From the Desk of Mike

A place for the all the random, non-video game related things in my life.
Uncovered in a Louisiana box (amongst rock music magazines like Circus, issues of Electronic Gaming Monthly, Comics Scene, and early runs of Inquest and Duelist): Japanese anime magazines of the late 90s—two Animage and five NewType (and an inexplicable duplicate issue.) At one point we were clearly getting imported magazines from some source (local comics store, online, friends, etc.) All of these are, of course, in Japanese and therefore of very little use for me apart from pretty pictures, of which there are many. I can’t speak about nowadays but it’s clear that back then Japan did not fool about with its magazines; the covers are durable and glossy and the print quality inside is quite nice, a mix of black-and-white newsprint and very nice color pages.
Each of the NewType issues has at least one form of insert—a character or anime guide booklet, fold-out poster, etc. The exception is the Sakura Wars issue at the top, which originally had a Parasite Eve poster (this one, in fact), which I took out and sold on eBay for about $80 to help finance our move in 2001.

Uncovered in a Louisiana box (amongst rock music magazines like Circus, issues of Electronic Gaming Monthly, Comics Scene, and early runs of Inquest and Duelist): Japanese anime magazines of the late 90s—two Animage and five NewType (and an inexplicable duplicate issue.) At one point we were clearly getting imported magazines from some source (local comics store, online, friends, etc.) All of these are, of course, in Japanese and therefore of very little use for me apart from pretty pictures, of which there are many. I can’t speak about nowadays but it’s clear that back then Japan did not fool about with its magazines; the covers are durable and glossy and the print quality inside is quite nice, a mix of black-and-white newsprint and very nice color pages.

Each of the NewType issues has at least one form of insert—a character or anime guide booklet, fold-out poster, etc. The exception is the Sakura Wars issue at the top, which originally had a Parasite Eve poster (this one, in fact), which I took out and sold on eBay for about $80 to help finance our move in 2001.

jetwolf:

THE GREATER GOOD

"You see, much as I enjoyed your wild theories Sergeant, the truth is far less complex. Blower’s fate was simply the result of his being… an appalling actor."
"You murdered him for that?"
"Well, he murdered Bill Shakespeare."

jetwolf:

THE GREATER GOOD

"You see, much as I enjoyed your wild theories Sergeant, the truth is far less complex. Blower’s fate was simply the result of his being… an appalling actor."

"You murdered him for that?"

"Well, he murdered Bill Shakespeare."

(Source: anythingbutfootball)

Another installment in our thriller It Came From Louisiana. This time, a box of old magazines, mostly MAD and Cracked, with a scattering of oddities like Warped and the comic adaptation of The Muppets Take Manhattan.
Just one more common interest that Nikki and I shared long before we met each other. I have a box of MAD magazines of my own out in the garage (very few Cracked, though.) When put together, they make one heck of a collection, ranging from the very early 80s into the early 90s. It’s also quite possible they’ll make one heck of a pretty penny if/when they go up on eBay as part of the inevitable “clearing out stuff” phase of this adventure.

Another installment in our thriller It Came From Louisiana. This time, a box of old magazines, mostly MAD and Cracked, with a scattering of oddities like Warped and the comic adaptation of The Muppets Take Manhattan.

Just one more common interest that Nikki and I shared long before we met each other. I have a box of MAD magazines of my own out in the garage (very few Cracked, though.) When put together, they make one heck of a collection, ranging from the very early 80s into the early 90s. It’s also quite possible they’ll make one heck of a pretty penny if/when they go up on eBay as part of the inevitable “clearing out stuff” phase of this adventure.

Anonymous asked: post/94388783536/who-wants-to-see-pictures-of-some-old-ish-manga Couple of things: 1, how much of the current Dark Horse translated manga volumes do you have? 2, I'm sure some1 on your wife's blog mentioned to an extent it before, but it needs to said again: those Ver. 1 Codename: Sailor V manga volumes really are the mark of a true Hardcore Sailor Moon fan, particularly 4 the Late 90's heyday of U.S Sailor Moon fandom that didn't & wouldn't know the existence of such a thing.

1. I’m not sure exactly what this question means. I don’t have any “current” Dark Horse translated manga—I stopped picking these up before we moved from Louisiana in 2001. As for before that point, I have 120+ issues of Oh! My Goddess!, a couple more collected volumes of Blade of the Immortal and all of the issues of Ghost in the Shell, along with the trade paperback for that series. That’s all I remember, at least, and the issues are buried too deep in comic boxes to try and verify. I have the Bubblegum Crisis Grand Mal and various Dirty Pair comics, both illustrated by Adam Warren, but those are domestic and not translated.

2. Why, thanks! I wish I could say exactly why I pursued this so much way back then. It could very well have been intrigue over the character of Kaitou Ace, whose parallels with Tuxedo Kamen (with a playing card motif instead of roses) seemed interesting, but truthfully, it was more than 15 years ago—who knows what I was thinking. Though I’ve done online reading to try and piece together parts of the Sailor V history, I still have not been able to actually read either of the tankoubons that I have.

Who wants to see pictures of some old-ish manga? Yeah, I thought you did. Unearthed from one of our numerous boxes is at least part (there’s no telling what else remains) of the manga we picked up while living in Louisiana. It’s amazing how many of these I bought considering I couldn’t read a lick of Japanese.

First shot is Sailor Moon manga. You’ll notice some of these are doubled up because Nikki and I were still in the ridiculous (yet sometimes later profitable) “we must each own a copy” phase of our relationship. If I had to make a guess here, I would say that I picked up Sailor Moon 1-6 and Codename: Sailor V 1-2, while Nikki kept on going with Sailor Moon to get the 7 and 8 shown here.

Next is Oh! My Goddess! and all of those were all grabbed by me, since I enjoyed the series much more than Nikki. I have no idea why I have a second, French-translated copy of volume 4, nor why I picked up the first five volumes and then skipped straight to 13 and continued on from there. I have two of 14 and am missing 17—I probably ordered the wrong thing. I can only remind you that getting manga in the mid-90s wasn’t the easy thing it is nowadays.

Then we have a random smattering of things—Ruroni Kenshin, Fushigi Yuugi, Bastard!!, Ranma 1/2, Blue Seed, Tenchi Muyo! and a pair of Oh! My Goddess! postcard books. Were we trying everything and seeing what we actually liked? Was it based on things we had seen in anime form? There’s no way of knowing.

Lastly, the “mostly translated stuff,” things released by Viz and Dark Horse. I probably would have some Oh! My Goddess! graphic novels in this stack if it weren’t for me already having something like the first 120 translated comic book issues. The Evangelion vol. 4 in the lower left, the doujinshi next to it, the Moon Fight! and Leave it to Venus-Chan underneath it are the only Japanese releases here—everything else is domestic translated graphic novels. Some of them, like X and Orion, I haven’t even read yet. It’s been 17 years or so, maybe I should get on that…

Filed under things I COMPLETELY forgot that I have, R. Talsorian’s Bubblegum Crisis role playing books. I have never read these, I have no idea how the game plays, but they are filled with a lot of stats, extrapolated information, and original character sketches from the anime.

Filed under things I COMPLETELY forgot that I have, R. Talsorian’s Bubblegum Crisis role playing books. I have never read these, I have no idea how the game plays, but they are filled with a lot of stats, extrapolated information, and original character sketches from the anime.

MY WIFE IS HOME. THE WORLD IS AGAIN A TOLERABLE PLACE.

Sometimes I see little kids and I just want to grab them and shake them while telling them to enjoy what they have right now, make the most of it, these are some of the best days of your life, school and all. Before you know it you’ll have to worry about jobs and healthcare and keeping the gutters clean and if  that weird sound coming from the ceiling is a leak that’s going to cost thousands or if it’s just the house settling…

And then there are times like now where I’m all like, you’ve still got ten or fifteen years before you can just decide to have orange marmalade toast and sweet iced tea at quarter after eleven on a Saturday night. Suck-er.

amymebberson replied to your post: I have not seen my wife for a whole we…

god man, call Scott over one night & do stuff, I’m worried about you ;)

He was actually the last person I saw! If not for his socializing with me on Saturday, by now I would probably be hosting a tea party between my glassware and spice rack, which would just be awkward because the glasses would wind up drinking tea out of each other and it just gets all lewd and awkward.

But fear not! Tomorrow is the $5 free play night at Ground Kontrol, so I will be involved with people and games, and all will be well!

I have not seen my wife for a whole week now, and haven’t encountered another person in three days. I’ve begun to understand the notion behind cabin fever. I was concerned about my deteriorating mental state, but the bath towel told me not to worry about it, that everything’s going to be okay.

I’m having corned beef hash and rice for dinner and watching Fight Club, a movie I think everyone should see once in their life—not because it’s a good movie, which it is, but because some of the events that take place and Tyler Durden’s philosophies really make you think about life.

Man, I have been on a superhero movie kick something fierce lately. Today I popped Unbreakable in, which I’m watching with lunch. So good. I need to get this on Blu-Ray.

It’s easy to forget that before his “twist endings” became something of a schtick joke and he became associated with stuff like The Last Airbender and After Earth, M. Night Shyamalan made some damn good movies. It’s also easy to forget that Samuel L. Jackson played a huge role in a superhero movie long before he was Nick Fury.

Watching Iron Man on Blu-Ray over a lunch of Tuna Salad, Doritos, homemade sweet tea and cookies and cream wafers. Man, I just never get tired of watching Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. It doesn’t come close to soothing the balm that is my heart in this Nikki-less home, but it’s something.

"You’ve been called the DaVinci of our time. What do you say to that?"
"Ridiculous. I don’t paint."
"What about your other nickname, The Merchant of Death?"
"That’s not bad."

Lonely, empty life without Nikki, night three. Tonight’s dinner isn’t delivery, it’s Digiorno. But all is not despair, because Digiorno is a perfect lead-in to Almost Pizza, possibly the funniest commercial in modern SNL times.

Just discovered by wife while enjoying the ongoing adventure that is our old stuff in Louisiana: a set of Dirty Pair dolls that I bought at A-Kon in 1997 or 1998. According to the internet, they’re actually from 1985 and based on Affair on Nolandia, one of the first (possibly the first) anime we ever watched.
This is just blowing my mind right now. My memory of things I bought at A-Kon (and they were way too many, let’s face it) always focuses on Bubblegum Crisis stuff, and even my Black Lady vinyl model, but I had totally forgotten about these. Talk about a long-lost treasure!

Just discovered by wife while enjoying the ongoing adventure that is our old stuff in Louisiana: a set of Dirty Pair dolls that I bought at A-Kon in 1997 or 1998. According to the internet, they’re actually from 1985 and based on Affair on Nolandia, one of the first (possibly the first) anime we ever watched.

This is just blowing my mind right now. My memory of things I bought at A-Kon (and they were way too many, let’s face it) always focuses on Bubblegum Crisis stuff, and even my Black Lady vinyl model, but I had totally forgotten about these. Talk about a long-lost treasure!

After weeks of relative dryness, it rains today in Beaverton. As I weep for the start of my wife’s two-week trip, so too does the city.