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First SVU, then Shingeki no Kyojin, and now Batman Inc, which I somehow managed to stay totally unspoiled for and which thus subsequently basically emotionally punched me right in the face.


And if I'm counting categories then it goes: television-check, manga-check, comics-check, and now the only medium left in which one of my favorite characters hasn't been killed and/or revealed to have been evil all along is webcomics.

Homestuck, you'd better not pull any of that shit before tomorrow.
nenena: (Devi - Is it stupid in here)
Shingeki no Kyojin chapter 42 is released on 2/9. In which my favorite character has a sobbing breakdown and confesses to [insert horrible spoiler here].

Law and Order: SVU episode 309 is aired on 2/13. In which my favorite recurring character has a sobbing breakdown and confesses to [insert horrible spoiler here].

Wow self way to pick 'em.
nenena: (W.I.T.C.H. - Irma rocks)

Ice-T's reaction shot is the best part of the video.

Other things:

1. Vera Brosgol's dialogue-less, 35-page comic "What, were you raised by wolves?" is brutal and beautiful and will rip your heart out. Hat-tip to [personal profile] slakemoths for the link.

2. Holy shit these background moments in this week's MLP episode. I completely missed both the Twist drama and the fact that the elderly pony that Sweetie Bell sang about was at a funeral.

3. The Art of Animation (NSFW) is the best thing on Tumblr, possibly one of the best things on the internet period. The blog is also useful as ammunition for dispelling the myth that Asian artists only create anime/manga-styled works.

4. Well, I dunno why people are coming here instead of watching [community profile] shibusen for Soul Eater news, but since some of y'all seem to have missed this: Not! chapter 11 is now available on the YenPress website. Yes it was released the same day that it was on Japan, yes there is a message from Ohkubo to US readers and a cute bonus drawing of Tsugumi in this month's chapter, and yes this month's chapter is awesome. Also Ohkubo may or may not have changed the spelling of Anya's name again, I dunno but when I get my copy of GanGan tomorrow I'll know for sure. But in the meantime, everyone who wants Soul Eater news should join or at least watch [community profile] shibusen. There's even an RSS feed for all of your syndication needs!

5. Meanwhile, over at MTVGeek, Brigid Alverson interviewed Kurt Hassler about Soul Eater, Soul Eater Not!, and working with Square Enix Japan on making the simultaneous release of Not! happen. It's a interesting read, but for me the best part is when Hassler actually starts describing Not!'s relationship to Soul Eater and it's so beautifully clear that he GETS exactly what's appealing about both series and how they're different and why Ohkubo is a kick-ass artist. He also gets exactly what consumers want, he really gets it:

Hassler said he, and other publishers, know what people want: "They want it quicker, digitally, with no territory restrictions," he said. "We know all this, but knowing it and making it happen are two different things."

There's also some interesting information about why Yen+ isn't available on the iPad yet, even though Yen Press's other books are. In short: Holy app infrastructure technical limitations, Batman, this shit isn't as easy as it looks!
nenena: (Soul Eater - Put your game face on)
"Law & Order: SVU" Stars Have Sense of Humor, Love Webcomic

Law and Order is one of those deeply problematic shows that I freely admit that I absolutely love, especially SVU, which manages to be both the most problematic and the most progressive incarnation of the franchise, depending on who's writing which episode. The bad episodes are spectacularly bad, especially when it comes to sexism, racism, and transphobia. But the good episodes, when they are good, are some of the best damn things on television right now. Season 11's "Witness" took a chainsaw to a plethora of gross assumptions that underly rape culture and anti-immigrant sentiment and systematically hacked them to bits. And even in the bad episodes at least we have the most engaging cast of characters in any Law and Order franchise to get us through - seriously, SO MUCH LOVE for Stabler, Benson, Fin, Munch*, Huang, Warner, Cabot, and Novak.

And like everybody else who watches the show, I have no idea what the next season is going to be like without Detective Stabler. I love the way that he often played the role of the white, conservative, privileged straight man who frequently has his worldview and his priveleged assumptions deeply shaken when he has to come face-to-face with the misogyny and racism that shapes his culture. I think it was important to have a character like that in a show like SVU, since I imagine that he was the character that most of the show's target audience could most strongly identify with, and his cognitive dissonance could become the audience's cognitive dissonance. Which in the end, is a good thing.

It is obligatory for me to end this post with a epic brofist for Law and Order: LA and the requisite "WHHHHHHY WAS THIS SHOW CANCELLED?!" whining. Because, seriously? Alfred Molina, Terrence Howard, Rachel Ticotin, Alana de la Garza, and Skeet Ulrich together in one TV series? How exactly did this show manage to tank itself?

Don't answer that.

*For anybody reading this who doesn't watch Law and Order, John Munch is the awesome character who has made crossover appearances in Homicide, The Beat, The X-Files, Arrested Development, Luther, Sesame Street (yes, really!) and The Wire. Which means either John Munch has superpowers that allow him to cross universes OR it is an indisputable fact that The X-Files and Arrested Development happened in the same universe and this is why modern television is glorious.