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Brainstorming.. and storming brains
n2-Anpan OMP!!
Man, in the past week, I've had 2 migraines.

I have a feeling they're linked to this senbei I bought recently at the Okinawan Festival... both days I ate them, I was out of commission for most of the evening. X_X;

So last night, I had a "moment" if you will:

BTW, these extra comics show up at the nemu*nemu facebook fan page, so sign up there or on twitter... or flickr to see them as they are released~!

Long story short: In 5th grade, I had the opportunity to buy one comic book at Jelly's: Viz's first compilation of Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind or Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo Vol. 1. Both were about the same price and I was drawn to both covers and book descriptions. I ended up buying Nausicaa and thus started my love-affair with manga and was a very early influence on my art.

Flash forward 20 years (or so). I purchased beat up copies of Usagi Yojimbo from the Friends of the Library Book Sale for cheap. I put them on the side to read later and forgot about them until last night. During my migraine attack, I picked up Volume 1 and started reading.

I proceeded to read Volume 1, 7, and 11. (Out of order, since 11 was titled "Seasons" and had no idea where it was supposed to fall in the series. ^^;)

Now I wonder if I had read UY from the very beginning, where would I be today?

Food for thought~

Friday's Comic: I'm ... Number One?

...and the accompanying blog post and extra comic~

Monday's Comic: Water Girl

Click on the preview to see the rest of the comic!


I also have a new wallpaper up for the month of September:


a t-shirt design poll~ I need some feedback, so feel free to chime in!

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well, how do you think it would have influenced your artwork differently...?

That was right about the time I started to take drawing "seriously" and really wanted to develop my style and ability. I couldn't afford to buy more than one comic at a time, at the time, and stuck with Nausicaa... then moved to other titles that Viz was releasing at the time. That was more or less how I got started with manga and anime. For some reason, I never returned to the starting point to read Usagi Yojimbo - maybe I had pre-conceived notions of what it would be about with anthropomorphized characters and stayed away from the genre all-together?

But reading through UY last night, I was really taken aback by the wonderful story-telling and interesting characters. I was already interested in Japanese culture and folklore at the time, so those would be huge pluses. Thinking back to how I was in 5th grade, I could see myself getting sucked into the series and wanting to emulate Stan Sakai's style.

So, from Nausicaa/Hayao Miyazaki > Silent Mobius/Kia Asamiya > Ranma/Rumiko Takahashi > anime ---> Macross/ Haruhiko Mikimoto > Kimagure Orange Road/Akemi Takada >>> ?

I can still see bits and pieces of each of my influences in my drawings (not necessarily my comics -- those are a bit different).

But to change paths to Stan Sakai >>> ?

I sort of wonder where that would lead? Perhaps I'd be better at drawing animals today. ^_^;;

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