The Cel Shaded report, 7/20: Local pros and Comic-Cons

July 20th, 2011
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Yes, I know, the Cel Shaded report has, for the most part, run on Thursdays. This week’s a special case, though … for the past few days, I’ve been working on a reaction post to the news that the Borders bookstores are shutting down. It’s going to take a little while longer to brew that up, though … I’m hoping to have that up by the weekend. But first things first — this will be a weekend full of conventions and gatherings both local and abroad, and I wanted to give those some good, extended play here on the blog.

Here locally, we have the Hawaii All-Collectors Show happening Friday from 3 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. There will be a good number of antiques and collectibles on display and for sale, but the element of the show that may be most relevant to anime fans’ interests may be the booth hosted by Oahu Anime Explorer. The club will be teaming up with the Pacific Outpost 501st Legion for some cosplay fun. This year, though, the club is also conducting a charity drive to benefit the young victims of the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan, partnering with the Hawaii Entertainment Expo Experience (HEXXP) to collect manga, toys, Region 2 DVDs (typically DVDs coded for play in Japan) and models to send to the children in the Sendai area. The drive will continue at HEXXP Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, with musical guests ALSDEAD and Takashi O’Hashi taking whatever’s donated back to Japan with them.

Yoshiki Takahashi, HEXXP director of guest relations, said in a statement, “Many of the victims of the great Tohoku quake and tsunami were children. Among those who survived, some lost their parents, and most of them lost all of their possessions in the tsunami. HEXXP, along with the Oahu Anime Explorer and our many partnering conventions are working together to help bring happiness to those children who have lost everything.”

Admission to the All-Collectors Show is $5, or $2 for children ages 7 to 11. You can get a dollar-off admission coupon at the website I linked above.

Over at the Children’s Discovery Center in Kakaako (a long stone’s throw away from us here at Star-Advertiser Tower in Restaurant Row) there’s going to be a Keiki Bon Dance Festival on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Members of Honpa Hongwanji will be leading dances including — I swear I’m not making this up; it’s right here in the press release in front of me — the “Pokemon Ondo.” If I had any kids, I’d bring them just so I could see that. Children can also learn how to make hachimaki (headbands) and uchiwa (fans) at this event. Admission is $10 general, $8 kamaaina and military members, $6 senior citizens ages 62 and up; anyone who comes dressed in yukata or happi can knock a dollar off those prices.

We also have some regularly scheduled meetings this weekend; matter of fact, I have a section for just that purpose, where did that template go … ahh, here it is:

Anime around town

>> Aiea Library Anime Club: 3 p.m. Saturday at the library, 99-143 Moanalua Road. This month, librarian Diane Masaki will be screening the first volume of Trigun, which should ease the pain of not getting a Trigun: Badlands Rumble screening locally. (Then again, given the overall tone of a recent Anime News Network review, maybe we aren’t missing much, after all.) For more information or to RSVP, call 483-7333 or e-mail aiealibraryanimeclub@yahoo.com.

>> MangaBento: This group of anime- and manga-inspired artists meets from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Academy Art Center, 1111 Victoria St., Room 200. Visit www.manga-bento.com.

California drawin’

The big story on the national front, though, is that shindig going down deep in the heart of area code 619, home to Padres, Chargers, a bunch of killer whales all named Shamu and WWE wrestler Superstar Rey Mysterio.  It’s Comic-Con International weekend in San Diego, kicking off with Preview Night tonight and running all the way through Sunday. Many announcements will be made, many fanpeeps will be thrilled, and many collectibles will be introduced that I will want to buy immediately but have to wait patiently until next year to get my hands on.

There’s going to be a nice little contingent of people from our otaku ohana making the trip –the creative minds of KimonoKitsy Studios, Audra Furuichi and Scott Yoshinaga, will be selling nemu*nemu swag, including their shuuuuper-cute con-exclusive Pup Avenger Field Notes, in the Small Press exhibit area. Star-Advertiser cartoonist Jon J. Murakami and Gordon Rider inspiration Gordon Chan will be helping out cartoonist (and upcoming HEXXP guest) Phil Yeh at the Cartoonists Across America table and selling some Gordon Rider merchandise. Even Hillary Chang, young adult librarian and acting branch manager at McCully-Moiliili Library, is getting in on the fun as one of the panelists at the “Graphic Novels for Non-Teenagers” panel (Friday at 3:30 p.m. in room 26AB, for those of you fortunate enough to be in San Diego right now). I’d also be remiss in not plugging Ryan Ozawa’s upcoming coverage over at Honolulu Pulse.

As for me? Well, I took my vacation — a lovely little staycation, where I got everything and nothing accomplished at the same time — last week. Something about me being in the company of too many fanpeeps in one location gives me hives. Also, having to click nonstop for 20 minutes or so in hopes that I’m one of the lucky people who gets the privilege of buying a full weekend pass before they sell out, plus another 20 minutes or so in hopes of snagging one of those elusive hotel rooms nearby? No thank you. (And yes, before you ask, I know I could save myself the hassle and apply for a press pass … but come on, this is Comic-Con, I don’t want the obligation of having to work at it.)

There is, however, one perk worth mentioning for those of us not making the trip. As part of their Comic-Con celebration, KimonoKitsy Studios has cut the price of its first nemu*nemu e-book — volume 5 in the series collecting strips from the fifth year; also the first book to be printed in full color — to $1.99. (Regular price is $5.99.) I’ll probably pick up a copy, but I must admit, there’s still something to be said about the charm of the printed format and what can be done with that.

See? (Full journalistic disclosure: I received this from Team KimonoKitsy at Kawaii Kon this year, their way of thanking me for more than five years of Cel Shaded coverage. It was, in a word, OMGincrediblyniceandawesome.)

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