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Translating this Concept into English is like Translating “Fuckface” into Nipponese

2010/01/19

Sorry to redraw a character pretty much two days later but this is Hiro’s Metaverse Avatar. I made a few alterations. Gave him kind of a disheveled fro instead of the chunky spikes. Tried to make it traditional, but at the same time, relaxed about it. If you’ve read the book, you’ll recall ‘big board’. Gave a nod to Sheldon Vella’s Supertron with the boxy word balloon.

To kind of hasten the process of sketching this, I got my hands on the audiobook. It’s one of those ones where it’s like a billion different characters & the guy reading it does all the voices. Normally I hate that, but the book’s got a bit of a cheese factor & it kind of fits. This dude reads Y.T. like a valley girl & Hiro like Phil Lamarr. Problem is the one scene in which Hiro fights the sarariman in the Black Sun. After slicing this dude up, Hiro totally hams up this Japanese guy’s racist subtext. In this version, a really dorky white guy reads it. And it’d be ok if it was just kind of quick & done with, but this honky totally gets all into it. It’s a little uncomfortable…

Will throw some colors on this at a later date but I got some place to be at the moment. Later.

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