Archive for September, 2011

The (slightly delayed, definitely truncated) Cel Shaded report, 9/18

September 18th, 2011
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As you may have noticed, things have been quiet around here for the past week or so, owing to my vacation and a trip to sunny Seattle. To make my vacation relevant to the interests of this blog, here, have a picture of the Seattle Mariners’ Ichiro Suzuki warming up in the on-deck circle during Monday’s game against the New York Yankees. (For the record: Mariners staff ace Felix Hernandez got shelled, final score was 9-3, ballgame over, Yankees won, theeeeeeeeeeee Yankees won.)

But I’m back, processing pictures and preparing posts for the blog that (God willing) will be appearing in the near future. For now, though, I just wanted to add an event that I missed on the local otaku’s guide to September in my last post. The event: the Generation Kikaida 10th Anniversary celebration, happening at Shirokiya at Ala Moana Center today from 2 to 3:30 p.m. You can expect to see all the elements that have made for successful Shirokiya Kikaida fan events in the past: picture-taking opportunities with the Kikaida brothers and Kamen Rider V3, balloons, prize giveaways and autographs with Kikaida star Ban Daisuke.

An added perk this time around is that one lucky fan can win a Kikaida DVD box set. You have to be present to win, but with (a) the event lasting for just 90 minutes and (b) so many other areas to visit in the store now (Book-Off! Multiple yummy food stations!), you really shouldn’t have any trouble biding your time until the big announcement is made.

Check out www.generationkikaida.com for all things Kikaida related.

The Cel Shaded report, 9/8: Busy-ness as usual

September 8th, 2011
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Once upon a time, a popular American band sang the words, “Wake me up when September ends.”

By the power vested in me as an anime/manga/cartooning blogger on a small rock in the middle of the Pacific, I’m declaring that sentiment null and void … as far as September 2011 is concerned locally, anyway. If you feel like sleeping at any time during this month, and there’s not at least one event on this month’s calendar of events that keeps you awake, you’re probably reading the wrong blog.

Even with just one week on the books, it’s been a busy month already — Sean Akita announced that he would be closing Sean’s Shop (formerly Mechahawaii) at the end of this year, a story I’ll be pursuing sometime in the near future. Kawaii Kon also introduced its first non-Vic Mignogna guests for 2012, voice actors Todd Haberkorn (Keroro in Sgt. Frog, Italy in Hetalia Axis Powers, Keisuke Takahashi in Initial D)  and Lisa Ortiz (Tony Tony Chopper in One Piece, Lina Inverse in Slayers, Amy Rose in several Sonic the Hedgehog franchise games). The busy month also doesn’t take into account the fact that I’m fleeing the state for a few days to vacation in the home of Starbucks, Pike Place Market, Fantagraphics and Piroshky Piroshky. If it seems even quieter than usual around this corner of the Star-Advertiser blogosphere next week, that’s why.

So to tide you over for what could be an absence of either a few days or a few weeks, depending on how motivated I feel to write while I’m away (and seeing as how I’ve been absolutely drained of energy after work recently, I’m just warning ya, it could well be the latter time frame), after the break you’ll find a guide to all the activities that are capturing my attention this month.

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The Cel Shaded Report, 9/1: Mini Con carne

September 1st, 2011
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It’s a debut that’s so big, a convention had to be built around it.

Okay, so that’s not really the case. The first meeting of anime/manga inspired art group Pen & Ink Works was in my “events to write about” calendar a few weeks before news of this new event popped up on my radar. Also, we aren’t really talking about a full-fledged convention here; it’s Mini Con, the event offering a slice of convention life in the handy petite size and the brainchild of McCully-Moiliili Public Library manager Hillary Chang. Last year, we saw Mini Con take place in late October; this year’s edition is happening much sooner than October. It’s next Saturday, Sept. 10, to be exact.

Those of you who attended Mini Con 2010 will find that many of the good things from that event have made it back this year. (For those of you who didn’t attend, here, have a photo gallery posted by the nemu*nemu team.) Chief among them is the guest list, unchanged since last year. Returning for another go-round are:

  • Jon J. Murakami, Gordon Rider creator and artist of the Star-Advertiser’s “Calabash” comic strip.
  • Audra Furuichi, artist and co-caretaker of the shuper-cute plush pup Web comic nemu*nemu.
  • Kevin Sano, Crazy Shirts T-shirt designer who’s also done some otaku-centric designs featuring Kikaida and Kamen Rider. Kevin’s stated on his deviantART page (kevinesque.deviantart.com) that he’s working on three new pieces for Mini Con; you can see two of them — black and white and color versions of a Hakaida piece and a black and white version of a Kikaida piece — on his page right now. (I’d imagine more will be popping up there as we get closer to the event.)

Want to watch some anime? There will be screenings throughout the event. Free swag? Of course — there will be free bookmarks and buttons, and you can sign up to win other prizes. There’s even a cosplay showcase planned — namely, you show up in costume, you get a special gift, no getting up in front of several hundred people and posing required. It’s that simple.

Also coming along for the ride for the first time this year, as I mentioned at the beginning of this post, will be Pen & Ink Works, which will be holding its first meeting concurrently with Mini Con. The group is also hosting what’s being called a “drawing workshop,” but I’m invoking my copy-editing skill of polishing words up to make them shine and calling it “Mini Con’s first-ever interactive panel experience.” Artists, bring your portfolios and share your work, get some feedback or just network with fellow artists and meet some new friends.

Mini Con runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 10 at McCully-Moiliili Public Library, 2211 S. King St.; as I’ve advised in the past with events at this library, parking in the neighborhood is rather tight, so plan on coming in early Sponsors include the Friends of the McCully-Moiliili Public Library, Collector Maniacs, Hawaiian Graphics and Kawaii Kon. For more information, call 973-1099.

‘Bento battle

Meanwhile, closer to this weekend, there’s a battle brewing at the Academy Art Center at Linekona this Saturday — the Honolulu regional edition of the Fifth Annual Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle, to be exact. Twelve of Hawaii’s top graffiti artists will be competing in the free event, running from noon to 7 p.m. at the center, located at 1111 Victoria St. According to a press release posted at the Estria Battle website:

This international graffiti battle is a competition that encourages graffiti writers to communicate social justice issues and empower communities through the messages conveyed in their work. In conjunction with the battle, local arts organization 808 Urban has curated over twenty educational activities, workshops and vendor booths based in the urban arts, sustainability and traditional Hawaiian culture, as well as a lineup of music and performances throughout the day.

So what does that have to do with this blog, you ask? Turns out the gang over at the other anime/manga-inspired artist collective in town, MangaBento, has been invited to offer some of their hands-on workshops during the event. Details were still being ironed out on the group’s Facebook page (note: must be logged in to Facebook to view) but as of now, it looks like they’ll be there from 2 to 4 p.m., offering a chance to try out different art materials and do a bit of painting and sketching. Definitely looks like something worth checking out this weekend.