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12 Moments 11: #02

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#02 is finally having found out, after years and years (I’m not kidding), that that one anime “that wasn’t Utena was actually Dead Leaves! Thank two excellent Retro and Pandy cosplayers and some random con-goers at Anime Expo who knew the film better than I did. Now, here’s the Japanese trailer. And yes, it’s about as bad as it seems.

12 Moments 11: #03

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#03 is TokyoPOP closing down at the end of May. Not a happy moment for me in 2011, but “a moment” nonetheless.

TokyoPOP published everything from Cardcaptor Sakura and Sailor Moon to Get Backers and Mobile Suit Gundam titles (including Gundam Wing) to Junjou Romantica (under their BLU Manga imprint). They moved manga from “a comic book thing” to “a book thing” by helping to create space on Borders (RIP) and Barnes & Noble shelves for manga and other comics.

I don’t know much about the drama with Stu Levy (TokyoPOP’s founder and CEO), but as a casual manga reader who was happy to see new manga on the shelves in bookstores, TokyoPOP’s demise was a terrible loss for me.

Rest in Manga Peace, TokyoPOP.

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

12 Moments 11: #04

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#04 is “dragon/prince”… which is the title I’ve given to the untitled story that may in the near future become a manga-style comic drawn by the lovely Sammi herself!

Sammi had a booth in Artist Alley at Anime Expo this past year (2011) and on her table along with a lot of her great work (Piper’s Promise, anyone?) was a little sign that read something like “Like to write BL? Let’s make a comic together!”

Character sketch by Sammi Guidera
Sammi drew an excellent character sketch after chatting
with me about the story for just a couple of hours!

So, I took down her information and after the convention, I emailed her with an email that probably turned out to be relatively awkward, but she looked past that, thankfully, and we met up for tea in August to hash out some ideas. And then I got to writing!

Hahahaha, at least, that’s the idea. I’ve got a basic story in mind, but I haven’t gotten it all down yet, but I’m trying to time it so that she has enough to start illustrating with before the Next Big Convention… or whatever.

I have to make it priority or it will fall to the wayside. (NO! I’m actually excited about this story! I’m not letting that happen.)

12 Moments 11: #05

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#05 is all the Yaoi Press review copies I still have sitting in my inbox. I could be called a not-so-great reviewer… not because sometimes I don’t review things people want me to, but because (in this case) I’ve actually planned to review this Yaoi Press stuff and haven’t ever gotten around to it. I really need to make a schedule or something—and stick to it!

Here’s what I’ve got in my inbox:
Maelstrom 1-7
Belovéd 3956 & 5860
Spring Demon 1
Team Yaoi

Do you all have a preference as to which one I read first? Or, for that matter, does someone want to read one for me and write up a guest blog? I’ll happily post your thoughts here and you’ll get to read free, original yaoi! It’s win-win. Let me know.

12 Moments 11: #06

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#06 is my holiday card this year. I haven’t actually sent out my holiday to most of the people who requested it (I’ll get right on that, guys; sorry hahaha) but in any case, my holiday card is anime themed! Here’s the image. The inside reads

The longest night
brings the return of light.

BLEACH winter

left to right (surname first): Kurosaki Ichigo, Abarai Renji, Ichimaru Gin, Kuchiki Rukia, and Hitsugaya Toshiro.

Gotta give credit where credit is due. BLEACH is copyright Tite Kubo and the image is by Stephadri94, though I used it without permission from either party.