Sunday, October 28, 2007

1st week in L.A,

Moved into this quant little hotel last Friday. $280 a week, which comes to about $1100 a month, but fully furnished with free internet, and close to a bus stop and groceries and all other needs. I just got this camera of Friday, so I'll get some pictures of my school later.

Went to Cartoon Network and dropped off a portfolio. Don't expect much will come of it just yet. But then, that's why I went to LAAFA. I saw some LAAFA brochures in their waiting room, so hopefully it'll look good to have taken these courses in the future.
And past the WB lot.

And to Universal. Lots of nice restaurants, but thought I'd try the Forrest Gump-themed one. Lots of shrimp, but pretty standard Fried food; the sushi place or the Chinese restaurants probably would have been better. Next time, perhaps.

Does anyone born in the last twenty years know where these guys are from? Read the old book a while back, and then the old BBC show. I thought it great character-based humor; you have this hopelessly narcissistic, childish, frivolous and lazy buffoon offsetting the otherwise quiet and uneventful lives of these kind, simple country folk. They are both bemused and infuriated by him, but secretly dote on him like a child and, deep down, envy his reckless ambitions.

I don't care how many people think he's a rip-off of Johny Five, the last promo for Wall-e (the one with the cockroach), made me just fall in love with him. He's kind of like an extension of the Luxo lamp; getting personality out of an appliance. I am curious to see how they animate Eve, who kind of reminds me of an Ipod. She's so bloody simple, I wonder how their going to make her look feminine.

My first week of LA life without a car. The transit is fairly reliable from my place to Balboa (LAAFA's street) but it's still a long walk from the train to the street the school's on itself, and because the buses in this particular area only go once an hour, you're often better off walking. Perhaps the area will be more pleasant once the fires have been put out; one of my poor teachers had to evacuate last week.

Monday, October 15, 2007

"The Obi Bandits"

Sorry about missing last week. Big news, I'm off to LA to learn traditional painting! Its a limitation that I've never been content with having, and decided learning how to use water and oil paints properly will help me in all other areas to some capacity. I won't deny to being quite nervous about setting out into the states on my own, even if it is only for three months (especially since a car is well out of my means after tuition and whatnot). Still, Joanna's going too, so I'll know somebody in the classes. Clio Chiang was nice enough to tell me where the safe places to live are, so I think I'll be fine...

Here's the latest version of the heros for the Geisha-robbery story, which has the new working title "The Obi Bandits" (copyright 2006, William Bradford). The new additions are their shrewd mistress (Mother), her pet boar (Tomi), and their good natured ex-sumo neighbor (Riku).

(Sigh) I hate how this one turned out, but it's something one here. I developed a soft spot for Slughorn; he's an example of a good Slytherin. Pompous, elitist, and plainly opportunistic, but not a bigot at least. And he comes through when it counts. I hear Jim Broadbent was casted for him in the movie. Assuming they fatten him with padding and give him a big enough