Chapin City Blues

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It’s not that I’m a major anime fan. I can honestly say that I prefer dubs over subs. Guess what I mean is, there is no pretension when it comes to my watching cartoons—doesn’t matter what country the animation originated. That doesn’t mean that the Netflix adaptation of the classic anime/manga Death Note didn’t send …

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Nerdgasms & Other Misadventures of a Library Worker

February 20, 2014

Returning to my nerdom, I went comic book/manga shopping today after work. I had Shaun for an extended period of time today, so why not take him out? We stopped at Barnes & Noble before heading over to Myth Adventures (for the comic books). Shaun stayed in the car with his grandmother. Because it’s not the wisest idea to take an almost-two-year-old into a place with collectables.

Now I only intended to buy Btooom! at Barnes & Noble.  As I strolled through the dwindling manga section, I noticed Judge vol. 3 was out, too. I put both in my bag and dragged Shaun to the check out counter and paid before I got the notion that I’m made of money.

Cha-ching!

At Myth Adventures, I strolled up to the 2-week-old shelf to seek out Batman: Joker’s Daughter. The new 52 one-shot issue got by me, somehow. I learned about it in a review via Flipboard. I didn’t find it. Exasperated, I walked to the new comic book table and snagged my copy of Harley Quinn #3. Right across from it, sat Dexter Down Under issue one.

After last year’s abysmal series finale, I picked it up in hopes it might act as an act of contrition. At the counter, I asked if they had Joker’s Daughter in stock. They did. And somehow the book eluded me because the man took little to no time finding it on the 2-week-old shelf.

Nerd Booty

In non-related news: I caught wind that there is paperwork floating around that will bump me up to a full-time position. In the wake of my co-worker’s departure, they promoted me to his position. That kicked in this Monday, the day after his last.

Now, I won’t find until next fiscal year (this October) if the full-time position kicks in. This also means that I should get that pesky driver’s license that I’ve been putting off for the last fourteen years. I shouldn’t raise my hopes. They promised a full-time position two years ago when I started working there, after all.

I also joined Crushee a few months ago. It was just last week that I decided to complete my profile and start using it. I’m getting the hang of it. Now if I could only use the social skills I’ve acquired there in the real world, I might just have a chance of, you know, meeting people.

Note: I edited this post using the Hemingway App.

There’s just something chilling about Yukito Ayatsuji’s original story, brought to life with the art of Hiro Kiyohara. The tale pulls you in with the mention of a curse on a middle school class—specifically, third year class 3—and you’re enveloped by the sheer mystery of it. And when the main character—and, therefore, the reader—Koichi Sakakibara …

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There’s no doubt that I found the conclusion of Yoshiki Tonogai’s second omnibus as a little unsurprising. I mentioned the parallels to a certain Hollywood gore-porn franchise that peaked somewhere during the third flick. Nevertheless, the journey through the last chapters keep the reader gripping the covers. And it’s not just that, the open-ended finale …

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