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On Novel Writing XII

Friday, April 4th, 2014

I haven’t mentioned my work-in-progress lite novel manuscript in a while, but I haven’t stopped working on it. Last Wednesday, with the authorization of my department head, I shared and discussed the first 10 pages of my book with my Intro to Literature class that I teach part-time at the local St. Petersburg College campus. I’m pleased by the reception that the excerpt received from my students. I choose to believe that they honestly liked it rather than just patronized me. I still have some revisions and changes that I’d like to make to the text, but I think that relatively soon I’ll begin publicly sharing exerpts of the book here through AnimeNation and solicit some AnimeNation site visitors to serve as early reviewers.


GEN’s Latest Offerings Reviewed

Monday, February 17th, 2014


Gen Manga has recently released two exclusive English translated manga short stories, the third chapter of professional mangaka Nagumo’s lighthearted drama “Let’s Eat Ramen,” and “Flavor: Urameshiya” doujinshi artist Aji-ichi’s latest tale, “Plastic Blue.”



Applause for Anomal

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Anomal GN

Among the many benefits that come with reading foreign comics is the satisfying advantage of experiencing a different culture’s completely different superstitions and mythologies. Japanese amateur manga artist Nukuharu’s collection of short stories Anomal is heavily dominated by such wonderful, fanciful, foreign tales of odd mystery. Particularly fans of supernatural-infused melancholy drama manga like Mushishi and Natsume’s Book of Friends, as well as fans of playfully fun supernatural manga like Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan and Gegege no Kitaro will certainly enjoy the Anomal graphic novel from GEN Manga.



Latest Addition to My Collection

Saturday, January 18th, 2014


Evangelion eyedrops.


John At Necronomicon

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Necronomicon 2013

Spent last weekend as a dealer at Tampa’s Necronomicon convention selling off some of my excess collectables and anime merchandise.


AX Treasure

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Finally got a display case for the treasure I acquired at the recent Anime Expo charity auction, a hand-drawn Kick-Heart illustration t-shirt from director Masaaki Yuasa with a bonus sketch illustrated paper fan. My donation for these two items went to the Crash Japan tsunami disaster relief charity.


GEN Manhwa Issue 4 Review

Monday, July 15th, 2013


The post-apocalyptic adventures of monster hunter Nicholas transition into their second story arc in the fourth monthly issue of GEN Manhwa. The 37-page digital issue features a full-color cover and 32-pages of stylish monochrome art channeling the spirit of Japanese series including Trinity Blood, Vampire Hunter D, and Trigun.



From the Electric Shoebox

Monday, July 1st, 2013


Yesterday several of the AnimeNation crew & extended family attended the closing reception for former AnimeNation employee & digital artist Alden Thomas’ first public exhibition. Two of his digital paintings, in particular, really spoke to me. So to support both a friend and a local artist, I purchased signed prints.



Why Hasn’t Anyone Made This Yet?

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Envision this: a mysterious wandering network security specialist with a terribly scarred face. When no one else can figure out how to stop a DDoS attack, or correctly network a complex router connection, trace a spoofed IP, or even just align a web image to look consistent across multiple browsers, he can do it. He’s Black Hat, the programmer with the skills of God but no MCSE certification or any other degrees or credentials.


You Can Call Me a Fan

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013



Get Your GEN On!

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013


GEN Manhwa issues 2 & 3 contain chapters 3-6 of writer Kevin Han & illustrator Zom-J’s sci-fi/horror/action/western comic story Stone Collector, finishing up the story’s action-packed first adventure. As established in the manhwa’s first two chapters, Nicolas, the wandering swordsman with a haunted, tragic past finds himself in a small, close-knit frontier town besieged by hideous monsters. Bringing a morality lesson closer to the forefront, the later chapters of the story reveal more of the townspeople’s true sentiments, evoking ambiguity about who the most ruthless monsters in town really are. Possibly as much to martyr himself and shame the inconsiderate villagers as achieve his conspicuous goal, Nicholas pushes himself virtually beyond his own human limitations to fight fire with fire, in a sense, and eradicate the monstrous threats.



Why Wikipedia Isn’t Always a Reliable Source

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Miami Guns

On a nostalgia trip, one of the former AnimeNation employees recently pointed out to me that the Wikipedia entry for AN Entertainment’s domestic DVD release of Miami Guns states, “Miami Guns has been released on DVD by AN Entertainment, as a formal apology for releasing Risky Safety. [citation needed]” Indeed a citation is needed because the “formal apology” claim is 100% fiction, albeit cynically funny. I initially watched the series in 2000, recorded from Japanese TV broadcast, and later showed it to the AN Entertainment crew who enjoyed it enough to license it for domestic release. We’re still proud of the release, and gratified to see that all four responses to the show that appeared in the first five pages of yesterday’s Anime News Network forum discussion about obscure licenses were positive:

“Miami Guns is a pretty decent comedy most of the time, by the way. The episode where the rich girl gets her allowance cut off and she immediately regresses into a sub-human ape-woman is pretty damned funny.”

“I was really digging Miami Guns until they serious’d up in the final episodes and the humor was no longer flowing. Wish they had just stuck to the original formula all the way through.”

“OK I will admit it. I kinda liked ‘Miami Guns.’ I am not sure why, but I did.”

“I recently reviewed Miami Guns and gave it an 8/10 lol… I really enjoyed its sense of complete and totally sillyness. I liked the parody parts it had to offer also. The whole thing felt like a show from Cartoon Network with some slightly more adult humour. I don’t know for 5 hours of entertainment it was good fun. I have even rewatched a couple of episodes”


Let’s Do the Time Warp Again!

Monday, May 6th, 2013

What on Earth? I think the last time I saw the “bull horns” finger gesture in anime was in 1989′s Ranma ½. Yet it unexpectedly resurfaced in two different current anime series’ episodes broadcast last week!


On Novel Writing XI

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Last week I finally decided to submit my light novel manuscript to my publisher of first choice. I was informed that a response would take, “not long, a few weeks.” So I’m hoping for a positive reply while trying to steel myself for possible rejection. Since I’ve been advised by numerous sources to prioritize digital self-publishing, depending upon the response I get from the publisher, if the manuscript is rejected, I may opt for self-publication rather than re-submitting the book to a different publisher.


Musing on GEN Manhwa Issue 1

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013


Now that the “manga boom” has ended and American readers have become sophisticated and discriminating enough to demand integrity and quality over flashy style and sheer quantity, few Korean comics are being localized into English language, but many of those which still are earn their publication. Independent publisher GEN is seeking to expand its horizons by expanding readers’, by branching out from indie Japanese manga into grassroots Korean manhwa comics translated for English speaking readers. Breaking away from the licensing and publication trend that dominated the early 2000s, typified by drowning readers in an overwhelming selection of mediocre manga and manhwa, GEN Manhwa has launched to hand-select outstanding little-known Korean comics that English speaking readers are certain to appreciate and enjoy. The debut volume of GEN Manhwa presents the two lengthy initial chapters of writer Kevin Han and artist Zom-J’s thrilling action/horror serial Stone Collector.