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Female Goth Mangaka Blog Carnival: Growing Up on Junko Mizuno

This post is for The Beautiful World‘s Female Goth Mangaka Blog Carnival. Click through to read and participate!

It started with a pop-up.

You might not believe it, or if you’re young enough, understand it. Pop-ups are a practically archaic form of internet advertising: on certain sites, ads used to pop up in separate windows, instead of nestling into new tabs or the edge of the screen. But it’s true: I discovered Junko Mizuno via a pop-up ad.

Exhibit A: The Beginning

Exhibit A: The Beginning

I don’t remember the site I was on. I think it was a personal site, which are also kind of archaic in the days of social media platforms. Back in the day (circa 2002), people had to build their own websites if they wanted to talk about themselves. Nowadays we have multiple platforms that let us talk about ourselves in various ways (hi, WordPress!), but back then, we made our own, and to keep them free, we had to have ads.

The image in the pop-up was a girl in a red sailor uniform with a silhouetted face, her eyes glowing the same color as her skirt, and her pigtails flared upward, ending in fiery plumes. She looked evil as hell — and I loved it.

The pop-up linked to Viz Media’s (nee Communications) web site, and was advertising the beginning of the release of Junko Mizuno’s fairytale trilogy – Cinderalla, Princess Mermaid, and Hansel & Gretel. The girl on the banner was a character from Hansel & Gretel, and I think only Cinderalla was out at the time, but I was excited by the unusual manga art and vowed to buy it as soon as I could get back to Borders. (Yet another relic of the past.) I was a high school freshman at the time, so getting anywhere on my own was a trial.

Thankfully, my parents were used to me begging for trips to the bookstore to buy manga, so on my next one, I found Cinderalla and took her home. I was nervous due to the shrink wrap around the book – denoting adult content – but thankfully my dad didn’t look too hard at it, and the cashier didn’t question a grown man buying a shrink-wrapped book.

I got the book home and devoured it, pored and obsessed over it. I tried out the drawing style and read it again and again. I Googled Junko constantly to learn as much as I could, and kept checking Viz’s site for news of new releases. I debated heartily about what to do with the stickers in the back. Some of them were racy and/or goth-looking and I didn’t want to put them on anything that could be seen by my very Catholic school or my sort of Catholic mom. So I snuck it in where I could and put only a tiny sticker of Junko’s signature skull and cross-bones rabbit on the back of my student ID.

As mentioned, I was a high school freshman then and quickly finding out how crappy it was to be a teenager. My teachers were mean, my peers were assholes, and the self-loathing was settling in. I retreated into my own world to keep myself from losing my mind, and getting to see even a small daily reminder that the entire world wasn’t all uniform-wearing robots was unbelievably helpful. For the next four years, every student ID I got was christened with a bunny skull and crossbones sticker. It was a sort of talisman, and it helped keep me sane.

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Exhibit B: Sanity

Remember those personal sites I mentioned? Another web site relic of internets past was the collective, a bunch of sites often hosted on a single domain, dedicated to things like fictional characters, real life celebrities, obscure movies, etc. They were hand-coded by fans, and really only served to help spread information and promote the things they liked. It was a labor of love if there ever was one. And some of the most popular versions of those sites were fanlistings, which strove to bring together all the different fans of a certain thing. Like a rudimentary Facebook fan page, fanlistings asked people to submit their names, emails, and web sites to be listed – pretty much what the name suggests. And of course, for years, I owned one for Junko Mizuno.

I talk about fanlistings as if they don’t exist anymore, but they do. Just click the link above and you’ll be shown tons. But I haven’t used them properly in years, in the same way I haven’t made hand-coded websites since college. But for a good six years (2002-2008, RIP) when I was still making them, I kept up the “approved” Junko Mizuno fanlisting, which I first called “Ideas from Hell” and then “Hellish.” I often had people contact me via the fanlisting, asking to speak to or book Junko, and I had to explain (sometimes very slowly) I did not represent her. The “fan” part was clearly lost on them. (Junko’s then-official site did link to my fanlisting for a little while though, which was kind of amazing!)

I closed my websites in 2009, and the fanlisting along with it. Very few people were keeping up their hand-coded sites by then, social media was becoming prevalent, and Tumblr’s star was just starting to rise. I joined right before I moved to Philadelphia to finish up college and not long after created Fuck Yeah Junko Mizuno, because I couldn’t stay away. Maybe I didn’t run her fanlisting anymore, but I still wanted to keep updated with her work, and what better way then running a multipurpose microblog that provided art and news?

Exhibit C: "Something Blue"

Exhibit C: “Something Blue”

(And if the name sounds weird, sorry, calling a fan Tumblr “fuck yeah [blank]” was pretty popular around the end of the 2000s. I just haven’t come up with a better name for it in the meantime. If you have any suggestions, I’m all ears.)

In 2012, as detailed in previous entries on this blog, I won a contest with the jewelry designer Morphik and received a free blue leather cuff bracelet with Junko’s piece “Wedding” on the inset. I plan to wear this during my wedding as my “something blue.” A few months later, I got to meet Junko herself at the Kid Robot store in San Francisco, where she signed the cuff and I told her I planned to wear it when I got married. According to the Morphik designer, she as “blown away” to hear that:

This is really special for me as the owner and designer of this bracelet. Thank you for honoring morphik by being selected as a item for such a special day. Junko told me you got to meet her in SF. She was really blown away that you pick her work to be in your wedding.
a comment left on my wedding Pinterest board

When I met her, Junko recognized me as the person who won the cuff and we spoke briefly about the “essay” I wrote to win it. The theme of the contest was keeping art in your everyday life, and I wrote about how putting her bunny skull and crossbones stickers on my student IDs kept me sane throughout high school. She told me she did the same sort of thing when she was in school and hating it, and that looking at the work of her favorite artists made it bearable, too. I was touched to have something like that in common with her. I might have been out of high school for six years at the time, but I like to think learning that made my high school self feel retroactively better.

This entry is already pretty long, and I haven’t even talked about why I like Junko Mizuno’s art so much. But suffice to say I do. Maybe that’s a post for another time…

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Another Meme, This Time About Books

I can’t resist a good meme. Especially when it’s about reading.

Literary Pursuits of a Young Lady by Harlamoff Alexej.

Literary Pursuits of a Young Lady by Harlamoff Alexej.

A. Author You’ve Read The Most Books From
Erm, probably Neil Gaiman. Though I’m not sure I want to admit to that any longer. Though if we’re counting comics, there are lots of mangaka I’ve read a lot more of.

B. Best Sequel Ever
Book series don’t usually feel like separate novels to me, but I have to say all the sequels in the Sandman Slim series by Richard Kadrey are great. They just get better and better as they go!

C. Currently Reading
Oh boy. I’m reading “My Gringo Cabron” by Jeannette Gau Stone and “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I’ve been halfway through “World War Z” since last summer because I loaned it out and just recently got it back. I just picked up “Horns” by Joe Hill and “The School for Good and Evil” by Soman Chainani from the library. I am always reading something.

D. Drink of Choice While Reading
Arizona iced tea.

E. E-Reader or Physical Books
I’m happy with both, though I admit I’m better with physical books. Sometimes I forget I’m reading things on my iPad.

F. Fictional Character You Would Have Dated In High School
Harry fucking Potter, man. I would have dated the shit out of him in high school. Now? Not so much.

G. Glad You Gave This Book A Chance
“Ruby Red” by Kerstin Gier. The back cover has pretty much the worst write up ever, but the writing inside is amazing and hysterical! Such a pity it’s got a terrible jacket blurb, because I’ll bet it’s made a lot of people put it down.

Reading Girl by Gustav Adolph Henning.

Reading Girl by Gustav Adolph Henning.

H. Hidden Gem Book
See above. The entire trilogy is amazing, honestly.

I. Important Moments of Your Reading Life
I can’t think of many of them, but my recent decision to break up with Neil Gaiman was a pretty good one. It was just time. He no longer loves me like he used to.

J. Just Finished
Anne Jamison’s “Fic.” An awesome exploration of fanfic and fandom. Mostly Western fandom, but still pretty interesting. I can’t wait until someone starts writing academically about anime and manga fandom. I honestly worry it might have to be me.

K. Kinds of Books You Won’t Read
I can’t read a lot of really popular stuff. 99.9% of time it’s terrible. I read “The da Vinci Code” once. That was a mistake I won’t make again.

L. Longest Book You’ve Read
Maybe “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell”? Or “1Q84”. I forget which is longer.

M. Major Book Hangover Because Of
It took me NINE WEEKS to read Grant Morrison’s “Super Gods”. I don’t know why. It’s a ridiculous fucking book. I don’t know if that’s what this means by “book hangover,” but it feels appropriate.

N. Number of Bookcases You Own
Five. Two of them are short, only two rows, and one is small and mostly holds CDs and Erik’s cookbooks. The fourth is maybe a little shorter than me and holds mostly video games, DVDs, and some manga. The fifth is the tallest, and holds books, a printer, and some of Erik’s stuff.

O. One Book That You Have Read Multiple Times
Ugh, I’m not a re-reader. It’s really hard for me to reread books. That said, probably the “Alice” books.

P. Preferred Place to Read
On the couch, but I’ll read anywhere.

Q. Quote From A Book That Inspires You/Gives You Feels
“We have no idea, now, of who or what the inhabitants of our future might be. In that sense, we have no future. Not in the sense that our grandparents had a future, or thought they did. Fully imagined cultural futures were the luxury of another day, one in which ‘now’ was of some greater duration. For us, of course, things can change so abruptly, so violently, so profoundly, that futures like our grandparents’ have insufficient ‘now’ to stand on. We have no future because our present is too volatile. … We have only risk management. The spinning of the given moment’s scenarios. Pattern recognition.” – William Gibson, “Pattern Recognition”

R. Reading Regret
So much time and money spent on Neil Gaiman, I s2g.

S. Series You Started and Need to Finish
The Lunar Chronicles by Marrisa Meyer! The last book isn’t out yet though, sob. Also the Monster High “Ghoulfriends” series. The library only has books one, two and four, ugh.

Morning Reading by Zelio Andrezzo.

Morning Reading by Zelio Andrezzo.

T. Three Of Your All-Time Favorite Books
Ooh, so hard. I forfeit, because this is constantly changing.

U. Unapologetic Fangirl For
A young adult novel series with well written female characters.

W. Worst Bookish Habit
Having too many! I’m working on it though. And I mean it this time!

V. Very Excited For This Release More Than Any Other
Ooh, the new Ever After High novel! They have a lot of upcoming books I’m excited for. The series about Lizzie and Duchess is going to be amazinggg.

X. Marks The Spot (Start On Your Bookshelf And Count to the 27th Book)
“The Westing Game” by Ellen Raskin. A fantastic children’s puzzle mystery.

Y. Your Latest Book Purchase
Purchase? I don’t actually buy books much, if you can believe it. I usually go to the book exchange, get given books, or borrow from the library or friends/family. I think the last book I *bought* was Ruth Ozeki’s “A Tale for the Time Being” last summer. Which was great, by the way.

Z. ZZZ-Snatcher (last book that kept you up WAY late)
Again, Anne Jamison’s “Fic”. SO GOOD, GO READ IT.

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Wonder Woman and the Problem of Having it All

I picked up Glamour’s September issue for one reason, and that was because Rinko Kikuchi had a photo spread. I’ve been a little in love with Kikuchi since I saw her in Pacific Rim this summer, but I have not been able to read the (incredibly short!) article attached to her shoot. Why? Because Glamour has some problems with superheroes and it is too painful for me to leave alone.

On page 300 of their September issue, they dedicate 3/4s of a page to the men of recent superhero movies. The article, “If Spider-Man Were Your Boyfriend”, delightfully objectifies many of the male characters from recent superhero movies, such as Captain America (“a keeper”), Superman (“Debbie Downer” – Supes’ section reads like it’s about Batman, which boggles my mind, but I blame Man of Steel more than the article’s author), and Thor (“commitment-phobe”). Though cheesy, it’s refreshing to see male superheroes talked about in a way female heroes are usually discussed – i.e., rated by bang-ability. The advice given for dating Superman? Shag him and move on. (Spider-Man, if you were wondering, came in second to last with the title “clingy creeper.” Accurate.)

But while I don’t agree with everything in that article (Why would you want Thor to cut his hair???), it’s much easier to digest than the Wonder Woman-related article that proceeds it. Entitled “Stop That Woman!”, which serves as a mouthpiece for author Debora L. Spar to promote her new book “Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection,” it is one of the many tireless articles about “having it all.” You know the ones: “Women, how do we balance work, life and family? Isn’t it hard??? It’s so hard! But we have to do all of it! Stupid men, why don’t they help??? Oh well, they’re dumb! Actually, we should be more like them! Only Wonder Woman can do it all, and all at once!!! And she isn’t real!!! ”

Extraneous exclamation marks aside, the last two sentences of the previous paragraph were taken straight from the article. I care less about what the article has to say though, and more about what it says about Wonder Woman. Yeah, she’s a fictional character, but she’s one with a long-standing history, and when a women’s magazine can write an article about the bang-ability of male superheroes but then turn around and demonize a female one? Well, that’s just insulting.

The article is accompanied by two photos of a model dressed as Wondy. The first photo shows the model running away from a mob of angry women dressed in professional attire. Clearly these women are not happy that Wonder Woman “has it all”. But what that “all” is, I don’t know. Nice hair? A perfect model pout? The ability to run in heels? A lack of embarrassment at wearing a shitty WW costume in broad daylight? Okay, that last one if probably the cosplay snob in me talking, but seriously – since when does Wondy “have it all”? She’s a superhero sure, and her power roster is impressive: flight, super strength, bullet-deflecting bracelets, and a lasso of truth. But does she have a family? She has her mother and Amazonian sisters on Themyscira, and if you believe current canon, her dad Zeus, but Diana Prince has not exactly found a prince of her own. Steve Trevor pops up occasionally, but I’m not sure a woman like Wondy would be interested in settling down. And as far as I know, she has never had any children. Though with over 70 years of comic backlog to sift through, I could be mistaken, but that doesn’t change the fact that “family” is never an area she’s had to worry about in the way women who want to “have it all” supposedly do.

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“Stop! We want to give you some shoulder straps! H&M was having a sale on them!”

And though Diana has worked high profile jobs as a diplomat, employment I’m sure would be considered part of “having it all”, she’s also worked at – wait for it – Taco Bell. Well, Taco Whiz, but you get my point. Yes, there was a story arc where Wondy worked in fast food. And she rather liked it, too!

And let’s not forget her job as a superhero, which means at times Wonder Woman has been a single woman working two jobs despite her many talents. Does that sound like “having it all” to you?

The second photo that accompanies the article is either really self-aware or quite a coincidence, as it depicts Wondy tied to a poll by her own lasso. I suppose the idea is that the angry women from the first photo have caught her and tied her to the light pole in protest, but considering Wonder Woman’s history with bondage, the image is a little cheeky: she is yelling in protest, but with a smile on her face, which is rather reminiscent of the multiple times in the golden age comics she was subjected to bondage, spanking and other kinky acts, but with a wink and a nod to the audience that implied she was enjoying herself. For comparison:

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I’d just like to point out she’s literally winking at the audience here.

And we can’t ignore the fact that this article is more than a little painful when it comes to Wonder Woman’s feminist icon status. She has graced the cover of multiple issues of Ms. Magazine, including the first ever cover and it’s various anniversary issues. She’s also a known activist within the comic universe, using her status as an ambassador to further causes aligned with real world concerns of feminists, anti-racists and other equalist movements. If working woman fed up with the “having it all” conundrum were looking for a symbol to represent themselves, Wonder Woman would be one of the first characters in line for the role. Or at the very least, they could identify with her struggle as a strong, smart woman trying to make it in a world of men, who is often confused and disappointed at the casual sexism, et al. she experiences in the workplace and elsewhere.

And this is to say nothing of the current struggle to see Wondy represented on both the big and small screens. As one of comic’s most recognizable female heroes, Wonder Woman has been conspicuously absent from movies and CW dramas since the comic book adaptation craze started ten years ago. Talk and rumors abound, but still nothing has come to fruition, including a failed NBC pilot (which, let’s be real, looked terrible) and Joss Wheadon’s attachment to a movie version. Another hurdle comes in the form of a recent article by Brian Truitt in USA Today, where he quotes Jeff Bock, a box office analyst, saying that  compared to their male counterparts, female heroes appear “crazy.” You know, because calling anything “crazy” makes people just flock to the idea, never mind the ableist insinuations. Kelly over at Princess vs. Peril has plenty to say about the article, as well.

I have very little regard for the problem of “having at all,” as it is an impossible dream women are still meant to chase and then feel guilty about when they do not catch it. I believe Debora Spar would agree with me on that. But using Wonder Woman as the face of this ridiculous goal is at best annoying, and at worst a fallacy. Wonder Woman would stand with the working women of the world and fight back against the sexist notion that they have to “have it all.” She would call out people who force this tired stereotype down women’s throats, and she would never be caught dead claiming she “had it all,” or that women should just try to be more like her. Wonder Woman would not abide this tired notion, and she would not appreciate anyone demonizing her for being it’s supposed embodiment.

You can read Spar’s article here on Glamour.com.

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Putting my Faith in Meetups and Why I Almost Didn’t

When I moved to the East Bay, I joined a couple meetup sites. I had never used them before. Usually school and work provided enough social fodder for me, and sometimes even more than I could handle. That was, until I moved to the other side of the country, didn’t have a job and the only people I socialized with on a regular basis were my boyfriend’s family and their dogs.

So I joined a couple sites and then utterly failed to use them to my advantage.

Meetup.com, in particular, is a huge meetup site, and yet when I joined a year and half-ish ago, I only found two groups to join. One was for girls who were into geekery, and the other was a fandom meetup for a those interested in certain petite equines. Neither panned out. The geek girl group was always having meetups at in opportune times, like 7PM on Wednesday nights, and the tiny horse fan group members were nothing less than rude. I won’t go into details about them, but let’s just say I now know better about socializing with those too hardcore about minuscule mares.

So I deleted my account and went on with my life. I met new people through jobs I eventually got, my family’s friends, their friends, et cetera. But knowing people doesn’t always equate with having people to go out and do things with, especially in place like the Bay Area, where you can technically live in the same location as someone else, and yet still be pretty far away.

And so a year and a half later, I rejoined. And though there were still very few groups that caught my attention, I didn’t mind – I don’t have the time (or the bandwidth) to attend 10 meetups a week. One or two over a month is really more my speed. Instead, I opted to join a few and see how they played out. This time I found another lady geek meetup, a general geek meetup and a general lady meetup.

By today, I have dropped all but the lady geek meetup. Why? Well, I actually went to one, and it was amazing.

onna otakuBut let’s back up: First, the general lady meetup ended up with too many people. Almost 200 women joined within the first week it opened, and then the first meetup had a ridiculous cap, something like 15 or less people. Not quite what I was expecting. The general geek meetup ended up being too generic, and it looked like they couldn’t decide on what they wanted to be. A book club? Board game nights? Like I don’t do most of that myself anyway, and in more decisive company. Um, usually.

The new lady geek meetup, though, was different. It was much smaller than the first one I joined, and they had meetups every month! And they appeared to be on weekends! Also, there was none of this “it’s easier for everyone to meet in San Francisco” bunk that I see in most meetup groups. No, actually, it’s not. (Especially when you’re more than an hour outside and your only reliable transport is BART, and, I don’t know, you want to meet on Haight Street? Yeah, okay.) They also didn’t have an age cap like many other groups do. No one was “too old” or “too young” for this group, which is refreshing after seeing so many “20-somethings” or “20s and 30s only!!!” groups.

The meetup itself was pretty awesome. Women of all ages, ethnicities and bakgrounds simply getting together and talking about our geek sides. Have you always been a fangirl? What was your first fandom? When did you come in to it, and how? Pre or post internet? Media fandom? Star Trek? Vidding? Fanfiction.net? Anime? Comics? Television? Movies? Science fiction? Sure, why not?

I learned a lot, too, about pre-internet fandom and how things were before the convenience of sites like Meetup and YouTube. I heard about small, fan-run, no-guest cons, and how people made fanvids before the internet – or even computers! And the people there were all very nice and very accepting. We were all in the same metaphorical subculture boat. No one was going to make fun of anyone or shame them for liking something. Well, except maybe Teen Wolf. ;)

Overall, I was really surprised. I never knew going to a meetup would be so fulfilling! And though I think I might have found a good niche, I’m going to do my best to branch out, as well. I was nervous about going to this one, and it was very small and private. I think maybe next I’ll try a bigger group. I know it’s not exactly my thing (as I’ve mentioned), but perhaps I am too worried about what I think will happen, instead of actually letting it happen. Goodness knows it went pretty well this time despite my worries.

And, no – I won’t mention the exact meetup I went to. I think I’ll keep that to myself. But rest assured I’m having a good time.

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There and Back Again (A Short Overview of the Last Six Months, Part 1 of ?)

I like that this blog still gets about five to ten hits a day, despite the fact that I haven’t been able to update it frequently. Apparently, I’ve written enough posts about My Little Pony and weird sex in Haruki Murakami novels that I no longer need to update. (True facts: I got a search engine hit for the “freshly made ear” quote from 1Q84 today. I’m never going to live this down.)

My life has been pretty busy since I got my second job. I’ve been there seven months now and I feel like that already might be too long. But I’m not going to complain about it here. That’s what LiveJournal’s for. (At least until the Russian’s finally kick us all out.)

Back in June, I was finally able to meet Junko Mizuno at the KidRobot Store in San Francisco. She was there doing a signing for the launch of the 12th Dunny line. I had never met her before, though I had been enamored by her art since my high school years in the early 2000s. Before making my move to The Bay, my fiancee would rib me about how I was only moving here so I could find out where she lived and camp out of her lawn, John Lennon fan-style. Utter fabrications, of course. I’m not that much of a creep, I promise!

If you remember, a few months back, I won a bracelet from the company Morphik along with a small print of Junko’s work entitled “Wedding.” I plan to wear the bracelet for my wedding (whenever that happens) as my “something blue,” and I brought it to Kid Robot for Junko to sign. I was supremely flustered when she remembered me from the contest! She signed the blue leather cuff, I thanked her profusely, we had a little conversation about art helping us through tough times and the guy in line behind me (who was very nice, especially when we were waiting for hours and I was blabbering on about how excited I was) took a picture of us.

Please excuse my face. I was actually ecstatic at the time, but also bad at emoting.

All in all, it was a magical day. I took off from work to go to the signing (please don’t tell my boss), so I was in SF early enough to explore Haight Street, a place know for its hippie love cults, ultra cool shops and a ganjalistic scent that rivals Downtown Berkeley. I was also able to visit Loved to Death, the store featured on the Science Channel’s show “Oddities: San Francisco.” Wednesday Mourning is just as lovely in person.

I didn’t think to take a picture of the signature, but I might remember to sometime within in the next six months. ^^; I also wish I could apologize to the other artist who was signing that day, because I was so high on meeting someone I revered so much, I completely by-passed him when I left the store. Whoops. I hope he knows it wasn’t personal.

And in case you’re wondering, the Dunny in the blind box I purchased was Tara McPherson’s Wiggle Land.

More semi-real updates coming eventually.

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Alternative Press Expo, Etc.

Getting used to doing work again isn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but I think I’m starting to feel overwhelmed! I keep leaving things by accident, like my keys in the front door lock, or drinks out after I’ve poured them. I still need to do a little more readjusting to keep myself focused!

I want to do a post on the Alternative Press Expo, but my boyfriend and I were only there for a couple hours, and we spent most of the time in line for Kate Beaton. We bought her new book Hark! A Vagrant and she signed it and doodled a Nancy Drew in it! She seemed so tired, though, and I felt bad. I hope she was able to rest, because I know she’s still touring! I wanted to buy her a coffee, but I thought that might be weird, haha. ^^;;;

I also met Kevin Wada (with the fabulous X-Men prints), bought Mystique and Janelle Monae postcards and told him how I’d heard about him. Apparently, he had no idea people were passing his art around on Tumblr, though people kept telling him they saw his prints online. Crazy! He was really cool. Also, I bought a matching postcard from a friend of his, Max Wittert, of Jubilee also in a fashion model pose. Jubilee is my favorite X-Men character, and I can’t wait to get a bulletin board so I can display them all!

Besides that, my boyfriend and I wandered around looking at the different artists’ work, I bought him a really cool tie from Binary Winter, and I got some back issues from Slave Labor Graphics. (The Johnen Vazquez collection I started when I was 15 is almost complete, ohoho!) The only thing I regret is not being able to meet Daniel Clowes, but that’s probably okay, considering most of my comics are still in my parent’s house on the other side of the country. He can sign my heavily read copy of Ghost World some other time.

Well, I guess that was a post on APE, sans pictures. I’ll try and show off some of the stuff we got another time.

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Mighty Fine, stop making me want to give you all my money

I mean really, though. Are they making tshirts just for me now? Because I think they might be.

That doesn’t explain why it’s only available in men’s, though. I love a nice, thick men’s shirt every once in a while, but I think I’d want to wear this one for more than just sleeping and being lazy. Come on, guys.

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