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1. ‘Life After Pi’ Documentary Exposes Flawed VFX Business Model

The 30-minute "Life After Pi" documents last year's financial collapse of vfx house Rhythm & Hues.

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2. Graphic Novel Friday: Man or Mangaman?

It’s February and love is in the air—but in the town of Castleton, there’s a different kind of energy crackling. At the opening of Mangaman, written by Barry Lyga and illustrated by Colleen Doran, there is a tear in the fabric of Castleton’s reality and from it drops a strange creature. He’s lithe and two-dimensional, with oversized eyes and a waist as small as his tiny mouth. Essentially, he’s a typical manga dreamboat (perfectly named “Ryoko”), except he’s misplaced here in a Western comic.

This is no ordinary fish out of water. Instead, like a graphic novel Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Lyga and Doran use the Western perceptions of manga to play with the medium. Ryoko enrolls in a typical American high school, where he is ridiculed by the school’s jocks for his unusual looks and actions that would otherwise be normal in manga. Lyga sets up Doran with plenty of opportunities for visual in-jokes. While at recess, Ryoko leaps for a volleyball, all speed lines and exclamation points—again, completely typical in an Eastern comic. Yet in this American high school, the kids freak out: “Hey! Watch your speed lines!” When Ryoko eats a hamburger in the cafeteria, he morphs into a muppet, his mouth opens far too wide into an exaggerated grin that pushes his cheeks so far up his face that his eyes become thin lines. It’s a stereotypical manga expression of glee, but the Castleton residents steer clear of him. The janitor grumbles, “Like I don’t have anything better to do all day…” as he sweeps up the drawn lines that trail Ryoko's bombastic movements (in manga they simply disappear, but here they fall and collect on the floor).

MManMangaman would be nowhere near as successful without Colleen Doran. She perfectly captures the otherworldliness of Ryoko, while seamlessly dropping him into Western comic panels (Doran shapes the American teens with expert detail and depth—everything Ryoko’s visuals lack). My favorite of Doran’s subtle notes is the look of the American teenagers. Like a John Hughes film from the 1980s, the high-schoolers all look about ten years too old. It’s a fun touch to what does feel like a lost classic, because pretty soon Ryoko falls for an out-of-his-league girl: Marissa Montaigne, the knock-out blonde who refuses to give in to the bullies' bigotries.

As their relationship builds, so too does Mangaman’s metafiction. Ryoko and Marissa realize they aren’t only constrained by the town’s small prejudices; they are also trapped within comic conventions. As they attempt to escape Castleton, they exploit the actual panels that surround them. It’s a love story within a comic book within a graphic novel, and Mangaman’s heart is as big as its hyperbolic hero's eyes—a Valentine

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3. Ypulse Essentials: 'Sincerely, John Hughes', Harvard's Clothing Line, Viral Marketing Grows Up

'Sincerely, John Hughes' (a fitting tribute from former teenage fan and pen pal Alison Byrne Fields. Warning: you will get choked up reading this. Also MTV's Kurt Loder reflects on Hughes' legacy) (We'll Know When We Get There) (MTV News) - Pangea... Read the rest of this post

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4. An Inter-Generational Dialogue About John Hughes' Films

We decided to borrow Slate's letter writing format between its TV critics as a way for me (a Gen Xer) and Ypulse's managing editor Meredith Sires (a Gen Yer) to talk about what John Hughes' passing has meant to both of us….It was kind of a fun... Read the rest of this post

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5. Friday Procrastination: UK Link Love

Greetings from Oxford, where we are currently between downpours of rain, though I’m assured that it is still officially summer. Who knew? Anyway, here’s my pick of the web this week.

The Guardian asks what’s the best TV show of the 2000s? Frontrunner so far seems to be The Wire (although I voted for The West Wing).

With the Edinburgh Fringe kicking off this week, here’s a list of the 10 strangest festival venues.

Mary Beard on what computers do to handwriting.

The longlist of 2009’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction has been announced.

Stephen Fry on America’s place in the world.

Apparently there might have been cannibals in England 9000 years ago.

How Orwellian was George Orwell?

Farewell John Hughes, who has died at the age of 59. The Guardian looks at his career in clips.

The secret royals: illegitimate children of British monarchs.

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6. What Role Does American Football Play In Defining High School Culture?

I was listening to NPR yesterday afternoon and heard the intro to All Things Considered's new series on high school football, its prominence in American culture and role it plays in our communities. One of the reporters added that the series will... Read the rest of this post

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Agent Jessica Regel Interviewed on GLA Blog...

Guide to Literary Agents Editor Chuck Sambuchino recently posted an interview with agent Jessica Regel of the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency. Jessica agents books for young readers and adults, but the interview focuses on children's books.

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8. Long Duk Dong: Love Him or Hate Him?


Check out this NPR transcript on the character Long Duk Dong.  I was reading Eric Nakamura’s blog over at Giant Robot and just had to post a link to it.

Gosh, I can’t believe Gedde shops at Wal-Mart!

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9. John Hughes RIP

I love The Breakfast Club, I adore Ferris, the Vacation movies are still a must watch, and I need to see Some Kind of Wonderful again, but this was and always will be my favourite John Hughes movie. I demanded the hairdresser cut my hair like Andie's and I made myself a dress just like hers - only mine was black because well hers was pink... Sad, sad day.

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