I was raised in a town called Takarazuka. I certainly cannot say my childhood there was a completely happy one, because I was always bullied by neighborhood kids, and Japan plunged headlong into war.
However, now that I think about it, I was very lucky to grow up in an abundantly natural environment. The mountains, the rivers, and the fields where I ran free, and the insect collecting which fascinated me in my early years deeply imbued my body and soul with an unforgettable nostalgia and sparkle.
I incorporated the ideogram for a kind of beetle, "Osamushi," into my name Osame, for use as a pen name. Even now, I still vividly recall the wonder and abundance of Nature in my childhood -- the huge, red, shimmering sun sinking beyond the forest, the bluster of the wind, the white clouds streaming high across the blue sky -- when I came into contact with such Nature. I always found myself feeling gentle.
We humans are always a par't of Nature, no matter how far we evolve or material civilization progresses. No advance of science can deny Nature, for that would be a negation of ourselves, as human beings.
I want to keep on passionately insisting that Life is irreplaceable, and that the natural world is full of worthy lives just as important as humans'. All these creatures work together and keep each other alive, and our planet is indispensible for human life, of course, as well as for all living things.
It is we grown-ups who must repeatedly call to mind the excitement of this all-too-obvious fact.
I imagine that children who grew up seeing the Earth from outer space would not regard the billions of human beings inhabiting our world as the lords of all creation. They would probably consider humans as only one species among the countless other creatures.
Such children would see this beautiful Earth, which is as fragile as glass, has borne its loneliness in the universe. They would, in my idea, know the smallness of human beings and realize that no one can survive without joining forces. And they could perceive that human beings are not the greatest creatures on the Earth, and all animals, plants and people, on this planet are fellow living things, each alike in their struggle to live out their lives and continue to give birth to future generations.
from Osamu Tezuka's "Our Earth of Glass"
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On a fast decline
Epidemic, permanent disease
Incapacitate, fall into your fate
Pain results in screams, bleed internally
Years will pass before it can be cured
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Hey folks. Yours truly is featured in Meagazine. I put together a group of quotes from stuff that got me psyched to make the Spirit World books and some of the things I'm slangin now too. Learn more about other Baltimore subjects such as Psychic Friends, Ecstatic Sunshine, Humiliation, and Pet Ownership. Check it before you wreck it.
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Wednesday, March 04, 2009
I’ve heard this movie’s been panned for being too hard to follow, too generic, nauseua-inducing, etc. ... and I don’t know what to make of that! It might have to do with what Alan Moore said in his recent (boring? controversial? I dunno.) interview about Hollywood film and “immersion,” because even though Speed Racer has super-slick all-CGI backgrounds, is shown in IMAX, etc… there’s a lot more to it than that, if you’re not so distracted by the kaleidoscopic colors (which is easier when you watch it on your iPhone, at work, when you should be planning English lessons…)
IN FACT, it’s rare to see a movie this carefully laid out, where so much happens, and that’s so simple and exciting. Cartoony conventions like horizontal screen wipes, bright colors and fast-revolving flashbacks are developed into a unique and successful grammar and make it a wholly original film. If this kind of praise holds any traction (Alan Moore?), it couldn’t be done in another medium, comics or cartoons or anything.
I really like how, unlike some action films with shaky cameras or arbitrary zooms and cuts, every shot in Speed Racer is important and helps build up the sequence, the scene, and the whole film. In a given race sequence we follow: a close-up of Speed, his rear-view window (and dialogue) signaling an incoming racer, close-up of a new character, dialogue signaling his move in advance, him making his move, Speed reacting, the cars reacting, and then dialogue confirms what happened for the audience. Was I clear just now? The movie is. This all takes place under a score that’s always narrating and highlighting emotional highs and lows. The rhythm of the shots itself is quick, even, and makes the race more exciting.
Speed Racer has a sophisticated structure. Flashbacks weave in and out of the present – especially during races – with a rhythm that heightens the tension. Anyway the core of the movie’s story revolves around exactly 4 long races, and runs through several other fast driving scenes, which I think is impressive. It’s difficult to tell a story in a racing movie when you want as much time racing as possible, but SR succeeds so well in large part due to that flashback rhythm. I do think that Speed Racer has an advantage in that, like cartooning, it can achieve wild camera movements and anatomical flexibility regular film can’t.
I like the attitude, the campiness, and yes, the immersive world of Speed Racer. There are some micro-moments that are fantastic like a fight scene in which the characters and the falling snow animate each other, and a tremendous, cinematic orgasm! I love this movie as a comics artist and I think you should go out of your way to see it (preferably on your iPhone but otherwise in Blue-ray or IMAX or something).