I finished With the Light #15, which is the final volume. I don't know if everyone knows this already, but Keiko Tobe, the author, passed away last year. I'm sure she wanted to continue With the Light until Hikaru was a "cheerful working adult," so it's unfortunate that it ends here... But even as she was fighting her illness, Tobe was determined to at least finish this series.
The volume also includes two of her other works.
In a few days it will be April, which is Autism Awareness month. Please help spread the word about autism.
AMC Theatres will be showing a documentary on two men with autism called WRETCHES & JABBERERS throughout April. (please check your local AMC Theatres for showing times!) Portions of ticket sales will go to Autism Society.
The organization I personally like is Autism Speaks. Please check their calendar if there are events near you that may find interesting.
This isn't really about my work, but ever since I've worked on With the Light I've been following autism stuff going on in the news.
Anyway, I just got an email from my local movie theater about a film called The Horse Boy. It's about a boy with autism.
It's based on a book called The Horse Boy: A Father's Quest to Heal His Son.
If anyone is interested, here is a list of theaters showing the movie.
Also I saw in the news recently that the number of autistic kids is up. It used to be 1 out of 150, but now it's 1 out of 100. Which is a lot. Most of it comes from broader definitions and increased awareness.
Volume 5 of With the Light came out last month. If you haven't been reading the series, now is the time to pick it up! It's an easy way to learn/educate about autism. :D
I've been reading a couple of reviews online for this and the response is, in general, positive. I think it's an adorable story, even though a lot still needs to be explained. What we readers need is patience, I guess?
So recently an autistic boy was kicked out of church because the priest said he was "disruptive and dangerous." This was in Minnesota. Regarding the boy, some lady wrote to the local paper that the parents of the boy should have shown more consideration to others.
This news article I read was sad overall.
But I guess there is hope. (Or "light" to keep with the manga's theme) At the end they wrote a few paragraphs about a small church in New Jersey that changed the way they worship to accommodate an 18-year old autistic boy.
I finished Sunshine Sketch #3. Until this volume I didn't know Miyako is from Fukuoka Prefecture. The artist, Ume Aoki, is also from Fukuoka.
My best friend Y is also from Fukuoka and they have the best mentaiko (spicy pollack roe).
I love mentaiko so much that every time I go to Japan, all my relatives serve me that. They're like "Oh, since you were coming we bought mentaiko." It goes great with the best rice in Japan, the koshihikari.
It's just too bad that mentaiko doesn't go well with most drinks. You should stick with water or Japanese tea.
By the way, mentaiko is not mentioned in Sunshine Sketch. But there are a lot of other translation notes, so please check it out!
I'm currently working on Sunshine Sketch #3. I realized I shouldn't be working on it when I'm hungry. There are so many food references... It makes me crave a lot of things. Especially because Hiro likes to eat sweets...
I have a wedding to go to next week so I'm trying to cut down on sweets right now.
I had to do things on my computer today and couldn't use it, so as I was waiting I started numbering Mr. Flower Groom.
I didn't notice at first, but as I read carefully I finally understand the relationship of the couples in the series. In "Bride" the "husband" is Shinji, and his "wife" is Aoi. Shinji's older brother had a son named Setsu. In "Groom" the "husband" is Ritsu and his "wife" is Koichiro. Ritsu is the younger brother of Setsu.
It's hardly mentioned so you might miss it. In fact I missed it many times. So please look for it when it's released.
I also started numbering the pages for Yozakura Quartet #4. I have three manga due by the end of this month, plus the Code Geass website text. It's keeping me pretty busy.