Archive for ‘comics’

April 28, 2018

Turning Japanese. by MariNaomi

I went on a trip down to the Public Library here in the Peg last week. Got myself a free library card and off I go and got me a graphic Novel to indulge in during the week long Spring Break.

However, I did not manage to read it until today. The novel is a graphic memoir by MariNaomi, a half-Japanese half-white lady whose art style is simplistic but what caught my attention was probably because it was about learning a culture. Japanese culture of course. Sometimes I wish I have the artistic skills and talents to be a comic artist and I would make comics about my ethnic culture, the Kadazans. I wonder if there are Kadazan comics out there?

Before having much exposure to graphic novels, I always thought cartoons are so easy. You just need to draw and create art. But after reading a few of these graphic novels, I began to realize that “writing” and “content” is very much a part of the story telling as the art is. I have new found respect for comic artists since.

Anyway, this page is one of the memorable skits from the whole novel, about the time where Mari found out that Giuseppe really did want to have kids in the future. It is such a reality in life that can become such a controversial topic that would make or break a relationship. There was also a part in the novel that Mari told her grandparents she didn’t plan to have any kids and they got so upset and disappointed with her.

I personally am unsure about having any children in the future. Getting annoyed with them is one thing, but for the most part, I think it’s the fear of the responsibility of another human being that gets to me. What if I become a terrible mother? What if my kids hate me? What if they are as “complete”/”whole” as I thought they would be? Would I love them any less? Would I feel burdened? Just thinking about these questions already made me feel like I cannot qualify as a mother. Which is why I think I can never be ready to have kids.

Back to the novel (sorry for side tracking completely!), what I liked most about the novel is the travel and exploration of Mari’s culture. I wished there were more content with regards to the Japanese culture but unfortunately there wasn’t enough for me to feel completely satisfied. It was also kind of sad and disappointing that the genuine interest in her own culture in the beginning sort of faded away towards the end (spoiler alert!).

But yes, overall it was a “feel good” kind of novel for laid back, chill reading. I have to say though that Lucy Knisley’s wedding memoir was much more appealing to me than this novel was. However, I guess I shouldn’t compare it that way directly since they are both on a completely different pathway and live very different lives.

I just might check to see if the Winnipeg library also has MariNaomi’s other graphic novels 😉

June 18, 2017

未来日记 The Future Diary.

So this anime series marathon happened today.

Spent all day watching the whole 26 episodes and I must say I was not quite amused by the final ending but I suppose the whole series and plot was interesting non the less.

Initially in the first and second episode I was less than intrigued and thought it was a bit lame. But as the story progresses it did catch my attention and finally I got hooked with the idea.

It reminded me of “Hunger Games” where it was a game of survival and 12 of them had to kill one another so that the last one standing gets to be God.

Because the series aired sometime in 2011, the mobile phones depicted here were of the old flip top models. Already “old school” despite it being only about 6 years ago.

I rarely see a main character as weak as this one,  far from being the hero of the show, this 14 year old boy is sooo lame really. And I was surprised that the 9th character was more important than I thought it would be.

There wasn’t any character that appealed to me out of the 12, and I personally do not recommend this anime to be watched by kids under 16 or 18 for that matter. Too much “dark” stuff and talk about freaky “Yandare-stalker” stuff. Very unhealthy for young minds. 😐

November 16, 2015

French Milk by Lucy Knisley.


Finally finished reading this cute graphic novel by cartoonist Lucy Knisley. Loved that the novel was about Paris and despite it being a comic book technically, there’s quite a lot of word to read too. Which I suppose is the reason it took me some time to finish.


Her art work is relaxed, simple and adorable! Makes me feel like I can totally relate to her. If I were a cartoonist, this is the kind of work I’d like to be known for too!

Its one of those “feel good” kind of story and I also really liked the “journal”/”diary” style of the story. And I really learned a lot about Paris from just reading her comics! It’s also very awesome of her to use lots of French word too!

Real sad to hear about what’s going on in France 2 days ago with all the terrorist attacks and I guess it sort of prompted me to finish the book as a tribute to the French.

All seriousness aside, I think I am being a bit too ambitious with all these books I borrowed from the library. I have 6 books and 4 comics to finish reading. Hopefully I can manage to finish them before the due date in about 2 weeks!


November 6, 2015

iZombie the Graphic Novel.

Have I mentioned how awesome Auckland Libraries is??? I been wanting to get my hands on the iZombie comic since the first time I heard about the TV Series and saw a copy of the comic back in Philippines. I kept stopping myself from getting them cos they were pricey and not much of a need but it was more on the bottom of my wants list.

And then I met Auckland Libraries. Then I fell in love.


I get to borrow the graphic novel for free! I mean, if I end up not liking it, at least I am not stuck with a comic I didn’t like right? It’s even better than being in a relationship honestly >.<


I was looking for the similarities of the TV show and the comic and how much of the comic was depicted in the show. So far, instead of being a coroner’s assistant, she works in the grave. Now since I have only finished the first book, (and I can’t wait to get my hands on the other books in the series as well, waiting on my request to the Auckland Libraries!) I am not sure if she will eventually change careers in the comic but I guess I will find out then. Aside from that, the comic isn’t just about zombies, it also included other creatures like the vampires, the werewolves, etc. So it was really broad and I am curious to see how it pans out at the end. So far I am really liking the stories, the creativity and yes, of course, the arts. I always love a good story though.

The novel stated a pretty interesting theory about “souls” and they types of souls whether they are “under”souls or “over”souls which led to the types of creatures like ghosts, poltergeists, vampires, etc etc. What a genius idea! Now if I could go back to Halloween and if I didn’t have exams to worry about, I probably would go as Liv Moore from the TV version of iZombie or even Gwen, the comic version. That would’ve been my costume and it would’ve been so cool!

August 25, 2013

I have talented nieces! @sanmelmoma


Tabi just used the ipad mini to draw the Betty & Veronica comic! And without even using a stylus! Awesome!

September 8, 2012

Manga Mutiny


I bought this yesterday for Php250. You look at the cover and wouldn’t believe this is actually the works of God’s servants.




How awesome is this?! To have biblical stories illustrated ‘Manga’ style! Lovin’ it!

God is truly changing our world and using people with gifts and talents to glorify His kingdom and reveal His greatness! Kudos to the Jap artist who made this happen! 👍

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