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Junko Mizuno [20051006|22:14]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Junko Mizuno will be signing her new comic in London on October 27th. I shall be going, to purchase the new comic and have it autographed. Of course, this will probably consist of me zipping in, buying the comic, shyly pushing it and a pen at her, smiling, and walking away to go sit in a pub and drink gin, occasionally bringing out my acquisition and looking at it with fangirlish love.

I first saw her at Comic-Con 2002. I asked her to do a drawing in my sketchbook. She obliged happily (and, incidentally, for free). And proceeded to take over twenty minutes carefully creating a tiny perversely cute character with a ballpoint pen while her handlers stared anxiously at the gigantic queue of people piling up behind me.

She likes to re-tell Western fairy tales (Hansel & Gretel, for instance) using sexy, gluttonous female characters and a futuristic setting. Sometimes she doesn't bother with the fairy tales and goes straight to the half-naked weirdness.


Baby Chika doll
A special glow-in-the-dark version. I don't think this is available any more.


Baby Chika doll's foot
Dedicated to me. HELLO I AM A FANGIRL.



Chika
Aw, look. Chika grew up to be a nurse, just like she'd always dreamed! A blood-spattered nurse...in a transparent lab coat...with a freaking GIANT syringe.
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[User Picture]From: scanner_darkly
2005-10-06 21:42 (UTC)
Those are so badassed. Woah. :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-06 22:05 (UTC)
Yeah. Here's another one. She looks like she'd rip out your windpipe and beat you to death with the tonsil end, eh?
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[User Picture]From: scanner_darkly
2005-10-06 22:52 (UTC)
I bet her victims are saying "How Awesome" but their throats get ripped out halfway through so it always comes out, "How Awenghghrrrkkk..."
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From: tdj
2005-10-06 23:24 (UTC)
She was in Berkeley a month or so ago! I ought to have asked around and checked if anyone wanted anything signed.

Nice syringe, but if it's not filled with a glowing green liquid, it's not science.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-07 08:21 (UTC)
Yeah, it's just blood, which means medicine. Pssh. Medicine. What did that ever do for anybody?
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From: tdj
2005-10-07 08:23 (UTC)
I've heard rumors, but I'm too squeamish to find out. Sounds messy.
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From: ripperlyn
2005-10-06 23:48 (UTC)
OMG bring her the sketch.

xx

Happy not-to-drunk birthday to me. :) xx
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-07 08:22 (UTC)
I should, that's a good idea. I bet she'd like to see it again, especially if I tell her the story, too.

Happy just-drunk-enough birthday to you, yes!
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From: ripperlyn
2005-10-07 09:22 (UTC)
Yeah!
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[User Picture]From: becala
2005-10-07 03:35 (UTC)
OMG i know what i'm getting lukas for christmas... and myself.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-07 08:24 (UTC)
If you can get your paws on the Hell Babies book, do. It's mostly character sketches. It's fantastic. This icon comes from it.
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[User Picture]From: omniana
2005-10-07 16:56 (UTC)
:) I love that fangirl feeling.

She's got a great name. I remembered seeing a huge mangaesque picture at the SFMOMA with cute little three-eyed monsters and such, though my memory is not to be trusted. So I looked her up, and well, it probably wasn't her or you might have said something, but I found that she is speaking on a panel the day before her signing about "emerging international graphic novelists." Might be interesting?

http://www.ica.org.uk/index.cfm?articleid=14383
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-10-08 08:09 (UTC)
I know which painting you're talking about. The cute little three-eyed monsters come from Takashi Murakami.

The panel looks interesting, although I'm really only familiar with La Perdida.

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