What Was It Like to Be an 80s Anime Fan in NYC?

Posted by Michael Pinto on Feb 16, 2011 in Animation, Fandom

Anime Fandom in NYC during the 1980s

You know how when you go to a really popular anime convention that there might be say a 100 people waiting on line to get their badge? Well back in the 80s those 100 people would be pretty much the sum total of anime fandom in New York City! Thanks to Saul Trabal (show in the photo above) we have a wonderful little photo essay from that era when anime was limited to getting VHS tapes from friends of friends who had pen pals in Japan: Read more…

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An Animated Autobiographical Dōjinshi

Posted by Michael Pinto on Feb 22, 2010 in Animation

Angel YauYou don’t need a million dollar budget to become a filmmaker: Looking at this short animated film by Angel Yau reminded me a great deal of an animated version of dōjinshi (同人誌) which are self published comic books in Japan. Even though this video was done on an ultra low budget Yau’s storytelling skills had me hooked from the first frame through the last. Read more…

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