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Again, another interesting thing popped up in my e-mail again. This time, it’s from Laura Hale and she’s co-maintaining a site called fanhistory.com. Now I really thought that it was all for naught, but it seems to be quite an interesting site on the history of online fandoms and how they were built. They have a short preview on how the fandom was born. And it lists almost all writers in fanfiction.net. Yeah, even feeble writers who haven’t written since 2002 *cough*. And it’s even more fun because it even lists like prominent fandom places, such as, in my case, the aoshimisao mailing list, an ML for rabid Aoshi x Misao fan. Of course… on the side even I enjoyed a bit of BL with Aoshi x Saitou, but in my heart of hearts I loved Aoshi and Misao.
I think their effort is as gargantuan as wikipedia itself so if you know one or two things about your fandom, feel free to make entries. If you want to… (lol) update your author profile (SERIOUSLY! IT’S BOUND TO BE THERE!) then go ahead and scribble it down and write the fanfics you have written that’s not in fanfiction.net. Or change your history altogether and place a different fandom profile for yourself. Even add a few info for those who are curious. lol. If you’re not there, adding yourself wouldn’t hurt, would it?
It’s quite nostalgic browsing through the site. I’ve been passing it to friends and it’s like “OH GOD! THOSE WERE MY FANDOMS!? WHAT WAS I THINKING THEN!?” lol. My generation of anime fans have seen how the internet and fanfiction has totally shaped anime fandom as we know today. So much has changed back then and even the community feels slightly different. Fandom History might be able to at least grab a bit of the old days back and make us ponder on how silly and innocent we were back then. When we were like what… crazy 16 year old kids!?! lol.
I got an interesting e-mail from Dirk Haas, a Belgian psychology student at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. His research is about how people around the world view Japanese animation. Now, he is in dire need of Asian respondents. So if you guys live in Asia (or maybe you’re an Asian living abroad), please give him some help and answer his survey at www.toba.lu/memoire.
The thing is, you guys need a really good connection to view it. Those with dial-up connections might as well give up. But those with DSL or Cable or Broadband net, as long as your torrents are not running to get this’s season’s latest anime, take a shot in taking this survey.
I took the test earlier today and it turned out to be quite interesting… I’d like to see how this research goes all out. :3 If you guys have any questions about the research mail him at this address. Good luck Dirk!
Today I checked out the Pasko ng Komiks Komiksibit in U.P. which is part of an event co-organized by our group. Along with prints of artwork by icons of Filipino comic art like Nestor Redondo, the exhibit also features a lot of great talent from up and coming local artists.
However I did notice several pieces which particularly struck me because they were so different from everything else in the exhibit, whether classic or contemporary. These pieces were a set of photographs, which, taken together, looked closer to a fashion spread than a comic. I was wondering if it was a CLAMP homage of sorts. It turned out to be something else altogether–images from the gallery of a virtual band named Mistula. The images were very pretty, make no mistake about it. However, I can’t help but think about the photographs’ collective significance as a comic. That is: Is it really a comic or a photo story? In an effort to understand, I checked their website and found more photo stories rather than what I would consider to be traditional comics.
This essay does not dismiss the exhibit of Mistula on Pasko ng Komiks. Professor Vim Nadera has his reasons why these images were placed there. What I want to focus on is an exploration of the possibilities of comics, the boundaries that many follow and the creative freedom that people may sometimes abuse. On one hand, we have comics such as Gerry Alanguilan’s Elmer. On the other end, you have photographs that come with what might be considered dialog, and, for lack of examples, we have this from Mistula.
It is interesting how digital media has transformed the comic art form in different ways. In fact I do find this process interesting, using different media to make an unconventional comic.
Maybe this shot by Mistula would definitely qualify as a comic spread as defined by more traditionalist perspectives. Digitally drawn and colored illustrations have become ubiquitous in the field of graphic arts and design. Comics is in the process of evolution, both as an art and a literary form. I am not quite sure if the combination of graphic design, composition, digital photography, and mascots would constitute a comic, however, or that people who practice this sort of art–and I do believe it is art–would qualify as comic artists, at least not in the way that I think Carlo Vergara and Andrew Drilon are comic artists.
Maybe it’s because I’m a purist. Maybe it’s because having read and listened to many sob stories of my favorite mangaka and artist friends, I always felt that a comic will always be governed by a cohesive and solid narrative, bound by the geography of panels, colors, ink, illustration, and the corresponding limits the confluence of these elements necessarily impose. Tezuka could have just photographed a boy wearing a cone on his head and placed a caption in his photo saying “Hi! I’m Atom”. But Tezuka did it differently. He drew his story of a robot boy with human feelings within the universe of a storyboard.
I think I may be placing undue importance on the intersection between story and illustration and how they fit together in a panel. Without a story, without something resembling an illustration, a comic is not a comic but simply a photo story, or what in Japan would be considered as a light novel. I mean, there must be a valid reason why a light novel in Japan would never receive a Tezuka award despite being gorgeously illustrated. Light novels also contain images that support the narrative, right? What makes the likes of Griffin and Sabine not a comic but an art book? So here’s me trying to understand — what makes Mistula’s work a comic when it’s closer to a photo story? Are graphic design and fashion photography now to be considered as valid forms of comic art? Would you consider a family album that contains artistically executed shots taken in sequence and then placed with captions in flickr as a valid comic?
Scott McCloud defined comic as a “Juxtaposed pictorial and other images in a deliberate sequence, intended to convey information and/or produce an aesthetic response in the viewer.1 “. With the wealth of sequential images online that produces responses from viewers (just check flickr!), anything could already be the comic that McCloud has defined. I mean, if Mistula did it, why shouldn’t other art forms based on similar premises be considered as comics?
I have a feeling that Pasko ng Komiks and our exhibit have inadvertently run headlong into an old debate regarding the definition of comics. These are my two cents about it, but I’d like to hear your thoughts on what you think. Do you think storybooks or photo stories should be part of a general definition of comics?
This post was done for the regular Comics/Graphic Novel feature of Read or Die. You can also check out that page for some of my blogs for them. This entry presents only my opinion not of the group.
- Understanding Comics. New York: Kitchen Sink Press. 1993. Page 9. [↩]
I just want to test if all is good already and the website has been upgraded properly. *sigh* I hope all is well.
EDIT: Everything turned out well. I just had to get some outdated plugins not working. In the meantime, I’m disabling my archives. ^^;;
Sometimes I’m such a fangirl that I scare myself. So, I made the Nodame fansite (which I should be updating really soon…). And there is the Nodame pinky:st custom dolls I made. Is it bad to add to the roster and create a room for Chiaki-sama? Mukyaaa! XD
I knew that my Nodame pinky:st fix won’t end with just making the two of them. After making Nodame and Chiaki, I decided on what to do next. I’ve made Chiaki’s orchestra suit. He also has his own casual suit now. Nodame has her mongoose mask, her dress, and her piano bag. And now I made a room.
You can look through the entire photo set in my flickr and see how Chiaki relaxes in his room and Nodame oggling over him and the room. She’s probably nesting now… or something like that. lol. Feel free to comment. Nodame’s gathering ideas on how invade Chiaki’s room.
God. The power of fandom. It pushes you to create things you’d never imagine you’d even create! Two years ago, I wouldn’t have imagined sculpting a Nodame, let alone creating a room for Chiaki!! It’s quite amazing what fandom and your otakon1 can push you to do. What have you guys done for your fandom?