Archive for April, 2008


Kodansha sends me issues of their manga anthology magazine “Morning”. I interviewed the editor, Mr. Shimada, last summer at the San Diego Comicon and since then, the magazines come like clockwork. Morning is a weekly anthology, meaning that comics stories are serialized in it and continue from week to week.

Think of it like television and it becomes clearer. Friday Night Lights, when it was on, aired on Friday nights. The comic, Giant Killing, runs in Morning magazine, which comes out every Tuesday (or something like that- I notice it in my mailbox around Tuesday). So if you’re following Giant Killing, you look forward to reading the next installment every Tuesday.

Morning is a magazine of comics aimed towards older readers. Vagabond, the fictionalized life of master swordsman Miyamoto Musashi, has run in Morning. So has Hataraki Man – the female working man (zzt! fingers to forehead!) which is essentially an OL (office lady) manga.  I’m not doing it justice by describing it like that, but it deals with the frustrations of being a woman in a male dominated work environment.  (Was that redundant?)

My son, however, has become quite fond of Chi. What is Chi?

This is Chi.

Beyond adorable and so chipper! He is always smiling and running around and acting cute! cute! cute!

This is the only comic in the magazine that I let him read. There’s some inappropriate stuff in there that I don’t want him seeing just yet. But here’s the thing with Chi:

I know that there are comics series that have run in mature magazines that are completely benign. However, since Morning is a mature comics magazine – a Japanese comics magazine – I am just waiting for Chi to take a turn for the perverse, and become PORNO-CAT MANGA!

There is no way that Porno-Cat isn’t a genre of manga in Japan so I’ll just keep an eye on Chi. So cute! So cute!

Oh my…Bad cat! Bad cat! Stop licking yourself, Chi! Stop licking yourself like that!

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My friend Yan’s baby is already a month old!  I had written to her four days before he was born and this is what she said:

” now everything’s approaching the end, soon,
soon.  a bit nervous, thought, don’t know what gona
happen on the big day.  it’s another week to go (march
24th)  and it s a boy! he’s estimated 7 or 8 pounds.
guess i’ll follow the nature and my senses :/)”

He was born March 18th. Happy Birthday Happy Parents!

(photos on Mathieu‘s blog which is a kick-ass and introspective rolling commentary on the Chinese art scene)

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Good Morning Felipe Smith!

Officially announced in last week’s Morning magazine (double-issue 21-22) is Felipe Smith’s debut!  He’ll be the cover artist – COVER ARTIST – on the June 21st issue of Morning 2 magazine.

This is what you can expect:




I know I say that a lot, but most of the time, it’s because there are no other words that are quite as expressive (and well-rounded!) of awe, disbelief, and mental paralysis.

Felipe made his debut via publisher TokyoPop with his series MBQ, an over the top recollection of an aspiring artist struggling to make it in LA.  Dirt poor struggling artist with a huge room mate and all sorts of colorful characters.

Word on the street is that the monthly deadline is an ass-kicking good time.


More reportage once I get the gears in place and start churning.

Until then, check out the visual announcement!

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