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Via Saurav Mohapatra's twitter:

An advertisement for 18 Days printed in The Boys #42.

So the book is going to be just Grant Morrison's script, not a proper comic?

Both the advertisement and the 18 Days website claim that an animated version will be available in "Spring 2010":

18 Days will be available in Full Hi-Def and in a variety of formats: 2 x 90 minute TV movies, 6 x 30 episodes, extended 200 minute DVD release and as 18 x 10 minute web episodes. It will be supported by on-line and console gaming products, mobile content and other L&M licenses.

18 Days will be available in Spring 2010.

Yeah, sure. I'll believe it when I see it.

(Still nervous about Grant Morrison's involvement. Hey, you know what's really, really awesome? Grant Morrison writing the current Batman storyline with Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne. You know what's really, really NOT awesome? Everything else that Grant Morrison has ever written having to do with mining other cultures for stories, pretty much ever.)
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There has recently been some back-and-forth about Lovecraft, fanfic, and copyright across livejournal and dreamwidth that may be of interest to all y'all Ohkubo fans: George R. R. Martin kicks it off with some spectacular point-missing here, Nick Mamatas rebutts here, and the definitive word on the matter is metaquoted here.

Meanwhile, on 4chan....

Holy fucking shit! )

The moral of this story is, never trust anyone you meet online in the ninth circle of Hell especially not if he flirts with you by calling you "cookie crumb" and ESPECIALLY not if he has tentacles on his mouth.

Man, Soul Eater is just a treasure trove of sensible relationship advice.
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Oh Comics Alliance how I love you so!

I have no idea who this "Douglas" is who left the second comment on the article, but I want to marry him already. And if Shaun action figures existed I would so totally buy them in a heartbeat.
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From the PR: 18 Days takes one of the most enduring tales of the East and places it in the capable hands of Grant Morrison, one of the greatest storytellers of the West.

A HA HA HA HA HA HA no. But Mukesh Singh is doing all of the artwork, so no matter what Morrison does to the story it is utterly impossible for this project NOT to rock. Thus is the awesome power of Mukesh Singh.

From the Beat writeup: The original — a classic Indian myth telling of three great warriors and their cataclysmic battles — is the world’s longest epic poem at more than 1.8 millions words, so there was certainly a lot of source material.

...Three? Only three? Is it going to be Krishna, Arjuna, and Karna? But what about Bhima?! What about Drona and Bhisma?!?! What about the Original Woobie, Ashwatthama?!?! What about Abhimanyu?!?! Inquiring minds want to know!

Pretty pictures are preeeeeeeeetty.
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Hat-tip to [ profile] furikku: The Americanization of Mental Illness. Very good article, and definitely worth reading all the way through (especially the meaty stuff on pages 3 and 4). Warning: There are some potentially triggering passages about eating disorders.


Soul Eater fandom, Noah is disappoint. Dante's Inferno =/= the traditional "seven deadly sins" of Christian pop culture. The levels of hell in Inferno are:

1. Limbo
2. Lust
3. Gluttony
4. Avarice and Prodigality (AKA hoarding and squandering)
5. Wrath and Sullenness
6. Heresy
7. Violence
8. Fraud
9. Betrayal

Now I dunno if Ohkubo is going to stick strictly to Dante or not, but given what we've already seen of Noah's Inferno (Introductory level = limbo, followed by seven chapters, the first of which is Lust, arranged in a spiral going downward, and ending with the special unreachable eighth chapter in which Lucifer Gooberkins is chillaxing at the bottom of Hell and generally being a douchebag who is rather heavily invested in betraying God), it seems likely that Ohkubo is going more for Dante's levels of hell than not.

Then again, Ohkubo generally does Whatever the Hell He Wants with this series, so we'll see.
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This call for submissions for The Speculative Ramayana Anthology showed up a couple times on my flist last week.

Here is an interview with the editors of the anthology at the always fabulous Sanskrit Literature Blog. It's not your typical buttkissing interview, either. The SLB asks some tough questions about the nature of the anthology, the intersection of religion and literature, and the narrow submission policy (English stories only, written, not oral). The editors do a fine job answering these tough questions in an honest manner.

Meanwhile, Saumin Patel drew Batman. NSFW.
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Joyce is even more mindblowing when he's being comprehensible.

(Of course it's a bit of a letdown compared to Finnegans Wake, but then again everything ever written is a bit of a letdown compared to Finnegans Wake, so, natch.)

In other news, I am now neck-deep in Joyce's Book of the Dark (my third guidebook for Finnegans Wake so far) and it is so fantastic that I don't even have words for it. In case anybody is curious, I'm reading Finnegans Wake with the help of Joseph Campbell (A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake), William York Tindall (A Readers Guide to Finnegans Wake), John Bishop (Joyce's Book of the Dark), the most excellent FinnegansWiki. I have not read but am extremely intrigued by this book, as it would appear - based on the synopsis posted on - that it most closely describes the reading that I'm personally bringing to the book. (I am not entirely ashamed to admit that I'm viewing Finnegans Wake partially through the lens of Soul Eater and that I am also viewing Soul Eater partially through the lens of Finnegans Wake, and yes, THIS IS HOW MY BRAIN WORKS.) I am also dying to read this book because although race is clearly a central issue in Finnegans Wake (esp. the way that xenophobia factors in HCE's downfall early in the book) it amazes me that none of the guidebooks that I've read every really bother to discuss it.

Of course, I realize that there are a gazillion and two excellent guidebooks written about Finnegans Wake and that I'm never going to be able to devour them all. I am, however, utterly enchanted by the fact that there is such a thing as a James Joyce-themed cookbook in existence.

But anyway, back to Dubliners.

In a word: KEYSMASH. It is seriously that good. I haven't been so blown away by prose like this since I first tasted Gabriel García Marquez.

BTW there are some lovely readings from Dubliners uploaded on Youtube.
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Remember this?

The translation is now complete and available in PDF or Word format. Jabberwock has a fascinating review (and overview of other "unusual perspective" takes on the Mahabharata) here.

Also, the 2009 Lulu Award winners were announced on Friday. So, um, is anybody else really, really, really happy that Gail Simone beat CLAMP for this year's Female Comic Creators Hall of Fame slot? I know I am, and I feel no shame about that.
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Bet you never thought you'd see that combination of words in a livejournal subject line!

You spigotty anglease? )
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Tonight, I finally finished reading through page 316 of Finnegans Wake.

This calls for 80's hair rock. (Booooo Universal Records and your stupid no-embedding rule!)

BTW, epic litfuck fic is halfway finished now, too.

And after an evening spent slooooowly uploading some doujinshi scans, there are now officially 42 files in the /soul directory in my Badongo account. (*snickers*)

Now if you'll excuse me, I have more Finnegan to plow through. Unfortunately I'm already done with my absolute favorite part (Book II.2 for over forty pages straight of Isabel being epic awesome and also hawt Shem/Shaun twincest action), and now I have to plow through the rest of Book II.3 and the torturous pub scene. Gaaaaaaaaaah.

Also, Joyce managed to pun "Cincinnati" on page 285. So I guess that nowhere is safe from Jimmy Joyce anymore.
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Here's a lovely, lusciously-illustrated storybook about Karna that I scanned as a gift for someone, so I figured that I might as well post and share it here. As you can tell from the scans, my own copy is extremely old and beat-up, but it's still readable. So here you go.

Download high-res version (66 MB)

Download low-res version (13 MB)

As the book has been out of print for years, I don't feel too guilty doing this. And it really is a lovely book.
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This is the coolest fucking thing ever.

Hat-tip: The Sanskrit Literature Blog, which I know that I've plugged before, but it probably can't be plugged enough.

Edited to add: The tweets are strongly inspired by this blog, apparently.

A thought.

Sep. 17th, 2009 01:10 pm
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James Joyce was the literary Chuck Norris of his time.

Come on. You know it's true.

I mean, think about it: Both completely badass and yet utterly ridiculous at the same time. Both take themselves too seriously. Both spawned multivariant memes mocking their ridiculousness. Chuck Norris introduced jetpack-waring cowboys into the pop culture canon, and James Joyce introduced Napolean Bonaparte/Duke of Wellington slash RPF into the Western literary canon. Chuck Norris invented his own martial art style, and James Joyce invented fifty-syllable onomatopoeia that contains hidden pornographic messages. I can't even decide which of the following is more ridiculous:

Chun Kuk Do



If your flist is broken now, don't blame me. Blame James Motherfucking Badass Joyce.
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In a sort of vague honor of Super Comic City this weekend, here, have some epic Soul Eater crossover fanart.


Communist pinko liberal hippie democrats, your days are numbered.


Click on "Diary." Why? Soul Eater/Dan Brown-verse crossovers. That's why. (But the series of gender-flipped Eruka pics that were posted a month or so ago are also worth a gander.)
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...only now, the title has been changed to "18 Days." (Warning: trailer autoplays!) Frankly I think that the new name is a huge improvement over "MBX."

Oh hey look it's a shiny new website! By which I actually mean "shiny new URL" instead of "shiny new website," since this is the exact same website, no change whatsoever, that Virgin Comics used to host. Although the trailer is new-ish... Well, there's a little bit of new footage, and a lot of new narration, but it's still basically the same trailer that we saw a year ago, waaaaay back in August 2008. Man, has it really been that long?

Whether this is going to rock or suck, I will say that the 90's comic book version of Karna still looks freakin' awesome.

Of course, my usual reservations about Grant Morrison writing anything other than Batman or Superman applies here, especially in light of his recent epic Japanese!culture!FAIL. But we'll see. The "Notes from Grant" section has some lulzy passages, but nothing that's actually pinging my fail-dar yet. Then again it's the exact same "Notes from Grant" that I read in August last year, so I dunno. I think maybe I'm willing to forgive a lot of simplification, dumbing-down, and overselling (a "psychedelic Lord of the Rings" ORLY GRANT?!) considering that the three-headed Morrison/Perspective/Liquid Comics monster is trying to sell this story to an audience of (presumed white) comic book fanboys, who are extremely unlikely to be at all familiar with the source material or original culture. But then again I'm a white girl, so none of these sins are mine to forgive in the first place.

If I could give one piece of armchair-quarterback advice to the three-headed monster, however, I would say this: Stop assuming that your only target audience for this project is white and/or male.

Putting shirtless dudes in your trailer was a good start.

(It's nice to know that the whole KMHK "I'm sure that this tiny strap of leather across my shoulder will protect my entire chest from this incoming rain of deadly arrows!" school of warrior fashion is still alive and well.)
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Thing the first!


Especially this tidbit:

Reprinted material will include such things as the never-before-reprinted Bone story from Disney Adventures.

I... still have that issue of Disney Adventures. No, seriously.

Thing the second!

Is there anybody on my flist with mad Photoshop skillz who would be willing to edit ugly seams out of a DVD-box scan for me?

I ask because it is officially time for another Scanspam Week, and I want to do a Soul Eater kickoff with this shizbit, but I am le fail at getting the seams edited out of the Maka box scan.

Edited to add: The flist delivers, as usual. Thank you!!

Thing the third!

Found scribbled on a post-it note that I stuck inside my copy of Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake:

Who is the Black*Star of of the literary world?


James Joyce


I suspect that Vyasa would be the winner here, both in terms of sheer authorial badassery and because in a cage match he could beat up anybody. Then again, this is Jimmy Joyce that we're talking about, the man who decided that the English language just wasn't good enough to properly express his masterpiece, so he spent seventeen years just making up his own goddamn words, including 35-syllable onomatopoeia, just because he could. Oh, and he wrote love letters to Nora Barnacle demanding that she describe, in graphic detail, how she masturbated to thoughts of his greatness. And she did. That's pretty epic badassery right there. And yet! It's still not as badass as demanding that a god write down your epic masterpiece as you dictate it - your epic masterpiece which, by the way, is eight times the length of the Iliad and the Odyssey combined - because you're just too awesome to waste your own time writing down yourself. Oh and then you insert yourself into your own story and basically open with a scene that involves a beautiful princess informing you that the world is on the brink of destruction and that disaster can only be averted by the magical properties of your glorious cock. Yes, really. And that's why Vyasa wins. Well, that and the fact that he could, in fact, beat up anybody. Really.

See, you guys, this is how my brain works when I'm bored.

Edited to add: Okay, four things now.

I want this.

And I will die of awesome if any of the Goon characters quote the "hookers and ice cream" line.


May. 20th, 2009 05:31 pm
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Sherlock Holmes.


I just...


Also a headbanger: The final page of today's Tsubasa installment.

Pop culture has been hurling shit at me all day today.
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[ profile] sanguinity has been posting an anvilicious series of lists of Things that American Indians have Contributed to the World: here, here, and with more presumably to come.

But seriously, read those posts. Just do it. Read them. Especially that second one.

And here, have a free whack upside the head with the Clue Bat - in musical form.
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An extremely eye-opening dissection of Patricia Wede's list of fantasy world-building questions, in light of MammothFail09.

Context: Patricia Wede is the person who wrote these things, these things, these things, and these things.

So, um. How many of the rest of y'all have used that list of questions in your worldbuilding?

(*raises hand*)

Now I definitely need to take some time to think about what that means, and how it's colored my writing.