Faux Ziegler but not fake humour

Last week on Facebook I stumbled upon this piece of cartoon signed “Ziegler”:

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I found it extremely funny (but also quite sad) because it embodies everything that is wrong in Washington right now and particularly the Republicans’ hypocrisy (they pledged to never raise taxes but they do; they say they are against raising the deficit but they always  make it worse; they try to impeach a president on moral grounds but elect a treasonous crookserial sexual harasser and bully as president and want to put a child molester in the senate ! They always said they would removed those entitlement and, well, they kind of did… Where’s their moral high-ground now? How can they claim to be “good Christian” and allow this? They should be ashamed of themselves!).

So, kudos to the “cartoonist” for this excellent idea that pinpoint Washington’s ethical fallacies. Or is it? I noticed that the style of the cartoon is quite similar to what we find in magazine like The New Yorker, but the font used for the caption is totally wrong for this style — such cartoons usually put the caption in a italicized serif font… So the creator of this piece must have “repurposed” (meaning stole) a previous cartoon in order to create this hilarious concept by adding his own caption.

RealZieglerCartoonConsidering that the drawing is signed, it didn’t take me long to find the original. The concept is quite similar, so the “thief” just adapted it to the current political situation.

The original was created by Jack Ziegler and was indeed published in The New Yorker, a magazine well known for this style of cartoon. Unfortunately, Ziegler died last March. You can read tributes to his life and work in The New Yorker,  The New York Times and The Washington Post.

You can find many compilations of The New Yorker‘s cartoons in your local public library.

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Weekly notable news (w17-19)

Another few weeks have passed quickly without anything significant happening: More crazy weeks at works and rainy week-ends where I don’t feel I accomplished anything. I am tired and really need a longer vacation. Next week I’ll start a ten-day holiday where I’ll be able to rest (sleep late!), catch up on stuff (writing, work around the house), travel around (Ottawa’s Tulip’s festival, Quebec City, botanical garden, museums, the libraries book sale, bury my mother’s ashes, etc.) and, above all, completely forget about work for a while. Or so I thought!

In hope for greener pastures, I have applied for a new library job (more responsibilities, further from home, but a greater challenge for my skills and a much better salary). However, after a lengthy processus, they scheduled an interview right in the middle of my vacation and at nine o’clock on the morning of my BIRTHDAY! Not only they made me filled a psychological test online (it’s called “an inventory of personality” and it will probably reveal that I am a total psycho) but they didn’t even bother to reply when I asked if it was possible to reschedule, so I’ll do my best to be there and we’ll see. Que sera, sera.

The weather has really been lousy lately. May is supposed to be the nicest month of all (and not only because it’s my birthday). Overall, it has been cold and rainy. It even snowed a little last week. In may! Hopefully, it will not portend that the summer will be likewise, and it will soon improve (at least for my vacations, please!).

Something strange happened at the beginning of the month: out of the blue, one late afternoon, I started to smell a vague odour of gazoline in the basement. It didn’t come from the obvious source, the garage. Usually, such smell comes from the sewage (through a dried P-trap) or from a dead animal but, in this case, it seemed to come from the pit of the water-pipe entry. I called the city and was told not to worry, it was “probably” not toxic and might have come from some work on the pipes in the neighbourhood (I couldn’t locate any nearby). I cracked open a window and the next morning it was gone. I never knew what it was.

The unlucky streak didn’t stop there. Not only I broke a piece of tooth while eating a granola bar during my lunch break at work (and I am still waiting for the dentist to find some spare time for an appointment), but I also discovered that the damage to the rear balcony of the house is more extensive than I first thought. The supporting posts are not planted deep enough (they rest on concrete supports that are just on the surface while they should be in soil deep enough so it never freezes in winter — who are the morons who built this house?!) so the ground expansion due to the freezing is slowly ripping the balcony off the house. So much that it has now become worrisome. We will have to do the repairs sooner than expected and it will probably be quite costly! What an exciting boring life!

Again, I must remind myself not to let the outside world rattle my core. Carpe diem, my boy, carpe diem!

Finally, I managed to stay acquainted with some of the affairs of the world and gathered notable news & links of interest — which I share with you (in both french or english, and organized into a few basic categories), after the jump.

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Otaku & other popular (sub)culture phenomenons

Many elements of the Japanese teens subculture are generated, influenced or more often simply expressed by anime & manga: otaku, enjo k?sai (teenage prostitution), hikikomori, kar?shi (overwork death), idols, cosplay (as well as various fashion styles like gothic lolita, kogal or ganguro), hentai (including yaoi [“Boys’ Love”, i.e. manga showing romantic relationships between male characters], yuri [“Girls’ love”], lolicon [underage love], panchira [panties shots] and burusera [stores for panties & school uniforms fetishists]), manga café, kawaii, moe — just to name the few that quickly come to mind. Also, Japanese (pop)culture is having (as it often had in the past, i.e. “japonisme”) a great influence on our western culture (and particularly, lately, on the teen pop-culture, with the so-called Japanification).

Therefore, this is a subject particular enough to deserve a separate entry in my “Anime & Manga Bibliography”.

Index

The essentials
More anime & manga references
Otaku & other popular (sub)culture phenomenons
Japanese culture
Japanese drama & cinema
Japanese economy, geography & history
Japanese language
Japanese literature
Various others

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Otaku & other popular (sub)culture phenomenons

(Collectif). Cosplay Girls: Japan’s live animation heroines. Tokyo, DH Publishing (Cocoro books), 2003. 96 pg. $30.00 US. ISBN 978-0-9723124-2-0.

 

(Collectif). Eastern Standard Time: A Guide to Asian Influence on American Culture from Astro Boy to Zen Buddhism. Boston, Mariner Books, 344 pg. $24.95. ISBN 978-0-395-76341-X. See the review in PA.

 

(Collectif). Japan Edge: The Insider’s Guide to Japanese Pop Subculture. San Francisco, Cadence Books, 1999. 200 pg. $19.95 US / $29.95 Can. ISBN 978-1-56931-345-8.

 

AZUMA, Hiroki (Translated by Abel, Jonathan E. & KONO, Shion). Otaku: Japan’s database animals. Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 2009. 144 pg. ISBN 978-0-8166-5352-2.

 

BARRAL, Étienne. Otaku: Les enfants du virtuel. Paris, Denoël (Impacts), 1999. 314 pg. ISBN 978-2-207-24319-2.

 

KELTS, Roland. Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded the U.S. Hampshire (UK), Palgrave MacMillan, 2007. 242 pg. $14.95 / $17.25 Can. ISBN 978-1-4039-8476-0.

 

MACWILLIAMS, Mark W. (Ed.). Japanese Visual Culture. Explorations in the World of Manga and Anime. Armonk NY, ME Sharpe/East Gate, 2008. 352 pg. ISBN 978-0765616029.

 

WEST, Mark I. (Ed.). The Japanification of Children’s Popular Culture: From Godzilla to Miyazaki. Lanham, Scarecrow Press, 2009. 294 pg. ISBN 978-0-8108-5121-4.

 

WICHMANN, Siegfried. Japonisme: The Japanese influence on Western art since 1858. New York, Thames & Hudson, 1981. 432 p. ISBN 978-0-500-28163-7.

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More Anime & Manga References

We continue our “Anime & Manga Bibliography” — started with the “Essential References” — with more useful anime & manga references.

The books we own are on a yellow background. We have added pertinent links for those who want further details about the listed references.

Index

The essentials
More anime & manga references
general
anime
manga
anime & manga-related merchandizing
Otaku & other popular (sub)culture phenomenons
Japanese culture
Japanese drama & cinema
Japanese economy, geography & history
Japanese language
Japanese literature
Various others

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More Anime & Manga References

General

[Collectif] Le petit monde de la japanim’ et du manga (Animeland Hors-Série 5). Paris, Anime Manga Presse, 2003. 260 pg. 8,50 €. [in french]

 

BRENNER, Robin E. Understanding Manga and Anime. Libraries Unlimited, 2007. 356 pg. ISBN 978-1591583325. $40.00.

 

LUNNING, Frenchy (Ed.). Emerging Worlds of Anime and Manga (Mechademia 1). Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2006. 184 pg. ISBN 978-0816649457. $19.95.

 

LUNNING, Frenchy (Ed.). Networks of Desire (Mechademia 2). Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2007. 184 pg. ISBN 978-0816654826. $19.95.

 

LUNNING, Frenchy (Ed.). Limits of the Human (Mechademia 3). Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2008. 184 pg. ISBN 978-0816652662. $19.95.

 

LUNNING, Frenchy (Ed.). War/Time (Mechademia 4). Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2009. 338 pg. ISBN 978-0-8166-6749-9. $21.95.

 

LUNNING, Frenchy (Ed.). Fanthropologies (Mechademia 5). Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2010. 380 pg. ISBN 978-0-8166-7387-2. $24.95.

 

LUNNING, Frenchy (Ed.). User Enhancement (Mechademia 6). Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2011. 320 pg. ISBN 978-0-8166-7734-4. $24.95.

 

LUNNING, Frenchy (Ed.). Lines of Sight (Mechademia 7). Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2012. 302 pg. ISBN 978-0-8166-8049-8. $24.95.

 

LUNNING, Frenchy (Ed.). Tezuka Osamu: Manga Life (Mechademia 8). Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2013. 320 pg. ISBN 978-0-8166-8955-2. $24.95.

 

LUNNING, Frenchy (Ed.). Origins (Mechademia 9). Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 2014. 320 p. $24.95 US. ISBN 978-0-8166-9535-5.

 

LUNNING, Frenchy (Ed.). World Renewal (Mechademia 10). Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 2015. 272 p. $24.95 US. ISBN 978-0-8166-9915-5.

 

MACWILLIAMS, Mark W. (Ed.). Japanese Visual Culture. Explorations in the World of Manga and Anime. Armonk NY, ME Sharpe/East Gate, 2008. 352 pg. ISBN 978-0765616029.

 

PATTEN, Fred. Watching Anime, Reading Manga. 25 Years of Essays and Reviews. Berkeley, Stone Bridge Press, 2004. 384 pg. ISBN 978-1880656921. $18.95 US.

 

SCHMIDT, Jérôme. Génération manga: Petit guide du manga et de l’animation japonaise. Paris : Librio, 2004. 94 pg. ISBN 978-2290333150. € 2.00. [in french]

 

SCHODT, Frederik L. Astro Boy Essays (The). Berkeley, Stone Bridge Press, 2007. 156 pg. ISBN 978-1933330549. $16.95 US.

 

Anime

[Collectif] Kaboom!: Explosive Animation from America and Japan . Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art, 2005. 160 pg. ISBN 9781875632329.

 

BROPHY, Philip. 100 Anime (BFI Screen Guides). British Film Institute, 2008. 271 pg. ISBN 978-1844570843. $19.95.

 

CAVALLARO, Dani. The anime art of Hayao Miyazaki. Jefferson NC: McFarland, 2006. 204 pg. ISBN 978-0-7864-2369-9. $35.

 

CAVALLARO, Dani. Anime Intersections: Tradition and Innovation in Theme and Technique. Jefferson NC: McFarland, 2007. 210 pg. ISBN 978-0-7864-3234-9. $35.

 

CAVALLARO, Dani. The Cinema of Mamoru Oshii: Fantasy, technology and politics. Jefferson, McFarland, 2006. 248 pg. ISBN 978-0-7864-2764-7.

 

CLARKE, James. Animated Films. London, Virgin Books, 2004. 298 pg. $24.95 US / $37.50 Can. ISBN 978-0-7535-0804-4.

 

DRAZEN, Patrick. Anime Explosion! The What? Why? & Wow! Of Japanese Animation. Berkeley, Stone Bridge Press, 2003. 376 pg. ISBN 1-880656-72-8. $18.95 US.

 

KANNENBERG, Gene. 500 Essential Graphic Novels. The Ultimate Guide. New York, HarperCollins / Collins Design, 2008. 528 pg. ISBN 978-0061474514. $24.95 US / $26.95 CDN.

 

LAMARRE, Thomas. The Anime Machine: A Media Theory of Animation. Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 2009. 385 p. ISBN 9780816651559. (see back cover)

 

LEDOUX, Trish (Ed.). Anime Interviews: The First Five Years of Animerica (1992-97). San Francisco, Cadence Books, 1997. 192 pg. ISBN 1-56931-220-6.

 

LENT, John A. (Ed.). Animation in Asia and the Pacific. Bloomington/Indianapolis, Indiana University Press, 2001. 270 pg. ISBN 978-0-253-34035-7.

 

LEVI, Antonia. Samurai From Outer Space. Understanding Japanese Animation. Chicago, Open Court, 1996. 169 pg. ISBN 0-8126-9332-9.

 

McCARTHY, Helen. 500 Essential Anime Movies: The Ultimate Guide. New York, HarperCollins / Collins Design, 2008. 528 pg. ISBN 978-0061474507. $24.95.

 

McCARTHY, Helen. Anime! A Beginner’s Guide to Japanese Animation. London, Titan Books, 1993. 64 pg. ISBN 1-85286-492-3. £6.99.

 

McCARTHY, Helen. The Anime! Movie Guide. Movie-by-Movie Guide to Japanese Animation. Woodstock, The Overlook Press, 1997. 285 pg. ISBN 0-87951-781-6. $17.95 US.

 

McCARTHY, Helen. Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation. Berkeley, Stone Bridge Press, 1999. 240 pg. ISBN 1-880656-41-8.

 

MANGELS, Andy. Animation on DVD: The ultimate guide. Berkeley, Stone Bridge Press, 2003. 578 pg. $24.95 US. ISBN 978-1-880656-68-X.

 

NAPIER, Susan J. Anime: From Akira To Princess Mononoke. Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation. New York, Palgrave, 2001. 312 pg. ISBN 0-312-23863-0. $16.95 US / $23.95 Can.

 

NAPIER, Susan J. Anime: From Akira To Princess Mononoke. Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation. Updated Edition. New York, Palgrave, 2005. 356 pg. ISBN 978-1403970527. $17.95 US / $23.95 Can.

 

NARGED, Sid. Anything I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned from Anime. Townsend MA, Narged, 2008. 100 pg. ISBN 978-0-9793080-3-1. $12.95 US.

 

OMEGA, Ryan. Anime Trivia Quizbook 1. Berkeley, Stone Bridge Press, 2000. 176 pg. ISBN 1-880656-44-2. $14.95 US.

 

OMEGA, Ryan. Anime Trivia Quizbook 2. Berkeley, Stone Bridge Press, 2000. ISBN 1-880656-55-8. $14.95 US.

 

OSMOND, Andrew. Satoshi Kon: The illusionist. Berkeley, Stone Bridge Press, 2009. 128 pg. $18.95 US. ISBN 978-1-933330-74-7.

 

POITRAS, Gilles. Anime Companion (The). What’s Japanese in Japanese Animation? Berkeley, Stone Bridge Press, 1999. 163 pg. ISBN 1-880656-32-9. $16.95 US.

 

POITRAS, Gilles. Anime Companion 2 (The). What’s Japanese in Japanese Animation?. Berkeley, Stone Bridge Press, 2005. 154 pg. ISBN 978-1880656969. $18.95 US.

 

WIEDEMANN, Julius (Ed.). Animation Now! Köln, Taschen, 2004. 576 pg. ISBN 978-3-8228-2588-3.

 

Manga

(Collectif). Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Manga. Hackensack, Salem Press (Coll. Critical Survey of Graphic Novels), septembre 2012. 400 pages, 2.5 x 20.3 x 26.7 cm, $195 US / $226.20 CND, ISBN 978-1587659553. Available as ebook (electronic format). Readership of 14+. (See short sample).

 

(Collectif). Osamu Tezuka Exhibition. Tokyo, The National Museum of Modern Art, 1990. 352 p.

 

ALLISON, Anne. Permitted and Prohibitted Desires: Mothers, Comics and Censorship in Japan. Hardcover: Boulder, Westview Press, 1996. 224 pg. ISBN 0-8133-1698-7. Paperback: Berkeley, University Of California Press. ISBN 0-520-21990-2.

 

INGULSRUD, John E. & ALLEN, Kate. Reading Japan Cool: Patterns of Manga Literacy and Discourse. Lanham (NY), Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield Publ.), 2009. 230 pg. ISBN 978-0-7391-2753-7.

 

KINSELLA, Sharon. Adult Manga: Culture and Power in Contemporary Japanese Society. Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press, 2000. 228 pg. ISBN 0-8248-2318-4.

 

MASANAO, Amano & WIEDEMANN, Julius (Ed). Manga Design. Koln, Taschen, 2004. 576 pg. ISBN 3-8228-2591-3.

 

ORSINI, Alex. Naoki Urasawa: L’air du temps. Montélimar, les moutons électriques (vol. 8 de la «la bibliothèque des miroirs-BD»), mai 2012. 252 pages, 17 x 21 cm, 63 € / $56.95 Cnd, ISBN 978-2-36183-076-2. Lectorat de 14 ans et plus.

 

PEETERS, Benoît. Jirô Taniguchi: L’homme qui dessine (Entretiens). Paris, Casterman, 2012. 192 pg. 20 €. ISBN 978-2-203-04606-1.

 

SIGAL, Denis. GraphoLexique du Manga: Comprendre et utiliser les symboles graphiques de la BD Japonaise . Paris: Eyrolles, 2007. 160 pgs. 17 €. ISBN 978-2-212-11791-2. Recommanded for adults. See my comment.

 

Anime & manga-related merchandizing

MOSS, Marie Y. Hello Kitty® Hello Everything! 25 Years of Fun! New York, Abrams Books, 2001. 72 pg. $17.95 US / $26.95 Can. ISBN 978-0-8109-3444-2.

 

SIGNORA, Guglielmo. Anime d’Acciaio: Guida al collezionismo di robot giapponesi. Bologna, Kappa Edizioni, 2004. 480 pg. € 32,00. ISBN 978-88-7471-067-4. [in Italian]

 

STEINBERG, Marc. Anime’s Media Mix: Franchising Toys and Characters in Japan. Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 2012. 314 pg. ISBN 978-0-8166-7550-0.

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Weekly notable news (W39)

Another busy week spent brooding about the craziness at work (still 555 weeks before retirement), document.write(“”); going to the hospital for another CT enterography for my wife and backing-up my computers to install macOS 10.12 Sierra on both my iMac and Mac Mini. Didn’t have much else on my mind.
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To relax we finished watching
Dancing on the edge (Brit period drama about a black jazz band, part mystery and part social commentary on racism), the first episode of Maigret (Brit adaptation of Georges Simenon‘s police drama set in the ’50s Paris with Rowan Atkinson in the title role!!! It’s quite good once you’ve passed seeing Mr. Bean face. Now I understand why he never speaks in his sketches: he has a really serious, deep voice!) as well as the first two episodes of the second season of Poldark (yes, another Brit period drama).

And, of course, I still found a little time to stay acquainted with the affairs of the world. I therefore share with you a few notable news & links that I came across this week (in no particular order):

Funnies

Pearl Before Swine: Friday, May 27, 2016

[Reminds me of someone…]
Ben: Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

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Tokyo Fiancée / Ni d’Eve ni d’Adam

“La tête pleine de rêves, document.write(“”); Amélie, 20 ans, revient dans le Japon de son enfance. Pour gagner sa vie, elle propose des cours particuliers de français et rencontre Rinri, son premier et unique élève, un jeune Japonais avec lequel elle noue une relation intime. Entre surprises, bonheurs et déboires d’un choc culturel à la fois amusant et poétique, elle découvre un Japon qu’elle ne connaissait pas…”
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Tokyo Fiancée : Belgique/France/Canada, 2014, 84 min.; Dir./Scr.: Stefan Liberski (d’après le roman d’Amélie Nothomb); Ed.: Frédérique Broos; Phot.: Hichame Alaouie; Mus.: Casimir Liberski; Cast: Pauline Étienne, Taichi Inoue, Julie LeBreton.

« Stupeur et tremblements pourrait donner l’impression qu’au Japon, à l’âge adulte, j’ai seulement été la plus désastreuse des employés. Ni d’Ève ni d’Adam révélera qu’à la même époque et dans le même lieu, j’ai aussi été la fiancée d’un Tokyoïte très singulier. »
                         -Amélie Nothomb.

Ni d’Eve ni d’Adam, par Amélie Nothomb. Paris, Albin Michel, 2007. 252 p. 13.0 x 20.0 cm, 18.20 € / $11.95 Cnd. ISBN 9782226179647.

Tokyo Fiancée nous offre une intéressante réflexion sur la diversité culturelle, l’étrangeté de l’autre, et particulièrement sur la difficulté des couples mixtes à concilier cette différence qui les sépare.

Si le film en lui-même est assez bon, il est aussi une excellente adaptation du roman de Amélie Nothomb. Il y a bien sûr de nombreuses différences entre les deux (quelques scènes manquantes dans le film, la motivation des personnages expliquée plus en profondeur dans le roman) mais dans l’ensemble tout l’esprit du livre est présent dans le film. C’est non seulement agréable et divertissant à regarder mais aussi très intéressant.

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Cette histoire de couple, que ce soit dans le film ou le livre, est particulèrement intéressante lorsqu’on la remet dans le contexte de l’oeuvre (et de la vie) de l’auteur. Elle fait non seulement partie des titres de Nothomb qui sont en partie autobiographiques (mais ne le sont-ils pas tous un peu?) mais est également l’un des éléments de sa “trilogie japonaise”. Stupeur et tremblement raconte le retour de l’auteur au japon, où elle avait passé son enfance, mais traite surtout de ses mésaventures au sein d’une corporation japonaise et comment l’esprit collectif japonais du jeune travailleur y est façonné par des règles strictes et par l’humiliation afin de le conformer au modèle uniforme et docile auquel s’attend la société japonaise — ce qui est toujours pire dans le cas d’une femme. Dans Nostalgie Heureuse, l’auteur raconte son second retour au Japon dans le cadre d’un reportage tourné pour la télévision française. Ni d’Eve ni d’Adam lève le voile sur la partie de l’histoire à laquelle elle avait mainte fois fait allusion sans jamais donner de détails: la relation amoureuse qu’elle a entretenu au cours de son premier retour avec un jeune japonais.

Ayant grandit au Japon, elle s’était toujours considérée comme japonaise mais son expérience durant ce premier retour lui fera réaliser que la nature nippone est beaucoup plus complexe et profonde qu’elle ne se l’imaginait…

Le livre, quant à lui, offre une narration très fluide, parsemé de l’humour sarcastique et un peu déjanté si particulier à Nothomb. C’est une très bonne lecture (comme la plupart des Nothomb).

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Weekly notable news [week 31]

Here are a few notable news & links that I came across this week:
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Non Sequitur: Monday, March 21, 2016 (The two-party detour)

Dilbert: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 (The Elbonian Religion)

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