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  1. Panel 1:
    text:
    MegaGear Montage: Shameless Product Placement
    Seraphim:
    Hi everyone! It's time for some shameless promotion of the new MegaTokyo online store, MEGAGEAR! Lookie! "All men are fanboys!" Say it loud, say it proud!
    Piro:
    Do we really have to do this? I really should be working on a new comic, people are starting to complain...
  2. Panel 2:
    Seraphim:
    Are you a little spooky, a little dark, but all cute? If so, this "Darkly cute" ladies T is for you! It's got glitter!
    Piro:
    All I really wanted was my "Tortured artist" shirt and my "Magic coff33 +1" mug.
  3. Panel 3:
    Seraphim:
    Nothing can possibly be cuter than the pink new "Squ33k l33t" ladies T! I love Boo! Boo is so cute!
    Piro:
    The Boo hat is kinda cool, I have to admit. Too bad I look stupid in hats.
  4. Panel 4:
    Seraphim:
    Now I can really be Piro's "Sad girl in snow" thanks to this...
    Piro:
    Guyaaa!! Oof! Help!!
  5. Panel 5:
    Seraphim:
    What are you doing?
    Piro:
    I... I'm stuck!
    Seraphim:
    So, tell me. How did you manage to get tangled up in a t-shirt?
    Piro:
    It... it's this "L33t n3kkid skillz" t-shirt! There must be something wrong with it!
    Seraphim:
    I'd say there's a lot wrong with that shirt. Hurry up and untangle yourself, the store opens this weekend.
    text:
    Come check out the new line of MegaTokyo merchandise at our new online store: www.megagear.com Opens this weekend!

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< Piro >

"an unsteady hand"

Tuesday - July 27, 2004

[Piro] - 01:22:00 - [link here]

I did some freesketching while on the plane back to Michigan, and i've posted two of them over at fredart. The first one i did during take off and during some turbulance, so it's quite sketchy (and in the dumpbox) the other came out... kinda interesting. Not the best drawing I ever did, but it's not too bad.

More tomorrow, right now, I gotta crash.

< Seraphim >

Kino's Journey

"ambiguity"

Wednesday - July 21, 2004

[Seraphim] - 02:18:00 - [link here]

When I first came across images for the anime Kino's Journey I thought what a great show. Here's a show with girlcruising around on her bike solo. Finally, a female character who won't beapologizing, crying, or blushing in every scene. I really like Fruits Basket but c'mon Tohru whatwould your girl gang mom think?

I was waiting for Kino's Journey to come out on DVD when someone who wasdownloading it raw told me that Kino was a boy. Hmmm, I would have sworn itwas girl. Just look at the characters stance. It's very girl like. And the hair is longish, but thenagain so is Piro's. People are always confused whether Piro is a male orfemale character. I searched a little further and found a lot of very gender neutral referencesto the characters. You have got to put some work into being that non-genderspecific. Pronouns are a natural part of speech! The author's notes mention'young man' but the voice for the show is provided by an actress. I foundindividuals who thought the "traveling young person" was male and others whothought female. Maybe the creators intended that or the Americandistributors are leaving it ambiguous to appeal to a wider audience.

I got the DVD this week on our first visit in months to Wizzywig. I swearon the cover to #1 that the character has, uh, girl features. Risky in RiskySafety was also referred to as 'he' in the DVD but was unmistakably female. Sexual ambiguity seems to be really common in anime.

I justthink there is a certain charm and even novelty to a girl character who is areal adventurer - not just clinging to a guy while riding on the back of thebike.

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