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I've actually got some comic-y links today, but first, I must vent: on the way home from errands, we found this little shepherd-mix puppy, freezing in the light sleet/slush/rain that was, well, more misting than falling. He was shaking, but he had about 5 tags on him so we figured he was definitely a puppy someone wanted to find. We called the 1-800 tag that turned out to be the AKC hotline for dogs that are either tattooed or microchipped, and they found his listing and said they'd have the owner call us right away. A few minutes later, the phone rings, and this woman…she refused to give me her name or address, but insisted that we take the puppy to exactly where we found him, let him go and that "he would find his way home". I tried to argue with her but she insisted, and since I didn't want to get in a fight with someone over their dog, we did what she wanted. I did call the AKC number back to tell them what happened, just in case anything weird happened and so in the future they'll know that this woman did this. They thought it was just as disturbing and strange as I did. A microchip and 5 tags, but you don't want the puppy brought to you? What kind of person could do that? Then again, we'd just been at the animal rescue center at our Petsmart, where they'd just brought in a cat that was abandoned by her owner after eight years. Grrrr…

Okay, deep breath, comics. First, a comic I found last week and really enjoyed: Iron Wok Jan. It's an honest-to-goodness cooking manga! I've always wanted to see what one was like, and it didn't disappoint. Definitely worth checking out (and you can see a free preview on their website—and check out our beloved Crayon Shin-Chan while you're there)!

Also comic-related: in the new Red Herring, Lawrence Lessig wrote about an article on manga and doujinshi (the manga equivalent of fan fiction) in Japan from the Rutgers Law Review; and I tracked the original paper down, by Salil Mehra. It's a really fascinating read, well worth spending a little time on. Basically, it's a study of why doujinshi are tolerated by the publishers for the positive effects they have on the industry, even though they violate Japanese copyright law. But I'll let you read the summary and check it out for yourself. As an extra, the footnotes are both copious and actually quite funny. (Note: I for some reason couldn't download the pdf file, but I used the email link and sent it to myself with no problem.)


okay, i finally checked out that iron wok jan. i've always wanted to do an 'iron bunny'. ha! cook-fu!!


you have no idea how much i'd like to read Iron Wok Jan now.

i take it this means you haven't read Cooking Papa then, have you? i don't think there's any sort of English-language translation officially released, but i'll look into it a little further...IIRC, there was an anime of it, too---as there are with so many things. ^^ and yes---spread the Shin-chan love! ^-^

No, don't know anything about Cooking Papa, although I did see about half an episode of...is it Cooking Master Boy? I wanted to see more but never pursued it.

And thanks for the swell words, by the way!!

no problem! ^^ i've been a fan of your comics work for awhile, and as a result i really don't know how i escaped knowing you had a journal up---even though i did visit HoF on occasion. shows how observant i am. XD

hrrm, did you ever read Mangajin while it was still around? some Cooking Papa strips were translated and printed in some issues of it (along with some Crayon Shin-chan, OL Shinkaron, and others). and looking around, there was anime---lasted from 1992-1995 and was fairly popular. considered fairly shoujo.

a friend of mine might have TV tapes---will have to check on that. ^^

About that dog--I work at an animal hospital in the city and i just wanted you to know that if something liked that ever happens again, what you can do--if you really want to stick it to a jerkoff owner that is--is contact the microchip people. Microchip companies, more often than not, will hold the animal until the owner goes through a kind of rude, condescending interview where the owner has to explain why their dog is roaming the street, and they're then put on a list of owners who aren't taking care of their pets. If something like that happens again, the dog goes to various adoption centers (not the humane society) in the hopes of finding a new owner. Now, i know just as well as anybody that most dogs and cats that end up in adoption clinics don't find new homes, but you did say it was a puppy--and they have much better chances.

AKC has a whole mess of other things to deal with, but the microchip people don't, so they make a point to look out for the animals.

This dog story is beyond belief. People astound me.

And in the pot calling the kettle black department: my girlfriend and I just moved across the country with our two cats. They came with the microchip indentification service as well. (We got them from the Boulder Humane Society, where microchips are apparently factory standard). Because I am a terrible person, I have failed to call the people to update the information. So this entry serves as yet another reminder to do so ASAP.

Jason: Do update your info, but please, terrible? hardly!! You (A) rescued your animals, (B) took them with you when you moved and (C) going by evidence A+B, actually love your cats and don't think of them as cute items you own but don't worry about much. So you're already kicking the ass of the dog owner, our old neighbors who abandoned the cat we now have when they moved, or all the other people who do crap like that. On behalf of your cats (since they can't talk, and, frankly, have no clue) I thank you.