The Fantagraphics Kickstarter to jump-start their spring catalog has added a new stretch goal: if they reach $250,000 (by Thursday 5 December 2013), they’ll “increase our line of literary and experimental manga translation.”
(The Kickstarter page is maybe a little NSFW.)
They’ve been printing Wandering Son, works by Moto Hagio, and will be bringing out Inio Asano’s Nijigahara Holograph.
Wandering Son and Nijigahara Holograph may be pre-ordered as premiums on this Kick-starter.
There is an interesting read that’s in last week’s (I think) ESPN the magazine on racism in soccer, specifically focusing on how racism has permeated throughout Italian soccer fandom. One interesting tidbit is a note on cultural conflict between Northern Italy and Southern Italy where as the article seems to put it, the north is very right-wing, traditional, and focused on preserving tradition, which somehow the south seems to threaten by being the “less wealthy” of the two, as well as the portion that has more immigrants migrate there. And there’s one specific right-wing political group, Lega Nord, mentioned whose goal is to have the North split from what they see as an “economically dependant” south. Which reminded me of Gunslinger Girl’s main antagonist faction The Five Republics Faction, and this article helped provide a lot more sociopolitical context in the many factors that lead to the complicated setting of the series, as well as some of the motivations behind the characters especially in the last couple of volumes before the final one that’s recently come out. Granted, all this information was available beforehand if you knew where to look, but I didn’t think that an article on sport would lead me to it though. You never know, I guess. I’d recommend reading the whole article even if you aren’t a fan of the show or of soccer, as its incisive writing regardless.
And now for something a lot less serious. From Aida Yuu’s twitter.
A natural choice: the creation of textiles and dyes is a part of the RISD curriculum.
The Providence Children’s Film Festival is partnering with the Rhode Island School of Design for screenings of Spirited Away and Only Yesterday on May 31.
Studio Ghibli will be receiving an honorary degree from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) at this year’s commencement. Producer Toshio Suzuki will be attending Spirited Away for a Q & A after the screening.
Welcome to Providence. And Chihiro thought the place on the other side of the tunnel was weird.
Both films will be from newly struck 35mm prints in Japanese w/English subtitles.
The event is free and open to the public; tickets are available through EventBrite. Spirited Away will kick the evening off from 5:30 to 7:30PM, followed by the Q&A with Suzuki from 7:30 to 8:30PM. Only Yesterday will play from 9:00 to 11:00PM.
I wasn’t planning on posting anything today, but this Wiz Khalifa x Hidamari Sketch mashup linked on an IRC channel by an awesome soul is hilarious and clever in concept, decent in execution. “Black and Yellow” indeed.
Happy April Fools’ Day.
JapanStyle blogs an old medical text-book, and the images remind me of Mushishi.
The hat keeps medicine off its head. It likes sake, though.
Ginko would be right at home.
An image search turns up more about them at Pink Tentacle
On the right, the Mushi of spicy food
Updated to make the relationship between the imagery and Mushishi clearer.
…how aspergillus oryzae and friends really talk (for the longest time during her talk I was convinced that her skirt had an Aspergillus Oryzae pattern):