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Dear Leonard,

I am a long-established character in a superhero comic. Recently, I have begun to suspect that I am being drawn by someone under the sway of Japanese manga. How can I be sure?

yours,
Yellow Peril-ized


Dear Peri,

To determine once and for all if you have fallen under the influence of the most formalist cultural aesthetic since the dawn of the Mad Lib, take this simple quiz.

1. Despite putatively being a grown adult, have I recently begun to look like I am no older than 16?

2. Is my waist depicted as being only a few centimeters thicker than my bicep?

3. Instead of a nose, do I now have a scribbled placeholder that resembles a disassembled wire coathanger?

4. Does my mouth, when open, occupy more than 75% of the surface area of my head?

5. Have I recently begun to express my emotions through hugely oversold facial expressions, gurning, and histrionic body movements that make me seem like I am in a really bad community theatre?

6. Does my hair jut out at strange angles and generally appear as if it is capable of putting someone's eye out?

If you can answer "yes" to more than 3 of these questions, you have likely come under the spell of an American artist who is influenced by manga style. The next question is, what can you do about it?

I recommend suicide.

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rollick
Nov. 25th, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
GURNING? You, sir, have taught me a word today.
fiberpunk
Nov. 25th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
Look at the bright side. At least your outfit still fits.

-- All-Star Superman
krinndnz
Nov. 25th, 2009 06:12 pm (UTC)
I'm much less bothered by the form and content of manga/anime than by the relationship a bunch of my countryfolk have with it. I guess it's a subset of being Really Into any given style - one of the hazards is that you assume others are into it and can decipher the shortcuts, references, and conventions. I find the enough of it is obnoxious as hell to me that I don't want people evangelizing it to me, but that's personal taste.
thaitea
Nov. 27th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, indeed.
oilyrags
Nov. 25th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
Dear Leoanrd -

Are you sure it's not Steveditkoitis?
(Anonymous)
Nov. 26th, 2009 09:04 am (UTC)
Dear Leonard,
2003 called. It wants its commentary on a then-prevalent trend in mainstream American comicbooks back.


(sorry for making my first post on your blog a crap joke like this. I generally enjoy your writing a whole bunch of a lot, but this post sounded like it was written by a guy standing behind the register of a comics shop that doesn't sell anything other than Marvel and DC books. Six years ago.)

- Karl Ruben
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