The Cel Shaded report, 8/17: Art in the family

August 17th, 2011

Before I begin,  a technical note: Tag-team partner in fandom Wilma J. recently told me that ever since the Star-Advertiser blog formatting style was tweaked, the links we’ve been embedding in text are indistinguishable from the rest of the regular words. The workaround I’ve decided to use going forward is to highlight all links in bold, underlined type. To illustrate this, here, have the greatest abridged version of the already abridged Dragon Ball Z Kai ever. Let me know in comments whether that works for you.

We now return our regularly scheduled Cel Shaded report — as “regularly scheduled” as a day earlier than the usual posting date can be, anyway.  The next few days — time and energy to write permitting — are going to be pretty busy days here at Otaku Ohana, filled with manga and other comics and discussions about such things. But there are a few events happening locally that I wanted to promote before I dive headlong into all of that commentary.

Chief among the events going on this weekend is Family Sunday, sponsored by Bank of Hawaii at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. This event, held every third Sunday of the month, sees the Academy throw open its doors and allow visitors to take in all the exhibits on display and take part in a variety of activities for the grand cost of absolutely free. This month’s event, with the theme of “Mixed Plate” will also be the second major event where we’ll see the presence of Pen & Ink Works, the new anime/manga-inspired art group in town. Group leader Brady Evans told me that their booth will feature a mini-showcase of artwork from group members and other artists in the fellowship of fandom.

For those of you more inclined to create your own artwork rather than just look at it, Pen & Ink Works has you covered, too, with a chance to create your own “Manga Mismatch” booklet. Brady sent along these pictures to illustrate just what these booklets involve; basically, it takes drawings of several characters and splits them up into head/body/leg sections that can be mixed and matched by flipping pages:

You can find that and a whole lot more Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, 900 S. Beretania St. (The Academy itself will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., which gives you two hours at the end to roam the exhibits.) Want to learn more about the Academy? Check out their website at

The end of the Rainbow

There’s been quite a bit of attention given to the slow but eventual demise of Borders, but I was recently alerted to another bookstore locally that will be closing its doors for good as well: Rainbow Books & Records, a cluttered haven for bibliophiles in Moiliili (and a frequent stop for me back when I was attending UH-Manoa in the late ’90s) for the past 25 years. The store’s last day is Sept. 25; multimedia journalist Heidi Chang has the story.

Right now, everything in the store is 20 percent off. If you’re going there looking for manga, though, don’t get your hopes up too high — when I visited on Monday, there were only a few random manga volumes on the shelves, and they were from series that were at least five years old, at that. Heck, one of the things that stood out to me was that there were three copies of the first volume of Chicago by Yumi Tamura. (The title Chicago, in turn, made me think of this scene in Victorious, where Trina stages an ear-splitting musical number for her play. But I digress.) Those manga also haven’t moved around very much for months, or perhaps even years — I ended up picking up four volumes of Basara that had thin layers of dust on them. The woman at the counter even sold them to me for 75 cents each, recognizing that they hadn’t been moved in forever. You’d be better off looking through other things, like the small section of random anime DVD volumes, the larger pile of video games (most of which are from the PlayStation 2/original Xbox era and later)

Be careful moving around, though. It’s still quite cramped and cluttered there, and it probably will be until the end. Also, for those of you with sensitive eyes, please, try to avert them from the porno mags and videos that are out and in open display at the end of one aisle. Trust me. You’ll know it when you see it (before you cover your eyes and run screaming away from it).

Meeting roll call

>> Oahu Anime Explorer: The group is shifting its regular meeting dates to the third Saturday of the month starting this month. That said, the first meeting under the new schedule is this Saturday, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at HMC Academy, 555 N. King St. Visit

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