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
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.)