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For starters, the Namesake hardcover designs are done, and look how gorgeous they are! Link did the coloring this time, to help out, and he did a great job. I'm really amazed by how well these turned out. This is a HUGE thing to take off my to-do list, so i'm glad!

In other news, I watched the movie "The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki" by the director of Summer Wars. It was awesome. Most of the movie is bitter-sweet. It's about a young woman who marries an enchanted wolf man, who then dies, and she's stuck raising alone two magical children. The mother in this movie deserves the most badass mother of the year award. She suffers so much because she's scared for her kids, because Japan is harsh to single moms, but then when people start to help her out, and when her kids can finally decide if they want t be part of human society or part of nature, it's so sad, and rewarding at the same time. Great movie, full of human emotion, with a poetic and slow pacing... I just can't recommend it enough. Bring kleenex though. Most of the time, it's heartbreaking. In a good way.

On the other side of the spectrum, i'm really HATING the new Oz movie that came out : "Oz the great and Powerful". On the good side, this movie is absolutely gorgeous, I liked the character of the China Doll, and the story is pretty okay, even though it's the basic "white tortured male comes around to distant land and safes everyone because the natives can't" plot that I don't really care for much. What bothered me about this movie was this :

In an interview, the director of the Oz film said :  " …during the years that I spent running Walt Disney Studios — I learned about how hard it was to find a fairy tale with a good strong male protagonist. You’ve got your Sleeping Beauties, your Cinderellas and your Alices. But a fairy tale with a male protagonist is very hard to come by. But with the origin story of the Wizard of Oz, here was a fairy tale story with a natural male protagonist. Which is why I knew that this was an idea for a movie that was genuinely worth pursuing."

…Jesus dude, have you ever even read fairy tales? There’s a crap-ton of male heroes. Yes, most are nameless and don’t really have personalities, but that’s also the case with all the female character’s you have enumerated because characters in original fairy tales are plot devices. Recent remakes gave them personalities. Not to mention all the ladies you just listed get saved by dudes in the end… Aside from Alice.

Also, have you ever read Oz books? Oz books are about how amazing ladies are. If you really wanted to do something with a male hero, pick someone who isn’t a “coward” in canon. The Wizard is a bad, bad guy who needs to redeem himself in the series several times. I would have preferred seeing a movie that really rolled with the fact that he's an awful, manipulative bastard. Maybe something that explores why Glinda tolerated his nasty lies. Again, they could have kept the love story between him and Glinda that they shoved in this flick, but made it tragic?

This movie just feels like it craps all over the feminism and the originality of the Oz stories by being as pandering and predictable as it can be.

I feel like this guy was just angry that there was no male character in the Disney princess line or something. I'm tired Hollywood movie directors who find concepts from the 1900’s too adventurous for american cinema and just want stuff to be all about boys and boy things. 

Isa out!
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