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Premiering in Shonen Jump

Premiering in Shonen Jump

Tue, 01/05/2010 - 18:19 by Ananth in response to speeed liiines

Speed lines, awww yeah. 

Hope everyone had a great holiday and New Year! I took a trip home to DC to visit some friends, my brother visited, and then a bunch of friends came up for New Years ... we threw a party and I'm sure I'll get some comics out of that. A lot of folks from Rochester visited, included Conrad's lady Rachelle, who is pretty ace and previously appeared here, eating bacon in a manner that can only be called adorable. 

Yuko does a lot of everyday things very pretty and with a great sense of aesthetic - I know there are plenty of folks who can spiral-peel a clementine, but I can't, so I wrote a comic about it. Apparently Yuko perfected her technique over the course of months (years?) during her childhood. Other things she does nicely: fold up the sleeve chopsticks come in and wrap presents. Oh and she draws or something? Do you guys know anything about that?

For Christmas Yuko got the manga Oishinbo from her parents. It's about cooking, and has been running overseas since 1983. There are over one hundred volumes in print in Japan! The English version is published by Viz, and organizes stories by type of food or cooking (the two Yuko has are Ramen & Gyoza and Sashimi). I'm most of the way through one of them. Oishinbo is light-hearted and centers on the love of food, often times with the subplot rivalry between the protagonist, a culinary journalist, and his gourmand father over the ULTIMATE MENU PROJECT (I'm not making that up). The downside is that because this is a selection of stories there are jumps in certain subplots, most notably some very drastic leaps in the main romantic thread. Sucks, but these books really seem as though they've been packaged to appeal to foodies, and it's cool to see Viz feeling out other markets. If someone in your life is curious but unsure about comics and has a real passion for food, this might be a nice segue to bring comics into their heart (stomach). 

Also, I should warn you - prepare to get really hungry. 

On a side note, I'm committing to having an ink test(s) in the store to go along with Thursday's update. And any orders we've gotten since the New Year will be out by the end of the week, and then we'll be back to our normal shipping schedule. Thanks for your patience! 


Power levels

Comment by Amuro (not verified) Tue, 01/05/2010 - 18:26

Now George has to return home and display his miraculous new ability to perfectly peel regular sized oranges, forcing Yuko to endure a training arc to defeat him.


Comment by Ananth Tue, 01/05/2010 - 18:34


it would be like Initial

Comment by Jingseng (not verified) Tue, 01/05/2010 - 20:19

it would be like Initial D... except peeling oranges.

Should the name of the story be...

Comment by Matt (not verified) Tue, 01/05/2010 - 22:50

...Fist of the Orange Peel or Yuko's Bizarre Adventure?

Yuko's Bizarre Adventure

Comment by Nate (not verified) Wed, 01/06/2010 - 18:00

I nominate this if only to see the character designs Yuko comes up with.

super-peeler powers ACTIVATE

Comment by Fraoch (not verified) Thu, 01/07/2010 - 03:15

And the super-rare-and-magical peeler that only she can wield that helps her win and move onto the next arc :D

more crossovers

Comment by Jingseng (not verified) Thu, 01/07/2010 - 11:53

or Yuko Shippuuden and the clementine rasengan =p

or some kind of guren lagan showdown... JUST WHO DO YOU THINK I AM?

This strip is really pretty

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 01/05/2010 - 18:38

This strip is really pretty and well-timed and just altogether nice. You guys are impressive.

Oh man

Comment by prigamibunny (not verified) Tue, 01/05/2010 - 18:38

I think this has given me a fanart idea... Yuko, in her 'full contact comics' gear, peeling fruit. all drawn in epic shonen style (of course).

But yes. if there was a manga about efficiently peeling fruit I would definitely be reading it. Those speed lines look DELICIOUS.


Comment by Bocaj (not verified) Tue, 01/05/2010 - 18:39

I've always eaten my clementines that way, I learned it from my sister.

The Ultimate Technique

Comment by Avery (not verified) Tue, 01/05/2010 - 18:45

I do the clementine thing too (I'm also really OCD when it comes to the white stuff under the peel, but that's a different story).
I've actually found that the difficulty you have getting a smooth spiral is a good indicator of quality. If it's harder it's typically less hydrated, less sweet, or often both.
This is really frustrating since I have spent over ten minutes peeling the single worst piece of fruit I have ever eaten.


Comment by Steffox (not verified) Wed, 01/06/2010 - 04:22

I HATE IT WHEN THAT HAPPENS. It's usually the ones that squirt all over my desk and into my eye that end up tasting rotten, too. GO FIGURE.

Shonen Jump!!

Comment by DOOD! (not verified) Tue, 01/05/2010 - 18:58

For those out there that want to look at tasty manga food with action packed battles, Shonen Jump this month previews a manga called Toriko, a man who works as a gourmet hunter (it makes slightly more sense if you see it yourself). Found this amusing with the fact I bought it just today, then came home to see this.


Comment by Razor (not verified) Tue, 01/05/2010 - 19:00

Comics about food. Esp. Japanese food. Rawk.

*sigh* Unfortunately I have developed a soy allergy in recent years so Japanese food is out. I miss the sauce that they give you with tempura and gyoza T_T

Mmmm, food

Comment by Midoriko (not verified) Tue, 01/05/2010 - 19:11

I'm really glad to see you spent your time so well in your childhood, Yuko. (See, it sounds like I'm being sarcastic, but really I'm just jealous. I just get clumps of peel when I try D: )

On the subject of Japanese food, thank you for bringing up that manga! I plan on becoming very fat very fast.

I just visited my relatives for Christmas, and it was like Okinawa had exploded into bite-sized pieces. I don't think anyone's ever eaten so much Japanese food in so short a time.


Comment by SmartMoth (not verified) Tue, 01/05/2010 - 19:16

I will learn this technique. I eat a billion sacks of Clementines every winter and I just peal off little bits and make a gross citrus mess. :c

Anyway, just started reading your comics. Amazing.

ultimate peeling tekneeque

Comment by paolo (not verified) Tue, 01/05/2010 - 19:52

I also have discovered the technique independently. Nice to find a fellow obsessive peeler. What about meat cutting, walnut cracking, or omelette turning... little joys of life.

I have been peeling

Comment by Brandano (not verified) Tue, 01/05/2010 - 20:40

I have been peeling clementines and oranges like this for the past 25 years... unconsciously I didn't want to have to deal with a mess of peels. . I realized I was doing it about 10 years ago when someone pointed to me how odd it was. I wonder what a shrink would make of this :)

Also... If you put the peel

Comment by Cosinus (not verified) Fri, 01/15/2010 - 00:46

Also... If you put the peel on a table... The form it has is one of an integral symbol!!! So you've got real live integrals...

Tons of fun for people in calculus... Integrate real life.

Ah, memories

Comment by Joe (not verified) Wed, 01/06/2010 - 13:50

I perfected the Ultimate Omelet Flipping Technique when I was 10 or 11, but for some reason I lost the skill and can't do it anymore.
I suppose cooking is a game for the young. I say this as a 19-year-old.

cooking manga

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Tue, 01/05/2010 - 21:12


If you like manga about cooking, you should watch the movie Tampopo. It's awesome - I saw it last week. A teriffic 80's Japanese movie that's kind of a ramen samurai/cowboy comedy *thing*.

It is seriously awesome, but make sure you eat before watching it. You will also crave ramen but feel hopelessly inadequate.

 Tampopo is awesome! Great

Comment by Ananth Wed, 01/06/2010 - 00:56

 Tampopo is awesome! Great stuff, good rec! :D


Comment by Y-bot (not verified) Tue, 01/05/2010 - 21:13

Speed lines sounds like a shonen about competitive drug use.


Comment by Last Blade (not verified) Tue, 01/05/2010 - 22:10

That could actually be a funny manga if done well... but no.

Speed lines are often used in action sequences or to express dramatic emotions, the background will possess an overlay of neatly ruled lines to portray direction of movements. Speed lines can also be applied to characters as a way to emphasise the motion of their bodies (limbs in particular). This style, especially background blurs, extends into most action based anime as well.


Comment by dwag3 (not verified) Tue, 01/05/2010 - 21:28

Someone who shares my desire for perfection in fruit peelings

kind of weird, i just

Comment by hawkthewalk (not verified) Tue, 01/05/2010 - 22:27

kind of weird, i just learned/rediscovered this the other day

one can see the evidence of my failed attempts littered around my favored lunch site

it is satisfying and surprisingly intuitive once you start a spiral peel. it just comes off like it was meant to!

Me too~~

Comment by laurbits (not verified) Tue, 01/05/2010 - 22:59

I peel my clementines the same way! The first time I ate one, I thought, 'wouldn't it be nice to get it all in one go?' And behold, I did it. :D

You can do it too, Ananth!

Love this site. Keep these comics comin'!

New Hobby

Comment by DarkMage2.0 (not verified) Tue, 01/05/2010 - 23:07

Thanks to you, my new hobby is reconstructing the orange peel to it's original form after devouring the juicy inside.

I like to make them flowers...

Comment by PenInHand (not verified) Tue, 01/05/2010 - 23:23

At track meets, you end up doing a lot more sitting than we would race peeling clementines. :) when I could pretty much peel them in under a second, (if you just slit it and stick your fingers under the skin, you can practically just cup them out into your fist) I became the unofficial team peeler; glad I was useful for SOMETHING. haha.


Comment by Brian (not verified) Tue, 01/05/2010 - 23:30

I just bite into the peel to start it off, then I can usually take it all off in two or three big chunks.

I've never been one to fuss over neatness ^,^

Technique ultimo!

Comment by Rozzy (not verified) Wed, 01/06/2010 - 00:54

Haha I do this too! Sometimes I try and peel it so perfectly that once I have the peel separated, I put it back together to make it look like a full clementine and I give it to my friends. :) It's the little things in life :D

Mmmmmmmm, mikan.

Comment by Danshil (not verified) Wed, 01/06/2010 - 01:10

Mmmmmmmm, mikan.


Comment by smgeier (not verified) Wed, 01/06/2010 - 02:22

I do this, only I peel my satsumas into elephants: Two big ears and a trunk.

Peeling Clementines

Comment by Steffox (not verified) Wed, 01/06/2010 - 04:19

Ah, fond fond memories! My grandfather in Argentina used to peel them in such a manner than when he was done, he'd have a little orange peel basket. It's hard as all hell but I've managed to do it a few times since then. Basically you peel out two football shapes at the top of the clementine (leave a "handle" between them) and then have to carefully pry the fruit out so as not to break the skin you left behind. Try it!
I need to grow out my nails (ie not bite them) so I can peel without the assistance of something sharp to start it off...

Oh man, peeling. Great

Comment by Nine (not verified) Wed, 01/06/2010 - 04:47

Oh man, peeling. Great comic.

I've always peeled mandarins the 'normal' way, first down the middle, and then I would pop off the 'caps' in which I would curl up the smaller peels that came from the center.
Recently however I've taken to peeling the center band carefully as one long piece, and not completely through before taking off the caps. Leaving me with an elephant head (or a dick with balls you can pop).
This happened after my little brother showed he had peeled his mandarin in one peel, so being his big brother I felt the need to show him how a real man does it. And I peeled a one-peel-dick. I found it hilarious and will keep on doing that.

Wow, I didn't know Yuko drew

Comment by Lotus (not verified) Wed, 01/06/2010 - 05:24

Wow, I didn't know Yuko drew art! I must find some of these art pieces. Say, does she do comics, too? I would totally read those if she did!

Oh peeling things, always fun.

One Big Peel

Comment by Drezz (not verified) Wed, 01/06/2010 - 08:34

I'm going to have to attempt the spiral. I just make a seam from top to bottom, wriggle my fingers inside and pop out the flesh. The skin stays intact and it keeps its shape somewhat - just like a husk.

It's cool, but the spiral is WAY cooler.

The Peal...

Comment by Jamie Noguchi (not verified) Wed, 01/06/2010 - 08:50

Oh no, the UZUMAKI has your peal!!

Oh man so scary!!

Comment by Ananth Wed, 01/06/2010 - 12:52

Oh man so scary!!


Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Wed, 01/06/2010 - 11:15

I like to do different patterns. It's not hard, you just have to be a little carefull.

Small fingers do help!

Conrad's lady

Comment by Zehnoda (not verified) Wed, 01/06/2010 - 11:19

I guess I have been reading so many comics I forget that the people in your comics are actual people, and not characters.

I don't know why, but I feel

Comment by KA42 (not verified) Wed, 01/06/2010 - 12:05

I don't know why, but I feel like asking you if you guys know of any good cooking blogs or websites?
I kinda need something to peruse on my computer when I have the time, and I'd like to use the time learning more about food to prepare for Culinary School (Art Institute of California FTW)

We tend to use

Comment by Ananth Wed, 01/06/2010 - 12:52

We tend to use primarily!


Comment by KA42 (not verified) Thu, 01/07/2010 - 12:06

I just needed something cooking related to browse during a boring computer class. is a standard

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Wed, 01/06/2010 - 17:57 is a standard goto website for me when I need a recipe for something.

Thank you too friend

Comment by KA42 (not verified) Fri, 01/08/2010 - 12:19

Thank you too friend

Maw figures arrived!

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Wed, 01/06/2010 - 12:08

My maw figure arrived!

I haven't been able to look at it as I'm in the hospital, but via the home the box came.

Hoping it's totally cool :)

Yikes, hope everything is

Comment by Ananth Wed, 01/06/2010 - 12:53

Yikes, hope everything is okay!

I hope you like it too! We finally got one of our own and we're really happy with it!

Yep everything is okay, I

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Wed, 01/06/2010 - 16:25

Yep everything is okay, I just had to have a longterm test done.

I'm about tempted to have someone bring the box out here to me so I can terrorize the unit with the maw :D


Comment by Abby (not verified) Wed, 01/06/2010 - 12:57

I work at a store called Giant Robot, and we got the first few volumes of Oishinbo in stock. I tore through all of them basically in a week of shifts (new ones that just came out: "Izakaya" and "rice".. RICE!!!). So good. I love how it's not only about food, but the quality of food. The way the artist draws meals and items... makes me so hungry. My favorite so far is "Vegetables", followed by "Sushi and Sashimi"!