And Japan is wondering why their birthrates are plummeting.
Ah- This is totally a tangent but no, most Japanese people understand why their birth rates are going down. It’s not just the whole “a lot of Japanese people work really hard” after all the expectation still is that when a woman gets married she will quit her job. And unlike in other countries, (I’m looking at you America) the man usually makes enough money in Japan to provide for his entire family. The company will take care of the persons needs depending on what they need.
Japan’s birth rate problem comes from more women working and waiting until later in life before they get married, and one of the reasons why more women continue working is because once they have a child there is very little in the way of childcare services in Japan. Older kids don’t babysit, there are very few daycares which means if a woman does decide to have a child she is pretty much locked to that baby for the next 5+ years. And a lot of women while not minding the idea of having children, don’t want to give up every aspect of their life for that. (There are more other cultural reasons for the low birth rate as well such as a general acceptance of abortions, decent birth control, sex education and that there’s no inflation of birth based on foreign birth rates as foreigners having children are not counted as part of the national numbers)
It’s also just generally considered that most comic book artists make the comics for love of the craft. Because you have such a very very small chance of becoming popular enough to be rich most people who do comics for the money don’t get into doing comics. And all those who make a lot of money doing it, never expected to.
Behold, another compilation of a lengthy, comics-related Twitter rant from a year or two ago! This time around, the topic was Japanese comics’ famed, long-established system of assistant artists, and that system’s theoretical application to North American comics production.
The assistant program in Japan isn’t profitable either. For beginner Manga artists their assistants are friends, family or people of their art “circle/club” who are working with them for that comic, often for free but sometimes for a very, VERY meager salary that’s attached to the completion of the product. (Not based on time or rewrites or page counts.)
Only when an artist is taken in by a major publication do they get publication hired assistants but even then sometimes these assistants DON’T live in your area and DO live with you while the comic is being completed.
On occasion for larger publications (Say if JUMP were to sign you for something, JUMP is the Japanese equivocal of Marvel) and you DON’T live in Tokyo sometimes JUMP will have apartments that they’ll bring everyone to live in while they work on their comic. If the comic does get popular it might be well over a year or two before you move out of this very small group housing situation to get your own place (because you have the money) or to go home (because your time is up.)
((To quick note here there are more comic publication circles in Japan than you can shake a stick at unlike in America where it’s kind of Marvel, DC and maybe one or two other names and then you’ve fallen into vanity press and personal publishers.))((Also realize these “Apartments” are like maybe 200 squared feet and 3~5 people are living in them.))
So yeah not all Manga Artists live in the same city, some move into the same house from all over in order to work on their comic, they receive a salary based on the completion of the project not based on the physical time they’re working so many of the assistants are only getting maybe the equivocal of $20~25/page and any artist can tell you a single page of even just inking can take 2+ hours. And if they fuck it up? The Editor wants a change? The lead artist changes their mind? They don’t get extra money for the overtime of having to re-draw it.
So even in Japan being an assistant to “Work your way up” isn’t a shortcut. It’s a trial by fire and many assistants never get higher than that. Ether because they meet a Manga-ka they like so much that they’re happy assisting them forever or because they realize they just don’t have what it takes.
And getting assistants isn’t a “Short cut” for Manga artists either since many artists will produce up to 20 “Names” just to apply to a publisher. (A “Name” is a short 20 page introduction comic to your idea. Basically you’ll make 10~20 “First chapters” of different ideas and the publisher will look at them and if they like one they’ll buy it and you have to develop that) These “Names” are usually done in the space of about 2 months. That’s 200~400 pages in 2 months! And you thought Nanomango was hard!) And then if they’re accepted they’re expected to put out 20~30 pages of product EVERY MONTH. And no they CAN’T be late or miss a date because if the comic magazine is printed without them in it then often they’re dropped completely (If they’re just starting) and this is a major black mark on their record.
So yeah if you’re thinking about being an assistant to an artist it is a good idea if you want to get into major comic publishing or even vanity press publishing and want to see what it’s like first before you invest all the time and possible money into doing it only to realize you’re not very good and hate it, but realize that in all things art there are no short cuts and you’re not doing it for the money, because there’s very little of that too.
And if you want to get an assistant then realize you’re not hiring some noob you have to teach but hiring someone who’s good but just new to the field or doesn’t have the drive or ideas to make their own works and realize that if they’re expecting good coin for their work then you’re better off just doing it on your own or getting friend labour for that kind of stuff.
I started reading the Anita Blake series because a friend recommended it. And frankly I think the idea is great.
Her ability to write started out shaky at best and then just went downhill from there.
Anyway let me save you 20$ and a few hours of your life on this book.
Anita thinks she’s preggers. Her best friend in a semi-uncharacteristic show of supreme bitchyness spills to her two in house boyfriends that she might be preggers.
This really does nothing for the plot whatsoever and I have no idea why Laurel even bothered to put this in this book.
ANYWAY The friend then suddenly has a clarifying moment of realizing she’s being a cunt and flee’s. (Never to be seen again) ((Really, two books later and you still don’t hear from this “best friend” granted this is becoming a trend with Laurel whom cant write more then 5 or 6 characters at a time so when she wants to introduce someone new in the book she’ll either kill off or remove one never to be seen again. Happened to Anita’s boss, co-workers, detective friends and Edward, who was the only one that got a proper goodbye albeit a shitty uncharacteristic one.))
The two boy’s hover and coo but they’ve got things to do man, No time for a pee test! No time to think about what to do or talk! They skank themselves up and go to French Vamps place. (what’s his name…. It’s really dumb… Jean or something) Anyway they go to ‘Lestat wanna be’s’ place for some big Vampire Party he’s holding for really no reason. (I mean really, he became the master of the city two books ago, I think it’s a little late for an inauguration party.)
But Lestate WB isn’t there!! (And considering how much he has a hard-on for vampire protocol this is retarded that he wouldn’t be regardless of what’s going on.) He’s off dealing with some other pressing business and since of course the high and Mighty Anita can’t walk into a room without everyone trying to sex her, everyone in the room tried to sex her.
So in a unneeded and non-plot developing manner she challenged a head vamp to a cock off and Lestate WB come in just in time for them to have a threesome in the middle of the room. YAY FLOORSHOW. And in front of minors! There are some long drawn out issues because of course everyone LEVELS UP from the great sex and now are even more powerful. (No really, Anita’s pussy magic is that strong.)
Her Ex-boyfriend/fiance wearwolf with way more anger issues then natural comes storming in with great insight into his own character “I fight because I want to be selfrigious” and yet can’t control or recognize those moments and get’s even more angry when people point them out. (Granted you gotta feel bad for the guy, I mean he dates Anita, is the only normal thing in her life, asks her to marry him and then when she says yes is told that if he doesn’t share her with the vampire master of the city he’ll kill them both, which then Anita falls harder for psycho Lestate WB than normal wolf boy and shortly after that falls for every single man she meets. Poor guy, just wants a normal woman and a normal life but no one will give him that. And Anita has a shit fit every time he tries to leave her and jams herself right back into his life every time he tries to get away.)
ANNNYYYWAY, they find out she could be preggers and the shit hits the fan with a chapter of Anita and Ex figthing about “Well now you can give up all this danger and live normally” and “I don’t want to do that Richard (ex) You don’t see me for the Psychopath I really am!”
while the rest of the room watches in stunned silence. (Because apparently having a lovers spat in the middle of a vampire ball doesn’t lose face to anyone.)
She pee’s on a pregger test and ooh nilly she’s positive. More fights ensue because she doesn’t want to be pregnat, Richard want’s her barefoot and in the kitchen and everyone else is stunningly calm and supportive and non-opinionated on the whole thing. (Considering one of them wants kids but thinks he can’t, two of them shouldn’t be able to have kids but would adore them and the rest of them don’t care they are being WAY under opinionated.)
They have a foursome before going to bed because of course no one can just sleep after something like that and of course Anita is the cream in this man cookie sandwitch. Sadly it’s written in such purple prose I’m not sure what’s going in where just that there is alot of screaming and she orgasms at least 15 times. (Because you know sex is ALWAYS that good. Never akward or messy or anything.)
FINALLY THE PLOT STRIKES! Marmie Noir (mother of all darkness because you know, where there are vampires the original souce for them HAS to still be alive and sleeping somewhere for the end time to come IT’S BEEN DONE PEOPLE COME ON.) visits her in a dream. But because you know Anita is SO DAMN POWERFUL she kicks a billion year old creater of all evil vamp out of her head.
But we cannot do this without angst!! In a once again not helping the plot develop kind of way and with such purple prose you’re not sure what’s going on here anymore Anita’s “Animal Spirits” are trying to force her to change (I assume you are familiar with the books, if not in an earlier book Anita got infected with the wear disease so now she has werewolf, leopard, lion and some MYSTERY BLOOD running in her each which nullifies the other) So instead she metaphysically gives her beasts to other shape-shifters that are around. After that the fun doesn’t end!! She finds out she accidentally enslaved a different vampires mind with her Black Magic Vaginamonster!! He cant live without her and the only way to save him is to BONE HIM AGAIN!! once he is free of her “Soft chains” only to profess his TRUE love of her and desire to be with her. (This makes 8 men that are desperately in love with her and probably 10 more that just fuck her on a regular basis but have no attachments.) *headdesk*
I started to skip things at this point but she falls into an emo depression because “Oh noes I’m so sexy people can’t control themselves around me!!” and being depressing SO HARD she nearly forces herself to die.
(Parts of this book I swear to gob)
BUT being SO IMPORTANT if she dies other people will as well. So with the saving grace of the COCK she comes back!
God I wish I was making this stuff up. Then goes to see a Gyno about all those STDs… I mean the pregnancy.
Turns out she DOES have STD’s!!
In the doctor’s blood tests they show her as having Vald’s disease (A disease for vampire pregnancies where the child will be born a full vampire and eat it’s way out of the mother and die anyway because it’s pure demon) AND some other disease which comes with Shapeshifter pregnancy where her pregnancy only last’s as long as the shifter’s animals pregnancy lasts (so she could be looking at being only preggers for two months instead of nine. WOOT!) However she has these two baby diseases, but no baby in the womb. o_O
TIS A MIRICAL!! So they all calmly dismiss it, She has a little happy dance, Richard stalks off and emo’s everyone else is still totally unconcerned. BABY PLOT IS FINISHED. Like I said, pointless plot. Develops no characters and it is never mentioned again. The end.
No one questions why she has these two diseases and how they might affect her and why she’s continuing to test positive for being pregnant, nor does anyone recommend condoms or birth control. NICE this book is all about safe sex.
The Vampire party continues (??? like for serious they couldn’t be fucking LATE to this thing but showing up, fucking guests, taking a nap and postponing most of it for a day and a half is cool.) with once again everyone wanting a slice of the Anita cake. FINALLY more plot development comes in when she sits down and has a one chapter discussion with a Master Vamp who knows about Marmie Noir but refuses to actually tell her anything. Just beats around the bush that he knows everything and she proceeds to forget this titbit that he shares of knowing exactly what’s going on so that she can deal with one of her many boyfriends.
She then proceeds to have such MINDBLOWING sex it puts her in the hospital. (Death by Orgasam? YES PLZ!) The story ends in Laurels classical one page of summing everything up and trying of a shitload of loose ends while leaving even more open and people (i.e me) going WTF??
Hell I’m still waiting to find out what happened to Gil the Fox shifter from Book five that she was trying to fight from being put into a type of shifter concentration camp. THIS HAS NEVER BEEN RESOLVED!! WHERE IS HE?? HE WAS THE ONLY REMOTELY REAL CHARACTER!! As well as like 15 other characters including what happened to her job and other open investigations that she was a part of.
Even her ability to write smut has gone downhill.
It makes me sad she’s a developed writer because her stories have so much more potential and popularity but, sex sells and I can’t imagine these as being terribly hard to write since basically she’s mulling around a general theme and trowing and discarding any plot characters or whatnot to make her big man sandwitch even meater.
mmmm man meat but for the love of God I like a little plot lettuce in with all those huge gobs of “mayo”.
If you think 50 shades is bad hit up this stuff, I don’t even want to get into her hypocracy of talking about how using magic to force sex is bad (except when she does it.) And how her best friend was a slut for having 2 boyfriends but they never resolve how Anita needs to really apologize for that considering she has like 15.
In April our roommate She-ra decided she couldn’t finish a year contract and would be leaving at the 6 month mark. Her mother coming and her boyfriend coming only served to make her more homesick as opposed to less. Besides, other than having an adventure story she never really had a reason to come to Japan. No attraction to anime or the orient in general, she just wanted to have a story to tell her kids. (Which she really wanted to have)
So she left and I moved into her room which was much bigger than mine. I was a little miffed at her because when I cleaned out the closet I found the present I gave her and Wing gave her for Christmas. Oh well. Mine now. I saved some money and read a Laurel Hamilton book, which I’ll review next post because I’ve been told it was a funny review, and I don’t want you all to waste your money.
Watched 300 as well. Makes me want to get a sixpack.
I’ve lived in Japan on and off for several years, and I’ve always felt safe on my bicycle here, particularly as I often see young and old women alike biking …
It’s something I can say for sure it’s not something that just happens to foreigners although attacks on foreigners is more common than you think but highly under-reported since with a lack of Japanese, lack of police caring, and lack of anyone being willing to help most people simply brush these events off as freak accidents and pretend they never happened.
I’ve been lucky to have never been attacked but I’ve had two friends drugged before and their belongings stolen.
Japan is a country that is very firm in their adherence to “Not my problem, not my business.” And I can understand it. In a society where you’re living on top of each other you don’t want to get involved in other people’s problems, the only way to have privacy is in your own head-space of ignoring others and the kindest thing you can do for others is to be quiet and try not to engage strangers so they can have a little alone time.
But it’s a serious problem when you’re on a busy street screaming for help and no one will even look at you.
A few days ago a Nova teacher was murdered. She had arrived at the same time I did, only from London. A staff member of mine was taught by her, her school was close to mine.
It’s frightening, that she was killed by someone who wanted to do a language exchange, the same thing I was doing not but a few months ago. Apparently she was stalked by this guy for a while, apparently people saw him dragging her into his apartment but did nothing.
I feel safe in Japan, I was under the impression that It was generally safe here, that because there’s always people on the streets that you didn’t really have to worry that anyone was going to attack you. And that if something did happened there was always someone around who could or would call the police.
I guess I don’t realize how much people just tend to mind their own business. People saw what this guy was doing and yet they did nothing assuming someone else would take care of it.
It’s sobering to know that this could happen to anyone, although this is only the second murder of a foreigner in Japan in the last 6 years, but at the same time hits so hard because she was within the community of people that I worked with. Especially in the department of the inability of the police to function when cases like this occur.
They had the man in question in custody, twice, and both times he escaped. Escaped! From armed police officers, on foot, without shoes the second time.
—As of today he has been caught, it took them a year before they put out digitally altered pictures of him with dyed hair, facial hair or a wig dressing him up as a woman. He had gotten some surgery and it was this picture that got him caught—
I guess it goes with the fact that per capita, not many people are killed in Japan. Police for the most part do not know what to do when someone is killed, don’t know how to react to international matters.
Well the maintenance lady came by our apartment because of the mushrooms we had growing up through the floorboards due to the water leaks. She-ra was trying to get her to come inside and do the cleaning but apparently she had plans to just drop the chemicals off and leave it to us.
I stood there and actually understood the basics of what she was saying “This is for the Mushrooms, spray it and then wipe them up, do it in a ventilated room because it’s bad for you” ((Okay that one I’m guessing because she said Windo ga yaddayaddayadda *Made a window opening motion*)) At best I could mutter out wakarimashita and wakarimasen (I understand/I don’t understand) but she was speaking really fast. (I think part of it was also “Ask the neighbors if you need help” because she kept talking about a Mary.) hmmm well I’ve followed the instructions to the best of my ability, hopefully the mushrooms don’t come back.
(They didn’t and my illness cleared up really fast afterward. Hmmm Might have been a mold/spore problem)
I got moved into the living room while maintenance FINALLY did something about my moldy carpet and the leak, took them two weeks to do but man the couch was more comfortable than a futon on the floor.
I scared two teachers by sneaking up on them because they thought I was Japanese at first. I’m totally white but I’m short so people often don’t look at my face, just the top of my head and my hair is dark kind of Japanese coloured.
I think I’m turning Japanese I think I’m turning Japanese… nah I don’t think so.
I’ve hit 100 followers but that’s not why I’m doing this, I’m doing this because my aeropoints card is expiring and I need to use some points to keep it working.
Since I can’t ship anything to Japan I figure I’ll ship something to one of you guys.
1) Only Canadians: Sorry I can’t ship anything outside of Canada.
2) You have to already be following me: Sorry I’d like to ship to someone I somewhat know.
Das it. Send me a note (not an ask but one of those notes you can send after you’ve been following someone a while) And tell me which thing you want and why you think you of all Canadians deserve it.
Or if you’re American and you follow me but you know a Canadian who doesn’t but you think they need some stuff then tell me to ship it to them.
Oh and you have to be kosher with giving me your mailing address, no P.O boxes.
WHAT YOU COULD GET!
I’m only giving away one but you can choose which one:
$20 Uniprix Gift Card
Costco Wholesale Gold Star Membership
Rexall Pharma Plus $25 Gift Card
Kazuri Jewellery Bracelet
Black or Green, you pick.
These bracelets are hand-made and hand-painted in Nairobi, Kenya in a fair-trade workshop that employs single mothers and grandmothers raising AIDS orphans. In Swahili, Kazuri means “small and beautiful”. All profits from the purchase are donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation which works with community-level organizations who are turning the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa by providing care and support to women, orphaned children, grandmothers and people living with HIV and AIDS.
You don’t need to reblog this but you can if you want. Entries are BY FAN MAIL ONLY please state in your entry which one of these you want and a little bit on why you thing you want it or who you want me to send it to in Canada. Make sure you can give me your mailing address before entering.
There’s a big costume sale happening in Akihabara, I don’t know if it’s happening next week too but they did have a LOT of costumes most of which were very very nice.
Now if there is a character anyone would be interesting in getting a costume for amongst those who follow me I will be willing to go there and look for it for you.
Costumes seemed to range from about ¥4000 to ¥20,000 ($40~$200)
They are all pretty much “One size fits all” so there’d be no returns and no chance to get your sizing down, you could send me your measurements (in centimeters) and if it looks like it’d be too small then I won’t bother.
You’d basically have to have a paypal account or really trust me on getting you the costume.
There’s shipping on top which could be from $30~$100 extra because honestly I have no idea some of these costumes are kinda heavy.
HOW THIS WOULD BE DONE:
-Next Saturday/Sunday I’ll make an announcement that I’m going to Akihabara, anyone who wants a costume CONTACT ME BEFORE THEN with a list of characters (AND LINKS to their image so I can look for the costume)
-Send me an estimate pricing of what you’d be willing to pay (maximum.)
-STAY BY YOUR PHONE/E-MAIL When I get there I’ll send you an image of the costume, this may be at like 2 in the morning your time so y’know be aware of that.
-IF I GET NO REPLY I’ll assume you don’t want it and will leave it. If I do get a reply (of hopefully yes) than I’ll pick it up.
-This is a two way trust machine and I’ve already spent the cash on my end, a lot of it in some cases. I’ll send a second photo of the costume at my house where you can send me the money by paypal and once I’ve confirmed receiving it I’ll send you the costume.
-If you trust me you can send the money via “gift” and that way neither of us have to pay the paypal charge. After all you’re not really buying the costume from me I’m just an inbetweener. If not then you can send the money as a transaction but I’m going to then have to charge you whatever paypal would take for their fee because like I said, I’m an in-betweener here kinda doing people a favour. I’m not about to lose money in this.
I have this
It’s like smaller than my fist but whatever. What’s the interest in someone buying it?