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Japan Week 2!

Hi! I’ve been home for like a week now, recuperating from travel and jetlag and things.

Art stuff:
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I participated in the Yuri on Ice! Fandom Collab on Twitter! Here’s what I drew for it.

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So I last posted right before we left for Kyoto, right? Well, before we went there, we stopped by the Nirayama Reverberatory Furnace. Because we didn’t know what it was and wanted to find out.

It’s not very interesting as it turns out. Just a thing used to make iron. Industrial revolution, yay.

Kyoto was super cool! The Comic Capsule Hotel was amazing, as were the shopping streets.

The comic hotel is absolutely full of comics, with a full shelf of english-language selections. I read the first few volumes of Nana, and Natsume Yuujinchou, which were pretty cool.

We had some awesome okonomiyaki at this place.

And we walked around Gion at night a lot. It was quiet and peaceful and nice.

The next morning, I finally tried omurice! And got myself a super fancy dessert.

We walked through the shopping street, and then took a train to Fushimi-Inari. Fushimi-Inari is. Very orange. There’s over 10,000 of those vermillion gates all over the mountain. So. Many.

we went all the way up to the top of the mountain and ran into a cute cat.

By the time we started heading the down, the street vendors were closing up, but I got some really good fried tofu before we went back to the city center. We got to the river right around sunset, and it was so pretty.

We sat in a nice restaurant on the riverside, ate good food, and watched the sunset. It was very nice. Then we walked around Gion in the dark.

The next day, we went to the animate store, the shogun’s palace, and the manga museum. There’s a teahouse in the palace gardens with the best shaved ice I’ve ever tried. The palace itself has beautiful wall paintings and absolutely no furniture.

The manga museum was super cool. I’m pretty sure every volume of comics ever published in japan was in that building. It was intense. There was a special exhibition on a mangaka I’ve never heard of who draws ballet things that was so pretty, even though photos were not allowed.

I bought a haikyuu sketchbook, a set of deleter pen nibs, ink, and the first volume of gekkan shoujo nozaki-kun in English. I also started reading Assassination Classroom there. I finished AssClass when I got back to the States. IT’S REALLY GOOD!

We saw a show of traditional Kyoto/Japanese Arts at Gion Corner. It was. Interesting. … sort of.

Then we went to a temple known for its awesome nighttime lighting effects, which was really cool.

The next morning, we went to a store that sold vintage clothes from the states and I learned boy scout uniform shirts are women’s fashion items in Japan, which was interesting.

Then, Bengal Cat Cafe! They tried to eat my pens when I wanted to draw them. No automatic alt text available.Image may contain: catImage may contain: one or more people, people sitting and table

After that we went to Kinkaku-ji. It was very shiny and so, so hot outside. 

Unsurprisingly, gold doesn’t taste like anything. 

We checked into our second hostel, which did not have comics but did have a ~spa~ thing in its basement and also looked very nice. Then there was a small festival on the riverbank, so we checked it out. I got a cool wall scroll. 

Starbucks in Japan has a limited menu item called the honey tea frappucino and it was so good and I’m so mad at american starbucks for not even offering this to me.

The next day, we went all the way to Nara. A deer tried to eat my fan. These things are ruthless if they think they’ll get crackers out of people. 

Nara has a cool museum of Buddhist art we ended up going to. It was nice and air conditioned. No photos inside, of course. But I did some sketches.


Then we went to see a large buddha sculpture. It was very large. 
I pet a deer.

The next morning, we checked out the Yayoi Kusama exhibit at the art museum, and then made our way to Tokyo.

In Tokyo, we went to Ikebukuro to check out the 9-story animate store. There was a lot of merch.

Then we went to this super cute cafe with zodiac themed parfaits. I got a Libra one and it was perfect. 

We walked around for a while, then went back to the hostel and just relaxed. For dinner, we found a chinese restaurant with no english menu and blurry pictures. We ordered french fries by accident, but they were really good, and the food was really good too. 

The next day, my last in Japan, we went to the Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. Their collection’s amazing, and whoever wrote the description for each piece deserves an award. 

I had a good time.

I watched 4 movies on the flight home- Trolls, Pariah, the 100th Love With You, and Let’s Go Jets! (the last two movies I watched because the kid next to me was watching them and they looked interesting. Then the kid put the minions on and I realized he did not actually have good taste.) The 100th Love With You is so unnecessarily sad but I love the conceit of a time-travel record player thing a lot.

Anyway, now I’m home, chilling. Writing fanfiction. I drew some stuff in Princeton yesterday. My current tablet’s unusable, so I’m getting a new one soon. I go back to college in two weeks. I bought a bunch of books recently!

Volume 2 of Kase-san was cute and sweet and good.
Hostage by Guy Delisle was none of those things but was very powerful and good anyway.
Papergirls volume 3 was great, of course.
Manga: Theory and Practice by Araki-sensei is actually really clear and informative and I would recommend it to anyone who creates narrative works, manga or otherwise.

That’s pretty much it, I guess.

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Japan week 1

What DIDN’T I do this past week, omg. It’s been, very busy.

We walked around Matsuzaki and went to a Historical Building. Matsuzaki has a thing about this gray and white diamond pattern on all the buildings, so that was a defining feature.

We went to a very nice seafood place. IMG_20170725_171620005

We went to a bunch of shrine complexes. There’s a shrine on every corner. Literally, every corner. In a town of 6,000 people.

We went to Dogashima and did a boat tour of the surrounding area, which was extremely scenic. We went to the beach a few times.

We drove up the Izu peninsula to Hakone, and stopped at all the pretty views on the way.

In Hakone, we took the cable car up to the ropeway, then took the ropeway to Lake Ashi. We saw an active volcano. We could have seen Mt. Fuji, but it was too overcast for that.

From Hakone, we took the shinkansen to Tokyo, and went to a hedgehog cafe!

They were so cute. So, so cute.

Then we went up the Tokyo Tower at night and saw all the pretty lights and things. P_20170729_214316

The next day, we went to the Imperial Palace and walked around there for a bit, then met up with a friend of mine in Takeshita street and walked around harajuku. We saw the Meiji shrine, and a lolita fashion store called Closet Child that I was obsessed with when I was a tween. So that was nice.

Besides all the traveling and exploring and being a tourist, I offered to draw my friends on twitter and facebook as magical girls. So I did that.

I also bought a lot of anime merchandise for myself and others, because I am an incurable nerd.

Tomorrow we’re leaving for Kyoto and Nara, so that’s exciting! We’re staying in a Comic Capsule Hotel for a few nights, which is even more exciting.

At this point, though, I’m kind of ready to go home.

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End of Study Abroad and start of Japan!

So, I finished up my study abroad program, and landed in Japan 2 days ago!

This is what I drew for my Travel Portfolio final. No one liked it very much, but it’s fine. I’m done. IMG_20170720_141138123

For my Hong Kong Comics final, Howard Wong, writer for Marvel, came in and gave us all feedback! And after the 5 of us finished our presentations, we went out to Genki Sushi at the Dragon Center mall, and my prof treated us all to dinner. Genki Sushi’s super cool. They sent us food on little motorized trains!coverimage.png

I’m going to miss the Hong Kong Sequential Arts department a lot.

The next day, I had plenty of time to wander around before my flight. So I went to Comix Home Base in Wan Chai, and checked out the Toy Street nearby. It was really nice. I wish there was a kind of concentrated Comics Spot near my home. I guess MOCCA in New York could count, but I’ve never been there so I don’t know what it’s actually like.

After that I went to Causeway Bay and had an old lady under a bridge curse a certain someone by beating his name with a shoe. I felt better afterwards, I think.

Then I just packed and prepared for my flight to Japan. I got like 2 hours of sleep on the plane, but Vika (her mom is my mom’s best friend, and she’s the one taking me places in Japan) met me in the airport that morning and we went to our super cute hostel in Asakusa, Tokyo. It was so adorable. Also there was a big shrine there that we walked past to get to the hostel.

After that we had to take like 5 trains to get to Chofu to meet a friend of my stepfather’s who lives there. Japan’s seventeen thousand train lines perfectly demonstrate why monopolies are good in certain cases. Because no one should need that many train tickets or transfers to get around one city.

In Chofu, we went to a soba noodle restaurant inside a park. The soba noodles were very good. All of the food in Japan is so good. And so cheap. I love it. So much.

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After that we walked around the park for a bit. There’s a shrine, and a building that dates back to the Edo period. And a Traditional Japanese paint-a-pottery thing, apparently.

There was also a GeGeGe no Kitaro museum. I have never heard of this franchise before, but the museum was really cool. I like the concept and the visual style a lot.

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Then we had shaved ice! Mine was melon flavored. It tasted like snow with syrup on it. Weird but good. It was way too hot outside.

On to the Ghibli museum! We weren’t allowed to take photos inside, but it was still beautiful outside and in. It reminded me of Disney, but more subtle and serious. My favorite room was the concept art room, where all of the creator’s inspirations were tacked up on the walls, and I saw my favorite Russian animator’s sketches up there with everything else! I’m so glad.

After that we got yakiniku. That was my first time trying it. It was really good. No pictures, though.

Then I fell asleep on the train because I had 2 hours of sleep the night before.

Yesterday morning, we went to Denny’s for breakfast. Holy shit, this Denny’s makes American Denny’s look like a trash can. This is a thing I ordered, for 5 USD. AT DENNY’S. It was extremely delicious.IMG_20170723_095024079

Then we went to an Owl Cafe! It also had a meerkat, a parrot, some hedgehogs, some chinchillas, and other creatures.

After that, we took the metro to Akihabara and walked around. I bought way too much anime merchandise, because I am a nerd.

We took a long time figuring out how to get to Matsuzaki, where Vika lives, and took the slow train instead of the shinkansen (a bad move.)

But then we got to Matsuzaki and yesterday I walked to the 7-11 and went to the fire festival in the next village over, which was super neat! The whole area is super gorgeous.

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Hong Kong Week 4

Well, for travel portfolio, crit was Wednesday, and then Thursday we went to Monkey Mountain to draw monkeys and take reference photos for our last topic, which is NATURE.

The monkeys were evil. And there were so many, like, we sat down at this rest area and there were literally 8 of them just walking around looking for a fight.

that’s my professor in the background of the last one haha

After that, for comics class, we had critique of our character designs/development.

Then Friday, we went to the botanical/zoological gardens for drawing of nature things. I can’t believe these are free to visit here, in the states a place like that would’ve been like $30 USD to enter at least. It was awesome.

Then my roommate and I watched some SCAD kids lose at soccer to a bunch of old men, and wandered around the Dragon Center until it was time to leave for swing dancing.

Friday night was my last Friday night swing dancing, but it was fun and I had a good time.

Saturday I went to Mong Kok to buy some souvenirs for my family. I learned I cannot haggle. I am as assertive as a salted slug. I probably paid too much money for the things I obtained. But then I got to drown my sorrows in Ten Ren bubble tea which is supposed to be The Best so it was fine really.

After that me and my roommate met up with a swing dancing friend for cheap and delicious seafood! It was extremely delicious. And then we got milk pudding for dessert and wandered around the Causeway Bay area. Very fun, despite some rain that happened.

And then today, I met up with Ingrid again to go to PMQ and wander around a bit. We had a very nice lunch at a very cute cafe and saw some very cool things. We also hit up the antiques street, which was so cool I love antiques.

I finally finished my 100 literary characters! check #100literarycharacters on instagram for the full array.

What else? Here’s a sketchbook page for travel drawing.

Reading list: read Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley, which was interesting, but not my favorite thing by him. Also read Filmish, a graphic nonfiction work explaining film theory and criticism, which was really interesting and brought several movies to my attention that I hadn’t heard of before but want to watch now. The art style was too similar to Understanding Comics, though, and it threw me off a little.

Also read 17776 which I really like, it’s like homestuck but short and self-contained and SATISFYING. I’ve sent links to all my friends. I’m very excited about it because it’s a thing that will definitely appeal to my friends from high school, unlike volleyball anime and figure skating anime, which appeals more to my art school friends. I miss geeking out over homestuck with people I’ve known for half my life.

That’s about it, I guess. I’m going to japan late Friday night. It’s surreal, I still can’t really believe it. Man.

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Hong Kong Week 3

I was totally going to post this on Sunday but I blanked and forgot.

So, let’s see…Last monday I finished up my architectural vantage points final piece.

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Nothing super interesting Tuesday. Then, Wednesday night I went swing dancing with my roommate and another study abroad girl again. We ordered a pizza this time, and I danced more. I brought my sketchbook and did some more sketching. It was fun.

Thursday, instead of Comics class, we went to see Spiderman: Homecoming with the Rising Star and Summer Seminar kids. The theater was super fancy. Afterwards, I got dinner and hung out with one of the girls in my class and two of the people who aren’t technically in my class but just kinda hang around for fun. They’re all so nice and fun to be around. I like having friends here.

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In Travel Portfolio, the theme for week 3 is Night, so here’s some of the stuff I did for that so far.

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Friday, we had a field trip to the History museum, but the bus from Gold Coast to SCAD was late so I didn’t see my professor there. The History museum’s super cool though. There’s a lot of really interesting stuff, including life-size replicas of shops and houses from various points of Hong Kong history. And clothes and jewelry.

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When I got back to SCAD on Friday, there was a big celebratory thing for the end of Summer Seminar, and I got a free popsicle and stuffed Beijing-style crepe. They were delicious, and even more delicious because they were free.

I made a 3 page comic for Hong Kong Comics!

Saturday, I went to Macau for all of two hours. There were 3 Study Abroad kids including me, and like, 40 Rising Star kids, so it was kind of an ordeal. But Macau was super cool. We had lunch in a rotating restaurant on top of Macau tower, overlooking the city and eating super fancy food.

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Sunday, I got to meet up with a friend I haven’t seen in 2 and a half years! We went to the teaware museum in Hong Kong Park, and then got some tea and dim sum at a teahouse nearby. It was great. P_20170709_130127.jpgIMG_20170709_132607929.jpgP_20170709_160859.jpgIMG_20170709_171702953.jpgP_20170709_150110.jpg

Afterwards, we wandered around and ate cool food and talked about life and stuff.

Nothing much happened yesterday, but today, I went and explored the Dragon Center near SCAD. It’s a 9-story shopping mall- with a roller coaster around the top two floors! And a lot of anime merch which I took pictures of for my friends. I had an okay lunch there.

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Here’s some more of my assignments for Travel Drawing which I took pictures of today. IMG_20170711_141111608.jpgIMG_20170711_161413.jpgIMG_20170711_162523545.jpg

My professor really likes my stuff.

Reading list: Finished Bakuman, started My Hero Academia. Rereading Discworld because I know what I like. Bakuman is so good, guys.

Also wrote over 9,000 words of this fanfiction, because I have no self-control.

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Hong Kong Week 2

I feel like every week is more packed with things to do than the last. Taking two studio classes was A Mistake.

First off, last Sunday I went to Causeway Bay with Ingrid! It was fun. We went to a Ghibli store and a lot of other places too but the Ghibli store stands out because I got to stand in a cat bus for a photo op. I bought a LOT of washi tape and five pairs of socks. Very cute socks.

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Monday was critique for travel portfolio and new assignment day for comics, so basically a normal day. Crit went well.

For Travel Portfolio, on Tuesday we went out to the IFC mall and then went to the monetary museum on the 55th floor to draw the city from a high vantage point. It was pretty fun. I’ve been to a lot of fancy malls here, but the IFC mall might have been the fanciest. It kind of reminded me of an airport.

Then after all that, I went back to SCAD to meet my comics class (plus some alums who hang around because they can) to get on a bus to Mong Kok to go to Sino Centre. Sino Centre is like a 3-story mall/flea market that specializes in anime and manga merch. It’s absolutely amazing. And we got to go there on class time. And my prof treated us all to bubble tea because there were like 5 people on this trip. People rent out these cubes and fill them with things they want to sell and then the shopkeeper sells them and gives the money to whoever put the items there in the first place.

I bought a Haikyuu charm and a Yuri!!! on Ice charm, because I’m weak. Everyone keeps telling me stuff because I’m the only one in the class who’s not a native HKer and I’ve never been to Sino Centre before. One of the alums freelanced for Minecraft for years. She told me a lot about the history of BL manga and how it’s a genre popular with girls who like girls because it allows them to explore romantic attraction without participating in it.

Wednesday my roommate took me swing dancing again. It was in the basement of a fancy building in Central this time, at an Italian restaurant, and they were offering free beginner lessons, which was cool.

Thursday we climbed the hill behind SCAD to do more drawing for travel portfolio, but this time outside, in the heat, for half an hour. My classmate had bug spray for everyone, which was a help, but like. IT WAS STILL, SO HOT.

I’m making slow progress on my watercolor Finished Piece for this assignment. I hate watercolor and architecture and everything. It sucks.

Friday was kind of a nothing day, really. I went to SCAD to work on my comic a bit, and I wanted to print some photos in color for my travel drawing sketchbook, but I couldn’t find a functional color printer.

Saturday I met up with Ingrid again! We walked around the midlevels for a bit, then went to her house and played with her dogs. She has 7 amazing poodles.

We took the ferry from Central over to TST. TST is basically Times Square, NYC, except even more crowded. Not the most fun, but still a new experience!

I also met a sequential arts professor from Savannah, here to visit his wife, who also works at SCAD apparently. That was interesting.

Recent reading: Bakuman, still. Ran through the 11 volumes in the library.

I read a comic in French! Kylooe tome 2, by Little Thunder who’s an HK native. It was really pretty, but felt kind of hopeless near the end.

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Ingrid let me borrow this amazing adaptation of the Great Gatsby by Nicki Greenberg, which reimagines Gatsby as a seahorse in the pages of an old scrapbook. It gives this classic story such a cool surreal feeling. I enjoyed it a lot.

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Yesterday was also the 20th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong from Britain to China, but I decided to skip the crowds and the traffic in favor of going home and getting some work done.

Today I’ve been doing homework and writing fanfiction all day. And that’s basically it!

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Hong Kong Week 1

 

So, if you would like the short version of my week, check out my travel comics, which I’ve collected into a moment on Twitter here.

For the long version… classes started Monday. I was super terrified. There’s seniors in both my classes, my HK Comics class is 5 people (one of which is a photo major) all of whom are natives to Hong Kong and know each other really well. My professors are both really nice and super legit. Here’s my comics professor’s portfolio site. He’s given me so many great tips on how to make things look good in photoshop really fast. My travel portfolio professor was a war artist in Iraq! He follows me on instagram and comments nice things on the assignments I post on there.

It’s amazing how after such a short time I already feel so much more comfortable drawing environments and cityscapes. Because I have to draw them. A lot.

I’ve been to the Bird, Fish, Flower and Ladies’ markets in Mong Kok, the art supply store in Yau Ma Tei, and the bars in Lan Kwai Fong (I’m legal here!). Also, swing dancing near the Macau Ferry stop, and the Gold Coast Beach today. I don’t swing dance but my roommate’s obsessed and dragged me with her so she didn’t have to take the bus by herself. I’m slowly getting the hang of the bus system here.

We had a Food Tour yesterday, and I tried egg tarts, pineapple bread, hong kong style tea, fish balls and shu mai, a fancy fruit tea, and takoyaki. My favorite was probably the egg tart, but everything was really cool. We went to the markets with my travel portfolio class on Wednesday, and I tried fried pig intestines on a stick then. They tasted okay.

I have way too many pictures of all of these places and I don’t want to go through them all for this blog post to be honest. Just check my twitter, @mashazart.

Thursday night we went bar-hopping, which was a first for me. We started at this place at the top of the Ritz hotel called Ozone, which was expensive, but very fancy and with a very nice view. I had an…okay-tasting drink, and forced myself to drink all of it because it was almost 20 USD and I felt guilty spending so much money.

Then we went to Lan Kwai Fong which was not fancy at all. Very loud, lots of people grabbing me and trying to sell me things. But we danced at a place for a while and that part was fun. Getting back was not fun. We missed the bus and ended up grabbing a taxi and got back to Gold Coast at 5 am. Then I got on the bus for the food tour just 5 hours later. It Was Fine.

Here’s some of the drawings I’ve done for Travel Portfolio so far. We have to fill 40 sketchbook pages of various sizes by monday, which is intense. One of them has to include collages of ~ephemera~, meaning paper scraps and things we find around the city. Also writing. I feel like I’ve learned a lot in a short time, and that I have the leniency to play more than I usually do.

On a related note, here are my tips for making good collages, learned from AP Studio when everyone was doing the collage thing for some reason:

  1. booklets, newspapers, thing with small text are textural elements. Those words aren’t gonna be read by anyone not even if you highlight the important stuff. The arrangement of the words on the page will impact the final composition more than what they say.
  2. Try to have a focal point the rest of the composition is founded around.
  3. Repeat similar elements throughout the piece to generate cohesion.
  4. Cut out background elements like the sky. Put in something else instead. Art.
  5. Try to create a narrative with the images you choose.
  6. It is not illegal to draw and paint in addition to cutting out and gluing bits of paper in a collage.
  7. Colored label stickers are great.

I kept all these things in mind when making my 4 collage spreads for class. I might do one more because I don’t like my second one very much, but I don’t want to run out of ~ephemera~ and I’d rather wait until the next assignment is officially assigned.

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In comics class, I drew this illustration for a concept I’ve had brewing for a while, a few years now, actually. We have to create an IP from zero to pitch-ready in the 5 week term, and it has to be connected to Hong Kong somehow. I decided to work with my millenial hell concept because the hell landscape could easily be reimagined to be inspired by Hong Kong street architecture. My professor helped me a lot with the coloring of this. First, my inspiration board.

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Here’s what I came up with, inspired by all of that.

I’m fairly proud of it.

Also in comics class Howard Wong local comic book writer came in and talked to us and gave everyone individual feedback on their concepts and it was super cool, I learned so much, what a cool dude.

Our Resources folder for that class contains rips of Blade Runner, Akira, and an episode of Samurai Champloo.

It’s kind of amazing.

Also, my prof told us all to read Bakuman, and I have made it through 6 volumes so far. It’s kind of sexist at the beginning, but overall very funny and interesting. I like getting an insider’s look on the manga-making process. It certainly seems like a better system than the US comics market.

Tomorrow, I’m meeting a good friend at Causeway Bay, which is super exciting, both because I haven’t been there yet and because my friend is a great person I haven’t seen in a while.

 

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I’M IN HONG KONG!!

Man oh man. SO, I’ve been semi-offline for the past couple of days because I was having a hard time locating plug adapters for a) my phone charger and b) my laptop charger. Yesterday we went to a mall and I checked all 5 electronics store and NONE OF THEM had the type of adapter I needed, so I couldn’t use my laptop at all until this morning because my nice new friend Kathie who is familiar with HK and went downtown yesterday found me the perfect adaptor for 10 HKD (about $1.30 USD.)

I don’t feel like typing walls of text right now, so I’ll just post the pages of my travel diary comics I’ve been making since my flight here late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning.

The highlight of this trip so far has been the food. Like, even the cheap instant food. Even the Starbucks. Everything is new and different and better-tasting here. Do you know how many more flavors of Pocky there are here than at the Asian Food Market back home? So many. I had green apple and mango and blueberry pocky…all of which were delicious…

And strawberry marshmallows filled with chocolate, purchased in Muji of all places. MUJI. WHICH THEY HAVE, RIGHT IN TUEN MUN.

Here is a selection of pictures from my first few days in Hong Kong. First, my dorm. SCAD rents out several apartments in the Gold Coast Apartment complex, and every student living on-campus at SCAD HK gets a room. My room’s the biggest in my apartment, with a bathroom inside it. Sheets and towels and things are provided, which is super convenient for me. Also, it’s the rainy season, so everything is damp and unpleasant. Not as hot as it could be, though. There’s plumeria trees right outside my window, and the flowers are so, so beautiful.

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I made a snail friend yesterday, while waiting for the SCAD Bus to take us up to The Peak. IMG_20170617_164450694

At the Tuen Mun shopping complex, there was a store selling these super cute chocolate truffles. I wanted to buy some, but the store didn’t take card and I also just spent a lot of money at Muji, so. IMG_20170617_130843355

We also visited a wet market (a market that sells raw fish and poultry and even live animals for cooking purposes) and a guy in our group bought a whole cooked chicken and ate it. I can’t stand the smell of fish, so I spent as little time in there as possible. Still snapped a picture though.IMG_20170617_135512973

Then we went up to The Peak, which has the best view of the city ever, as well as two more shopping centers. I guess HK people love to shop. I went to a Starbucks and got a green tea frapp with earl grey jelly at the bottom, and I think it tasted better than green tea frapps in America. Two levels below the observation deck, there was this traditional HK-style restaurant that was hella fancy, and it had the same nice view of the city as the observatory, and my roommate and I had dinner there. I got noodles with duck and vegetables. They were extremely delicious. I’ve basically been subsisting on noodles with things in them and interesting pocky flavors. I should go grocery shopping today.

Classes start tomorrow! I’m taking Travel Portfolio and Hong Kong Comics. For Travel Portfolio, we already got a pre-quarter assignment. “Students will Research and Collect images and other reference from a journey, holiday or distant memory of a place. Consider computer print outs, photocopies, stills from moving image, found text, ephemera. This research can include primary and secondary sources. Students will make a collage of one of these memories in their A4 sketchbook pages. Write a brief story about this memory with emphasis on neat handwriting in your A6 sketchbook (150 words.) Produce one illustration in your larger A5 Sketchbook in response to all the
information gathered.”

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So, yeah! HK!

Oh wait I forgot to mention: when I went to SCAD on Friday for Orientation, I stopped by the library and checked out Truth is Fragmentary by Gabrielle Bell and I Kill Giants: Titan Edition!

Reviews: Truth is Fragmentary made me feel self-conscious about my own travel comics, but also I don’t really like Bell’s style. Lots of words. Maybe I’m not ~deep~ enough to get the appeal, though.

I Kill Giants I’d read before and loved it and it was great, but I hadn’t read the Titan Edition before. Titan in this case means in addition to the story, the book came with character designs, breakdowns, original scripts and insights into the creators’ workflow. Which was amazing to see. Definitely worth checking out.