I originally published this piece in October and I still like it a lot. Elfen Lied is a very rich anime to write about. There are so many ways to approach the sci-fi/horror about the abuse and enslavement of an alternate strain of human evolution. It’s a great, mature anime that I enjoy revisiting every few months.
My new round-up just went live at The LAMB. We got a wide variety of great Czech films covered by a handful of LAMB blogs. Just goes to show how deep and diverse the world of Czech cinema really is.…
Check out this really well-written account of how Ulysses by James Joyce was labeled obscene and then allowed to be published in the United States from the CBLDF. Ulysses is one of my all time favorite novels and the arguments against its publication weren’t even related to the really dark, absurd, or shocking elements of the story. How could they be? The book was blocked after Episode 13 was published in a little NYC magazine. You can’t blame Molly Bloom on this one.
Bleeding Cool almost buried the lead on this one. Shane Black’s adaptation of the incredible noir manga Death Note is still happening. And apparently some Doc Savage film thing is happening, too. But those two sentences on Death Note? Brilliant. The live action Japanese adaptation is solid and the anime is one of my favorites. Very excited to see when this finally goes into production.
And in PayPal is still evil news, Paypal refused to release crowdfunding to Skullgirls developer Lab Zero because they refused to acknowledge that the money was raised for development, not product. Paypal wouldn’t give up the money unless Lab Zero agreed to be 100% responsible for refunds on a product people pre-paid for in a game they already own and enjoy enough to prepay for product. All but $35,000 have been released now but the story’s not over. Lab Zero is out for blood and will be filing complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau because no other bank or banking service pulls this nonsense.
I’m going to be at an anime convention all day today. If I’m up to it tonight, I’ll put up another new post. For now, allow me to redirect you to one of my favorite posts that fits the Spring Into Suspense theme.
This is how you make money on the Internet–not with a bang but with a very slow crawl to more viewers.
So now it turns out I need around 1,500 readers to get that $5 for my hypothetical site. Say I want to pay myself $500 for the month. It’s not a ton of money. I need 150,000 page views. That jumped right up there, didn’t it?
And that’s assuming you get a $5 CPM rate from your ad dealer and half of your visitors use ad blocking software.
Ben Kuchera of the Penny Arcade Report breaks down how Internet ads actually pay out and why donation projects like Kickstarter might be the easier way for everyone to be happy.
Megan Marie, who exposed the terrible Tomb Raider incident at PAXEast this year, comes back with another article explaining why she cosplays. Spoiler alert: cosplay is not consent.
There are a whole lot of things wrong with the gaming industry and how they determine who their market is. Getting more diverse developers working on games would be a good first step to fixing it.
Must Read: Misogyny, Sexism, And Why RPS Isn’t Shutting Up. John Walker of Rock, Paper, Shotgun breaks down the typical troll derailment tactics used when anyone tries to discuss the role of women in video games and fan culture.
Did you hear about the Civilization II game that led to the almost total destruction of humanity? Now there’s a huge Reddit thread filled with fan fiction. It’s awesome. io9 So, Charles Carreon might not have sent the initial SLAPP…
I was grouting and finishing up a long-delayed tiling project all day. I’m exhausted. I’m mentally wiped out. I’ll be back tomorrow with the first season 3 Drag U recap and other content. Futurama comes back tonight and the fine…
Kirby is getting a six in one retrospective game release on the Wii. Kotaku A fantastic look at three highlights from Cecile De France’s acting career. Haute (High) Tension is a must-see for her performance. The Film Experience The soon…