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< Piro >

kimiko - asuka cosplay... or are those real?

"damage and emotive pull"

Monday - November 6, 2000

[Piro] - 02:10:01 - [link here]

You probably didn't see this sketch coming - Kimiko dressed up as Asuka, bandaged up and with a damaged eye, on the floor next to a hospital bed. Well, neither did I. Inspiration hit me around 12:00 last night. It just seemed like such an odd thing to do, and the idea had real emotive potential.. So I decided to draw it.

The groundwork came to me when I was rooting thru some old backup CDroms (I am a collector of the worst sort). I have dozens of CDRs labeled 'Anime' - and I'm actually pretty good at keeping all of my images in some sort of order. I root thru them looking for things sometimes. The image that caught my eye was a scan from "Evangelion in 3d", a book dedicated to Evangelion models. There is a very VERY sweet little model of Asuka in bandages from the Eva movies (I'll add a link to the image here later tonight). Kimiko is basically in the same pose, and we even get to see her with her hair down (in case you were wondering how long it was ^_^). I ended up pouring a lot into this drawing - don't know why. I guess i was just inspired.

Drawing is a funny thing. These days I can sit down and do a drawing for the weekly sketch, even when I'm not particularly sure what to draw (much like last week's sketch of Ayu's Daughter). The real fun is when i have an idea that is really inspiring. Of course, this can be bad - i finished this around 2:30 last night, but I'm pretty happy with the results. Between this and the color version of Erika i finished Saturday, it was a pretty good weekend, art wise.

The 'bandaged girl' image from the eva series is a pretty potent one, and it's been drawn and copied ad nauseum for years - you wonder what is so potent in this image? To me, the bit in Eva where Rei is suffering as much as she is is kinda overkill. For this drawing, I gave Kimiko a sad look - that in combination with bandaging that represents perhaps physical pain, sitting uncomfortably on the floor... these elements combine to have some real emotive potency. Is Kimiko just acting? Is this cosplay? Why would she pose for this photo?

I had been thinking that perhaps i should hide most of these drawings of Kimiko and Erika until that start showing up in the comic more. but in retrospect, I think that it's ok. For both Kimiko and Erika, an otaku in Japan probably would come across images of them from time to time, either in photos in some game. So really, you know just as much about them as the Japanese fans would (if they really paid any attention to them - right now neither one of them are 'known' at all). In that light, a photo like this of Kimiko cosplaying as Asuka is not that unusual at all.

A quick apology - I am very sorry to everyone about email - i have not answered anything in weeks. I think i just need to take a day and slog thru the email box. I read all of them as they come in, but i tend to be so lazy about answering them... gomen gomen! There is nothing i like better than hearing from everyone. :)

< Largo >

you're already here.

"politics, again"

Wednesday - November 8, 2000

[Largo] - 03:10:12 - [link here]

(MT) - MegaTokyo Press

In a surprise news conference Al Gore has announced that unless he is made the winner of the currently deadlocked Presidential Election, he will go back home to Nashville, TN and take his Internet back with him.

Al Gore was quoted as saying, "I invented the Internet, it's mine, you can't have it." He went on to say, "If you won't play by my rules, then I'll go home and take my Internet with me!"

George W. Bush immediately held a press conference to respond to this threat saying that his father promised to buy him a brand new Internet in case Gore was to leave with his. Bush was quoted as saying "My daddy will get me the best Internet money can buy!"

And now for something completely different:

What a wild week… our little nation in the grips of a crisis, half the country upset with the other half. West Palm Beach Floridians exposed as being nitwits. Man, you can't pay for entertainment like this.

Well, enough politics, As some of you pointed out, Politics has not yet been released for any console, and until it is - it does not qualify for a game, nor has Politics been made into a animated series, therefore I'll shut my trap about it for awhile until Politics is no longer vaporware.

Some of the websites I give a regular look would include a certain webcomic I've linked so much in my rants that if you don't know what I'm referring to then you must live in West Palm Beach. So today I'm going to direct you to a sweet humor site called The Mushroom.

This site is a cross between a gamer news source, and a humor site. Every now and then they get a good laugh out of me, so it could be worth your time to check it out. (cough) Though, All in all I'd say they rock. (cough)

Recently some fans went and started various megatokyo irc channels on various irc networks. I'm a fan of diversity, so here's me giving shout outs to #megatokyo @ undernet, and #megatokyo @ efnet. May you each live long and netsplit free lives.

Finally, I think I've found a new gaming website that will certainly become part of my of daily routine of clicks, Total Video Games. TVG is one of the many IGN affiliates whose numbers rival the near infinite Gamespy planet-clones these days, but before I mislead you into thinking they are 'just another site', I want you to know i checked these guys out and they are pretty sweet, in fact - they are so sweet they practically bleed saccharine.

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