laceblade: 5 girls of K-On! anime, carrying UK bags. Text: let's go abroad! (K-On!: Abroad)
Yes, I am behind on that meme and also on comments and also many things. I have plans for blog posts, though!

That said, I’m going to be spending the month of April in England. [My partner's employer has a retention problem that they combat by giving a month-long paid vacation anywhere the world for employee and a +1 every 5 years they work there.]

Do you know of any books, comics, or manga that are published/available in the UK that are not available in the US? Tell me about them, ;)

I’m also going to be looking into anime. While I understand that DVDs there are a different “region,” for a while the UK had the Studio Ghibli movie “Only Yesterday,” which was only finally released in the US LAST YEAR. WHAT IF THERE IS MORE. I’m willing to nose around a little, but if you have thoughts/knowledge on other forms of media you think I’d be interested in, I’ll take that, too.
laceblade: Meelo of Legend of Korra, fists raised, mouth open. Shouting "JAILBREAK!" (ATLA: Meelo jailbreak)
There's not much too this post, but I was thinking lately about how much of my consumption is done through subscription now - both digital & mail packages:
Netflix, Crunchyroll (which now includes manga!), Sparkler, GwynnieBee, ipsy, Give Us This Day.

Am I missing anything good? Thinking about adding Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet but idk how often they come out with new issues lately...
laceblade: Ritsu, Mio, & Azusa in bathing suits, holding inflatable inner tube, smiling (K-On: Summer)
I've been meaning to support Sparkler for months, and their latest membership drive will finally get me to do it.
Why? Because if I don't, there will be no Sparkler, :(

I think that what they produce is really important, & they probably describe themselves the best:

Sparkler Monthly is a multimedia, digital shojo/josei magazine of original English-language fiction. Our carefully selected creators are paid advances for their work and go through a thorough editorial process. After a book or audio story is serialized in the magazine, it’s bundled with bonus material and sold as ebooks, limited paperbacks, and/or CDs in the Sparkler Shop (similar to the magazine –> tankoubon system in Japan). In addition, our paperbacks and products can be found at a number of retailers; see our Retail & Libraries page on where to buy, and how to acquire books for your business or library.

The primary audience for Sparkler Monthly is girls and women aged 15 and up, or anyone interested in the rough ballpark of Female Gaze. Our four founders and most of our staff identify as female and are committed to promoting inclusive, fem-positive, and ridiculously fun content. We welcome creators of any gender and are particularly interested in entertaining, engrossing stories that tap into the variety and diversity of fandom.

If you have or are planning to purchase a Sparkler subscription, which tier did you choose?
laceblade: fanart of Ohana smiling at viewer, Yuina winking while putting her hands on Ohana's arm (Hanasaku Iroha: Ohana/Yuina)
[personal profile] troisroyaumes is doing a give-away of Zen Cho's Spirits Abroad.
A Datin recalls her romance with an orang bunian. A teenage pontianak struggles to balance homework, bossy aunties, first love, and eating people. An earth spirit gets entangled in protracted negotiations with an annoying landlord, and Chang E spins off into outer space, the ultimate metaphor for the Chinese diaspora.
Straddling the worlds of the mundane and the magical, SPIRITS ABROAD collects 10 science fiction and fantasy stories with a distinctively Malaysian sensibility.

The post is here, if you're interested. The condition is that you review it on your journal or blog or Goodreads.
laceblade: 5 girls of K-On! anime, carrying UK bags. Text: let's go abroad! (K-On!: Abroad)
They're now at 50% off!

Gertrude and Claudius by John Updike (ETA: I actually bought this at Room, j/k!)
The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon
Kitty Takes a Holiday by Carrie Vaughn
Kitty and the Silver Bullet by Carrie Vaughn
The Dubious Hills by Pamela Dean
A Solitary Blue by Cynthia Voigt (I looooooved Voigt as a kid & haven't picked her up since. I know I've read this, but can't remember when/what's it about.)
One Bird by Kyoko Mori. As with above, I know I've read this but don't remember what it's about. They did have a copy of Shizuko's Daughter, but someone wrote all over the inside of it -_-
Foreigner by C.J. Cherryh
laceblade: chibi version of Wakana from Tari Tari riding a bike, cat in front basket (Tari Tari: bike)
Kitty and The Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn
Sarah Canary by Karen Joy Fowler
Mary Queen of Scots by Antonia Fraser
laceblade: TJ of John Adams miniseries, angsting over the arm of a chair (Broody Thomas Jefferson)
A local used/new (mostly used) is going out of business. I thought it'd be fun to catalogue the random books I get there?? Things are currently 40% off.

Purchased last evening:
A College of Magics by Caroline Stevermer
Ancient Light by Mary Gentle
Golden Witchbreed by Mary Gentle
The Law of Becoming (Jaran #4) by Kate Elliott
Out by Natsuo Kirino
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Total was about $12.

They have lots of randomass fantasy, so if anyone has favorites, lmk.
Same for books by Sherri Tepper, C.J. Cherryh, or Toni Morrison.
This place also has a lot of current fiction that I identify as like, "Oprah's book club genre." So basically if you have some random recs, lmk.

They plan to stay open until their lease ends on November 30th, but judging by how picked over things were last night, that would really impress me. The clerk did say there were at least 1,000 books in the back room that still needed to be brought out, though, so it's definitely something I'll be visiting repeatedly.

I always get sad when bookstores go out of business. The shelves get picked over so quickly that the employees don't have the time properly arrange the books.

When Borders went out of business, I was experiencing lots of reflux pain. I used to sometimes go there just to make sure the manga was alphabetized, and to face-out books so that the shelves still looked full.
I ended up doing the same thing last evening in the sf/f section, ^^;;

The Boyfriend and I visited this location of Frugal Muse much more frequently than their other location (which is bigger). It's in the same little parking lot/shopping center as our favorite Chinese buffet in town. Their YA & fantasy sections have always been impressive, their manga not so much.

oh yeah

May. 18th, 2013 10:14 am
laceblade: Metallic moveable type of stars, varying sizes; some are outlines, some solid. ~13 visible (metal stars)
[personal profile] littlebutfierce had suggested that people update their permanent wishlists, so I did.
laceblade: Buffy from Season 8 comics, holding scythe (Buffy Season 8)
Yesterday, while perusing the comics on sale at the shop in the town my parents live in, it became apparent to me that I really, really need a way to keep track of the comics I already own.

For manga, I just keep a list that's like a Word document in Evernote, so I can edit it on my laptop and easily view it on my phone.
I also do this with the Animorphs books for which I'm keeping an eye out.

For comics, though, because they're cheaper and $1 bins exist, I have a lot of random issues from things I just wanted to try. It's easy to keep track of the series on my pull-list because the dude in the comics shop takes care of those, but for all the random extras: what up?

Is there an app of some kind that people use to document the comics they own/wish to own? Or do you just use a system similar to Evernote? Spreadsheets or Word docs?

(For the record, I did pick up the issues I'm missing from the second run of Demo (with possibly one duplicate?!), the first issue of the new Brian Wood series called Mara, & the first issue from Batwoman: Elegy.)
laceblade: Buffy from Season 8 comics, holding scythe (Buffy Season 8)
I really need to cull the comics series I'm following right now, but I just bought a pile of them & am happy to read what I've got right now.

I'm most excited about the new issue of Saga (I fucking love this series), but I also picked up the first two issues of Captain Marvel at the advice of sheisbatwoman.

ALSO got two volumes of Young Avengers from the library (along with Scissor Sisters albums bwahaha).

Overall, I like comic books but I am much more used to manga. It still feels weird to buy individual issues instead of waiting for the collected volumes. Still undecided which is best.

ETA: LOL at this note at the back of Captain Marvel issue #1 detailing all of the progressive changes they made in the reboot of this series, they say that they wanted a less sexy costume in part b/c her previous was not "a costume most fathers would want their daughters dressing up in."

(x-posted to Tumblr)


Nov. 7th, 2012 09:40 pm
laceblade: fanart of high-school age Chibi Usa in sweater & red scarf (Sailor Moon: Rini scarf)
//Last Updated: 4/17/2014//

I found this on [personal profile] littlebutfierce's blog; it was originally done over at [personal profile] dingsi's. I'm posting a permanent wishlist. These two rules are from [personal profile] dingsi

1. It is okay to want nice things. Post your wishlist! You don't have to be/do something special to "deserve" one! Just accept that sometimes people want to give you nice things! Because it makes them feel good, and/or they think you are rocksauce, or: because!

2. It is okay to not give someone what they want. People can be broke, out of energy, too busy, or simply go "eh, I'm not feeling particularly close to this person" and shrug and scroll past. Doesn't make them bad.

If you have a similar list, you could link to it in the comments? :O

Stuff I Could Always Appreciate
♥ Graph paper booklets. I love to write on graph paper - actual fic, original stuff (haven't done that in years, heh), outlines of either, sketches, etc. Given the choice, I like eighth-of-an-inch best. I like to keep a booklet stashed in my purse, so something smallish is optimal.
Examples! )

♥ Smaller post-its or pads of paper that are adorable.
Examples! )

♥ iTunes gift cards - I have a habit of buying Glee covers I like, and playing them constantly to keep me sane, keep me writing. I do occasionally buy other music on iTunes, too! (But I also really like buying physical CDs, still, partly b/c I can buy them at the local music store.)

♥ Recipes that adhere to my restricted diet. (Please no hard feelings if I can't try your recipe for some reason, & no guilt on your part if the recipe makes me ill!)
List of things I can't have )

♥ Fanmix recommendations. I listen to music at work almost constantly because I can't concentrate without it. On tough and/or boring days, it helps me get through, too.
I seem to be really, really drawn to Game of Thrones fanmixes, but I'll try them in just about any fandom.

♥ FF7 & Sailor Moon fanfic recs, especially of the epic length. AUs are cool.

♥ Dreamwidth points (to be spent on additional icon slots!)

One-and-Done Stuff
♥ Download links for subtitled/scanlations anime of Ai Yazawa's Gokinjo Monogatari, anime or manga version. I have the first 14 episodes, but then my source went away due to the shutdowns on Megaupload. This is one of those series that isn't available in the U.S.! I <3 the characters, though, and I want to know what happens :/

Limited Edition of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children on DVD. Please note the Limited Edition! (I already have the normal one.) FF7 is the fandom of my heart, my "first fandom" in many senses of the word. This director's cut has the plot make way more sense by adding 30 more minutes of plot (OMG it needed it). There's also a retrospective of the video game, which would allow me to curl up & relive it without having to take 60 hours to replay it each time.
It also includes the Last Order OVA, which hasn't been released in the US in any other format. (It's basically an animation of the Nibelheim flashback, so it's mostly awesome.)

A DVD of the Ghibli movie "Castle in the Sky," preferably this version.

a copy of Persona 4 for the PS2

This FF7-inspired linked pendant. Combo colors of green & blue, please. (Most of the color combos available there don't make sense! Obviously you would want a magic materia linked with a support materia.) ty [personal profile] littlebutfierce :*)

♥ a DVD of the Kamikaze Girls movie

♥ I maintain a list of favorite items on Etsy.

I will keep this list up to date! I'll remove things when I get them or decide I don't need them; I'll add things when I think of them. There will be a link to this post from the sticky post.


Jul. 12th, 2012 09:04 pm
laceblade: Ed of Cowboy Bebop, goggles glowing, grinning (Ed)
I want a cool phone!
I will take phone advice from people who have it. My current carrier is Sprint.

Things I want my phone to do:
--have a Twitter app
--let me take pictures & post them with Instagram
--let me use Google maps to travel the bus around this city (my free parking spot at work is going away next month, *sob*)
--a place to write notes, so that I always know which volumes of manga I have/need, EVEN IF I FORGET THE NOTE CARDS AT HOME!
--call people
--text people
--allow me to utilize the Crunchyroll app to watch anime

(I don't give a shit about reading e-books on the phone; I have an e-reader for that, which I like.)

MY ASSUMPTION: Any smart phone will do all of these things, and it really doesn't fucking matter which one I pick. Is this true?
I'm assuming my choice is Droid vs. iPhone. Isn't Droid the one that had those weird, sexist ads when it came out?
laceblade: Sailor Uranus performing World Shaking attack (animated) (Sailor Moon: World Shaking)
Yesterday's poll was a dud, AND I LOVE POLLS if you have not noticed.

I don't always listen to the poll, but sometimes I do!

Anyway, since the Sailor Moon manga has started to be re-released in the US, retailers have started carrying Sailor Moon merchandise again. I've seen it at Hot Topic and

Hot Topic just started carrying some outer senshi t-shirts: Here's Sailor Uranus and here's Sailor Saturn. (There is also a Sailor Pluto t-shirt but I don't like it very much.)

Hot Topic t-shirts are expensive to me! BUT I rarely buy new clothes anyway, and the idea of being so excited to get dressed on weekends is appealing to me.
I also....already own two Sailor Moon t-shirts from Hot Topic (the black one with all 5 inner senshi and the purple one with Sailor Moon and Chibi-Usa holding Luna-P).

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 11

Which Sailor Moon outer senshi t-shirt should I get?!

View Answers

Sailor Uranus
2 (18.2%)

Sailor Saturn
3 (27.3%)

5 (45.5%)

Why does the Pluto shirt suck so much?
1 (9.1%)

Where's Neptune?
0 (0.0%)

Maybe some day I'll actually post about my personal life again. MAYBE NOT.
laceblade: Kumiko and Reina from Hibike! Euphonium anime, Reina holding Kumiko's face w/one hand, faces close enough to almost touch. (Sailor Moon: Uranus)
Cross posted to [community profile] anime_manga

I know, more or less, where to buy legit anime/manga goods, figurines, etc. I also know how to find Japanese doujinshi!

What I'm looking for, though, is how to find fan-made goods outside of convention alleys.
Bookmarks, small posters, etc. with fanart, maybe some buttons or jewelry. Is there an Internet place to do this? I try searching Etsy sometimes, but I figure there must be more? Pickings there seem slim.
laceblade: Kumiko and Reina from Hibike! Euphonium anime, Reina holding Kumiko's face w/one hand, faces close enough to almost touch. (WW: Bring me the finest bagels in the la)
Last night, The Boyfriend and I went out for dinner and then to Half-Price Books, where I had a magnificent haul.


I got Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire and Dark Force Rising for $1 each. Star Wars novels are what seriously got me into SF in the 5th grade (previously my plan had been: READ EVERYTHING). Lately I've been wanting to revisit them. I should also....probably take my Star Wars books out of my parent's house some day. WHEN I HAVE A HOUSE, I WILL DO IT.

I got three Animorphs books that I needed, one of which is a Tobias book! At this point, most of the ones I need are the later ones; that shit is hard to find.

I got a bunch of Strangers in Paradise tomes that I don't have yet, and they were only $3 a piece. That is the cheapest I have EVAR seen them!

--A DMZ volume.

--A Little House songbook (HATERS GONNA HATE) At first I ignored this on the shelf and then I was like, OMG BUT IT'S ACTUALLY SHEET MUSIC?! I always wanted to know how these songs actually went, even if I found the sounds to be the most tedious/boring parts as a child. (I still have this problem, actually - ask me if I've read a single song in a Tolkien book.)

--Volume one of a manga called 'Flower of the Deep Sleep.' I've never heard of this, and bought it because the art looks good. With manga, this is usually a dangerous thing to do.

I found so many good things that I had to put some stuff back because I didn't want to spend so much money! Left behind because I know they're at the library: Notsume Ono's Not Simple and Miyuki Miyabe's Brave Story.

Now to carefully peel the price stickers off of everything.

All this with a 10% off coupon! GLORY.
laceblade: Screencap from FF7, Zak and Cloud escaping from Mako tubes in Shinra mansion (FF7: Cloud/Zack escape)
(Post is not on filter because it's not really about writing the fic. However! This a reminder that if you'd like to read posts about the FF7-ness of the fic, or the Inception-ness of the fic, or really mostly about my progress in writing the fic, Vote yes in this poll to be added.)

So really, what writing this fic is doing is making me want to OMG BUY A PSP AND CRISIS CORE* IMMEDIATELY.

This is a problem because I'd like to buy a bike. A cheap and used bike! But still, a bike. Also, round-trip plane tickets to Japan, and WisCon is coming, and WAH.

*Crisis Core is a video game prequel to FFVII.
laceblade: Kumiko and Reina from Hibike! Euphonium anime, Reina holding Kumiko's face w/one hand, faces close enough to almost touch. (Sakura)
So....EVEN THOUGH I work part-time in the feminist independently-owned bookstore in town, I used to hang out in Borders a lot. It was close to the House of Doom, and it had piles of manga. It was a refuge from the lol!stress of college.

Anyway, it's closing down, so tonight I scoped out their 50% off sale.

I got some really nice, high-quality stuff. Serious business.

Who Fears Death
Pluto, volumes 1, 2, and 7 by Naoki Urasawa

laceblade: fanart of Sailor Venus, smiling at the viewer, looking like a BAMF (Sailor Venus)
The news that the Sailor Moon manga is being re-released in America is very exciting, like, I feel elated.

The manga originally started being released over here in 1997 by MIXX/COMX/Tokyopop, and has long since been out of print. The versions were pretty shitty. I have double-copies of a number of tankoubon, because the glue jobs were pretty terrible and pages would fall out, sometimes entire sections.

ALSO, they're releasing the prequel to Sailor Moon, Sailor V, which has never been released in the U.S., and I've never read before!

It bodes well for the re-release of other items that have been out of print for a long time, like Takeuchi's artbooks, or the anime DVDs (which also weren't stellar quality products the first time around).

Sailor Moon was the first anime that I ever saw, and the first manga that I ever read. I still love the artwork, it is a major comfort reread for me.

Even if the manga and anime that I own right now will plummet in value (single volumes range in price on from $20-300), I am really grateful that new fans will be born, and that I'll be able to use my money to support one of my favorite fandoms of all time in return for quality, beautiful products.

Thank you, Kodansha USA. I hope that you continue to do badass things in the future.

2011 will be a good year for historical shoujo in the U.S.! Vertical's release of Osamu Tezuka's Princess Knight are slated for this year too, I think.
laceblade: Kumiko and Reina from Hibike! Euphonium anime, Reina holding Kumiko's face w/one hand, faces close enough to almost touch. (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
I've finished watching the first season of Mad Men. I spent most of the season charmed by the writing, but unconvinced by the rampant misogyny. The last episode of the season convinced me of the things the writers are trying to accomplish, though. I think every scene tugged at me, and I hadn't realized until then how invested I was in every character.

It's a shame that Connor got such horrible lines in Angel, because Vincent Kartheiser is fantastic in Mad Men.

It amuses me that so many materialistic people in my life love this show, given its constant deconstruction of the role of advertising and consumerism in society.


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