Posted May 27, 2010 at 09:45 am
CNN recently aired a public interest story about a 103-year-old Pennsylvania woman who still drives. I know what you're thinking. The only possibly jam to play for such a story is Coolio's "Fantastic Voyage!" CNN thought so, too. Unfortunately, the producers didn't grab a radio-edit of the song so Coolio's line about "punk-ass niggas set trippin'" made it out on the air.

CNN apologized for airing the offending lyric. Now on the one hand, I think it's complete appropriate for them to apologize. "Nigga" is not necessarily appropriate for 10:30AM. Primetime? Shit yeah! On the other hand, I don't think they really needed to apologize. I think it's pretty clear that CNN was not calling the woman a nigger. Sure, it's a little surprising to hear Coolio on the air again after all these years so maybe they were apologizing for that. But the jam was appropriate for the segment and I think a majority of the people watching at 10:30AM would understand that.

Nigga, nigger, N-Word, or whatever variation is out there fascinates me. It's one of the few slurs that I hear on a regular basis (I listen to a lot of Hip Hop). Black people can call each other nigga with no worries. But if someone who's not Black tries to use it, instantly it becomes racist. I don't think there's any other racial slur quite like it. I mean, it would be totally weird and fucked up if I went around calling fellow Asians Chink, Jap, Gook, Flip, slant, slope, or anything like that. I've never heard Latinos refer to each other as Spics. I don't get it.

I've heard the argument that Black people use it as a term of endearment to sort of reclaim the word and flip its negative connotations. But if that's really true, then why can't anyone who's not Black use the word without being called racist?

Anyway, I'm actually more surprised that CNN producers were hip enough to choose the song than the fact that they grabbed a non-radio edit. So go on CNN, play some more tasty jams from the 90's!
Posted May 14, 2010 at 10:03 am
If you're in the Washington DC Metro area, the AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD is running an Akira Kurosawa Centennial film festival from May 15 – June 21. Though I've seen most of his samurai movies (Rashomon is one of my favorites), I haven't seen any of his non-choppy stuff.

Looks like a really good lineup of his work. I've never seen a Kurosawa film on the big screen so this looks like an amazing event. And since they're calling it Part 1, I imagine there will be a Part 2 sometime in the future. All films will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles. So if you're in the DC area, it's time to get your Kurosawa on!

Posted May 12, 2010 at 11:24 am
This morning when I went to check in on the site to see if everything loaded properly, my Wordpress dashboard was all screwy. The admin dashboard didn't seem to be calling the CSS correctly. Dicking around looking for answers online I came across some posts from people having similar problems. Somehow, there was a malicious line of code inserted into the first line of every one of their PHP files. I decided to do some digging and sure enough, on the first line of every goddamn PHP file was a line of code that wasn't there before. Shit.

About then, a handful of YP fans emailed me with problems. There was some kind of redirect that sent them to a spammy website for virus protection. They figured it was a badly configured ad. But I think the problem was that yucky line of code. So I grabbed a fresh install of Wordpress and Comicpress, changed my admin password, and uploaded clean versions of all the files. It should be all fresh and clean now. I think.

If anyone still has problems accessing the site, please let me know. I hope this fixed the problem, but I'm just a novice at this stuff. Comics, yeah, I can draw that shit. Bug busting? Uh... I may need more sophisticated help in the future.
Posted May 11, 2010 at 08:41 am
You may recall that some time ago, I did some axe chopping work with the one and only Axe Cop. Here's the final piece I submitted to Ethan so he could take a final pass.

The file is so huge it takes ten minutes to save the damn thing so it's taken a while, but Ethan has put up his final edits. And holy crap, the shit looks absolutely amazing! The piece will be printed as a limited edition framable, high quality art print. Only 150 pieces will be sold with the first 25 signed by Ethan and Malachai. I believe there will be an announcement on Wednesday on how to pick up this totally crazy print.
Posted May 6, 2010 at 09:41 am
My good friend and fellow cartoonist, Ross Nover, just made an epic Happy Birthday post for lil' old moi. I can't seem to comment on the post for some reason, but I wanted to thank Ross a lot for that post. It's the best present I could have ever hoped for.

So, System fans, if you're visiting for the first time, I hope you enjoy your stay. Feel free to poke around. I don't do as many design jokes as Ross, but we do feature designers and corporate meh. And for you YP fans, please check out The System. Someday, Ross will take over the world. So be an early adopter and prepare for much laughingness.
Posted May 6, 2010 at 09:11 am
Super Art Fight is one of those events that must truly be experienced. Whenever I try to explain in words what the Super Art Fight is all about, I see eyes glaze over. But whenever I grab someone and throw them into a room where Super Art Fight is throwing down, I see eyes explode!

The video of our performance at MIT this past weekend as part of ROFLCon is up so you can experience that madness yourself. So grab some popcorn, fullscreen that shit (seriously, they captured us in HD!), and prepare for your mind to be blown for the next hour and a half! Thanks to Jamie Baldwin, Yuko Ota, Chris "IMPACT" Impink, Zack Weiner, and Tak Toyoshima for helping us win the con.

Posted May 4, 2010 at 11:40 am
In America, the month of May has been designated Asian-Pacific American Awareness Month. I remember when it was only a week.

So I don't know who designates this kind of thing or who to talk to, but I propose we change May to Asian-Pacific Amercican AWESOMENESS Month! We can make it happen! We have the internets! Tell all your friends to tell all their friends that the era of awareness has passed. Let the era of AWESOMENESS begin!
Posted April 29, 2010 at 08:41 am
Tomorrow I'm heading up to MIT for the second annual ROFLCon as part of the Super Art Fight crew. We have an art fight battle on Saturday where I'll be facing off against Tak Toyoshima. If that name sounds familiar it's because he's the man behind Secret Asian Man, one of the first Asian American comic strips ever published. He's kind of a big deal. And I'm just getting started. It's like David's third cousin fighting Goliath.

I'll probably be twittering from the event all weekend and probably recording some videos that I'll post over at the fan page when I get them edited together and such so keep an eye on both places for this weekend's madness. And if you're going to ROFLCon, stop by the Super Art Fight booth and I'll draw you a Kamen Rider or something!
Posted April 27, 2010 at 12:33 pm
The blog area here is starting to get all tarted up with new buttons and badges kinda like a NASCAR sportscar. So here's an explanation of all these clicky things. In the upper right corner of each comic post, you'll see a Flattr button. Flattr is sort of like a micro-donation site that lets users "flatter" content that they like. When you create an account, you can put in a set amount of money that will be distributed evenly to all the sites that you "flatter." If you flatter one site, that site gets all your money. If you flater ten, your money gets divided evenly into ten bits. Money is distributed at the end of each month. Here's a video from the Flattr guys to explain it a little better.

The Flattr button only appears on comic posts. Bellow the Flattr button and on the top right of every post here at YP is the tweetmeme button. When you click this bad boy, it sends the post to your twitter account so you can share with your all your friends. It also keeps track of how many times the post gets linked on twitter. I use this when a new comic goes up so you'll typically see at least a number one in the tweet badge.

Below each post is the new Facebook Like button. If you're already logged into Facebook, clicking the Like button will send the post to your recent activity on your Facebook profile and share what you liked with the world. I've also hooked up the Like button the right sidebar which will share the site with your recent activity.

So if you enjoy YP and want to spread it like a disease or want to support the comic, that's what all those clicky badgy things are for.
Posted April 22, 2010 at 10:43 am
This is manga-ka Yoshitoshi Abe sketching on an iPad with LiveSketch HD. After seeing this video and some of the sketches Jim Lee posted a while back, I'm kind of coming around to the notion that even without pressure sensitivity, maybe the iPad could be good for arting after all. I could see doing a whole mess of quick comics on the ride to and from work.