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Review: Astral Project

I found out about Astral Project via this post at MangaBlog, and I’m glad I did. Because even if this story didn’t have call girls, cults, and free jazz beats that literally pull you outside your body, it has one very special thing going for it: it makes me feel like I’m back in Japan.

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Porno and children and manga, oh my!

I just finished a new post over at FPS about the recent developments at the intersection of fandom and the law, specifically whether anime and manga featuring children in explicit situations still counts as child pornography. (In Canada, it already does.) The argument for this definition states that even though the images are drawn and rendered rather than photographed and…

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DTV Monster Hits: my introduction to mashups

 You know, even without getting into postmodernity and schizophrenic time and juxtaposition, I’d say that my generation was primed for mashups and AMV’s. Not least because I once made it a point to watch my well-worn Betamax copy of this very special, taped off television in 1987 by my uncle for me and my cousins, ever year. My dad cloned…

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Canadians like it on top

All dressed up with nowhere to go.

I have just come to the startling realization that Mr. Ashby would look spectacular in a Rorschach costume: He even has a fedora. And a trenchoat. And, you know, I could probably cosplay Sarah Palin (who would be hot for Rorschach anyway, given his leanings). If I had a party to go to.

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Project: Rooftop

Sometimes I stumble upon links which make me absurdly happy. Case in point: Project: Rooftop, which unites both pro and fan artists around the huge drawing board that is the history of superhero costume design. My favourite so far is the tribute to Stephanie Brown, AKA Spoiler, AKA Robin. Stephanie got a raw deal from Detective Comics, which they have…

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Pimp: "Jobnik!"

         Jobnik! is an autobiographical graphic novel by my friend Miriam Libicki. It’s about Miriam’s time as an American girl in the Israeli army. Here’s the summary: Miriam Libicki, an American-Jewish girl from a religious home, enlists in the Israeli army (IDF) in the summer of 2000, against everyone’s better judgement. Many qualities seem to make her unsuited…

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New photos up.

I started a new album today for Toronto photos, based on the absolutely lovely leaves still clinging to the maples out there this afternoon. Growing up I rarely saw these riots of colour, and now they utterly dizzy me. Lately when I look outside, I’m happy all over again that I live here. Toronto

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You say "apocalypse" like it's a bad thing.

Recently, Charlie Stross asked if it was still possible to write near-future SF. This got me thinking about other genres that might be going the way of the dodo…or the black swan. And lately, there’s been a lot of talk about apocalypse: global economic collapse, shrinking icecaps, disappearing bees, crucial elections…where are we going, and why are we in this…

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