Shaken Scales

While living in Japan, I’ve come to accept that there are some things are unavoidable. Among these things, are the frustration of watching Japanese people refuse to cross at a red light regardless of the absolute absence of cars, the agony of having to explain that as a member of the rest of the human…

Childlike Clarity

For most of us the world is a different place when you’re child. You see it differently, and therefore you act differently and it always makes perfect irrefutable sense. So when adults look at what a child is doing, cocks their heads top one side and raise their eyebrows in sheer disbelief, they ought to…

True Love and Bloodshot Eyes

One of the more frustrating flaws I must contend with is my social shortcomings. In a single title you could describe me as an unwilling hermit, lacking the necessary skills to enter any conversation smoothly, to strike up any meeting, to catch another person’s eye without the slightest risk of cowering in the nearest cupboard…

That time when

I have been known to treat a history lesson like an afternoon in the cinema; I compulsively munch on snacks at the back, nod when I’m satisfied and laugh far louder than the people around me. It’s partly for this that I looked forward to lessons, and like good jokes, there were certain stories I…

Finding Your End

If you were to list the things that you were proud of in life, your crowning achievements, the height of your brilliance, how would you fare? I imagine you would not be too unlike me or most others and realise with self-demoralising effect, that they number less than your own fingers. People like to judge…

Stranger than History

I love a good story with compelling characters, a complex and unpredictable plot, maybe a weird twist. Sometimes with a little drama, some sex and violence, a side helping of heroism. And you’d be hard pressed to find better stories than in a history lesson. History has it all, or at least, so far. You…

The Joy to Destroy

I hold myself to a high standard on a variety of things, some which others may be less inclined by. I am not satisfied unless my signature joins perfectly when I write, and will endeavour to cross out and retry if it’s not quite right (this at times can be a little suspicious whenever I’m…

A Comic Lifestyle

Within the comic book industry, there are writers who are desperately doing their utmost to break the trends and associated stereotypes. To write comics that aren’t just for small kids. To write stories without the need of a superhero. To access an audience that beyond the prepubescent and forty-somethings still living with their parents. To…

A special kind of hell

For anyone who hasn’t seen the tv show firefly (and what are you doing reading this if you haven’t seen it yet?), in one famous scene, Shepherd turns to Mal and warns him against taking advantage of an innocent woman. In his words, “if you take advantage of that young woman you’re going to burn…

They’re Coming For You

It doesn’t matter where you go, or where you hide. From your home, to the ends of the earth they will come for you. Even in a predominantly buddhist country they’ll find a way. You won’t ever see them until it’s too late. Until they’re behind your front door. Until they’re ready to pounce. They…

Pack Mule

Over the course of a year in Yokohama I had collected a fair amount of stuff. I was suffering a book-off addition, not to mention all the cinema memorabilia, the video games, the music cds (yes, music cds. I don’t know why but for some reason I have to confirm that with most of you),…

Under Threat of Slumber

It’s pulling at you. Sapping at your energy, weighing down on your eyelids. You’re warm and comfortable, lacking thirst or hunger or anything else that could compel you to move. You’re starting to wonder if there could be anything that could possibly be anything better right now than letting your eyes finally close, lay down…