POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 17, 2011
LAST UPDATED: 08:30 p.m. HST, Feb 17, 2011
Back in 2006, when this paper was known as the Star-Bulletin, Gary Chun wrote an article about local artist Jon Murakami and his then-new comic parodying Japanese live-action superheroes, "Gordon Rider." In that article — available at bit.ly/ikenKu — Murakami detailed his process for drawing the comic: He draws each installment on the erasable white board at Sean's Shop (back then known as Mechahawaii), takes a picture of each board's layout, then redraws it for the comic book.
That's how it's supposed to work, anyway. But something recently happened on the way to the comic's next issue: Murakami lost all of his photo references. Bad for him? Of course. Good for encouraging audience participation in rebuilding the issue? Absolutely.
So here's the deal: You'll need a Facebook account. You'll need to point that account to the "Gordon Rider: The Comic" Facebook page at on.fb.me/fwX5sS and become a fan. (To the older people reading the past few sentences and not understanding a word, please consult your nearest 20-something-or-younger for an interpretation.)
From now through next week, Murakami will be throwing out various themes and elements around which he'll be drawing the monsters for his new comic. For instance, the first monster he revealed on Monday was based on a "fire" element, and he called for a color, an inanimate object and an animal. Fans can then chime in with their ideas — Yellow Hibachi Hyena, Scarlet Cactus Chihuahua and Crimson Scythe Spider were some of the ideas for the aforementioned example. The people who submit the winning names will be credited at the end of the comic.
Let those creative juices flow, and good luck to all.
It's been a while since I've reviewed any anime or manga in this space, so I thought I'd tackle the first episode of a new computer-animated series.
Unfortunately, I can never mention this series' actual name because this is a family publication. Let's just call it "Cat Poo One" and do this: All readers over 18, replace the middle word with a stronger expletive synonymous with "poo" that starts with "S" to get the actual title. Readers under 18 probably should just move on, because this show isn't for you.
For while there are cute anthropomorphic rabbits battling camel terrorists — much to the chagrin of tag-team partner in fandom Wilma J., who adores camels — this is not a kids' show. Sure, one of the first shots we see of special forces unit members Packy and Botasky is of them lying prone, assault rifles at the ready, with their tails twitching in the air. But then a camel shoots a hostage, Packy and Botasky shoot up the camels with plenty of collateral blood spatter, and its "mature audiences" rating gets earned rather quickly.
Don't expect any deep commentary on the war on terror. It's more like a 22-minute cinematic scene where the heroes have, for the most part, been given an "invulnerability" code. But for what it's worth, it's nice eye candy.
The episode is available for free on YouTube through Saturday. If you miss it, though, it's also available on Amazon.com for $19.99 on DVD or $29.99 on Blu-ray. Yes, those prices are for 22 minutes' worth of computer animation. The pain does ease a bit when 75 minutes' worth of bonus features, a commentary track and Japanese and English soundtracks are factored in, but whether that's enough to warrant a purchase really depends on how much money you have to throw around.