§ Legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki is embarrassed by his otaku PM,, Taro Aso, who is always complaining about how he is too busy running the country to read Iron Wok Jan any more.
“It’s so embarrassing,” Miyazaki said at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, in answer to a question about Aso’s publicly asserting his love for manga. “That should be more private.”
Would it be disrespectful to disagree with Miyazaki-sensei? Otaku will not be put back in the closet — but perhaps pandering politicians should be.
§ Blog@ interviews Ivan Brunetti about his new comics anthology:
I feel like the first volume established the center. In the second I had more leeway to move to the left of center and put some stuff in there that was maybe a little more aggressively experimental and also just exploring different sides of comics. There’s a section on collage. That’s kind of the metaphor for the whole book. It’s one aspect of comics that’s not often explored. They always get compared to film and animation and things like that. I wanted to compare it to something else. You could compare it to collage. You could compare it to sculpture in a way too. It was just another way of looking at them. I tried to pick things that illustrated that.
§ John Jakala appears to have Seasonal Affective Disorder.
§ Dan DiDio and Ian Sattler tell IGN about The Future of Batman and the DC Universe. The Beat predicts fan complaints no matter what.
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