Well, it’s not like ready-to-eat eringi just slide by when one needs them…

…so if one is determined to survive in the RPG universe, it pays to be flexible with one’s diet.

Thankfully, a recent manga series (tip of the hat to ANN for the news) stands ready to teach the starving dungeon-crawling masses such essential skills as preparing emergency rations out of slime and turning scorpions into a palatable dish.

I just hope the book comes with some great chocobo recipes. There’s got to be a better way of cooking those birds than instantly roasting them with a blast from a mage’s staff – tends to leave them too crispy you know…

Diego’s day at COMITIA 107


More than three years after his first dōjin convention experience, Diego darkens the halls of Tōkyō Big Sight a second time in search of art to appreciate. (Or heap quiet mental scorn upon.)

Here’s his account of COMITIA 107.

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This curt message, all of four words (five including the signature), may well have saved a man’s life and preserved a priceless treasure for posterity. But more on that later.

For the moment, let us consider the context. Today is the 15th of April, A.D. 2012 – the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic.

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New promotional art and other details have just gone up on the COMITIA website for the convention’s 94th iteration, scheduled on 14th November. I’m planning to attend this one.

Check out the second comment on Daniel Lau’s COMITIA 90 write-up for some advice that may help first-time attendees make the most the experience.

Sound financial advice from Matsuoka Miu

Here’s the situation: say a million yen suddenly falls into your lap. What do you do with it?

Spend it? Nah, in these tough times it pays to tighten the purse strings.

Invest it? I wouldn’t trust the stock exchange with a child’s lunch money, let alone a million yen.

Stick it in a bank account? Right . . . and while you’re at it, pray the state’s teetering deposit insurance system will keep you covered when that place goes belly-up.

Now let’s have an expert’s opinion on the matter.

Question: What would you do if you suddenly got a million yen?

Miu: I’d walk around and slap people in the face with wads of cash.

Sign me up for the next COMITIA

Then again, probably not the next one. (I’ll need time to replenish my Japan Excursion Fund after Spring 2009’s bank-busting visit.) But if they’ve got one slated for the second half of November 2010 or thereabouts, I’m game.

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Arrivederci, Neo Venezia: Amano Kozue’s Cielo (artbook review alert)

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Diego briefly escapes from the drudgery of the white-collar salt mines to bring you another review, served piping hot on the Wolf Hurricane blog.

Today, the spotlight falls on Cielo – the last in a three-volume series of hardbound books featuring the manga art of ARIA author and illustrator Amano Kozue.

Read the full text of my review here.


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