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Near where I live there is a dilapidated Chinese restaurant whom not a single soul has ever been seen to enter or leave. Yet over the years its doors have remained open. Overwhelmed by curiosity, I ventured into its dark hallway one evening. I waited and waited and waited. Everything was very old and very covered in dust. After nearly ten minutes a woman wandered into the hallway, and almost as if by accident noticed me standing there. She looked shocked as if I were incongruous in this setting and didn't belong there. Momentarily she regained her composure. "May I help you?", she asked quietly. "I'm here for dinner", I replied. She knowingly led me to a table in a small but cozy chamber and seated me. The events of that night were fantastical, and I hesitate to speak of them. Upon consuming the first dish I was able to converse with her in Chinese fluently. After the second dish I turned and noticed the jade dragons had become alive, and were pacing nervously spewing small spouts of flame. This is such a place. A place of intrigue, of mystery... a place of unanswered questions.
Here is a question posted one of the discussion groups I'm a part of. Does anybody have an answer for this one?
Anime is everywhere. It's gone from the anime clubs and serious comic
book collectors' stores to almost overexposure. Fox has blocks of anime.
Cartoon Network devotes almost two hours to anime. Everyone under the age
of twelve seems addicted to Digimon and (Barf!) Pokemon (which I hope is
passing into toy-based cartoons oblivion). Even shows like Dexter's
Laboratory and The Powerpuff Girls give nods to Japanese animation. What
brought anime out of the little groups of devotees huddled around the glow
of TV's and VCR's on the college campus to the big time on cable TV and the
big screen (from Princess Monoke to Yeech! The Pokemon Movie and their
growing family of sequels)?
To anyone interested in pursueing animation as a career it is something it think about
Greetings and Salutations! (Say, is it my computer monitor, or is the need to high light the text intentional? Shrug Oh well, I like a good head scratcher...) Well, this is my first post on this group of forums... Grin Hiya!
Well, I'm a tad bit out of the loop on a lot of things. No kids, no nephews or nieces, about the youngest in the family, most of my friends either have adult children or never had any, and I'm over 40. Admittedly, I've side stepped a lot of the Anime sites because... well... The stylings seem to be a tad bit monotonous, kinda hard to read the artist, so-to-speak.
Actually, I started getting picky about the stylings of the traditional cartoonists in the 60's. Took me a while to figure it out, but a lot seemed to do with the craftmanship in line weight usage and the like (and I'll avoid getting into line weight symbology, 'cause then I'll get into talking shop from a drafting tech's view point...). Seemed like the number of frames were reduced, as well. Seemed like a production vs. quality issue. Shrug I can see why, but it's kinda like the difference between fried shimp at a drive in and lobster at a clam bake...
Not much that I can say about it... always longed to learn how to animate, but the resources to learn always seemed out of reach. Now... seems like the Anime is making it more accessible to more folks, and I keep telling myself I should investigate. Wiggling eyebrows All those ideas packed away in the back of my skull...
We'll be talking alot about aesthetics this semester in class --- you can look below to see what some people have said about aesthetics and art on the computer. Here is an article written on the subject of animation aesthetics on the web. Check it out and post you comments.