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life inside the dome - Brandon Graham
life inside the dome

Hey low,

That's from some old baseball manga. In it the main
guys get taken down to some undersea dome to play a game in a gi joe style
arena of sport aganst a team of uber men.
It's a rough game.

Anyway, Im sick as a dawg this week. I didn't draw for a couple days and realized that
I need it. It's a big part of my entertainment.
But mostly I've been sleeping and re reading old Conan and Appleseed.

I always come back to appleseed, It's brilliant and confusing. Shirow shows so much depth in
stuff --like he's taken on the mamoth task of trying to show how mankind would try to build a perfect society but even the main two characters relationship is kind of foggy.

I study this stuff like textbooks, I just finished book 2. one thing that occured to me this
time is Deunans feelings about race. If you'll indulge me in some nerd tennis:

So Deunans dad who never shows up but is half shown in a flashback and talked about a lot seems to hang out with lots of black people. Briereos is black and Deunans mom was a quarter and there's some other black dude shown in the flahback he's in, during Deunans weird childhood training excercizes. It might have to do with her dad spending time in Zimbabwe either way Deunan was raised around people of color--right?

So in book 3 Deunan is talking to a black soviet woman who she just pulled a gun on
and she says "sorry most of the blacks I meet through my job are trying to kill me--makes me
a litle prejudiced" Which is a weird stetement because A-her boyfriend/partner is black and B-Shirow has never shown her going up against any black crimminals in Appleseed.

I mean I know her mom was killed by black supremacists in future san francisco and that's gotta give you some feelings. Maybe it's just shirow projecting.

Also I've been looking at this rumiko takahashi site
with a bunch of cool stuff on it.
There's an interview with her and Akira Toriyama

And a poster I liked for some event in Tokyo for her 30th anniversary creating manga
sweating panda

In the interview Toriyama mentions that he drew Dr Slump in an american style and
Dragon ball in a Chinese style. I mean I think he just means that one is straight up
cartoon and the other is Chinese mythology, But I always think of pacing as being
the main way that I think of different countries comics.

Like slowest to fastest
Japan then French American and British. not everyone of course im just genreralizing
so I can know when I build a vehicle powered off of world comics.


Before I got sick I spent most of last week at James and Muggles place watching 2 seasons of 24 (seasons 5 and 6). two days a season, I think watching the murder rate in that show is the closest I have even been to enjoying any kind of televised sport.(I'm not counting curling that I like because it's insanity or womens speed skating cause it's like porn--and certainly not stripper dogeball which I count as a type of poetry)

we kept an ongoing tally of how many murders were caused by the main dude Jack Bauer
and by the world. Also all the Perimaters that got set up and how many goddamn Moles were in the show.
James wrote this out he was our murder stenographer:

while we watched that James was messing around with an idea for a Godzilla comic.
Here's his first couple pages.

James Stokoe's--WORLD WAR G------------------------------------------------

James is a comic book monster like that.
I seriously think he uses more gradients in a single panel than
I''ve done in my entire coloring life. but it works.

Here's a short thing I did as to tack onto the intro I wrote for the Side B anthology

That's supposed to be Marian but we dont have a cat (if we did im pretty sure this would happen) and all my music is on a
computah. But I drew her real desk and chair.
so there.

I've been listening to lots of jazz and some raymond chandler audio books.
I think they're read by the same dude that was Marlowe in the 70's long good bye
Such a rad movie. Here's a good 10 minutes of it:

Current Location: inside the dome
Current Mood: sick as a mofo
Current Music: raymond chandler and Miles Davis

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seanvdm From: seanvdm Date: February 10th, 2009 11:27 am (UTC) (Link)
That is awesome art by James. Why doesn't he update his LJ anymore? Is his story still in Popgun 3? I love his stuff!

That Side B Anthology sound great too, will have to look out for that one. that poor cat!

And hell yes on Elliot Gould as Philip Marlowe love. I didn't know he read some Chandler audiobooks! Must get those, The Long Goodbye is one of my favourite detective flicks. Great soundtrack too.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: February 12th, 2009 09:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm not exactly sure why James lost interest in the internet. I dunno about Pop gun 3 either. I know he's got like 4 books in the bank about ready to come out.

Yes! Elliot Gould. It's weird to see him young in that movie.
From: parkas_4_kids Date: February 10th, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been meaning to re-read APPLESEED (Hey, that rhymed!), but I keep getting dragged down by new stuff that comes my way. Right now, I'm finishing up THE CHRONICLES OF CONAN Vol.6, then it's on to MYSPACE DARKHORSE PRESENTS Vol.1 and THE WALKING DEAD Vol.8, both of which I picked up at NYCC. Maybe once I finish all that I'll be able to go through APPLESEED again.

On the subject of Deunans's comments about blacks, maybe what happened to her mom shocked her beliefs so badly that it changed her perspective. That can happen to people, where shit goes down that's so bad that it changes you down to the very core. And what happened to her mom is pretty damn bad.

Also, VIZ pisses me off sometimes with their whoremongering in terms of their manga publishing. I NEEDS MORE LUM AND BATTLE ANGEL, DAMMIT!
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royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: February 12th, 2009 09:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah yes the impenetrable boob vest.

I hope you've been thinking about the trilby keep what you kill cover.

Maybe her sitting in the necromonger throne with a comely wench holding onto her knee would be the best cover.
richmillerart From: richmillerart Date: February 14th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
i always thought of shirow as an ass man. I just read your one legged sharkbook, great job as usual.
theresomewhere From: theresomewhere Date: February 10th, 2009 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
i like the raccoon tail doctor with dr. stamped on his forehead... or does the chair have a raccoon tail? or does this freud have a chair as part of his anatomy? but uber kewl art :)

royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: February 12th, 2009 09:45 am (UTC) (Link)
I think he's like tanooki freud.
And thanks.
helmine From: helmine Date: February 10th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Man this is an entertaining post but there's so much going on it's hard to comment on it all.

That baseball manga is hysterical. I hope they have ubersurgeons to go with the uberhellion players. Even though she made the base, surely those are fouls... I don't know what you call that in baseball, but "unnecessary roughness" definately qualifies. Of course, when you are kidnapped and forced to play, that's not really baseball anymore... if that's what's happening.

About Appleseed... IMO we're seeing Shirow's limitations. He doesn't have a lot of them, and they don't have much to do with art or imagination... but relationships and dialog. He jumps to conclusions a lot. I don't think he considered Deunan's background quite as thoughtfully as you have. I think projection is about right.
Briareos in some ways is post human, so maybe he has left his ethnic background behind?

That Godzilla world war is incredible. That is one monster comic artist. I do like the bichrome coloring. it has kind of a 50s-60s reproduction era look that fits the story origin. I like that his General is not an idiot either. He's definately a warrior trying his damnedest.

I love your cat comic! I love that it's nearly silent, but the story comes out. Cat psychiatrist! I'm living with 4 critterz and I need his number.

Marlowe should have come clean with the cat instead of trying to trick him with the label.
Some other things... love his little initial swagger to the kitchen after waking up. What a weird double bouncing shuffle.
Dinkydoodles... snort.
The cardboard cat door that says El Porto Del Gato. Had to fullscreen the video and stop to read that.

royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: February 12th, 2009 09:49 am (UTC) (Link)
The weird thing about the baseball manga is that in the next scene after they are maimed it shows them raining on a beach with just a couple bandages. Ubersurgon Is my guess.

I'm glad you figured out the Marlowe cat door, I wondered what that said.
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From: tokyoghoststory Date: February 10th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
cat = buddha machine!

raymond chandler is a serious good choice, btw.
tony_cliff From: tony_cliff Date: February 10th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love the way the "O" in "POP" looks like a cat's anus. It's that attention to detail that is the mark of a master artist.

Also, I feel like I could stare at that second-last Godzilla panel forever. It's reaching deep down and tapping on the little part of me that wanted to be a Paleontologist when I was six, before I realized that hunting for dinosaur bones was boring as hell, and it's easier to just draw pictures, which is the fun part anyway.
evinou_art From: evinou_art Date: February 10th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Man that side B compilation has a great line up! Cant wait to see it! WHats going on with Stokoe? You gotta push him back into blogging! What a talent
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: February 12th, 2009 09:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I really enjoy the stuff in side b.
I think James has lost interest in the internet.
But the good news is that he's been making lots of comics.
joelcarroll From: joelcarroll Date: February 10th, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Appleseed: I'd thought that most of the enemy forces that Deunan's dad trained dudes for were local warlord disputes and stuff, and were mostly black.
And maybe the pirates and local militia she and Bri fought in the ruins were african? Where exactly were the ruins where they were found?

Or maybe it was a comment on living in Olympus, with a mostly white bioroid base population?
Did the Databook cover it, maybe?
twinacres From: twinacres Date: February 10th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for mentioning our site (furinkan.com) and very glad you like it! You've got excellent and eclectic taste in manga with Shirow and Takahashi....and the weirdness that is Kouha! Saitama Regulus.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: February 12th, 2009 09:54 am (UTC) (Link)
You run an impressive site, I really enjoy it.
eddvick From: eddvick Date: February 10th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I saw your sketch in the back of the new Scott Pilgrim! Kewl!

Those Godzilla pages rock way lots.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: February 12th, 2009 09:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks Edd, I need to get that Scott book.
westival From: westival Date: February 10th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've seen "The Long Goodbye" five times. I like when Sterling Hayden keeps saying "Balls, baby!"
westival From: westival Date: February 10th, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's Elliot Gould by the way.
From: paulsakoff Date: February 11th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC) (Link)
James' Wonton Soup is good stuff. Lookin' forward to the second one.

And King City 2 too.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 11th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC) (Link)

amazing! WW G

Great Concept! Looks interesting.. Wonder if any other kaiju..perhaps homebrew would appear...
ability_normal From: ability_normal Date: February 11th, 2009 03:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I loved that interview with Takahashi and Toriyama. The picture of Takahashi looks like she is throwing out some gang signs.

As much as I love Shirow, I don't think I have read Appleseed in about 10 years. Something I will have to rectify. I did find my old Appleseed source book a few months back, and have had a great/difficult time reading/understanding all the technobabble Shirow attempts to explain within. I found a rapidshare link if you are interested.


Also found some notes of the hyper variety. http://rapidshare.com/files/179936583/masamune_shirow_-_appleseed_hypernotes_eng__manga_.rar
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: February 12th, 2009 10:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah I think Takahashi reps the far east side ikkiku klick.

Thanks for the book links.
benchilada From: benchilada Date: February 11th, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
a) I love The Long Goodbye,

Edited at 2009-02-11 02:22 pm (UTC)
dragoninstall From: dragoninstall Date: February 12th, 2009 09:23 am (UTC) (Link)
That's the only way to play ball.

That Side-B comic came out real cool. For a split second wondered just what kind of sounds would come out, and the potential it would hold for the future of music.
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: February 12th, 2009 10:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I think it's scat jazz comming out of the cat.

Also I've really been digging the comic you've been putting up.
Crazy awesome stuff.
dragoninstall From: dragoninstall Date: February 13th, 2009 08:09 am (UTC) (Link)
And thanks man, that means a lot. I'm trying to crank out more, and I shall, in due time-
iangil From: iangil Date: February 13th, 2009 04:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Holy fuck james

that guy is a monster

Also, sweet cat comic. I especially like how you end it

Also also, I need to get Appleseed, I'm ashamed that I haven't read it
richmillerart From: richmillerart Date: February 14th, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks you for carrying on the tradition of the murder tally. it's important, you know, i know it and jamsiepoo damn well knows it.

as fo appleseed I brainwashed myself into thinking ive only read the manga editions so as far as i can tell the story is as good as the art. yes i know im living in a dream.

that was some top notch cat acting in a long goodbye. i think his niebors are trannies.

richmillerart From: richmillerart Date: February 14th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
and tell Zpoo i said hi and way to rock the zilla.
puddingsock From: puddingsock Date: February 18th, 2009 11:11 am (UTC) (Link)
This James Stokoe cat's here in town? Christ, our own Geoff Darrow. Amazing. How long did it take to produce those first four pages? It drives me nuts the way you guys seem to be able to make this stuff materialize from your fingertips.
Thanks for the link to the Takahashi/ Toriyama interview. I was a big fan of Lum and Slump back in the day, and to date they're about the only manga I can still dredge up any affection for. In fact, until I saw the article, I had actually forgot that the one and only tattoo smudging my body is from the ol' Urusie Yatsura comix. It was nice to indulge in some old school affection.
Keep on rockin'...
royalboiler From: royalboiler Date: February 18th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah Stokoe just moved here. I'm slowly trying to bully all my nerest and dearest into this town.
He did those godzailla pages pretty fast, just a couple days. Maybe longer to color.

Whats the Lum tattoo of?
puddingsock From: puddingsock Date: February 18th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
maximolorenzo From: maximolorenzo Date: February 27th, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
H-Holy shit James blew my mind away!!

Man i love checking your LJ, visual splendor.
From: (Anonymous) Date: March 20th, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Marlowe Feeds his Cat

That's weird... I just, um, homaged that scene in Elpehantmen -- an issue I came up with for you before I realized you were too busy. Boo Cook's drawing it. You can see Ebony feeding his cat on my blog, elephantmen.blogspot.com

Simon Gage From: Simon Gage Date: April 2nd, 2012 11:38 pm (UTC) (Link)


Appleseed godzilla cat ass is the best name ever for whatever.
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