This is the Indie Comics Special broadcasting straight into your brain like a laser beam of the future (sort of). Indie comics are comics from independent publishers, although the term is commonly used to refer to comics that aren’t D.C or Marvel comics. These comics tend toward non-superhero themes and cover just as wide an array of genres, topics, and themes as manga. I never understood why indie comics aren’t well known with manga fans. Are they just stuck on the stigma that all american comics are superheroes?
Unlike most episodes, this one does NOT have spoilers. Since indie comics aren’t as well known as they should be, we decided to do three recommendations instead of our usual analysis.
This episode we discuss the Ghibli film Howl’s Moving Castle AND the book Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. We had two requests from Tora-chan and Monica G for the Miyazaki directed Howl’s Moving Castle, but decided to also include the book in our discussion. I read the book long before I saw the movie, and its far far superior to the lackluster Ghibli film. Sophie is a much more fiery and proactive heroine in the book. She was very much Howl’s equal. Furthermore, most of the narrative problems with the movie stem from the nonsensical add ons that Ghibli stacked on that were not prescent in Diana Wynne’s book. There was nothing about the enviroment in the original book, and the war was something that was only mentioned briefly.
This episode is a little short. Melanie’s connection was going out so we had to end the discussion about 10-15 minutes early. The episode is still a half an hour long, though.
So what was your opinion on Ghibli’s Howl’s Moving Castle? How do you think it holds up to the book? Were you even aware there was a book? Got requests? Please comment, we love to hear your thoughts and opinions!