A song in my nerd heart

July 31, 2007

John Jakala’s discovery of the Bleach musical, beyond being conceptually delightful for its own sake, fills me with cross-nerd wishes. (I love musicals, too.) And I can’t think of a likelier source for an evening of song and dance than the works of Fumi Yoshinaga.

Her stories, particularly Antique Bakery and Flower of Life, are practically musicals already. They’re packed with intriguing characters with distinct voices, they shift in tone from ballad to patter, and they have a quirky improbability that would make for an easy transition from one form to another.

I can’t really think of a composer/lyricist right off hand. Sondheim seems too dark, though if he were in A Little Night Music mode, he might be just right. (Speaking of that, how come we have 7,000 revivals of Gypsy and none for Night Music? Is it because the lead in Night Music doesn’t really need to sing?) The creative team from Avenue Q might be closer to the mark, if they could tone down their satirical tendencies and accentuate their warmer, more humanist tendencies.

Of course, Kaoru Mori’s Emma is at an advantage, already having dancing girls. But surely there’s room on Broadway for both. And you could probably produce about four of Yoshinaga’s contemporary pieces for the cost of a costume epic like Emma.

And you could hardly go wrong with the work of Ai Yazawa. Paradise Kiss has “pop opera” written all over it, and Nana could draw in the Wicked crowd with its strong female friendships, but with a rock score.


Choices, choices

July 30, 2007

You’re standing in the lobby of the cineplex. Do you choose the wildly improbable action-fest or the quirky chick flick? I couldn’t decide, so this week’s Flipped looks at both Samurai Commando (CMX) and Translucent (Dark Horse).


Survey says

July 30, 2007

I got an interesting e-mail from someone involved in the development of an on-line comic shop, looking for feedback from potential customers and willing to pony up the swag to get it. According to Katherine Thoresen, Heavy Ink will feature…

“…a user interface full of innovative features, good customer reviews to help folks find material they like, and great prices. The initial version of our service will carry the full inventory of comic books from Diamond, but with in a year, we intend to start doing outreach to smaller/independent publishers that aren’t carried by Diamond or most existing stores.”

Sounds like a good idea to me, and they’ll be giving about $100 bucks worth of graphic novels to one survey participant and a buy-one-get-one-free subscription offer to everyone else who fills it out.


Bites

July 29, 2007

I’m still not watching this season of Top Chef with any regularity; I catch re-runs or marathons when nothing else is on, but it isn’t “destination television.” But I did see that interview show, and it’s left me with a couple of questions.

1. Tom Colicchio has become an icon among the bear community? Seriously? For shame, bear community. Dude has a soul patch.

2. Was that Padma Lakshmi fashion fanservice sequence really necessary?

3. Rocco DiSpirito is a guest judge? Is he going to offer people advice on how not to be a celebrity chef? Did they actually see The Restaurant? (At least he seems to have washed his hair.)


Potter cons

July 28, 2007

And here are five things I didn’t love about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. (Again, seriously, if you haven’t read it and are planning to, DON’T PROCEED TO THE JUMP. There are big honking SPOILERS. I MEAN it.):

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Potter pros

July 27, 2007

Here are five things I loved about Harry Potter and the Deatlhy Hallows. (Do I even need to specify that there are spoilers after the jump? Seriously, if you haven’t read it and are planning to, DON’T CLICK. I MEAN it.):

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Next, red carpet coverage from E!

July 26, 2007

Even NPR is getting in on the San Diego Comic-Con act, giving a preview of the Eisner Awards. I almost hopped a curb when I heard that. But it’s a nice piece, with interviews with judges, past winners, and an appreciation of Will Eisner’s influence on the medium.