Otaku USA

Orignal Post

Sorry for the delays. I’ll try to make a comic by next week, but I’m swamped with projects… Oh, you want to know about Mistakes of Youth being published, don’t you? Ok. I take it you all read Patrick’s blog (and if you don’t you suck.) Well, if you do read his blog, you’d know that he is now the editor in cheif and an upcoming magazine called Otaku USA. What does this have to do with me? Well, I’ll be making a comic for each issue. They didn’t really put any creative constraints on me, so I think it’ll be fine so long as each comic is funny. So, with that in mind, I’ve just decided to make it a print version of Mistakes of Youth. Now, the comics in Otaku USA will not be the comics on the site for a variety of reasons. One reason is, the size. When I make comics for the site I do the comic construction work in 72 dpi (character art is done in 300 dpi though.) For the magazine, I have to do everything in 300 dpi. Also, given this is a general audiences magazine, the jokes can’t be as obscure as they are here. Sure, I’ll still be rude and angry, but I’ll just talk about more general anime related things. It’s kind of like what Ian did for Inside Mac Gaming a few years back. I’m in the dark as to what the rest of the magazine will be like, so I’ll be as surprised as you all are when it first hits. Please check it out once it hits in June!

I like this comic overall. The writing came from a chat in the Heisei Democracy channel about the Gunbuster cover art. The punchline is what Seiya said about it word for word, which is why I credited him. The art is fairly ok. Kind of rough, but fine. Proportions are kind of off in the second panel, or is that just the low angle shot?

I had the pleasure of seeing Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) on Wednesday at MIT. It was quite fantastic. It takes a little while to ease into the look, but once you get used to it works very well. The animation was nice and fluid, bringing apropriate life to all the characters. I really liked the story. It didn’t make itself overly apparent until the end, and did a good job of playing with our expectations up till that point. On the whole, a spectacular film. If you have a chance to watch it, do so. It’ll be worth it. Also, the conversation with the director was quite funny. Almost comic material…

That’s all for now. I kind of have a headache so I’m going to go lay down for a bit.