Otakon 2010 spoils:
Armored Trooper Votoms DVD collection: somehow, I hadn't even realized CPM had released this once upon a time. But there it was at Science Fiction Continuum's booth in the dealer's hall, so there's one more for the mecha/SF collection. I already managed to break the hinge on this metal box thing, so it can't be carried by its handle without the top coming right off, but no matter. The show is what's important.
Ghost in the Shell 2.0 on Blu-Ray: Because hell, it was about time. It was getting ridiculous how much I'd seen without getting all the way through one of the biggest cult classics of animated SF.
Lupin the 3rd - Farewell to Nostradamus DVD
Kimagure Orange Road: Summer's Beginning - it was cheap. Going to view it casually sometime to get a feel for the title even though I now see it's pretty much an epilogue after the main story.
Also, Phoenix on DVD! Looking forward to finally giving this Tezuka work a good viewing.
Several old issues of Animerica magazine focusing on Gundam, Macross, and Space Battleship Yamato from what I can remember, perhaps one or two other titles too. Veritable pieces of history, these things. The back of one issue has an ad for the final episode of Giant Robo....on VHS. Hell yeah people.
The Five Star Stories volume 1 -- oh my lord. I can't believe I went eight years without buying this comic. I just might have to collect the rest even though the release may not ever even finish. This was a top-tier release -- big pages, good translation, two full pages of comments from author Mamoru Nagano, and tons of colorized mecha and character sketches in the back along with the obligatory summaries about what they are and how they fit in the story. Amazing. Best $10 I'll ever spend this year. I'm saddened it wasn't more of a hit.
And that's about all. Compared to what I was tempted to do, I was rather well behaved during the weekend. Art books are ever the worst source of temptation whenever I go to these things. The best ones are amazing but also damned expensive. It's got to be rough being a dedicated importing collector.
As for this month, I'm supposed to have Casshern Sins shipped to me sometime soon. One Piece's next set is also on tap.
I would suggest that it's not the medium, but the quality of perception and expression, that determines the significance of art. But what would a cartoonist know? -Bill Watterson