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Weirdest Story Ever AKA the end of the world

I just read this extremely Bizarre story about a Japanese Man campaigning to marry comic book characters. Only in Japan.

A JAPANESE man has enlisted hundreds of people in a campaign to allow marriages between humans and cartoon characters, saying he feels more at ease in the “two-dimensional world”.

Comic books are immensely popular in Japan, with some fictional characters becoming celebrities or even sex symbols.

Marriage is meanwhile on the decline as many young Japanese find it difficult to find life partners.

Taichi Takashita launched an online petition aiming for one million signatures to present to the government to establish a law on marriages with cartoon characters.

Within a week he has gathered more than 1000 signatures through.

“I am no longer interested in three dimensions. I would even like to become a resident of the two-dimensional world,” he wrote.

“However, that seems impossible with present-day technology. Therefore, at the very least, would it be possible to legally authorise marriage with a two-dimensional character?”

Befitting his desire to be two-dimensional, he listed no contact details, making it impossible to reach him for comment to explain if his campaign is serious or tongue-in-cheek.

But some people signing the petition are true believers.

“For a long time I have only been able to fall in love with two-dimensional people and currently I have someone I really love,” one person wrote.

“Even if she is fictional, it is still loving someone. I would like to have legal approval for this system at any cost,” the person wrote.

Japan only permits marriage between human men and women and gives no legal recognition to same-sex relationships.

Japan’s fans of comic books, or “manga,” sometimes go to extremes.

Earlier this month, a woman addicted to manga put out an online message seeking to kill her parents for asking her to throw away comic books that filled up three rooms.

Nyx

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Creating a Graphic Novel

Like most people who would read this, I’ve always dreamed of creating or helping to create a graphic novel (or comic book, or manga, or whatever you wish to call it). And now that I’ve gotten involved with Comix, I finally have the chance. I’m still new to the process myself, and working as an artist on multiple projects. There may be other guides like this on the internet, but I did a quick google search and only drawing guides came up. So here’s the process in a nutshell (sorry if it seems to come mainly from an artist’s perspective):

Brainstorming–This is typically the author’s job, though it may be done collaboratively. Inspiration doesn’t always rain from the heavens. For a comic to be born, there first needs to be an idea. And then that idea has to be nurtured into a story, preferably one with a plot, or at least one that’s entertaining.

Writing–Create a script, or find an author to make one for you. It may be written in a screenplay format and include paneling guidelines, or it may not and leave that entirely up to the artist.

Design–All right, so you’ve got a script and know how many characters there are. But what do they all look like? What does their setting look like? Sketch, erase, sketch more, alter, experiment, perfect. Draw out the floor plan of your villain’s evil lair; know what every angle of your heroine’s outfit looks like;

Drawing–Done in pencil, as light as possible. Don’t worry about the panel lines being exactly straight or the dialog being legible.

Inking–This may be done by the main artist or by a secondary artist. Once the drawings are done, they need to be traced in ink, usually by a black marker with an ultra fine tip or a black pen that won’t smudge. The panel outlines and words are the only things left un-inked.

Scanning–Once the drawings are inked, the lines will be dark enough for a scanner to copy them into your computer. Any lines left un-inked will either not show up on the scanned version at all, or be incredibly faint.

Digital editing–Once you’ve scanned the artwork, this can be done using a program such as Photoshop or Photofiltre or even Microsoft Paint. First edit out any traces of un-inked lines. Then create the panels around the pictures–they’ll turn out much straighter on the computer than they would by hand. Then type the dialog into the speech balloons. Maybe you’ve noticed, but all the words in comic books are typically written in ALL CAPS. They’re also, normally, in rounded fonts such as Comic Sans. Finally, add shading and any other special effects to make it look professional.

Printing–Print out each beloved page of the creation you, and probably others, have slaved over for the past few days/weeks/months. This may be done in color or black and white. Your manga/graphic novel is now complete.

And lastly, enter it in a contest or find some other way to get it published. Good luck!

Midwintermoon

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MegaTokyo

Hey everyone,

I’m sure most of you know about MegaTokyo by Fred Gallagher even if you’re not reading it.  Its the long running webcomic that has popularized or at least semi popularized L33t.  You know that computer language using numbers and symbols instead of letters that is sometimes annoying.  Well, this very popular doujinshi has been put into manga books and from what I hear my be sold in Japan very soon.  How often does that happen?

Throughout the course of the webcomic, Fred’s artwork has improved greatly.  It went from sparsely detailed backgrounds and people to his own characteristic style.  I’m glad to have seen and still see his development as an artist.  Sometimes the plot of the story is a bit shaky and doesn’t seem to get anywhere, but recently its becoming really interesting. Also, the characters have grown from their original “gamer dude” and girless selves in the beginning.  I wonder if this reflects maturation on the part of the artist/writer.  It does seem to be as I have followed the rants over time as well.

Kagehime

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Really Bad Anime

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I really love anime and sometimes I even end up watching bad anime from beginning to end become I got addicted to it somehow. But there is some anime that I could barely get through the first episode. I’m sure some people would like them, but I’m definitely not a big fan of either Dai Mahou Touge or Cosprayers. I’m not even sure why I tried watching either of these. I don’t even know if they were dubbed.

In Dai mahou Touge a princess from another world must spend a year on earth in order to be able to inherit the the throne. She appears to be a cute, happy, and kind child, but in reality she is anything but. This anime really makes the viewer seem to be on drugs (not that I’ve ever tried any). There are talking vegetables that are basically shown commiting suicide and tons of bipolar and psychotic activity. Sure it sounds interesting but it was really to crazy for me and I thought I could take a lot of craziness. If you like pure craziness this is for you.

As for Cosprayers, well its basically ecci with a ridiculous plot. Sometimes that works, but not for this… A girl accidently seals away Amaterasu, the sun goddess and ends up in a different world from which she can’t return. Basically I thought it was too stupid to watch. The main girl was a bit too stupid and clumsy for me to handle. If someone could get past that its probably ok to watch.

Well that’s it for the worst anime I’ve ever watched. What’s the worst you’ve ever seen?

Kagehime

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afganisu-tan

Hey everyone,

I was at The Japanator, a really neat blog with stuff about anime, manga, and Japan in general and I saw the cutest history explanation ever. All the ~stans in the middle east and America were transformed into manga form. The situation in the manga is made cute while the real situation is written next to it. It was so cute I couldn’t help reading it and in the process I learned a lot about Afghanistan. The site where it can be read is a PB base photogallery. Tell me what you think about the point of view taken. This comic was translated from Japanese so its original target was Japanese people.

Kagehime

worldafganANDpakastan.jpgPakistan and Afghanistan playing on the swings

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A summer of heroes

Hey everyone,

This summer so many hero or superpower movies with a heavy emphasis on comics are coming out its ridiculous. What exactly does this say about our society? Are we in a desperate search for a hero and why? Unfortunately I can’t answer these questions I can only list the upcoming films and give a suggestion. Maybe we feel that the world is coming apart around us and we have no control over it.

Iron Man Not as popular as Spiderman or Batman. Let’s see how he does.

Indiana Jones Number 4 in the series. It has the Soviet Union (Thank goodness no Nazis) and Shia LeBouf (Hope he’s better than in Transformers)

Incredible Hulk Yet another Hulk movie I hope it’s better than the last one.

Wanted A young man is trained to be an assassin with super powers after his father his killed. His life was mundane until he meets Fox aka Angelina Jolie. The special effects and stunts look awesome for this one. This movie has a nemesis that already came out Jumper. It’s basically Samuel L Jackson versus Morgan Freeman. Look at their hair.

Rambo How Old are you Sylvester Stallone?

Hellboy 2 I liked the first Hellboy, but I didn’t know that it had done well enough to make a second film.

Hancock Will Smith as a super hero need I say more?

The Dark Knight I’m expecting this to be good. Heath Ledger was apparently so scary as the joker in one scene that Michael Caine forgot his lines.

There’s also movie called Hero Wanted. Kung Fu Panda and Prince Caspian have heroes as well.

Kagehime

superhero movie Did they do the spoof too early? I’m sure this movie season will be spoof worthy as well. Think there’ll be a superhero movie 2? Or is that asking too much of these serialistic spoofs.

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Pokemon and Lilo and Stitch

There are several similarities between the TV shows Pokémon and Lilo & Stitch concerning the nature of the characters, the nature of the enemies, and plot. The main character, a human, seeks as many made-up creatures, which can be identified by name or number, and which live in balls, as possible. However, in Pokémon, the main character, a 10-year-old boy named Ash, captures and uses the Pokémon for battle, and the main character in Lilo & Stitch, a young girl named Lilo captures and finds jobs for Dr. Hämsterviel’s evil “experiments” that would benefit society. Both shows feature enemies who are bent on stealing the main character’s fictional creatures. In Pokémon, Team Rocket (consisting of Jessie, James, and a Pokémon called Meowth) is intent on stealing Ash’s Pokémon, and in Lilo & Stitch, Gantu and his sidekick, and “experiment” called Reuben, plan to steal Lilo’s “experiments” and return them to Dr. Hämsterviel. Both shows also have characters whose purpose is to ostracize the main characters: in Pokémon, Gary Oak brags to Ash that he is better than him. In Lilo & Stitch, Mertle Edmonds and her friends constantly mock Lilo by saying she is weird.

Lilo & Stitch is very similar to Pokémon. In both shows, the main character strives to get as many

creatures as possible while warding off someone who attempts to steal his or her creatures.

Although Lilo & Stitch was based on a book, it is quite possible that Disney allowed Pokémon to

influence its plot.

Big Herm

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