Am I a writer, a blogger, or a word channel?

Where does all this come from? Sometimes when I write I often go, wow I came up with this? Did I ever think about writing more seriously when I was young? Not really. As a kid I loved stories, imagination and pretend… hmm… good things to consider as to why I love anime? I didn’t particularly like English class as it was mostly boring and doing the same thing every year… no creative expression, just grinding. Yet when I take the essence of writing into my own hands and with my own voice, or vernacular, it becomes something beautiful.

I can’t take full credit. Sometimes I think I am pulling words from the either, the void. I view writing like meditation, because both can be considered a Zen practice. When relaxed and open, words can flow like water. But like the seasons it comes and goes. When I write I care not too much about grammar; who created these rules and why do I have to follow them? I much prefer poetry and musical flow than being perfect crossing my T’s and dotting my I’s. Balderdash! Be like Edgar Allan Poe, or Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Shakespeare, etc. and paint visual soundscapes with written words. Words in themselves may not have meaning except what we assign to them, but they can sound beautiful together. Like a chord on a piano… I love major 7s!

Writing has been a blessing for me as of late. I often consider myself a creative individual; I can play guitar, I love LEGO, I love anime, makeup is a fun medium, I work as a graphic artist, etc. While my career path sounds very promising, it has led me into a dead end as of late. I don’t create anything at work, just resize and plug info into templates… not what I thought I would be doing when I was in college. And by the way, any young folks who are in college, I will ask why? Consider this. I got mostly straight A’s, a job in my major (which took a while because I had no clue who I was) and well… it did not end up with the promise of being rich and fabulous. On the other hand I do think back to my college days, in particular when I transferred to finish my Bachelors. My favorite class was not any of the art classes I took… it was my English class?

Perhaps this was due to my professor? A large African American gentlemen who had a great laugh and wore traditional African clothing instead of a suit or khakis! He was a little different and I like people who are genuine to themselves. Perhaps because they can bring that out in all of us? He taught us to think critically, question things and don’t settle for a simple answer. He was the most influential teacher I had for my final two years of study and sadly I don’t remember his name, but I do remember his legacy. Because of that English class I enjoyed writing for the first time and even wrote the material in my art projects when copy was needed.

And then years later I have this site here at CAM. Like a garden I tend it and am always happy to see others enjoy the fruit that bears from this website. I don’t push with social media, or over market, as it is not my thing. CAM is like a Buddhist temple, come and go as you please, stay as short, or as long as you want and know that you are always welcome whoever you are. I am not here to enforce anything on you, I just spread this beautiful cultural medium of anime that I love and connect with all of you. I just write all these words, these blog entries and that in itself is satisfying to me.

CAM on Tumblr and Twitter

Hey everyone, a quickie of an update, The Classic Anime Museum is now on Tumblr and Twitter in case you want to follow me there, or if you want to share these with your friends. The old saying of I was I did this sooner applies here as putting up all my content was a chore, but worth it. Nothing like a little on the job trainer, right?

Thank again everyone. Have a good weekend and until next time…

– J

See you at Anime St. Louis this weekend!

Just a reminder for those of you coming to Anime St. Louis this weekend I will be hosting my panel Capturing the Wind: Miyazaki and Takahata before Studio Ghibli Saturday afternoon. More info at my previous post. Hope to see you there and have fun my friends!

Also, Happy Comic Book Day and Stars Wars Day for those of you who celebrate and for my astrology people, Happy New Moon in Taurus!

… crossing my fingers that I find another awesome art book.

– J

Here are 100 thanks for all you!

For all 100 of you who have added me, or are following The Classic Anime Museum in some sort of fashion, over the course these last few years, I have only one thing to say!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

You all have made my day!

– J

CAM is back again at Anime St. Louis this May

I will be presenting yet again at my local convention of Anime St. Louis (still waiting on my time slot!). This is my fifth year so I guess I have had enough practice to not be nervous? Yeah right, I am human and an introvert (INFP, sometimes INTP, especially on Tuesdays), but once I am behind the podium… I dunno… something takes over and it all becomes natural. Originally I submitted three panels, but have cut down to a singular entry so I have time and energy to work on other personal projects including rebuilding part of my basement. I will be presenting a solo panel this year; a crowd favorite, Capturing the Wind: Miyazaki and Takahata before Studio Ghibli. I highlight a select grouping of the work that Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata did before Studio Ghibli; many of the titles are featured already in my blog, but I will not say which ones… a magician never reveals their secrets. 😉

Hope to see you there if you are attending. And if not, I know a lot of you will be with me in spirit. Thanks everyone and enjoy the rest of this calendar year of 2019! Are you going to any conventions, or have any other awesome plans for the summer?

– J

What’s in a name?

The Classic Anime Museum… how did I come up with this name? It’s simple, generic and totally everything I would have laughed at when I was in college. Why? Because it’s got to be big, bold and really cool… different… and all the other stuff most people say when I hear pitches for graphic design projects. But, Classic Anime Museum is big, bold and really cool… in being small, subtle and not cool. It just is. Just like in Buddhism.

Summer of 2016… I started out with animedyr. This was short for anime: do you remember? which was a title I ran for my first panel discussions years ago. An example being Anime: Do you remember 1986?. Which is a play off of the movie title Macross: Do You Remember Love? But I thought… yeah, kinda… yeah… back to the drawing board. Then came Analog Anime. Not bad, but I was still not feeling it. This calls for a field trip.

Fall of 2017… I had decided to visit a couple art museums here in St. Louis that I had not been to in a while. I missed museum hopping and as I had not been out to visit in a while, I thought, this is a good day to just get out of the house. I walked to the nearest light rail station close to my house as I figured why drive? This was about a mile and change (I do like to walk a bit) and with nice weather I thought, it’s better for my Chuck’s to ride the pavement than my car’s tires. That was step one.

Step two. Ride the rails… weee! Step three. Walk a couple more miles to my destinations. First was Pulitzer Arts Foundation. I love the building, lots of concrete and in my luck I made it to the last day of the current exhibition. I don’t remember the name per se, but I was digging the museum vibe. Next was Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Again awesome building with even more concrete. I have fond memories of CAMStL as I interned there for a couple months after I graduated college. Anyway I don’t remember that exhibit either, but walking through the space the three letters of CAM began to turn wheels in my head.

CAM… Contemporary Art Museum… Classic Anime Museum… wow, I like that. From there I looked at logos for CAM and there were a lot of contemporary art museum variants, just insert any city name. So now I knew what to work with. I redesigned the logo with the new name and thought I should have that museum vibe on this site too. So there is a lot of white space too… negative space is the most beautiful thing. Then everything fell into place.

So next time you need to think or get a new idea… go to a museum, or even a park… whatever it may be… and breathe in that beautiful oxygen. And that ladies, gentlemen and everyone else is how The Classic Anime Museum became The Classic Anime Museum.

– J

 

For Marbles and Shadow…

MarblesThe last few months for me have been difficult as I have lost two of my precious cats, one of them, Marbles, this past weekend (picture on the right). Shadow lived to about 20 and Marbles 17; both enjoyed long happy lives and brought joy to my household for being perhaps two of the most talkative cats I have ever had.

I want to dedicate this scene from Night on the Galactic Railroad, my favorite scene from the film by the way, to both Marbles and Shadow. Thank you both for being two of my best friends and for enjoying many moments watching anime, listening to music and just simply being there. You will always be loved.

– J