This is exactly what I needed to read. I recommend it to everyone who feels they’re too old to achieve anything in life.
I’ve done it, I made a Monster-exclusive blog:
http://themagnificentsolfi.tumblr.com/ (I know, I know, I deserve a headshot for that title |D)
Now I can write and draw and reblog aaaaall kinds of crap Monster-related
All day long ヾ（＠＾▽＾＠）ノ
And Moths will return to its usual boring stuff and my poor followers can be spared
This morning the biggest moth I’ve ever seen entered our living-room. I didn’t have much time to see but I’d wager its wingspan was around 15-20 cm. It was also really gorgeous, with patterns in the wings, unlike the ugly black moths that occasionally appear at nights in the country (which we informally call “witches”).
It was such an unusual happening (because I live on the 8th floor in a building in a very urban area) that I kept thinking it could be some omen or something… then I remembered this blog is called Moths! Omg!
And that doesn’t really mean shit, but the experience was still rather striking. |D I wish I could have taken a photo.
Guys, I don’t think there’s much to worry about.
a) This might not see the light of the sun like that movie.
b) After Yawara’s, Urasawa said in an interview that from that time on he checked EVERY script of every adaption of his work, so rest assured, they can’t screw up the original story very much. At least I hope so…
That’s what I thought too. Probably they don’t have a script yet, but the news mentioned Del Toro spending a long time trying to convince Naoki Urasawa into this, and I HARDLY believe he won the man over just with the promise of money. If Urasawa agreed to it, I believe it’s because they promised to treat his work with respect, and so there’s a chance of things going right. The risk is whether they’ll actually follow through with their promises and not let HBO executives walk all over the creators.
Of course I’m completely STUPEFIED by the news. In the best possible way, I’m so ridiculously giddy I think I’ll have trouble sleeping tonight. @_@
But yeah, I actually have mixed feelings. Of course I’m afraid they’ll screw up; screwed-up adaptations are always bad and doubly so when it’s your favourite thing ever!!
It’s impossible to tell at such a precarious stage, buuuut I do like Guillermo del Toro’s more authoral films like Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone. A Monster series wouldn’t be authoral work, obviously, but if he could get the same mix of thriller and political and psychological depth that he achieves in those two movies, I see the potential for something really phenomenal and worthy of the manga.
And HBO, despite their many flaws (LOOK A PUSSY HURRDURR), still has the competence to produce EXCELLENT material (Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, Carnivàle, mainly Boardwalk Empire), that is deep and intellectually and aesthetically stimulating.
So while I AM scared they might fuck up some things (or even everything *knocks on wood*), I’m still attracted to the idea of seeing my favourite characters in flesh and bone… so long as they’re rightly cast and understand what it is they’re tackling. If it works, the resulting experience will compensate for the Wholockian fandom invasion that people are so terrified of happening (IMO of course).
On that note, DO YOU KNOW HOW ANGRY I WILL BE IF TENMA GETS WHITE WASHED. LIKE SO FUCKING ANGRY. LIKE SO MUCH TIME IS SPENT ON TENMA’S NATIONAL IDENTITY AND HOW HE DOESN’T REALLY FIT IN WITH THE GERMANS EVEN THOUGH HES SPENT MOST OF HIS LIFE IN GERMANY BUT HE DOESN’T FIT IN WITH OTHER JAPANESE PEOPLE EITHER HES JUST KIND OF STUCK IN THIS GREY ZONE BUT HE STILL GETS SUBJECT TO CASUAL RACISM THROUGHOUT THE STORY AND IF THEY MAKE HIM A WHITE MAN I WILL FLIP EVERY TABLE
I REALLY REALLY hope they don’t do something like that; I honestly don’t see the reason for even PICKING a manga for adaptation if you’re intent of shitting everything up. But I know it happens. ;n;
I’m quite satisfied with HBO’s adaptation of Game of Thrones, even if they do change stuff that I wish they didn’t, I think the positives outweigh the negatives.
I’m only PRAYING that this goes through smoothly, it would be one of the best things ever if it did happen ;___;
I’m drawing a (fan)comic for the first time in four or five years. It feels much more pleasant and easy-flowing than drawing my boring unimaginative illustrations; I get to practice backgrounds, objects, various poses and expressions and, unlike illustrative work, it’s actually fun.
Except for the fucking smiles. For some reason sincere, warm smiles are the worst expression ever to draw. I can draw smirks with relative ease, surprise faces, sad faces, bored faces (my staple), everything except the goddamn smiles.
Stupid emotions. >:T Wait, maybe this actually says something about me…
My scanner problem was solved! :D It turns out I had to reinstall not only the driver, but the whole updated software. THANKFULLY it wasn’t anything to do with the glass or machine in general, this was too expensive for me to have to buy another. >_>
My scanner seems to have stopped working properly all of a sudden. I have no idea why, but it’s as if it’s scanning at very low resolution, with those little pixelation dots clearly visibile, and it also scans veeery brightly and removing all the contrast.
Can anyone see the difference in the images, or is it just me being paranoid?
This is the most recent scan with little treatment other than enhancing contrast:
This is an older scan from when it still worked okay:
Other than the yellow glow added in PS, it was minimally edited, and to top it off it was drawn on coloured paper but still looks much more crisp and detailed than that crap above, which was done on white paper.
I scanned this painting again to test it. The first one is the new bad scan, the second is the old good one. Regardless of the colour, which I always fix, doesn’t the top one look… coarse and unpolished when compared to the bottom? Or maybe kind of deformed…
I tried reinstalling the driver and nothing changed. I have no idea if I should just get rid of it and buy another one (the damn thing is barely three years old), or if there’s a way to fix it, or if it’s supposed to be this bad and I’m seeing things. Any help?