Grotesque Anatomy
Friday, December 12, 2003
  Too Lazy To Come Up With A Decent Title Even
You know how it is:  Bored at work, but too lazy to write anything substantive.  What to do?  Answer:  Link to what other people are blogging.

First up, Dave Lartigue reports on some of the manga he's read recently.  More cheers for Planetes, more jeers for the "misogynistic streak" running through Sanctuary, and comments on several other manga.  Also, Dave reproduces a number of synopses from the Tokypop site in an effort to show that "a load of the manga they're bringing over here is crap."  Maybe I just have really lowbrow tastes, but the sheer goofiness of some of the summaries really appeals to me:
"When Mink rushes to buy the latest CD by her favorite pop star, Illiya, she winds up instead with a software disc from the future that allows her to become whomever she wants."

"Hideki's luck changes when he discovers Chi - an adorable but seemingly stupid Persocom - tied up in a pile of trash. His first robot companion turns out to be a lot more responsibility than he expected, and she gets him into quite a few embarrassing situations."

"When he sees his crush, Risa, he transforms into his alter ego, the phantom thief Dark Mousy. Unfortunately, when Dark Mousy sees his crush, Risa's twin Riku, he transforms back into Daisuke."

That last one in particular sounds like something straight out of a Silver Age DC comic.  Maybe it's the nostalgia talking, but I like goofy Silver Age stories.  I'm not saying I want a return to a period where every comic reads in the same stilted yet strangely endearing manner, but I do like the occasional comic that's just unabashedly fun.

Anyway, Dave ends his piece by writing "There's a lot of bad comics and some good comics, and some of each is American and some of each is Japanese. Rather than having idiotic discussions about which format and country is better, why not point out which titles -- from either source -- are worth reading?"  Aside from the characterization of certain discussions as 'idiotic,' that's a sentiment I can get on board with.

Next, Shawn Fumo, recently returned to blogging, points to a site that's come up with a few more Manga Stacks of varying degrees of Intimidation.  Start sending your requests for future matchups to Alex at Keromaru:  I think his Photoshop skills are much more developed than mine.

Finally, Sean Collins did the legwork and found that, according to the US Supreme Court, virtual kiddie porn ain't kiddie porn.  But as the soon-to-be-wed Dave Intermittent points out, individual communities could still find comics such as Blankets or Battle Royale obscene by local community standards.  So be careful out there, especially if you're a retailer in Jesus Castillo's old neck of the woods.  And, Tokyopop, a little more info would be nice so readers and retailers know what they might be getting into.
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