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27th-Oct-2008 11:39 pm
.   the future will not remember
A very early Happy Halloween post, everybody (look, Livejournal's already switched the viewing in anticipation), as the next four days are quite literally going to be hell for me, and I don't expect to be able to be on very much, if at all:

Last night, lacewood, cynic_in_charge and I celebrated Halloween by venturing into the Night Safari for the special Halloween event (so scary, people wrote in to the national newspapers to complain). Jack-o-lanterns and skeletons greeted us at the entrance, and the Forest Giants trail had been decorated in suitably macabre fashion with dismembered limbs, bloodstained ghouls, and all manner of the dead and departed. We were not greeted with the more extreme and interactive forms of terror worthy of writing in to the newspapers for, but I will freely admit I am very easily terrified and did actually consider the Malayan jungle horror walk unnerving on some level. However, I was not afraid, as I was with lacewood, who was concerned that she would accidentally punch anyone leaping out of the bushes to scare her, and cynic_in_charge, who rightly paid more attention to the flying squirrels and absent giraffes than the forest freakshow.



Then after a while it started to remind me of Bon Festival, as written by Akira Amano. It was also immensely amusing to me to wander about and be able to say things like, "It looks like Uri!" when looking at the fishing cat, and "Hibari" when staring at the porcupines, and have people understand. (This was like when I went to the zoo with rukia the last time [I really missed having your brother's sharp eyes for wildlife around, Airy], and we were both looking at the kangaroos and simultaneously had... I was going to say Extreme thoughts, but that really sounds wrong now, doesn't it?) Also, I like bats, having grown up in my grandparents' house, which always had at least three in the rafters at any given time (it was very fun to go and watch them sleeping soundly in the daytime, they were tropical fruit bats, and I always felt that they were extremely cute).

However, the three of us were the only ones in the tram-safari ride pulling out from the main station, and as we had decided to sit right at the very back - well, I must admit I felt incredibly spoilt and happy and privileged as the tram did in the event move off with just three of us, so the guide gave us a very personalised tour and commentary. ♥

ANYWAY! ON TO THE REAL SHOW:


download

note: The actual cover does not actually look like that, it looks like this.
But I think 'my' version captures the look of timeskip!Darren better XD)
Darren Shan Manga Volume 8 preview scans
(13 pages (Happy Halloween!), 5.37 MB, 200 dpi)
[ps! manga + extras = 188 pages, this is just but what I bought it for a little of it.]

The most important thing you need to know
about Volume 8 of the Darren Shan manga is:
WARNING: EXTENSIVE IMAGE-INTENSIVE PREVIEWS


STEVE'S BAAAAACK (and so DAMN pretty)




And Darren doesn't look half-bad either.






The first shot you get of Steve. Moonlight! Looking down from the top of a tall building with the wind in his hair!

WHERE ARE THE SAKURA PETALS, AGAIN?!

Darren's reaction looks so shoujo manga:



Uh, until you realise that expression is because Steve has a crossbow bolt pointed at his heart.

BUT LOOK!



ALL'S RIGHT WITH THE WORLD:


... I must admit I was so excited about scanning this picture that I utterly failed to scan it straight.

Well, Photoshop is for wonderful things XDDD


... I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT TO SAY, STEVE.
Especially since the context of that picture is that Darren just had this intense conversation with Debbie on the phone.
(Debbie's really pretty, by the way. I wanted to scan her too! BUT THEN THIS POST WOULD'VE BEEN ANOTHER HOUR LATE)









HIGHLY dubious bonus


This is how I saw the Darren and Steve shots.


Other Amazing Things About Darren Shan

☠ Did you know that we're getting a Darren Shan Movie in 2009? Here's the IMDB cast list! VERY NOTABLE MENTIONS:
Ken Watanabe as MR. TALL
WILLEM DAFOE as Gavner Purl
(The Green Goblin in Spider-man, the voice of Gil in Finding Nemo, I COULD GO ON AND ON)
★John C. Reilly as Mr Crepsley (WHAT THE HELL WERE THEY THINKING)
Selma Hayek as Madame Truska
I'm kinda blinking a lot in shock here, guys. Excuse the incoherency. This really is official, you can see it on the Darren Shan website.

☠ The Darren Shan manga has been licensed, and is to be released by Yen Press, in 2009, in time for the movie's release. The author himself was proofreading the US adaptation of the manga as of September 2008.

☠ You can still read the first five chapters of the Darren Shan manga scanlated on onemanga right here, though. (omg. reading this while reading Volume 8 is a real headtrip)

☠ Check out the (fanart) by the scanlators of Darren as Spider-man and Steve as Venom. ♥ (must re-read Volume 1, I swear I have seen it before)
Comments 
27th-Oct-2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
...Why do you have to keep introducing new fandoms to me? *sobs*
27th-Oct-2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
Because I love you and want you to SHARE THE FANDOM LOVE WITH ME. *griiiiiiin* ♥ THEY (the new fandoms!) love you and want you to take them home!

ALSO, HI. ♥
27th-Oct-2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
... We'll see.

And hi ♥ to you to. I am being orz now because it's only 5:51pm and I feel like falling asleep. BUT I WILL BE HOME THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW \o/

28th-Oct-2008 01:35 am (UTC)
I can't believe you'll be home so very soon! SEE YOU ON THURSDAY, DEARHEART!

And of course you are tired, epic European adventures tend to have that effect!
28th-Oct-2008 07:51 am (UTC)
... words have failed in expressing how happy I am to be seeing you guys again. ♥♥♥ And then we will watch Avenue Q, which will hopefully alleviate the horror of hell! (haha, I like alliteration)

Do you know, for a moment I read epicurean European adventures XDDD Yes, I guess so. It wouldn't have been so bad if I hadn't been moving around all the time, though, I think. XD

27th-Oct-2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
god i am reading this STAT. and i have NO TIME. and am sick and grumpy and aching after walking 3 miles yesterday (went in wrong direction for jeans warehouse sale) and broke.

you are a horrible, horrible person. ♥
28th-Oct-2008 01:23 am (UTC) - (I need more badtouch icons just for talking to you with ~)
I AM SO GLAD. ♥ IT IS AN INCREDIBLY FUN SERIES. ♥ Easily available in Kino when you return, or you can come over and try the books out (I have most of the books and manga, although, as you might expect, I collect selectively)

re. my horribleness: Why are you so cruel to me, Sensei, what have I done to wrong you ~ (oh god on that note, Episode 5 of Abyss? The whole 'Luke, listen to my voice' Van-and-Luke-on-the-deck scene? 1000000 TIMES GAYER THAN IN THE GAME. Since you have no time, it is (for the moment) on youtube as linked here. OR YOU CAN WATCH THE SCENE IN QUESTION HERE) T___T I only wish to FUEL THE FIRES OF DARREN SHAN LOVE.

That said, I am terribly sorry to hear about the three-mile walk and the being broke. *hugs!*
27th-Oct-2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
O.o;; S-spooky... I typed up a whole comment and POOF! it suddenly disappeared. *blink!*

I think I said something like: NOOOOOO!! NOT ANOTHER FANDOM!! T_____T!

Also, HAPPY HALLOWEEN! ♥! *snuggles!* I hope your prediction is wrong and you won't be in hell all week... Maybe I can come up with something to cheer you up? xD! Please look forward to it!
28th-Oct-2008 01:25 am (UTC) - *grin*
WHY ARE YOU SO CUTE. ♥

MAYBE MY JOURNAL JUST LIKES ~ EATING ~ YOUR COMMENTS ~ ;)

NOOOOOO!! NOT ANOTHER FANDOM!! T_____T!
I HEAR THIS A LOT XDDDDDDD

Heeeey, I'm diversifying! One cannot live by Reborn alone! (at least I can't - once you are all caught up, the one episode + one manga chapter a week is not very much to go on)

Also, you are so sweet. ♥ (omg, I do not think I am wrong re. hell)
27th-Oct-2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
FFFFFFFFFFFF

DARREN SHAN.

i hated those books for wasting my time and money, but ...

as a manga I think I could hack it. @_@

especially if steve and darren are that... skfj;dasfa;

please tell me, was little!Evra pretty?

this may or may not influence my decisions to stalk this fandom.


I'll still hate the author so damn much. Dx
28th-Oct-2008 01:31 am (UTC) - HI THERE YOU ~
re. manga: Steve and Darren are excruciatingly pretty as adults; I am very surprised, because they were scrappy little kids. I had no idea the mangaka could draw pretty men, going by the kids he drew.

re. Evra!: I did not think little Evra was pretty (but as I thought for Steve and Darren, he really does draw little boys like little boys would look IRL. Not especially pretty, but sturdy and tough-looking).

However. I thought grown-up Evra was awfully hot. Will scan you comparison young!/TYL!adult!Evra pictures. I did actually want to scan Evra for this post, then had not much time and in any event I'd really rather make it about Darren and Steve, anyway. ;)

re. fandom stalking: uh... as much as I would love you to stalk the fandom, I don't think there is much to stalk in terms of fanwork (and as for things to keep you interested in fandom... um. There really isn't much). There was some very good Japanese fanart a couple of years back, though; there might be more now.

i hated those books for wasting my time and money, but ...
And need I mention, the cheating of feelings thereof, re. ending. ;)

Actually, I quite enjoyed them: knowing they weren't written particularly well, but I liked the story, and I liked Darren, and occasionally Steve, and Kurda. I see it as being slightly sub-par Paolini, but it doesn't make me ill like reading Twilight does.

At least the Shan vampires don't sparkle ;)

re. authorial hate: The author's books (and I read some of his others) sometimes remind me of what a teenage boy would write when wanting to live out his fantasies. ;) Is that why you hate it, or is there something more I don't yet know about?
28th-Oct-2008 08:19 pm (UTC) - AHAHA HI
Oh, so it was that manga I read before. I thought I dreamed it or something, but there was a Darren Shan manga that I looked at long time ago and I think I dropped it because they weren't pretty enough for me. XD /fails

Wow, though... the adult versions of the characters are so different. It's like, they grew up really well, those little kids. xD

Please please scan in Evra? D: He was my favorite character...

I want pretty BL fanart of Steve/Darren now. D: And cuter versions of their younger selves.... ;; I used to draw fanart for it, actually... oh but that was so embarrassing. Dx skldfja; a

The ending was indeed ridiculous. I was like "Uh, what. THAT WAS A TOTAL WASTE OF TIME." The first three were okay, but after that.. it all just went downhill. It's not worse than Twilight, definitely, but... they both made me feel sightly ill. D: In Darren Shan, it was more about the style of writing than anything else.

As for the author-hate, no, it's not that. I have nothing against people writing out their fantasies an publishing it, except in the case of Ms. Meyer. It's just that he seems to talk down at his readers all the time. I don't know how people can stand it, or is it just me who thinks he's full of himself from the way he types? Dx
27th-Oct-2008 11:57 pm (UTC)
WHY IS DARREN SHAN JAPANESE??

WHY IS STEVE HOT LOOKING EVEN? :O :O :O

I always imagined him as a pimply creep compared to Darren ahahaha.
28th-Oct-2008 01:34 am (UTC) - hahaha
Actually, if you go by the manga, Darren's European. The manga has them using Euros and talking about how "we" suffered and lost lots of lives when World War II spread to Europe.

Kinda weird, since the books were set in the US, I believe (they used dollars in the original books). And I imagine the movie will be set in the US, too.

HAHAHAHA YEAH!! Steve is hot! It surprised me, too: I like to imagine him as being pretty (saw some very good Japanese fanart in my formative years when reading these books); but I did not realistically imagine he would be pretty.
28th-Oct-2008 04:15 am (UTC) - Re: hahaha
Hahah I mean more like... WHY IS IT A MANGA?? But I guess they've got the rights to make the manga first instead of a typical English comic though.

And woooh. Well, it'll be interesting to watch whenever the movie comes out. Technically Selma's character should look ugly though, yeah?
28th-Oct-2008 03:42 am (UTC)
d00d, I am totally easy to freak out too. I was just concerned that my freaking out would manifest in VIOLENCE!!11!! XD (Also, I am considerably harder to freak out in the presence of other people. Maybe my mind comfortingly believes that more people = the monsters might eat them first?)

Come to think, maybe they heard me loudly threatening to punch/chuck the slushy at them and that's why we didn't get any bonus surprises? XDDDD
28th-Oct-2008 04:04 am (UTC)
But at least your freakouts manifest in violence! I suspect mine would result in SCREAMING.

(rofl! SECURITY IN NUMBERS. YOUR STRENGTH GIVES ME STRENGTH.

... I would have an appropriately GAY FAINTING-IN-ARMS ICON TO USE except .. not HERE.) XD

re. precautionary shouting: I SUSPECT THIS WAS THE CASE. Except I also suspect that after the letter(s?) of complaint, they probably did actually tone down their act, or all went off for a break round about when we were walking through the trail.
28th-Oct-2008 09:01 am (UTC)
I don't think I would scream (then again, I did yell when the bird attacked me... maybe I would? hmm) But I would quite likely... jump 10 feet in the air -_-;

Your strength gives me MONSTER BAIT, BABY +___+ Uh, I mean. AHEM.

Wait, did people really write in to complain? omgwtf. GUYS IT IS ADVERTISED AT CREEPY FOR A REASON, DON'T ME WUSSES. XDXDXD It did occur to me that maybe they start to slack off as it gets later into the night/the crowds start to thin, so maybe we were just lucky! Or... unlucky? XD
29th-Oct-2008 09:02 am (UTC)
Like Pei Yi could ever take down anyone with her chicken arms.

I feel like WE should have been the ones to hide and scare all other passers-by. That would've been fun. XD
6th-Dec-2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
I'm not even sure if you're still in this fandom, but [Happy Birthday!] :3
6th-Dec-2008 04:45 pm (UTC) - !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *LOVES*
THANK YOU SO MUCH! ♥

I AM STILL MADLY INTO THIS FANDOM AND COMPLETELY IN LOVE WITH YOUR ART AND OH MY GOD YOU YOU YOU - ♥

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA ~ ♥

I AM SO HAPPY!!! ♥

*HUGS THEM BOTH CLOSE FOREVER*

Thank you so much, dearheart! ♥ Thank you for remembering and drawing such a wonderful picture and ~ ♥ *LOVES*
7th-Dec-2008 12:44 am (UTC) - Re: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *LOVES*
haha happy level up XD hope you have a great day.
7th-Dec-2008 04:04 am (UTC)
So very off topic, but HAPPY BIRTHDAAAAAAAAAAAAY! :D

In just a few hours, but y then I shall be gone! xD; I hope you have a great day. <3333
7th-Dec-2008 08:05 am (UTC) - OMG SO MUCH LOVE
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR REMEMBERING! ♥ ♥ ♥ THANK YOU SO MUCH OMG - *INVITES YOU TO VIRTUAL CELEBRATION WITH CHAMPAGNE AND CAKE AND LOTS AND LOTS OF FUN*

THANK YOU YOU LOVELY, LOVELY PERSON. ♥ HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY TOO!!!!!
7th-Dec-2008 08:27 am (UTC)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
7th-Dec-2008 08:51 am (UTC) - YAMAMOTO ICON JUST FOR YOU
DEAREST JEN! ♥ THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR REMEMBERING, DEARHEART! ♥ I hope you're doing fine and that you'll enjoy your holiday and MAY IT BE FILLED WILL ALL KINDS OF GOOD THINGS, JUST LIKE YOU ~ ♥
7th-Dec-2008 09:47 am (UTC) - Re: YAMAMOTO ICON JUST FOR YOU
YAAAAMAAA

XD

sadly i'm in exam period
=_= *sigh*

ARE YOU A LAWYER YET
i'm sorry i haven't been keeping up =(
7th-Dec-2008 08:54 am (UTC)
Hi aefallen! I haven't commented on your journal in forever. haha. I just want to say happy birthday. Enjoy yourself. >D
7th-Dec-2008 09:01 am (UTC) - SMILES
HELLO YOU LOVELY PERSON. ♥ Will I see you at EOY?

ALSO IT IS ALL MY FAULT FOR NOT BEING AROUND MUCH AND POSTING EVEN LESS T___T THANK YOU FOR REMEMBERING! ♥ ♥ ♥ Have a lovely day and a lovely public holiday! ♥ LONG WEEKENDS ARE THE BEST GIFTS EVER, AND THEY DON'T JUST COME ONCE A YEAR!
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