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So I decided to not give GoDaddy any more of my money after reading this:
“Baskin was referring to Bob Parsons, the founder and CEO of Web hosting site GoDaddy, who posted a video link of his elephant shoot in Zimbabwe on his Twitter account last month.”
That, and I’ve been pretty discontent with their service – it’s not really that good and it really does feel like all they want is just your money. There’s much better options out there for hosting, but since I’m a bit tight on cash right now, I decided to just go back to free blogs for the time being. And since WordPress is such a great place, awesome support and all, I migrated to their free option blogs (I already owned one, all I did was just import all my content back to my free blog). All that’s left is to switch my domain name to it, but that’s gonna have to wait a bit…but at least this year I’m saying good buy to those money-grubbing a$$holes.
That and they were supporting SOPA, but that’s all over now – http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-57349913-281/godaddy-bows-to-boycott-now-opposes-sopa-copyright-bill/
Bah, I’m going back to WordPress.com ~ ♥
After 4 long years of hard work and lots of frustrations, I finally managed to finish my Master’s and will be graduating soon! There have also been great times of course, I came to this country at 24 yrs old, and I’m now 28, I can definitely say that I have done a great deal of growing up here, and I’m glad to finally see some of the results of that, both on professional, academic and personal levels. So, for those in the Kyoto Area: The Exhibition of Graduation Works 2010 of the Faculty of Manga and the Graduate School of Art of Kyoto Seika University will open on FEB. 16TH-20TH, at the Kyoto International Manga Museum, starting at 10:00-18:00 each day, free admission. Please drop by anytime to check out manga and anime made by my graduating class ( I will also be showing my graduation work). Hope to see you there! ~
On a side note, I was recently interviewed by Hiroko Sasaki, producer and MC of a Japanese internet radio show called 「世界の留学生」(Foreign Students of the World), where she talks with foreign students in the Kansai area about their studies and projects here in Japan. Its the first time I ever did an interview for anyone, so I was very nervous (plus it was in Japanese, and I’m not very good at it yet, so I made a lot of embarrasing mistakes!) but it was fun nonetheless Please check it out and tell me what you think! You can check it out here (http://e-radio.cc/radio_blog/modules/gnavi/index.php?lid=45)
Just a quick note to wish you all a Happy New Year 2011! May this year be awesome for all
New drawing! Well, not so much new as inked today, but I sketched it about a week ago. I drew the haircut I wanted to get, and yesterday in a mix of boredom, frustration and unwillingness to go to a hairdresser here in Japan that will have no clue what to do with my curly hair, I did it myself. Took only an hour ( in the end, it was mostly cutting off a bit of length, that’s all), and now this is my new look. Perfect for the upcoming heat wave, ugh…
I’ve been struggling with narrowing down my topic for my research thesis paper, and although the presentation of my topic and outline is due next week on the 14th ( meaning I have less than a week to write my statement, my outline, translate it all into Japanese, gather some sources and visual material and arrange it all in PowerPoint…God, just saying it all that is starting to give me a panic attack), I’ve yet to make up my mind about what I want to talk about. It’s not such an easy decision, because I will be working on this for 2 whole years. In a way, this means making a commitment to read, research, write about and discuss this topic for that amount of time, and for someone who likes to juggle various (and very different) ideas all at once, I’m at a loss as to which of those great, interesting ideas to choose and “marry” myself to, at least for those 2 years…or more, if I decide to carry on the research into my PhD.
My first topic of interest was writing about Manga as an Educational Tool: How Comics, Manga and/or Graphic Novels can be used to teach. Any subject, in any language. All that would change is the format; instead of reading a textbook, you would learn advanced calculus or the history of the Roman Empire in a comic book. All facts accurate of course, but at least students will WANT to do their required readings. Or at least, that’s the idea.
But, I realized after reading up on some papers about current research in manga and comic theory that I’m actually more interested in two other very different topics, and their influence in Comics & Manga: Psychology and Feminism.
Yeah, I know it has NOTHING to do with educational uses of comic books, but after I gave it some thought, I realized they’re recurrent themes in my work. I’ve always been fascinated by psychology. The Mind, it’s structure, the fact that you can study something that is immaterial and unquantifiable, and that exists in every human being. The Ego, the Self, the “I”: what is it, how does it work, how does it exist, what creates it? What is the Self? Who are you? Who am I?
Hah, sorry, that came off a bit too existentialist!
And yet I realize, in my work and life, I’ve always veered towards that path of thought. I love Herman Hesse’s “Steppenwolf”, I read Jung out of fun and I’d be a Buddhist if I could manage to stop eating animal products. The concepts and ideas about the Ego, Existence and Reality has fascinated me from a very early age.
Then, there is the obvious (but often overlooked by myself) fact that I am a woman. Having been brought up in a household of only women by a single, working mom, I have a pretty good notion of what a strong, self-reliant woman is like. Her virtues and defects, and everything in between. I love heroines such as Lit. Ripley in the movie “Alien” and the heroines of cyberpunk anime, like Kusanagi in “Ghost in The Shell” and Miyazaki’s Nausicaa. I love Ursula K. LeGuin’s stories, and her depiction of smart, independent, yet romantic and spiritual women. She is one of my most important role models, and deeply influences my aspirations as an artist and writer. About a year and a half ago, I read her essay book, “Dancing at the Edge of the World: Thoughts on Words, Women, Places“, and learned she is a self-proclaimed feminist. Then a couple of weeks ago, my teacher gave me a bunch of articles to read about Cyberpunk, and feminism ideologies, namely Donna Haraway’s “Cyborg Manifesto“, a brilliant study of feminism in postmodern art and literature, keeps popping up everywhere I look.
In the end, I found myself mulling over the following questions:
- Am I a feminist who writes and draws comic books?
- Or moreover, am I an existential feminist who writes and draws graphic novels that deal with post-humanism and women’s role in futuristic dystopian societies?
This last bit is what really intrigues me. But then, how do I make that a research paper? :/
“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting.”
–T. H. White, The Sword in the Stone
I made a xmas card, as I usually do, for everyone to wish you all a merry xmas and happy 2009! Hope next year brings us all peace and joy and all those other cliched, yet necessary things Have a happy vacation all and see you next year!
The card is also in the Gallery. Enjoy!