The Kickstarter just passed the 1/2 mark! As promised, I’ve posted an excerpt in the updates:
In a passage from near the end of “Fullmetal Alchemy” I unpack the meaning of two symbols prominently associated with Ed in Fullmetal Alchemist:Brotherhood, the diagram of the Sephiroth on his Gate of Truth and the crucified serpent on his jacket, and how both relate to Ed’s story and character.
We’re just $290 away from revealing the first stretch goal!
The Kickstarter is 1/3 funded!
As promised, I’ve revealed the first stretch goal, which has a bit of a story attached. Years ago, I was asked by Charles Dunbar (yes, the same person who’s writing a guest chapter for this book) to submit to a chapter for a book he was putting together of, if I recall the pitch correctly, scholarly articles about anime fandom written by anime fans. At the time, I was intrigued by the way the fandom’s attitude toward Western animation was shifting: when I first got started in the fandom in the mid-90s, it was extremely hostile to Western animation, but nowadays generally embraces it–there is enormous crossover between anime fans and fans of, say, Steven Universe or Adventure Time.
I wrote and submitted my chapter; no one else ever did, and the book was never published. That chapter has lain dormant ever since, although some of the research that went into it has turned up in chapters in both My Little Po-Mo vol. 1 and The Near Apocalypse of ’09. But if we can hit $1200 on this Kickstarter, I will dust it off, expand it, and include it in the final book!
In other Kickstarter news, we’re just $160 away from the next achievement, unlocking an excerpt from Fullmetal Alchemy on the alchemical meaning of the symbols on Ed’s Gate of Truth and jacket, and what this says about him as a character.
The Kickstarter is nearly to the 1/4 mark! As promised, I’ve posted two excerpts in the updates:
The first is from “Break the World’s Shell: Anime Apocalypses as Social and Personal Revolution,” which I’m currently planning to be the book’s final chapter. In it, I discuss Akira, the anxiety of power, and a city that craves its own destruction; then I move on to Neon Genesis Evangelion, the way its final episodes shift the focus of the apocalypse from world-spanning, cosmic events to a very personal and subjective account of one character, and how the final “Congratulations!” scene fulfills the promise of the series’ OP.
The second is from “The Duel Named Revolution: Making Sense of Revolutionary Girl Utena.” An introduction to the chapter proper, it discusses kinds of truth, the origins and flaws in the “suspension of disbelief” approach to fiction, and the ways in which Utena defies any attempt by the viewer to take that approach.
We’re just $65 away from revealing the first stretch goal!
Starting today and running through November 4, my Kickstarter campaign for Animated Discussions is live! The book is intended as a snapshot of sorts of my thoughts on anime now and over the 20 years I’ve been watching and 10 writing and presenting on it.
Proceeds will go to pay for editing, cover design, and a better logo!
Watch the Kickstarter page–I’ll be posting the tentative Table of Contents later today!
This is shaping up to be my longest and most ambitious work yet–I’m really enjoying working on it, and I look forward to sharing it with all of you!