July 7th, 2001


Ohayo and old TOD themes

Howdy everybody! I'm back! **crashing cymbals, drumroll, general screams of happiness**
Anyway, after I answer the (old) theme of the week, which I think I remember the topic, I will give you moment-to-moment details of my delightful trip! Oh, aren't you excited? Thrilled? Every little detail will be spelled out for you!

But first, the theme of the week. I think it was something like "What do you want to be doing in 20 years? Where do you see yourself?" And if that isn't what it was, too bad, 'cuz that's what I'm writing about today!

So...here we go!

In 20 years, I will be the CEO of the one of the most innovative and gosh-darn-cool comic book companies in the world. This company will release both domestic USA comic books and translated Japanese manga, all of which will be especially deep and wonderful and have DAMN GOOD ART, thank you very much! I have a business plan and everything, how cool is that?

I will start this grand company after I graduate from UCSD in 2006, and by 2010 we will have at least 10 comics/mangas running in a "phonebook" size monthly publication. It will be a tasteful selection of the best I can find in both English and Asian-Manga. (I hope to start exposing Americans to some of the better Korean manga...^^;;) We will also have graphic novels published in accordance to the original manga or as necessary for new works... And there will be, in true American fashion, five or six solo storylines that have their own comic book all by themselves.

By 2015 (hopefully sooner!) we not only will have comic books, but will be subtitling the anime that may accompany the stories as well. Much as I hate dubbing, we may have to do that as well, but you had better believe we'll do a better job of it than those jokers who get to do it now! ^^;; American animation seems to have okay VAs most of the time - we'll try to hire the way Batman: Animated Series/Batman Beyond did, since whatever formula they used worked pretty well. Around the same time we will start animating our own features, as well. Hire all those animators Disney fired, or something.

By 2020, we'll be more popular than Viz and threatening to knock Marvel and DC off the top of the charts.

Or at least, we'll try.


In a related note, if anyone thinks they would be interested in working for...errr...I mean with me, let me know and we can start plotting to take over the world through the entertainment media.

Laguna Hills & San Diego & The Iron Chef!

I was in San Diego from June 28th to June 30th. Well, actually I was in Laguna Hills and La Jolla, and never actually in the city of San Diego. But that’s a moot point, okay?
Anyway, have you ever driven through the Central Valley during a heat wave in a car where the air conditioner has lovingly decided to quit working and spew out hot air instead? It SUCKS. It must’ve been 100+ degrees outside. I thought I was gonna die...really pathetically, too. Mom wouldn’t let us roll the windows down because “the hot air would get in” and I was like, “Mom, the hot air’s already in here!” But you know how stubborn parents can be.
Anyway, after nine million years trapped in that monster we made it to Laguna Hills, where my grandparents live. It was really nice to see them again - it'd been a year since I'd last visited. The rest of the family went down around Christmas but I couldn't because I had to study for my Spanish final. -_- I think that, for one reason or another, I'd bailed on another trip before that. But anyway, Grandpa looked great. Healthy and ready to kick someone's disrespectful butt. (He used to be in the Army, so he's really anal about respect and authority.) Grandma, on the other hand (and I hate to say this) looked like she was going to keel over and die any second. June is a bad month for her, because it's the month where it gets really hot and all. June is when Uncle Robin died, back in 1985, and June is when she had her two strokes. So we had to be really careful with her. It was really kind of bad...her veins were really popping out of her pale skin...she looked like she was one of those albino people...
Anyway, so after we visited with them (I did a bunch of image editing for Grandpa on his computer and Kendrick fixed some of his hardware problems) and spent the night at the hotel we went further down south to La Jolla, home of my "Aunt" Susan, who is more like me than my mother ever will be. (Really, Susan is the ultimate in cool. She's single and a graphic artist and she has an absolutely HUGE ice cream and chocolate stash. I love her to pieces. She's also promised to install Adobe Illustrator and PageMaker on to my computer when she's in town later this month. WAI!) We stayed with Aunt Susan until the 30th, when we drove home. During that time we toured UCSD's campus, (We do that every time we visit, she works there. ^_^) ate at a different ethnicity restruant for every meal, shopped our brains out, and most importantly of all watched two episodes of the Iron Chef. That show is SO beyond hilarious! I love it! Did you know they're doing an American version with William Shatner? Could it be any more cool? Anyway, I was in hysterics when we watched it, because it's just nucking futz. Yeah. If you've never seen it, check it out on the Food Network. (Especially if you're an otaku. The beginning of the show had me thinking of Ranma 1/2 for some reason. ^_^)
When I check in again, I'll update you on my fascinating trek into the wilderness that is Mt. Lassen Nat'l Park & Nat'l Forest.