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The Remembrance of Things (Geekily) Past

April 15, 2010

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Alright… so, I have a confession to make. Um. During greater part of my early teenage years, I was– uh, well, obsessed with all things anime related. An… otaku, if you wanna use the correct terminology. I don’t really like to talk about it, because talking about it would inevitably lead to some embarrassing details about my adolescent development. So… when I found out through a friend that the largest comics convention in Korea happens every month, Seoul Comic Book Festival in Yangjae, well, I had to go. For old old times sake, and uh, to reconcile with my past… to perhaps look for some Fushigi Yuugi UFO catcher dolls.

It’s a relatively small gathering compared to other anime cons, like Anime Expo (not that I have gone three times during the ages 13-16), a lot of stickers, independent comics (sometimes the gay porn versions of some current favorites), and posters. The median age of the attendants were about 15. I felt very old. I didn’t know what was happening in the world anymore, but I’m okay with that. My favorite part was seeing all the cosplayers hang out, eating tteokbokki, chatting with their friends, hauling giant foam swords around. It was a good way to spend a Sunday morning.

I should note that I also went to a independent magazine festival @ Platoon a couple weeks ago, which specialized in independent zines and art publications. I do regret not getting this book from the illustrator Yeji Yun, but got these cool kinda Galaxy Express 999-esque postcards from another artist:

Her website is here.

Hmmm…. other things of note: Last weekend I came down with some rather nasty food poisoning, and while trying to quell the maestrom in my stomach, I watched the entirety of the k-drama Boys Before Flowers, which I had watched previously when it was an anime called Hana Yori Dango. Verdict: I was very cynical about its gender politics, but I’m not gonna say it didn’t make me cry like 80 times. Also, I now understand the appeal of that one guy who is the face of Dunkin Donuts in Korea. Lee Min Ho. Kinda hot.

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One comment

  1. i totally went to that thing at platoon as well…AND i bought the same postcard! omg.



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