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Anime stuff giveaway…and some things for sale. (Sailor Moon, Hellsing, Peach Girl, Witch Hunter Robin) May 21, 2018

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One more round of pre-move giveaways!

Plus some DVDs and manga volumes that aren’t free, but it’s easier to share them here than set up eBay listings.

Unless otherwise stated, first person to claim a thing will get it. People who ask for a specific item will get priority over people who say “send me everything.” For the free stuff, all you have to do is pay the cost of shipping.

If I tell you you’ve claimed a thing, but you don’t send me a shipping address within 2 days, I’ll move on to the next claimant. Any items not spoken for by May 28 are getting donated.

Hellsing Merchandise – Free

Alexander Anderson 8″ figure (poseable, comes with extra hands)
Walter Dornez 4″ figure
Jan Valentine 4″ figure
Calendar, 2006
Set of 2 pins (manga Bondagecard, anime Seras)

Sailor Moon Merchandise – Free

Patterned sheet set (the fitted sheet is ripped and the fabric is awfully pilled, but you could definitely repurpose it for crafts)
Set of 2 pins (new in packaging)
Handmade f/f pins (Ami/Mako, Rei/Mina, Hotaru/Chibiusa)
Calendar, 2003
Chibiusa poster (same art as this manga volume)
Set of 5 inner senshi trading(?) cards
Miscellaneous packing material

Other Merchandise – Free

Victorian Romance Emma – harem-girl figure
Mahou Shoujo Creamy Mami – 30th anniversary poster

How to Draw Manga Books – Free

Someone claimed these when I first listed them…but never sent me an address. So I’m offering them one more time. From the (translated) Japanese series, with lots of good tips and reference poses.

Getting Started
Illustrating Battles
Colorful Costumes
Bishoujo Around The World
Dressing Your Characters in Casual Wear

From there, onward to the sales part…

Witch Hunter Robin DVDs for sale

Volumes: Arrival (1), Inquisition (3), Fugitive (4), Determination (5), and Vengeance (6).

That’s everything except volume 2, which is filler-y enough that I owned the series for years without realizing I was missing anything. Take them all for $25, including shipping.

Peach Girl Manga for sale

Peach Girl volumes 1-8 (the non-flipped reprint, in two decorative cases), Peach Girl: Change of Heart volumes 1-10, and Peach Girl: Sae’s Story volumes 1-3.

That’s the entire series, nothing missing. I’ll send you the lot for $60, including shipping.

Sailor Moon DVDs for sale

So, ah, these are worth…a lot. Everything else in the post is first-come first-serve, but on these I’m open to bids. If you’re interested, please comment on this post (don’t email or PM, I want to keep the details all in one place) with what you’re prepared to pay.

The linked eBay listings aren’t mine, they’re just a reference for the specific edition I’m offering, and the price it’s going for elsewhere.

Sailor Moon S (“Heart Collection”, volumes 1-5 of this edition)

Sailor Moon 3-movie boxset (“The Dream Set”, uncut special edition)

Sailor Moon SuperS boxset (“Pegasus Collection”, thin-packing boxset edition)


Book Giveaway, Part 2 April 29, 2018

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It’s another round of “multiple people are moving and need to downsize in a hurry” book giveaways! All you have to do is cover the cost of shipping. (They ship from within the US, so bear that in mind if you’re not.)

Comment to claim the title(s) you want, and you can send me a shipping address by email or PM.

Giveaway will close on May 6, at which point I’ll donate whatever’s left.


The Grace of Kings – Ken Liu (autographed!)
The Snow Queen – Joan D. Vinge
The Pains – John Damien Sundman
Mindscape – Andrea Hairston
Misery – Stephen King (well-loved)
Venus, Inc. – Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth (ditto) (hardcover)
Off Limits: Tails of Alien Sex – anthology (hardcover)
Four Ways to Forgiveness – Ursula K. LeGuin (hardcover)

Children’s Fiction

The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish – Neil Gaiman
The Wolves in the Walls – Neil Gaiman
Crazy Hair – Neil Gaiman


All The Fishes Come Home To Roost – Rachel Manija Brown
We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Introducing Psychology: A Graphic Guide
Standing Alone In Mecca – Asra Q. Nomani


Art and Artists: New Yorker Cartoons from the Melvin R. Seiden Collection
The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist, volumes 1-3

How to Draw Manga

From the (translated) Japanese series. Lots of good tips and reference poses.

Getting Started
Illustrating Battles
Colorful Costumes
Bishoujo Around The World
Dressing Your Characters in Casual Wear

Book giveaway? Book giveaway! March 23, 2018

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Same deal as the previous post — comment if you want anything, cover the cost of shipping, and it’s yours!

Everything is paperback, and in nice condition, unless otherwise noted. If you have questions or want a photo of something specific, just ask. I’m not planning to leave this open for long (no later than March 31) before passing on everything that hasn’t been asked about, so make it fast.

And please share this post around for other people who might be interested!

Neil Gaiman

Mirrormask (w/Dave McKean) (hardcover)
Black Orchid, volumes 1-3 (w/Dave McKean)
Sandman: The Dream Hunters (w/Yoshitaka Amano)
Creatures of the Night (w/Michael Zulli) (hardcover)

Kendra L. Saunders

The Unlove Spell
Dating an Alien Popstar
Inanimate Objects

How to Draw Manga

From the (translated) Japanese series, don’t worry. Lots of good tips and reference poses.

Getting Started
Illustrating Battles
Colorful Costumes
Bishoujo Around The World
Dressing Your Characters in Casual Wear

Misc. Fiction

Misery – Stephen King (well-loved)
An Abundance of Katherines – John Green (ditto)
The Skies of Pern – Anne McCaffrey

Misc. Nonfiction

Wishful Drinking – Carrie Fisher
The Psychology Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained – DK (hardcover)
Alex & Eliza: A Love Story – Melissa de la Cruz (hardcover)

Misc. Comics

Steven Universe – Volume 1
Steven Universe – Too Cool For School
Lenore (Roman Dirge) – issues 1-4
Lenore (Roman Dirge) – issues 5-8
Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall


Sailor Moon dolls & merchandise giveaway March 22, 2018

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Giving away a bunch of Sailor Moon dolls and figures! I’m gearing up to move cross-country (for the second time), so I’m trying to downsize.

Here’s who I have:

…You can tell I wasn’t exactly a dedicated collector, huh.

See your favorite character here? Need one more figure to round off a set? Just feel like some subset of these will make your life brighter? They’re all free to whoever calls dibs on them first.

(All I ask is that you cover the cost of shipping.)

Chibi figures: Serenity, Endymion, Naru, Sailor Mars, Sailor Jupiter, Usagi, Sailor Moon. Some are a bit scuffed, but they’re all really adorable.

US Bandai 6″ dolls: Princess Serenity, Sailor Chibi-moon (wand & Luna-P), Sailor Neptune (wand & mirror), Sailor Pluto (wand & Garnet Rod), Sailor Moon.

Japanese plastic figures: Sailors Jupiter, Mars, Venus, Moon, and Mercury. Unfortunately, Jupiter’s left arm has not been seen for more than 10 years. I might still have the original packaging for these five in a drawer somewhere — let me know if you’re interested and I’ll try to dig them up.

Pin set: Sailor Moon face, Season 1 brooch. These are actually good as new! Never removed from the packaging.

ETA: Almost everything from the original post is claimed! So I hastily pulled together the rest of what I have around the house, and here it is…


Wallscrolls – Inner Senshi, blue background and pink background. As long as you don’t mind them being a bit wrinkled.

Lunch box – Fair warning, this is very scuffed. I used it for the intended purpose for at least a year in middle school.

Trading Cards – Inner Senshi, first-season forms. Take the set!

Plastic figure – she’s not from Sailor Moon, she’s a lone item from Victorian Romance Emma who snuck in. Feel free to claim her, though.

Sailor Chibimoon poster – Not shown because it’s actually wrapped up somewhere well-packed. It’s the Eternal Chibimoon pose from the cover of the manga rerelease, and it’s a little smaller than the wallscrolls.

Package backing – in the upper right. I fully expect to end up recycling them, but hey, maybe someone wants a set of cute bookmarks.

Notepads – Starlights/Inners, Super Moon, and Super/Eternal Inners.


Comment with whoever you’re interested in!

(…and to the people saying “everything”, you gotta be more specific. Sorry I didn’t say that upfront. The problem with only doing this once every 5 years is that I’m not great at being organized about it.)

You can send your shipping address by email, sailorptah at yahoo dot com.

I’m also giving away a bunch of books, so take a look through those while you’re here!

Good things. (Racists reforming, disability savings, free art, and more.) February 20, 2017

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Leaving Westboro Baptist: “When Brittany Murphy died, Phelps-Roper had seen the disparity between her reaction and that of the rest of the church as a sign that something was wrong with her. Now the contradiction of her mother’s glee and her own sadness made her wonder if something was wrong with the church.

Leaving Stormfront: “But the unstated truth was that Derek was becoming more and more confused about exactly what he believed. Sometimes he looked through posts on Stormfront, hoping to reaffirm his ideology, but now the message threads about Obama’s birth certificate or DNA tests for citizenship just seemed bizarre and conspiratorial. He stopped posting on Stormfront. He began inventing excuses to get out of his radio show, leaving his father alone on the air each morning to explain why Derek wouldn’t be calling in.”

“Justin Bainbridge is 27 and works two jobs, but he wasn’t allowed to start saving money for his future until a few months ago. Bainbridge has Down syndrome, and like other people with disabilities who receive government benefits, he can’t have more than $2,000 in savings. If he does, he would start to lose those much-needed benefits. But a new type of savings vehicle is giving Bainbridge, and others, a chance to save more cash.”

I moved my whole company to a five-hour workday where everyone works from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Over a year later, we’re sticking with it.”

“As of [February 7], all images of public-domain works in The Met collection are available under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). So whether you’re an artist or a designer, an educator or a student, a professional or a hobbyist, you now have more than 375,000 images of artworks from our collection to use, share, and remix—without restriction.”

Erin Listens: The Goon Show (a rec post. with downloads!) March 28, 2016

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Still at the job with the long days, still spending a lot of hours on headphones. I’ve run out of Blondie, soured on Gildersleeve, SAYER has wrapped up, and you can only listen to so many Yo, Is This Racist? episodes in a row…it was high time to splice in a Goon Show re-listen.

And to make notes on which episodes I should use to sell it to new listeners.

The Goon Show is a British radio comedy from the ’50s, spiritual predecessor to Monty Python. Great wordplay. Amazing absurdist humor. There’s no single premise, just a regular cast of a dozen distinct characters (played by three actors, plus a guest star here and there) in a different AU each episode. Today they’re doing a police drama! Last week one of them was Robin Hood! Next week they’ll be in World War II!

Unfortunately, this being the 1950s, the occasional non-white characters tend to be skeevy racist caricatures. There’s refreshingly little on the sexism front — it probably helps that there aren’t many women in the first place — and the one regular female character is very much a character rather than a Token Chick archetype, which is nice.

Earlier episodes tend to have more coherent plots. In the later years, the episodes have a way of collapsing into a scramble of catchphrases and self-referential jokes in the final act. (“We’ve written ourselves into a corner here, haven’t we, ladies and gentlemen?…well, good night.”) Still funny, just probably less accessible to new listeners.

With all that in mind: episode recs to woo you in! Featuring snappy humor, ridiculous characters, the most listenable storylines, and the least racial skeeviness.

1953-10-02 The Dreaded Piano Clubber — A mysterious criminal is going around London hitting people with pianos. Inspector Seagoon is on the case! (“Did you get the number of the instrument?” “No, he had his lights out.”) No one is safe — not the police, not Parliament, not even the show announcer.

1954-11-09 Lurgi Strikes Britain — A terrible contagion is sweeping Britain, and a couple of unsavory characters convince Neddie Seagoon to lead the fight against it. (“We must move fast.” “What do you suggest?” “South America?”) Can Neddie find a cure before catching the disease? Will it help if he spends much of the episode hiding in a trash bin?

1955-11-20 The Pevensey Bay Disaster — A snowstorm blocks the Pevensey Bay rail lines (The snow rose up from inches three / To inches three-foot-four”), and, as if that weren’t bad enough, saboteurs decide to use the disaster to take over the signal station. Our heroes must race to clear the snow and save the trains. (“The sound you are hearing is Neddie and Eccles driving a wall at speed. We thought you ought to know.”)

1956-03-13 Scradge — This week’s epidemic is mysterious boot explosions, which Moriarty attributes to the loss of Britain’s natural deposits of scradje. Time to replenish the supply with an Arctic expedition. (“Have we got any cases of frozen feet?” “We didn’t order any cases of frozen feet.” “What? We’ve got to eat, Seagoon!” “Okay, I’ll put him in the oven.”)

1956-12-26 Six Charlies In Search Of An Author — So meta I don’t know how to describe it. (A lot more satisfyingly meta than the play its title is a riff on….) The cast scrambles to outwit the author, and each other. There’s a lot of panicky use of typewriters.

Want more, you’re in luck: Archive.org has a ton for download. They’re hard to search for because some modern-day sports show with the same title dominates the results — you’ll want to skip straight to The Goon Show compilation part 1 and The Goon Show compilation part 2.

Our Miss Brooks: a rec post July 26, 2015

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Typed all this out for a bit of Miss Brooks/Mr. Boynton fanart, wanted to make it an actual rec post too. (There was uploading involved and everything.)

Our Miss Brooks is a 1950s radio sitcom about high school teachers. It’s snarky, it’s clever, Connie Brooks has the greatest deadpan, there are a ton of lovable characters, and the pacing and buildup within each farce-of-the-week is amazing.

If you’re on the lookout for things to add to your listening lineup, give it a try. Especially now that the Thrilling Adventure Hour is ending — why not follow up the old-timey-radio-styled comedy podcast with actual old-timey radio comedy?

It’s public-domain by now, so you can mass-download episodes on archive.org. Some individual recs, to lure you in:

Dress Code, in which half the characters end up half-dressed by the end of the episode, through shenanigans that force them to play musical-chairs with items of clothing. It starts when the main teenage male character comes to school in a skirt to protest the gendered dress code, which is a lovely example of how progressive the show was for its time. (And, in some ways, how progressive it still is….)

Arguments, Arguments, in which Miss Brooks hears that making up after an argument is one of the perks of romance, so she tries to goad modest love-interest Mr. Boynton into one. He’s much too mild-mannered to respond the way she’s going for, the arguments that do start are completely accidental side effects, and I kept having to stop what I was doing because I was cracking up.

Spring Garden, in which there are lots of secret underhanded plans to ensure the school garden’s place in a county competition. There’s a memorable “this would only work in audio” sequence towards the end — it involves multiple unrelated conspirators hiding behind the same trees.

Woman Driver, another one with uplifting gender politics. I was worried at first, not sure whose arguments the plot was going to support, but it was incredibly satisfying by the end. (You know the sequence in Home where Tip is trying to drive Slushious for the first time? It’s like that, with more overt feminism. Although, I’m sorry to say, less hovering.)