I finally got my site http://www.pop-mirror.com up and running! The first chapter of Snow is up. Check it out!
There’s a reason I haven’t been writing posts. I’ve been working on a website called Pop Mirror. I’ve been doing a lot of art for the site. Pop Mirror’s not made yet but you can get a taste of it on its facebook page. http://on.fb.me/i5Qqej Its fame and pop culture shown through pop art.
Like the facebook page to see cartoons of celebs like Charlie Sheen and to say other ones you want to see.
And Previews of comics like Snow that will be on the site. Snow is a modern retelling of Snow White. In this version Snow’s got more attitude than the Disney version. She’s trying to just get through high school, but being who she is, she is surrounded by fameballs and the jealous eye of her stepmother
You can ask for cartoons you want to see either at http://on.fb.me/i5Qqej or on twitter @Popmirror.
Tell me what you think.
Hell Week is over. I guess I wasn’t one of the 300 Spartans who went to their death, because I survived. Even though I survived Hell Week I went into it with everything I had and before I could tell you any of this I had to sleep the sleep of the dead. I was absolutely exhausted. I’m still tired so I’ve wrapped myself in mindlessness which is basically all the things I haven’t had time to do for like the past month. I went back to read manga, watch Glee…really anthing just to relax.
During Hell Week, an ipod Touch that I’m in the process of buying really saved me. I was able to check my email without turning on my computer and it allowed me to not have to print. I could just walk around with the script for each presentation and study it at whatever time of night or day I was able to. Without that I would have gotten even less sleep than I already did. And at the point I was at I was already blacking out. My body was just ready to collapse…no one should ever let themself get that tired. I know I just sounded like an ipod ad…the kind for which people volunteer to talk about a product…its probably the effect of hearing so many advertisements…It would be really neat to get free products when you talk about them, but for that I would really need higher viewership on my blog. As it is now I highly doubt Apple would care that I’m writing about their products.
But if they do care or if you know a lot about the mac and like them, I’m planning on buying a mac and its so freakin’ expensive I keep having doubts as to whether I really do want one. Does the laptop have as much life improving functions as the Touch? Cuz that Touch is really helpful. Keynote would be really nice and so would the touchpad. What else does it have?
I just read The Manga Bible: From Genesis to Revelation by Siku and Akin. I liked it. It doesn’t go into too much depth considering that its the entire bible in one volume that around 200 pages. But because it doesn’t go into depth the reader is able to see the progression of time and the cyclical nature of how the Jews would believe in One God then be led astray and how they were brought back again. It also shows the similarity between the types of people chosen by God. No one was flawless.
And Jesus is awesome in here (not that he’s not awesome everywhere else), but I think people have a tendency of showing Jesus as kind of soft. In this book he’s definitely kick ass. And when he think about it he probably had to be. He lasted in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights, turned down the devil, knocked some sense into the Pharisees, the list goes on.
The manga bible provides a slightly different point of view than what you’re probably used to, but there are many points of view when it comes to understanding the bible.
I figured I better write some about art since my blog is titled “the life of an artist in the making.” I’ve found from drawing comics and writing them that doing both is rather difficult. Besides the fact that it takes longer doing both, I’ve found that graphic novel artists need to know about fashion, architecture, plants, facial expressions, and just about everything you see. After all it is a visual art. On the otherhand a writer of a novel has to have the vocabulary and knowledge in order to describe these things. At least I think they should.
Graphic novels, manga and such should be taken seriously at least by the artist/authors, but I have the feeling that a lot of American manga is not taken very seriously. The most of the stories seem to be comedic in that has gag after gag. They’re often over photoshopped. Americans still have awesome graphic novels though. Britains got awesome ones too coming from Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore. Problem is they don’t seem as popular here as manga. Compare the graphic novel section to the manga section in a book store.
Graphic novels are becoming more popular as more movies are being made from them like Corraline and The Watchmen and as people realize graphic novels aren’t just silly none sense as with Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis (also made into a movie) and Art Spiegelman’s Maus.
I read another of Greg Maguire’s books, Mirror, Mirror which is an alternate telling of Sleeping Beauty. It reminded me somewhat of the manga Ludwig Kakumei by Yuki Kaori in which the mangaka tells some twisted fairy tales. I think fans of one may like the other. Mirror, Mirror took place in Italy doing the time of Cesare so the wicked stepmother is his sister Lucrezia. The problem I had with the book was that it had too many details, I guess in an attempt to show the time period, about what was going on politically when it really had nothing to do with the story. I guess people who are into that time period may enjoy that, but it kinda just sounded like mumble jumble to me and didn’t bring anything to the story. It’s still a fairly decent book, but not nearly as good as Wicked.
I finally got book two from the library in the Twilight series so I went ahead and read that one and the third because I had already gotten it from the library. Book two was losely framed around Romeo and Juliet, while the third was framed around Wuthering Heights. It kind of reminded me of Wuthering Heights. I didn’t like the characters in the book, but the book was still awesome and is one of my favorites. And although I didn’t like either Catherine or Heathcliff I still wanted them to be together.
To get back to the Twilight series Isabella Swan annoyed me to no end. She was so clumsy to the point where I was wondering Is this for real?, because even I was never that bad and it was like she had a death wish or something. Also she could not live without her love, Edward Cullen, because there was nothing else in her life in her mind. But I did like Edward and Jacob Black. I just wish Bella could see her own life worth. I guess that’s why I found her annoying. She was likeable though and I guess this book shows the power of first person narrative. I got to see what Bella thought of herself more so than what others thought.
It still managed to be a good book. I could really see it as a shojo manga though. People would really flip over that. It’s kind of similar to Vampire Knight in a way, but without some of the things that I found were distasteful in that.
I may not have liked the main character, but that didn’t stop me from reading all three of the books and enjoying them. And seeing that Stephenie Meyer has a new book with another on the way I think I’ll be checking them out.
Well I’ve been busy with school and stuff so that’s my excuse for being away. It’s a really nice day today (in the middle of February) for some reason. I think it might be over 80 degrees. That’s definitely not normal. It might be global warming.
I’m still reading the same manga in Japanese as before, but now I’ve found an English translation that is kind of terrible. I guess they all might be, but I didn’t notice before because I wasn’t comparing an English translation to the actual Japanese.
So what’s different? I witnessed a waterfall inside my dorm from a water fountain that blew up or something. I had no idea that water fountains had that much water pressure in at. The pipe was loose on the third floor and flood some rooms up there. Then the water flowed down the stairs and started flooding the basement. Not to mention that water started flowing into the first and second floors. Here’s a clip. Crazy huh? And sorry for the bad commentary.
Other than that I’m working on a comic that’s taking me a little longer than I thought so here’s an old drawing (3 or 4 years old) that may or may not have gotten me into college. Its a picture of colonials and native Americans. Both of them don’t trust each other so they have weapons, but at the same time their agreeing to peace.
Well I’m attempting to read a manga in Japanese. I’ve read one in Japanese before. It was Ayashi no Ceres by Yuu Watase, but for some reason that one was much easier to read than toraware no minoue by Hino Matsuri who is also the mangaka of Vampire Knight and Meru Puri. If I was reading her other works it would be easy to find a translation and check to see how much I understand, but I have the feeling that Americans don’t know about this manga as well (I for one hadn’t heard of it before until I got the manga that is). The manga is pretty good, but I think it doesn’t appeal to Americans as much as the other ones.
Toware no minoue means something similar to captive hearts. In the manga, a family has served a rich family for generations because of a curse. A girl from the rich family moves to China where she is the only survivor of some accident. Years later she returns home where there is a boy from the servant family. The boy, because of the curse, calls her a princess and is forced to treat her like one. Does love ensue even though the boy has to treat her so well and has no control over that? Of course it does, but I haven’t gotten to that part yet.
Well here’s a picture of the cover. The artwork is beautiful as it always is for Hino Matsuri.
Well this is the last page in my short little manga. I hope to get good enough to enter the Morning International Manga Competition (MIMC) contest and the rising stars of manga contest at Tokyo Pop. Really good work has been submited in both competitions. I may try to enter the rising stars contest this year if I can get someone else to work with me. I also have a lot of improving to go through.