What I am reading.
I am still on the manga/manhwa/manhua kick, and since so many of you asked, I thought I would share some recommendations. I would suggest Tapas and Tappytoon as entry point services. The content on both is carefully curated and you are less likely to encounter themes that might be too jarring for the Western audience. Tapas is my go to. Here are some highlights.
This probably should not be an entry point into manhwa, because the art is absolutely spectacular. A lot of the other works feature a little less refined style, but I had to include it, because the comic is truly a thing of beauty.
Every single panel is gorgeous.
Like many manhwa comics, this one relies on tropes of transmigration and reincarnation. Transmigration refers to a person’s soul being transferred into another person’s body. Often that person comes from our world and ends up in a fantasy world or a novel they read in the body of one of the characters. Reincarnation trope, in the context of manhwa, usually refers to the character living their life only to come to a terrible end. If they are a villainess in the novel, they may end up getting their just rewards and end up being beheaded. After experiencing their own death, the character then wakes up years prior with a chance to do over their life and advance knowledge of the future.
The world has turned into a video game. Portals have opened all over the place leading to “dungeons,” pocket dimensions filled with monsters. Simultaneously, some people developed magical abilities. These hunters enter the dungeons to plunder the resources and to eliminate the monsters, because unless the dungeon boss is disposed off in a certain time frame, the dungeon will break, releasing the monsters onto the city streets and casualties will be catastrophic.
The hunters are graded based on their abilities. This is the story of a hunter named Sung Jinwoo, Rank E. He is the lowest ranked hunter in the world.
This is also the story of how he becomes the most powerful hunter in the world.
This comic is incredibly addicting. Set some money aside, because you will not want to stop. The art is great and the story is tightly plotted. This should be a textbook on how to write a compelling rise-to-power.
Check this one out. The best thing – there are a ton of episodes already released, so you can read years of work straight through.
What am I watching
Tales from the Tour Bus
Tales from the Tour Bus interviews country stars (1st season) and funk and soul musicians (2nd season) about their time touring with the biggest music stars of the last century.
I laughed so hard. The trailer pretty much gives you the idea of what to expect. It is absolutely hilarious. We’re watching it on HULU, because everyone needs a story about Rick James setting drapes on fire in a hotel room once in a while.
There is a dearth of true crime shows right now, because we have watched pretty much everything there is, but we liked a couple of recent movies, Love and Monsters (Rental) and Nezha Reborn (Netflix.)
What I am Playing
You are going to laugh, but I am playing Might and Magic. More specifically, Might and Magic 8 Merge. Some saint has made a mod that binds together Might and Magic 6, 7, and 8 into a single game with improved resolution and a unified story that takes you across all three realms. Gordon and I are playing it.
Yes, Might and Magic 6 came out in 1998 so it is literally as old as Kid 2.
Yes, it is a bit easier on the eyes, but it is still Might and Magic 6.
Yes, we have the remastered Mass Effect to play.
Yes, my factory is halfway done in Satisfactory.
You see, you can now have 5 people and there is apparently a secret dungeon in New Sorpigal, which can be accessed by grabbing a fly scroll from the bank’s wall and flying to the roof of the Buccaneers’ Guild. It will teleport you to the obelisk that permanently increases your stats by 20 and if you click on the opposite wall, it takes you to the secret dungeon modeled after the actual building of New Computing, where you can meet the digital versions of the programmers and kill their real life bosses, who are portrayed as goblins. It has awesome loots and gives you a magic buff that temporarily increases your stats by like 200 or some craziness, so you can teleport back to New Sorpigal and rampage like a wild animal through the entire starting area with your party that has goblins and dark elves in it.
Nostalgia is a hell of a drug.