Welcome to the world of webtoons!

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I don’t know about you, but I am really happy that we live right now, in this era, despite everthing going on on a political and financial level worldwide. This is one of the best era for fans of comics! Never before where so many comics available online for free or even for a small fee from every part of the world!

Webtoons are Korean webcomics in full color, an abbreviation of website cartoons. If you read scans and visit sites like mangafox you might have noticed how this year Noblesse was the most read and faved comic. Since this past July NAVER, the most popular web portal in South Korea, offers through LINE’s Webtoon a variety of titles translated in English for free. You can read them through your PC, but the webtoons’ format is honestly way more suited for smartphones and tablets. Continue reading

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The story of 900 Lives- a review of The Cat Lady

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If there is a great thing about video games, that’s the diversity of themes and ideas one can use. Even though there are games that prefer to totally reject allegory, it’s interesting to see titles like Silent Hill 2, Dreaming Mary or The Crooked Man that mix real life themes and fiction in surreal, twisted and sick ways. The Cat Lady is another title, somewhere between the mystery and horror genre, that tries to speak on the rather harsh realities of our world. Is the result worthy of one’s time? You betcha. Continue reading

On Emotions and Social Justice Modus Operandii

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Karen Araragi from the Monogatari series is a temperamental girl who kicks ass. In season 2, she exclaims that she and her sister Tsukihi are the Fire Sisters, called so because they stand for justice! For them, fire and flames are associated with justice. This appears to be the case for many social justice warriors (sjw) as well, some of whom spew flames and toxicity in their effort to bring down the system. What they often don’t realize is how Neronian and chuunibyou their behavior can be at times.

Foxy Lady Ayame and Neko-chi (who writes about the rvsa incident in Part 2a), attempt to describe the burning issue of social justice, talk about the bad side of tumblr, and pinpoint where movements like feminism can go wrong. Opening a can of worms, here we go! Long post ahead (5 pages) with very few images.

Reminders:

  • We are two different people. Just because we agree on certain points, assume not that we agree on everything.
  • Criticizing specific behaviors of (internet) activists doesn’t mean we are against social equality or that we don’t identify as feminists -we do.
  • The US readers should keep in mind that our opinions don’t fit strictly into the two political boxes they are used to, so trying to read them as x party’s statements misses the point -especially since we live in Europe.
  • If you want to comment, we’ll be very happy, but remember to do so politely. We retain every right to delete swears and if things get emotionally unbearable to disable the comment section.

Many thanks to John Sato and Phoenix who edited this sheet of words and to Lifesong who helped me clear out my thoughts and supported me in this project.

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Call out for Female Goth Mangaka Blog Carnival

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Hello, everyone!

I’d like to host a seperate blog carnival in January for 1-2 weeks about female goth mangaka, namely Mitsukazu Mihara, Kusumoto Maki, Junko Mizuno, Asumiko Nakamura & Fujiwara Kaoru. Kaori Yuki can also be counted as goth mangaka, but we’ve already had an MMF about her.
Please, anyone interested in contributing a piece let me know.

If you want to support the industry, here’s a list of what’s available officially in English:

Mitsukazu Mihara: The Embalmer, Doll, Beautiful People, IC in a Sunflower, Requiem in Phonybrian, Haunted House

Junko Mizuno: Princess Mermaid, Hansel & Gretel, Cinderella, Hell Babies, Pure Trance, Little Fluffy Gigolo Pelu

Kusumoto Maki: Dolis

Asumiko Nakamura: Utsubora, Chicken Club

Fujiwara Kaoru: If You Wanna Destroy The World