Listening to Towa Tei on Spotify. There are two of his albums on Spotify right now: Cute (2015) and Big Fun (2009). As a youth I had bought his earlier albums, Future Listening (1994) and Sound Museum (1997). Cute and Big Fun have yet to grow on me. At first listen, they are not growing as immediately as the mind-fungus of Future Listening did on my 24 year old brain.
But there would not have been any Deee-Lite without Towa Tei and that's for certain. I've heard two jocular descriptions of Mr. Tei, both from Americans:
- That guy who looks like Pidge from Voltron
- That guy who doesn't have any shoulders
Something I thought about this week was whether I should do comic book reviews. I certainly buy enough of the things. But why? I asked. Would it really be to influence anyone's buying decisions? Most of the Americans who buy comics in this day and age are in their 40s, and lack neither the money nor the time that would make a critic's opinion useful. Yet a critic is only someone who is paid to render his opinions glibly. And I'm not even paid to do that.
That guy who does Diversity & Comics, I followed his twitter feed. He does reviews of comics on his YouTube channel, I guess, and basically he seems to video himself in his car reading them. And the one review I watched, the comic was bad and it was annoying to watch a review of it. With Red Letter Media, their reviews are interesting enough so that it's fun to watch them discuss a film that's crappy.
The one review I started watching was where he talked about the new "Kick Ass" comic where they replaced the male character with a black lady. Couldn't stick with it for more than five minutes.
That reminds me, at another time I once tried explaining the following idea I had to a friend: I am annoyed when characters are ret-conned to be a different race. My beef is that when someone grows up in this country as a black kid (let's say), it is inevitable that they're going to have different experiences than someone who grows up as a white kid. Those experiences will shape their personality. In fact, one could say those experiences will shape their character.
So as a reader who knows this fact, it's impossible for me to see (for example) a comic book where Nick Fury is re-rendered as a black person and think to myself "That black guy Nick Fury is the complete 100% replacement of the white guy Nick Fury that I grew up reading. Why, I am so open-minded that I don't even notice the difference."
And on and on in that manner, tediously. Then again, I haven't knowingly bought a Marvel comic and had any expectation of being entertained un-ironically since about 1994.
Also, I finished that motion comic I was talking about the other week. Thanks for visiting! See you next week!