bill Watterson is having a chatty year; he speaks on tape in “Stripped” and Mental Floss had an interview with him in the December 2013 issue.)
I don’t worry about it too much; Rachel Rosenthal once said that artists will make art whether it pays or not, but it’s nice if they get paid, and I agree with her. I don’t agree with R Rosenthal on many things but I agree with her on that. There was a section in “Stripped” about monetizing your webcomic that made it look much easier than I’ve seen it be, but it does seem possible for some people.
It’s a good documentary; try to see it if you like comics. But make up your own mind of course:
Oh, and I got to tell Matt Inman how impressed I was when he mocked that man who was suing him. As a former legal assistant, I was impressed by that. He said it was the greatest week of his life because he didn’t have to thinking up any comics. He also said the Electronic Frontier Foundation provided seven lawyers for him. Then I was even more impressed.
The Boylen King
By Laura Andersen
PUBLISHED BY: BALLANTINE BOOKS, A DIVISION OF RANDOM HOUSE, INC.
Review copy provided by publisher
Review by Ida Vega-Landow
This book is an historic romance/reconstruction, in the style of Harry Turtledove, an author who enjoys rewriting history by speculating what would have happened if a well-known historic event had never occurred, or had occurred differently. The premise of “The Boleyn King” is: What would have happened if Anne Boleyn had not “miscarried of her savior”? Suppose she had actually given King Henry VIII the son he so desperately wanted?
The Diamond Man
By Michael J. Molloy
Published By: Gypsy Shadow Publishing, LLC, May 13, 2013
Review copy sent to author
Review written by Ida Vega-Landow
This is one of the most charming books I’ve ever read. And I’m not saying that just because I know the author. Michael Molloy is the friend of a friend of mine, with the soul of a poet and a fondness for sports. He has managed to combine the two in a surprisingly sweet novel about a sportscaster whose life changes after he performs a heroic act and falls in love.
So, today I went to the Eastside Zine Market and loved it. Got wonderful zines, here are the ones I read so far.
So, at the last minute V. Mayer wrangled me a press pass for Comikaze 2013. Many many thanks to her. So I hopped on the bus and went down there.
I went down to specifically cover the Reinventing Films/Crowdfunding panel.
Reinventing Films might be the name of an emerging company forging ahead in the areas of alternative film financing, but at the weekend long Comikaze fan convention, it also aptly described new methods of creating and pitching their films.
What happens when beloved fictional characters go away?
I’ve been thinking about how much I miss fictional characters when they’re gone – and it all started because some of those lost characters are kind of coming back.
Zombie Nation: From Folklore to Modern Frenzy
By E.R. Vernor
Published By: Schiffer Publishing LTD, 2013
Review copy sent by publisher
Review by Ida Vega-Landow
The popularity of zombies has yet to wane, as seen by the recent debut of the movie “World War Z”, based upon the book by Max Brooks. Brooks also wrote “The Zombie Survival Guide”, a tongue-in-cheek survival manual for those who believe the Zombie Apocalypse will soon be upon us. But “Zombie Nation” is a serious, non-fiction book about zombies in legend, literature, movies and TV. I found it to be as entertaining as Brooks’ book, though not as funny.
T.M.Revolution photos of his panel, concert, and collaboration song with Home Made Kazoku at Otakon 2013. See full set of photos inside!
Chances are, if you know even the slightest about anime or have watched even a few shows, you are familiar with Takanori Nishikawa, or, better know by his stage name, T.M. Revolution. He has contributed songs to countless animes, most notably Mobile Suit Gundam Seed and Ruroni Kenshin. In 2003, TMR made his North America debut at none other then Otakon. 10 years later, he has returned to help celebrate Otakon’s 20th anniversary year.
Home Made Kazoku photos of their panel, concert, and collaboration song with T.M.Revolution at Otakon 2013. See full set of photos inside!
There are different types of music out there for everyone; Home Made Kazoku is one type of music that is meant for everyone. Otakon 2013 attendee’s welcomed Home Made Kazoku back with open arms. The group had previously performed in Baltimore, MD at Otakon in 2010 and was invited back to play both a solo set and a collaboration set with T.M. Revolution. They made themselves right at home on the Mariner Arena stage, opposed to the smaller Main Events room they played in 2010.
Otakon wasn’t playing around with their 20th Anniversary celebration. They’ve been doing this for so long, they might as well make it as big as possible right? From August 9-11, attendees took over the Baltimore Convention Center, Hilton, 1st Mariner Arena AND the Inner Harbor for a weekend of Japanime music, cosplay, games and fashion. There was no doubt how awesome it was going to be when the guests were revealed. One by one. Week after week. From Japan, nine directors, producers and editors including legendary director Watanabe Shinichiro-san of Cowboy Bebop fame, Sword Art Online animator Kawakami Tetsuya-san, Yoimuri Producer Michihiko Suwa-san, two novelists, Fushimi Tsukasa-sensei and Kurosaki Kaoru-sensei and returnee author Sakurai Takamasa-sensei. Four musical groups, including ever popular Home Made Kazoku, the prominent TM Revolution, the ethereal Ishikawa Chikai-san and a rare visit from world famous composer and pianist, Kanno Yoko-san. Stateside, we have returnee author Peter S. Beagle and nine voice actors and ADR directors including Fairy Tail’s Natsu Todd Haberkorn, Naruto’s title character Maile Flanagan and up and coming VAs Jad Saxton and Micah Solusod promoting Shinkai Makoto-san’s Wolf Children. Give or take a few guests that I may have missed. How can so much awesomeness be under one roof? The better question is…how can one survive such a weekend? One thing we know for sure, this will be one birthday party that Baltimore will not soon forget!
Ishikawa Chiaki-san opened the concert with four songs. Press was allowed to take photos for the first two. The second song, ‘Uninstall’ was met with high cheers and chorused singing from the fans.
When I got to the panel room, I asked the staff about the photo policy for Ishikawa-san. (For singers, you can never tell.) At first, the manager stated that there’ll be a specific photo time at the end, but since it was such a small crowd, Ishikawa-san allowed everyone to take photos. *audience applauds*
Ended up taking a little detour. At this 20th Anniversary con, there was a museum next to the manga library. It housed the convention programs, all the badges, special materials of every con since it’s conception at 1994.
Musical artists like Nishikawa-san promoted Anime Mirai, a program created by the Japanese government to fund new and up coming animators in order to promote the industry and train staff. Makes me wonder if it will ever be possible for something like that here, special allowances for comic book artists who are just starting out. It’s an idea.