Nothing much has changed, other than I’ve moved my blog over to yolierolie.wordpress.com.

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<3 Yoyo

110428 Awkward

And then I remembered there are people in my class over 30.

110421 Rick in Rome Part 2

Rick is the Jupiter of Canada!

110421 Rick in Rome Part 1

Dedicated to my professor, Rick Haldenby, who took us all on such a wonderful journey through Greek and Roman History!

110411 Pet Peeve

My nerdy, nerdy pet peeve.

110321 Rite of Passage Part 3

Mark is the king of unintentionally being inconsiderate.

Thank you to everyone who helped me through this! I tried to draw everyone at least once, but if I missed you then sorry….

Japan is a place I have never been to but still call my home. All the friends I know from there are safe, but everyone who is in the disaster is still toiling without electricity, lost from loved ones. Although I am not religious, I am still praying for everyone who is over there because atheists and agnostics are hard pressed for an alternative other than to hope and make donations.

I sincerely want to fly out there and be of some help, if only I could scrape together the money. Japan is the home that makes me laugh when I am sad, or comforts me when I am alone.

For the few readers that come to this humble comic and blog, please make a donation here if you can.

The stories of help that are going through to Japan is very touching, but there’s still a lot left to do.

I hope that everything can be done to help them.

Sincerely,
Yoyo

09.01.26 - Bread + Jam

I’m terrible mainly for my spelling error.

This was on facebook for a while but it’s one of my favorites so it deserved some space here :)

110228 Rite of Passage Part 2

In a panic, people will tend to listen to whatever advice is shouted at them the loudest.

sanctuary-volume-1

Despite the mild sexism, I’ve always been a fan of seinen manga. Perhaps it’s because the story tends to be deeper, and the characters tend to be bolder and more in-your-face. Who doesn’t love the violent fights for justice and the constant search for manliness? What does it take to be a man amongst men? What a delicious question.

The best word to describe Sanctuary would be classic. This is one of those “man-amongst-men” seinen mangas that captures the reader with its themes on political corruption and crime syndicates. Ryoichi Ikegami provides art that has all the stylishness of early 1990s manga (which was when it was published) and the writings were provided by Sho Fumimura, the infamous writer of the manga Fist of the North Star.

The story focuses on two childhood friends, Hojo Akira and Asami Chiaki, who decide to take two different paths and reform Japanese society. One takes the path of light and becomes a political advisor, while the other goes underground and joins the Yakuza (Japanese mafia). Due to their shared past, the two possess incredible instincts and unparalleled ambition as fight for their dream of building a sanctuary in Japan.

The writing shows great sensitivity to social trends and mentalities which remain relevant today. It avoids the simple extremes that writers tend to default to – “Government bad, everyman good!”. Even antagonists are well motivated, so that even if a reader does not agree with the view they can at least understand their thinking.

Each (male) character is well thought out and complex, and each man plays a part in illustrating the bigger picture. The women are well written characters as well, but as soon as one shows up, I end up thinking “Someone’s getting laid!”. Then again, the same thing can be said for almost all seinen manga.

As I mentioned before, Ryoichi Ikegami’s art is stylish and solid. He is constantly commissioned to do more complex manga due to his dramatic drawing style, which plays heavily with ink. My only gripe with his work is that we tend to get the same head-on look for each panel, and there is little variation from there. One could argue that this is intentional as part of the story, but a little change in angle would have been nice for breaking up the artwork. Still, this is not detrimental in anyway to the work’s overall quality.

All in all, Sanctuary is a wonderful series that cannot be put down once picked up. It is a must read for anyone who loves stories with sex, violence, dirty dealings and fights for justice.

And if you don’t like any of those things, you’re really missing out.

Happy Reading!
YoYo

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