Okay, so I have a writing buddy named Kate Kulig. She writes a series called the Bloody Murder Mysteries. Yeah, that’s a link to her Amazon page. I’ve never plugged her before, so this is her turn. She has a blog here, too. But here’s the real story: Kate has been reminding everyone in her […]Read more "Partly Relevant Aside: Comic Book Weekend"
I have said before and will say again that Shinichiro Watanabe treats his female characters more fairly than just about any director either of us can name. Well, Amy Heckerling, maybe. But he aways tries to avoid making them tropes, or just tropes. Even when they are tropes, they aren’t SIMPLE tropes. They are complex […]Read more "Character Analysis: Faye Valentine"
I’ve been watching something utterly inane called Teasing Master Takagi-san on Netflix. To qualify, “Teasing Master” is a title, not a verb: Takagi does the teasing rather than being teased upon. Let’s be frank: this is a one-note anime, and I have little tolerance for stuff that’s dull. If I don’t like something, Life is […]Read more "How to Build a Series: Teasing Master Tagaki-san"
I love anime and I love manga and I love talking about anime and manga. But I make no bones about the fact that I’m a writer. And like making manga and anime friends when you like manga and anime, when you’re a writer you make writing friends. And you know what? Some of them […]Read more "Buddy’s Book"
You’ve seen harem shows. Just admit it. Admit that you are powerless, and put yourself in the hands of a higher power. No, wait. That’s for alcohol. But still, the comic possibilities of a harem show are pretty obvious. Slap-stick, double entendre, sight gags, mistaken identity: everything is fair game so long as you can […]Read more "Oh, So Tropical: The Stupid Harem Protagonist"
I started this blog three years ago. It’s my second attempt at blogging. The first lasted one post. Yeah, that didn’t work. The theme here is that I look at anime and manga to see what they can tell us about writing – good or bad – or animation – good or bad. I took […]Read more "Anniversary Post"
I’ll just say it: the neat thing about Strike Witches is that it’s like a good stew, a whole bunch of things thrown together that work together to make a cute little show. It’s HUGELY formulaic, which makes dissecting it fairly easy, but also shows us that formulas are formulas because they WORK. Oh, yeah. […]Read more "How to Build a Series: Strike Witches"