By Kouta Hirano, creator of Hellsing

I am pleased as fuck



I’m a big fan of the messy rooms of Inio Asano’s books.  Also in a similar vein, Zak Smith’s paintings.  I love the character of junk everywhere.


"we are left with nothing except… C+C Music Factory, Color Me Badd and the Devil himself, Vanilla Ice"

For a long time after finished Freddie & Me, I didn’t want to listen to Queen anymore. I was all Queen-ed out. In recent months, happily, I’m coming back to it.

I was driving around with my kids, and Bohemian Rhapsody came on. I was pleased that instead of asking me to turn it off and put on FROZEN, my daughter wanted to listen. Everytime the song breaks from the operatic bit into the dahn dahn dahhnn dan dan rock guitar bit, I feel the urge to do the head-banging bit from Wayne’s World, but always stop myself, because I’m too uptight about being corny. This time I let go a bit, and allowed myself to just enjoy the music and the pleasure of sharing it with my kids.


One of the highlights of the weekend was kellysue and mattfractionblog party where great comic artists filled in their hallway comic panel wallpaper.

that’s Matt Wagner, skottieyoung, tony moore, Matthew clarke and many others.




Sketchbook comic about Kajieme Powell’s death at the hands of police on August 19th.

The video that the bystander recorded and the police released, apparently to exonerate themselves, is very disturbing. The police go to their guns too easily too often. There is less than half a minute between the time they pull up and the moment where this man is shot to death. Again, they must have had some knowledge of his potentially disturbed mental state - the reason the police were called seems to be because the man was acting strange. Other police arrive on the scene within a minute.

For more thoughts on this incident I thought this link was good.

I saw this video too, and it shook me very deeply.  In this society we hold institutional authority too dear and human life far too cheap.

Agree. Well put.

Advice to the mid-career cartoonist who has failed to build an audience


Advice to the mid-career cartoonist who has failed to build an audience

I’ve been publishing comics for coming on twenty years now. It’s hard to pinpoint a start-date, as like many cartoonists I’ve just been drawing my whole life, but sometime around ‘95 would be when I began putting out ‘zines…


A little T-Bone Walker for your Sunday night; I dunno if the English lyrics were translated to Japanese, then translated back, or maybe just phonetically misapprehended - either way, nothing could be more in the spirit of this site.

(Blue Fighter, Jirō Taniguchi, written by Garon Tsuchiya, c. 1982)