A party, some pirates and philanthropy

December 3rd, 2010

First off, thanks to tag-team partner in fandom Wilma J. for tossing up a quick post a few days ago with an update on our whereabouts. I’m happy to say that I’m on the mend and should be back at full speed eventually, just as soon i can get over these … excuse me … *HACKCHOKECOUGHWHEEZECOUGHCOUGHGAGSNORT* … coughing fits that I’m plagued with every now and then.

My gradual recovery, sadly, wasn’t in time to write a proper Cel Shaded this week. But while I’ll be holding on to what was supposed to be the central topic of this week’s column for next week (helpful tip: if you’re artistically inclined and in the sixth through 12th grade, you’ll want to read next week’s column), there were a few other items I wanted to highlight that are definitely worth sharing now, as they would be useless next week:

  • The Oahu Anime Explorer annual Christmas party is on Saturday, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the club’s second home: GS Studios, at 320 Lewers St. in Waikiki. The last cost I’ve heard is $12 for dinner, catered by Tanioka’s, and two soft drinks. Naturally, there will be karaoke, and it’s free to all members in good standing. RSVP to info@oahuanimeexplorer.com.
  • The November Manga Movable Feast is proceeding apace this week, with David Welsh of Manga Curmudgeon hosting discussions of the month’s subject, One Piece. Alas, since I’ve been some combination of busy and sick, I won’t be able to contribute anything new. Sigh. To atone, here’s the series overview I wrote for the Star-Bulletin earlier this year (which, like many of the pieces we’ve written between 2008 and 2010, have become rather difficult to find via straight Googling, and we apologize for that).
  • Finally, I’ve noticed the newsletter for Borders Books & Music has been touting a neat promotion: On Saturday and Sunday, any purchase you make at the store will net you a $15 gift card … not for yourself, mind you, but for use in funding projects on DonorsChoose.org. (Buying the book Waiting for Superman also gets you another $15 card.) Regular readers of this blog know that we’re all for funding DonorsChoose.org projects, and this is another way you can do so.

Next week, God and health willing: The Great Manga Gift Guide 2010!

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