By Jason S. Yadao
September was a busy month. I certainly thought so when I wrote a guide to the month’s activities, and I continue to think so as I stare at all of these pictures piled up in a corner of my hard drive, waiting patiently to be written up and see the light of day. (Mini Con, Windward literacy mural, and HEXXP, I promise I’ll write something about you all in … mmmm … the next three weeks or so.)
Yet time continues to plow forward. The month of October’s looking to be just as busy as September, if not more so, threatening to fill up even more of what little free time I have left these days to write about it all. There’s the Hawaii International Film Festival kicking off next week; Teen Read Week, a national literacy initiative led by the Young Adult Library Services Association that’s so crammed full of talks by friends-of-the-blog Jon Murakami and Audra Furuichi and other activities at local libraries, it’s spilling out beyond the formal Oct. 16-22 time frame; a small convention with a cause; and, of course, National Cosplay Recognition Day on Oct. 31 (please note: I’m probably the only dork who uses that name for the day everyone else calls “Halloween”).
I’m sure more events will pop up as the month progresses, but after the break, here’s your guide to navigating through it all.
Now through Oct. 12
It’s time for the September edition of the Manga Movable Feast! No need to double-check your calendars and your sanity; it really is early October. But what should have been last month’s MMF was pushed into this month because of the spotlighted series: Love Hina by Ken Akamatsu. Brief history lesson:
- Once upon a time, Tokyopop once held the rights to Love Hina.
- Kodansha took back the rights.
- Kodansha USA announced that it would be re-translating and releasing Love Hina in the U.S. in special omnibus volumes, starting in September.
- Manga Movable Feast was set for September around the release date of Kodansha’s new first volume.
- Kodansha’s release date slipped to October.
And that’s why the September MMF is going on now. As for my participation: I hope to be able to fit in something before it ends next week, but just in case, here, have a Love Hina review I wrote back in January 2004.
Sun., Oct. 9
The first of two regularly scheduled meetings for anime- and manga-inspired artist group MangaBento will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Academy Art Center, 1111 Victoria St., Room 200. Visit www.manga-bento.com.
Tues., Oct. 11
Jon J. Murakami. If you’ve read this blog for some time now, you know about his accomplishments — Gordon Rider creator, cartoonist who draws Calabash for us here at the Star-Advertiser, artist behind the Local Kine greeting cards, frequent contributor to cartoon art murals for literacy whenever Winged Tiger cartoonist Phil Yeh is in town.
If you’ve ever wanted to pick up some cartooning tips, this would be a great month to do so. Jon’s Teen Read Week library lecture tour, “Cartooning With Jon J. Murakami,” kicks off at the Salt Lake-Moanalua Library (3225 Salt Lake Blvd.) at 3 p.m. The program, running about 45 minutes, is recommended for ages 10 and up; call 831-6831 if you need any special accommodations.
Audra Furuichi. If you’ve read this blog for some time now, you know about her accomplishments — artist of nemu*nemu, found both online and in the East Oahu Sun, and recipient of the Charles M. Schulz Award for Excellence in Cartooning back in the late 1990s.
Get insight into her style of digital cartooning with her library lecture tour, “Picture It! The ‘Net, Tech and Comix — The Sharing Art and Stories in the Digital Age,” which kicks off at Waipahu Library (94-275 Mokuola St.) at 6 p.m. Audra’s program runs for about 45 minutes and is recommended for ages 14 and up; call 675-0358.
It’s time for the Hawaii International Film Festival! In years past it’s been very, very good to anime fans, rolling out such films as Redline, Welcome to the Space Show, Summer Days With Coo, Steamboy, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, and many, many more. This year, four more anime will join that list: A Letter to Momo, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos, Osamu Tezuka’s Buddha, Legend of the Millennium Dragon.
I was going to devote an entire blog post to this, but then Anime News Network did my work for me and posted a great roundup of all the anime and anime/manga-related screenings going on. So I’ll just point to that and add this: I have sitting here in front of me advance DVD screeners for the four anime and the live Sabi Sabi: Quirky Guys and Gals. Watch for my reviews over on Honolulu Pulse in coming days.
Sat., Oct. 15
Teen Read Week lectures continue with Jon visiting the Hawaii State Library (478 S. King St., call 586-3490) at noon; you can find him in the young adult section of the library. Audra, meanwhile, will be stopping in on young adult librarian Diane Masaki at Aiea Library (99-143 Moanalua Road, call 483-7333) at 3 p.m.
Meanwhile, if you’re interested in volunteering for Kawaii Kon next year — and you’re at least 16, the minimum age required of volunteers — be sure to make your way out to the center pavilion of Kakaako Waterfront Park at 11 a.m., where the convention will be hosting its second general staff meeting. You have to attend two meetings before the show anyway, so why not make this one of them? (Also, you’ll have to bring your own refreshments.) Visit http://www.kawaii-kon.org/index.php/information/staff/faq/ for more details.
Sun., Oct. 16
Teen Read Week lectures continue with Jon visiting Kaimuki Library (1041 Koko Head Ave., call 733-8422) at 2 p.m. and Audra at Kaneohe Library (45-829 Kamehameha Highway, call 233-5676) at 2:30 p.m.
Mon., Oct. 17
It’s road trip time for the Teen Read Week lectures! The first to leave Oahu will be Audra, who will be flying off to Kauai to speak at Kapaa Library (1464 Kuhio Highway, call 821-4422) at 3 p.m. and Waimea Library (which I believe to be between Moana and Pokole roads on Kaumualii Highway; just call 338-6848 if you still aren’t sure where it is) at 6:30 p.m. I can’t help but wonder if a friend Audra and I share who’ll be vacationing on Kauai around then will have time to swing by and say hi … but anyway.
Tues., Oct. 18
It’s Jon’s turn to leave Oahu now — he’ll be flying over to Maui to speak at Wailuku Library (251 High St., call 243-5766) at 2:30 p.m. and Kahului Library (90 School St., call 873-3097) at 6 p.m.
Back on Oahu, Teen Read Week events being organized by young adult librarian Linda Mediati at Liliha Library kick off with a face painting and body art demonstration by professional face/body tattoo artist Suzette Arita. Come and meet this artist, who learned from instructors including Mark Reid, Pashur and Marcella “Mama Clown” Murad, at the library, 1515 Liliha St., from 3 to 4 p.m. Call 587-7577.
Wed., Oct. 19
Audra’s back on Oahu and continuing her Teen Read Week lectures at Kalihi-Palama Library (1325 Kalihi St., call 832-3466) at 3 p.m. and my hometown library, Mililani Library (95-450 Makaimoimo St., where they have a great expanded parking lot with two entrances(!); call 627-7470) at 6 p.m.
Over at Liliha Library, Linda will be screening the movie Green Hornet from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. as part of Teen Lounge, a gathering for teen audiences. This raises a question I’ve had for a while now: I have yet to see the movie, but how does Seth Rogen do in that lead role, anyway? Seems a bit of odd casting to me.
Thurs., Oct. 20
Teen Read Week lectures continue with Jon still on the neighbor island circuit, visiting Molokai Library (15 Ala Malama, call 553-1765) at 3 p.m. Audra, meanwhile, will be at Kailua Library (239 Kuulei Road, call 266-9911) at 6:30 p.m. Just to make extra-sure to clarify, that’s Kailua on Oahu, not Kailua-Kona on Hawaii island. (Matter of fact, I’ve heard nothing about any Teen Read Week events on that island. Sorry, guys.)
Over at Aiea Library, Diane will be screening the movie Green Lantern starting at 5:30 p.m. This raises a question I’ve had for a while now: I have yet to see the movie, but how does Ryan Reynolds do in that lead role, anyway? That seems a bit of odd casting to me, too. (It just seemed a bit of an off year for “Green” superhero movies, really.)
Sat., Oct. 22
- At 11 a.m., Pen & Ink Works will be presenting a workshop, “Calling All Heroes and Heroines: Tips on Character Creation,” using the exquisite corpse method to create characters purely by chance.
- At 1:30 p.m., Roy Bann from Kawaii Kon will conduct his touring panel, “Japanese Cultural References in Anime.”
- Finally, at 2:30 p.m., Audra wraps up her lecture tour.
Meanwhile, Jon returns to Oahu to wrap up his lecture tour at Aina Haina Library (5246 Kalanianaole Highway, call 377-2456) at 2 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 23
The second of two regularly scheduled meetings for anime- and manga-inspired artist group MangaBento will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Academy Art Center, 1111 Victoria St., Room 200. Visit www.manga-bento.com.
But easily winning my “most intriguing and worthy of support” award for the month is “Anime for Charity: A Mini-Convention,” from noon to 4 p.m. at Windward Estates, 46-063 Emepela Place in Kaneohe. (Admission will be $7 for ages 13 and up, $3 for all those younger.) Pen & Ink Works will be doing personalized mini anime portraits. Kawaii Kon will be represented. Episodes of Hetalia will be screened. Original artwork by local artists will be sold. Drawing and cosplay contests will be held, and there will be a raffle for goodies including a nemu*nemu basket and a Kawaii Kon prize pack including a three-day pass.
Oh yes, and this is all being organized by a 17-year-old girl as a benefit for the Honolulu Shriners Hospital for Children.
Her name is Ming Qi Vinci. That’s her artwork, entered in the recent Liliha Library Anime Art Contest, above. Ming has been home-bound for the past three years thanks to rigorous hormone therapy and is currently recovering from a brain tumor. She also suffers from a hyperthyroid disorder that will affect her for the rest of her life. And yet … well, here’s part of her statement, which I received via Pen & Ink Works’ Brady Evans:
I was lucky enough to be able to stay with my family—and even though Shriners is quite an amazing environment, I know there is a level of hardship that comes with being hospitalized. I want to be able to help spread some kindness to these children as well as supplying the community with a way to get involved through anime and manga. I’ve always wanted to do something to help those around me. This is why I am ever bent on making this fundraiser a success!
She hopes to raise $1,000 from this event. Somehow I feel like she’ll end up raising a lot more, because I’d like to think local fans are generous folk when rallied properly.
I’m definitely going to try to follow up with this story. How could you not, really? And if you can’t attend, I’d strongly consider making a donation at the event’s official fundraising page.
The Manga Movable Feast bloggerati will be back at it once again with their look at horror manga — not to be confused with horrible manga, so expect to see essays on the work of Kazuo Umezu (read Drifting Classroom, by the way, it’s great) rather than something on why The Qwaser of Stigmata should never have been licensed for the U.S. This has the potential to go a million different ways, and I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s different takes … as well as slightly dreading the moment when I’ll have to figure out what exactly I’m going to cover for that MMF.
Sat., Oct. 29
National Cosplay Recognition Day may be in two days, but two events have picked this day to formally celebrate it. Toys ‘n’ Joys in Kaimuki (3632 Waialae Ave.) is holding its annual anime/video game cosplay contest, with a grand prize of a current-gen gaming console — any one of ‘em, take your pick, from a PSP Go to a PS3 — and gift cards to category winners and honorable mentions. You can find more rules and info here (warning: PDF file); preregister by the 27th at http://www.toysnjoys.com/halloweencontestform.html. (It’s cheaper that way; registration at the door is $10.) Check-in is at 5 p.m.; picture-taking runs from 6 to 8 p.m., and the winners will be announced at 9 p.m.
The zombies of Kawaii Kon will be haunting Zombie Alley, the street known as Chaplain Lane downtown on the other 364 days of the year, at the Hallowbaloo Street Festival. The undead will rise with a dance contest at 7:30 p.m., a zombie walk shamble at 8 p.m. and a costume contest ($5 entry fee) at 9:15 p.m. With all those zombies shambling around, though, I think it might be wise to dispatch an army of sunflowers. You know. Just in case. Find out more about everything going on at Hallowbaloo at www.hallowbaloo.com.