Otaku Links: the gangster life and the freelance lifestyle
- I just discovered MC Melody Doll, a Gothic Lolita gangster rapper. Her music videos are definitely tongue in cheek! Bronies might recognize the composer she works with, The Living Tombstone. I’m trying to pitch this as a story idea to different news blogs, but I can’t find one that is interested yet. Know of any?
- Speaking of which, on days when I get down about trying to make it as a freelancer, it really helps to have Susannah Breslin as a mentor. Here’s her Forbes blog post that touches on my frustrations more candidly than I can talk about them myself.
- You’ve got to laugh at Said to Lady Journos, if just to keep from crying. Anonymous journalists submit the absurd sexist remarks they sometimes face on the job. Poynter did an interview with the woman behind the Tumblr.
- This is surprising: Boys who love ‘Boys’ Love’ Manga on the Rise, Claims Article. Marketed at teenage girls and women, Boys’ Love portrays beautiful men who act nothing like gay or straight men would in real life. The article uses only anecdotal evidence and no statistics, so I’m not sure that its credible.
- On a related note, my former colleague Aja Romano just wrote about the differences between Boys’ Love—manga targeted at straight women—and bara—manga targeted at gay men—in her latest column for After Elton.
- Over on Tumblr, I participated in a discussion about New Enthusiasm, a moniker for the over-the-top excitement that geeks use to express ourselves. The Internet’s recent witch-hunt of a group of geeky teens hit close to home for me.
- Finally, I just found out that Bluehost, my web hosting provider of choice, provides discounted rates for students and teachers! If you’re a student thinking about starting a blog, click this link instead of the affiliate link on my sidebar—it won’t earn me any money, but it’ll save you lots!
(Photo of MC Melody Doll by Deerstalker Pictures.)