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dirk schwieger

Backcover

from: tokyoblog
date: Jul. 4th, 2006 11:04 am (UTC)
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Feel free to leave criticism, questions and commentary concerning the whole project in this section.

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Tiago Prado

Re: Backcover

from: rgiskard
date: Jul. 4th, 2006 12:57 pm (UTC)
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Just having discovered Moresukine last week through screenhead.com, I feel a bit sad it's already over. I enjoyed reading those assignments and found the project most interesting. The art, of course, is top-notch - specially the layout and narrative flow. Guess you read a lot of Eisner, didn't you?

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dirk schwieger

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from: tokyoblog
date: Jul. 7th, 2006 07:14 am (UTC)
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Eisner is of course required reading for anyone remotely interested in the medium - but it was only in the Mt. Takao episode that I consciously tried to be Eisner-esque (you know, maintaining a clear narration without clear panel borders).

Thanks so much for the praise.

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Re: Backcover

from: anonymous
date: Aug. 15th, 2007 09:31 pm (UTC)
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Hullo,
David Malki! over at Wondermark pointed me over here and I've read it all the way through and think this is culturally informative and wonderful to look at.

I'd like to say a bit on print verses web. As far as broadly, yes, some people do take printed material as having more weight, because it's harder to convince a publisher to print your stuff than it is to pop something up on the web somewhere; meaning there is certain filters a work goes through that may incline you to be interested in a product (like how some people gravitate towards certain record label b/c the company sticks with a certain sound. ex. Matador, No Idea, Labrador, etc.) This can be nice b/c if I go to Last Gasp or Top Shelf, while I might not personally like everything they have, i know all of it's decent.
On the other hand, being on the web can sometimes be better for passing along than publishers. A publisher might run a small batch and then that's it, where as on the web you get linked, tagged, digged, etc.
Personally though, I like to pass comics I like along to other people to read b/c believe it or not some people still don't have regular internet access. A few other reasons I like print is because I sit in front of a computer all day for work and can get burning eyes, so I like to give my eyes a break. I can lose links to stuff I like and finally there is something about the physical contact and weight of having a book in your hand, maybe it just materialism rearing it head, but i's still not as easy to curl up with a web page as it is a book.

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PTJ Uusitalo

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from: ptj_tsubasa
date: Jul. 4th, 2006 12:29 pm (UTC)
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Thank you from everything. I never commented nor suggested anything, but your comics are wonderful, and I really love the feeling they leave lingering. It was a pleasure to follow Moresukine.

(By the way, I also had the problem with my friends page. Surprisingly, the last entry did show up on there...)

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Already?

from: anonymous
date: Jul. 4th, 2006 12:58 pm (UTC)
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You were just getting started!! Ah well, I enjoyed reading them.

Good luck!

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m_monique

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from: m_monique
date: Jul. 4th, 2006 03:27 pm (UTC)
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Sorry to see it end! I really enjoyed following your adventures every week. A brilliant, timely idea and beautifully executed--design, art, storytelling were all fantastic. And it sparked an interesting debate about web vs. print. :-) Thanks for sharing this with everyone.

If I may ask, do you have any future projects on the horizon?

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dirk schwieger

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from: tokyoblog
date: Jul. 7th, 2006 07:26 am (UTC)
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Thank you for the stimulating discussions and this wonderful laudation.

Future projects. Well, I have these two neglected stepdaughters, "Ineinander" and "People Not Seen", and I will direct my attention towards those, I guess.

I'm not sure it would be all that interesting to continue the MORESUKINE concept from Berlin - but you're welcome to contradict me.

The thing is, in the long run it would be too exhausting to publish a weekly webcomic of this kind and still have a fulltime job besides. So I could only imagine the Kochalka way of "give me a dollar a month and I'll do webcomics until hell freezes over", and I'm afraid in this case I wouldn't have that many viewers anymore.

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m_monique

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from: m_monique
date: Jul. 9th, 2006 02:48 am (UTC)
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well, i look forward to seeing what happens with those two "stepdaughters" in the future, but it certainly sounds like you need a break! i imagine that this project was particularly time-consuming, as the material was different every week, and with such detailed art that must have been a huge endeavor.

and i can sympathize, doing a weekly webcomic and having a fulltime job is indeed difficult. i don't know how some people finish more than one entry per week. i like my job, but occasionally i wish for a wealthy patron or to win the lottery--so far no luck. :-)

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野生キス Ain't no party like a permanent party.

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from: wyldkyss
date: Jul. 4th, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
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Sadness! I had just found you not that long ago as well.

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sean esty

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from: mr_esty
date: Jul. 4th, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC)
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as they say in Yamagata: wa-des

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dirk schwieger

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from: tokyoblog
date: Jul. 7th, 2006 07:27 am (UTC)
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You're scaring me! I uploaded this last installment from Yamagata, but how the hell did you know?!

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from: neodragonstar
date: Jul. 5th, 2006 02:39 am (UTC)
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I thought the whole thing was very interesting and and entertaining read.

I find it funny that even though I've had this journal "friended" for some time, this is the first entry to actually appear on my livejournal friends page (I don't know why, some glitch or something). And of course, irony demands it be the last.

Kudos to you sir.

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No Criticisms

from: anonymous
date: Jul. 5th, 2006 03:21 am (UTC)
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Just wanted to say that I enjoyed this comic. Well done.

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from: anonymous
date: Jul. 5th, 2006 06:53 am (UTC)
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My God your still alive?? I thought the Fugu was the end of you...

I started following this about 2 months ago, and have enjoyed all the assignments you have done. I've always loved travelogues because they open your mind, and this one was no different. You have captured some of the essence of Japan in this work, not just the stereotypes. Hopefully people from all over the world, including Japan, will read this and open up to different cultures a little.
I'm sorry to see this end. I don't want it to end... My next assignment for you (should you choose to accept it) is to go to Cambodia and report from there.

Best of luck in the future.

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dirk schwieger

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from: tokyoblog
date: Jul. 7th, 2006 07:34 am (UTC)
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You've summed up all I tried to achieve, and even more. I don't have the necessary distance to my work, but I wish you were right!

Sorry there, I'm heading for Berlin at the end of September. I can't help but admit it's not half as fascinating as Cambodia...

Thanks for all the kind words.

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from: anonymous
date: Jul. 5th, 2006 08:06 am (UTC)
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I really enjoyed reading your weekly missives from Japan; you captured the wonderful confusion of experiencing a different culture for the first time. Thank you for sharing it with us. It was sweet, and all too short.

FK

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Your personal cheerleader's last comment

from: anonymous
date: Jul. 5th, 2006 08:09 am (UTC)
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Gee Whizzzz - tempus fugit... but what a pity! Once again for the last time: great stuff! It should be worth to yourself to publish in print, as you said in the interview: a comic is something you should be able to touch etc. And this "real" product - according to my inner eye - could be a very nice faksimile-kinda-thing.

But this question's answering can be waited for if you're back in Germany, huh? And at this point I wish you a very nice time on the countryside... see you in fall!

So long, grts t j,
gurkex

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dirk schwieger

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from: tokyoblog
date: Jul. 7th, 2006 07:39 am (UTC)
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Did I say comics have to be touched?! Is there an evil twin out there giving interviews?

No but you're right, a facsimile-Moleskine publication could definitely be interesting.

Thanks for everything!

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Niamh Sage

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from: niamh_sage
date: Jul. 5th, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry to see Moresukine come to an end too, but feel really lucky to have been along for the ride. It was wonderful! Good luck with whatever interesting assignment or idea comes next.

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dirk schwieger

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from: tokyoblog
date: Jul. 7th, 2006 07:42 am (UTC)
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Thanks so much for your tireless support throughout the whole project.
Greetings to the Netherlands!

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from: pinkgrapefruit1
date: Jul. 5th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)
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I've looked forward to each installment over the last couple of months and I've never been disappointed with the artwork or the narration. Wonderful job, and thanks so much for this beautiful and unique perspective on Tokyo culture. I hope you enjoy the rest of your time there!

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it's been a great read

from: anonymous
date: Jul. 6th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
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Every week I've obsessively checked anticipating what assignment you were assigned to. I'm abit sad it finished now, I was hoping it'll be a longer project. Nevertheless, a great blog. Brought alot of enjoyment and fun =)

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dirk schwieger

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from: tokyoblog
date: Jul. 7th, 2006 07:44 am (UTC)
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Thank Goodness you guys didn't tell me while I was still drawing!
I mean, an obsessively anticipating readership that has never been disappointed before - what a nightmare!

But seriously: Thanks!

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Thank you!

from: anonymous
date: Jul. 11th, 2006 07:12 am (UTC)
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Thank you so much for this great project you have completed. Every new assignment was so unique and so well documented. You should be very proud of your accomplishments!

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from: anonymous
date: Jul. 11th, 2006 11:56 pm (UTC)
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you stopped?
:(

such a pity, ive been following this blog from your first post (i cant remember how i found it); i wanted to say; i love your drawing style, and the way you document through image :)

- Gwen -

http://chocoholic-girl.deviantart.com/
http://www.blogger.com/profile/6002884

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sad to see you go...

from: anonymous
date: Jul. 16th, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
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this blog was amazing to follow, and it is terribly sad to see you go. thanks letting us share your experiences in japan, and thanks for letting us in on them in such a spectacular and unique way.

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dirk schwieger

UPDATE

from: tokyoblog
date: Aug. 17th, 2006 07:31 am (UTC)
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So, the definitely last MORESUKINE episode ever has just been uploaded at the equally charming and thoughtful daily strip Zwarwald (it's guest week over there).

You can find it here.

It's in full color, but a bit shorter than usual and - worst of all - completely in German! But give me a sign and I'll post an English translation.

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Re: UPDATE

from: anonymous
date: Aug. 18th, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
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Really? That's great! How long will it last? Why did not you post it on MORESUKINE?


Moleskiner.cn

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dirk schwieger

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from: tokyoblog
date: Aug. 19th, 2006 12:53 am (UTC)
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Oh it's really just one episode.

I didn't post it because, well, MORESUKINE is over and this contribution is a little bit different: it's done in another format, in color and in a language only accessible for a select few...

But if MORESUKINE things like this happen I will keep posting them here.

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felicidades!

from: anonymous
date: Aug. 30th, 2006 06:15 am (UTC)
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this is one of the best blogs i ever found. im looking forward to the next chapter!!
la maga.

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Keep up the outstanding work and thank you

from: anonymous
date: Feb. 16th, 2007 04:15 pm (UTC)
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Thank you for your site. I have found here much useful
information...

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dirk schwieger

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from: tokyoblog
date: Feb. 18th, 2007 01:00 pm (UTC)
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Thank you very much for letting me know!

Good to see that MORESUKINE is still useful, even after it's over for some time now.

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Niamh Sage

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from: niamh_sage
date: Apr. 11th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC)
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Just popped in to read over some of the entries again, and they're as great as they were the first time around :D

Have you any new projects under way now?

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dirk schwieger

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from: tokyoblog
date: May. 11th, 2007 10:19 am (UTC)
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Thank you so much for letting me know, and sorry for letting you wait!

Can you believe it, I'm still tangled up in MORESUKINE work. In October, there'll finally be a printed version of the blog. The catch is, it's entirely in German! It's going to be published by Reprodukt, which is about as good as it gets in Germany.

But there are talks about an English edition, and I'll let you know as soon as it's decided.

So right now, I'm cleaning all the scanned pages, strengthening the weaker cross hatchings, translating the whole thing into German (here's some funny German MORESUKINE preview pages) AND negotiating with various webcomic artists. There'll be a bonus section where I turn the tables and send out assignments to webcomic people around the world. Kochalka did one, and so did Ryan from Dinosaur Comics and even POKEY THE PENGUIN!

So I'm looking forward to that, and, um, to having new projects under way soon...

Oh and I just started a news blog at my home page where you can check for the latest stuff without having to wait for my reply. An English blog version will follow soon...

And definitely not least, there's a Wee Beastie release coming in October, so consider me double pregnant!


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Niamh Sage

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from: niamh_sage
date: May. 11th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
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Wow, that's great news! I'm really excited to hear about the Moresukine book - I will definitely be lining up for a copy when it comes out :D I'm guessing from your website that it's going to actually be in Moleskine format - is that the case? If so, it's a great idea. I'll look forward to the bonus section too.

I'll keep looking in at your blog on your home page to see how things are coming along (Babelfish makes a very strange translation, but I think I get the general idea!)

And lastly...are you having a Wee Beastie too??? :D Or did I misunderstand?

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dirk schwieger

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from: tokyoblog
date: Jun. 20th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
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Wow, I kept you waiting again - I'm sorry!

Exactly, it's going to be in Moleskine format, with rounded edges, bookmark, yellowish paper etc.!

And yes, you understood quite perfectly, another beastie...

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Niamh Sage

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from: niamh_sage
date: Jun. 20th, 2007 03:03 pm (UTC)
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Wow, congratulations! Wee Beasties everywhere, the world won't know what's hit it :D

No problem about the wait, I'm guessing you're pretty busy these days... :)

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wunderschön

from: wandrille
date: Jun. 5th, 2007 03:48 pm (UTC)
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Ich kennte es nicht, mein freund Monsieur le Chien hat mir gesagt wie schön dein arbeit ist.

vielleicht kennst du unst nichr, wir sind ein französiches comics verlag, WARUM ist es gennant

www.warum.fr

bis bald

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dirk schwieger

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from: tokyoblog
date: Jun. 20th, 2007 03:03 pm (UTC)
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Vielen dank für das Lob! Ein interessanter Verlag, den ich wirklich nicht kannte... nur: Warum "Warum"?

For everybody else: If your French is better than mine, check out Monsieur Le Chien for a frequently updated, unique blend of nonchalant French BD album-style drawings with a contemporary webcomic structure.

(Monsieur Le Chien is currently working on his "guest mission" for the physical version of MORESUKINE.)

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Warum WARUM ?

from: wandrille
date: Jun. 20th, 2007 04:30 pm (UTC)
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Zu viele leute fragen uns "Warum eun neues comics verlag ?"... vielleicht ist es deswegen...

For everybody, learn french so you can read "Monsieur le chien" and have fun !

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Matt Durrant

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from: sum0
date: Jul. 22nd, 2007 07:56 pm (UTC)
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I've only just discovered this, but it's probably one of the most awesome, and fascinating things I've seen on this internet.

I'm headed to Japan myself in October... your entries give me hope.

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dirk schwieger

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from: tokyoblog
date: Jul. 25th, 2007 12:57 pm (UTC)
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Good to see that people still drop by. And thanks for linking!

Why hope? Could it be you don't realize what a lucky bastard you are...?!

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Matt Durrant

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from: sum0
date: Jul. 25th, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
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Heh, I do realise how lucky I am (hopefully), but your strips just remind me how awesome the place really is (or rather, will be)... I think you've just captured everything Japan means to me.

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Commentating

from: anonymous
date: Aug. 22nd, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)
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Hullo,
David Malki! over at Wondermark pointed me over here and I've read it all the way through and think this is culturally informative and wonderful to look at.

I'd like to say a bit on print verses web. As far as broadly, yes, some people do take printed material as having more weight, because it's harder to convince a publisher to print your stuff than it is to pop something up on the web somewhere; meaning there is certain filters a work goes through that may incline you to be interested in a product (like how some people gravitate towards certain record label b/c the company sticks with a certain sound. ex. Matador, No Idea, Labrador, etc.) This can be nice b/c if I go to Last Gasp or Top Shelf, while I might not personally like everything they have, i know all of it's decent.
On the other hand, being on the web can sometimes be better for passing along than publishers. A publisher might run a small batch and then that's it, where as on the web you get linked, tagged, digged, etc.
Personally though, I like to pass comics I like along to other people to read b/c believe it or not some people still don't have regular internet access. A few other reasons I like print is because I sit in front of a computer all day for work and can get burning eyes, so I like to give my eyes a break. I can lose links to stuff I like and finally there is something about the physical contact and weight of having a book in your hand, maybe it just materialism rearing it head, but i's still not as easy to curl up with a web page as it is a book.

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Niamh Sage

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from: niamh_sage
date: Feb. 15th, 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
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I just received my copy of Moresukine in the mail today, and I love it! Even though I can't understand a word of it! :P (well, I can sort of make a guess at some of the words that are a bit like Dutch...).

Anyway...congratulations again! It's wonderful to finally have a paper copy in my hot little paws, and I bet you must be very proud to see your work out there in the world :D

Any word on an English version? And how is your other work going?

Camilla
:)

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