Monday, May 31, 2010

0012. Master Splinter

It's hard to pick just one of the four most famous mutant turtles in the world, but it's easy to recognize their patient, rat-bodied master, Splinter. From humble comic-book beginnings in 1984, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles took America by marketing storm, to this day still releasing movies and toys based on the franchise. Poor Splinter never gets his name in the title, despite teaching them everything they know.

Friday, May 28, 2010

0011. Inari

Inari is a popular Shinto deity, representing, among many things, rice and worldly success. More than one third of Japanese Shinto shrines are dedicated to Inari. Her (or his) messengers are foxes, and the Fushimi Inari shrine features a stunning display of hundreds of orange gates purchased in her honor.

My experiance at the Fushimi Inari shrine, as well as photos of it, are chronicled here: Kori Goes to Japan: Fushimi Inari Shrine

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

0010. Quailman

Hailing from the planet Bob, Quailman defeats his enemies using patience, intelligence, and speed. Quailman is the superhero alter-ego of Doug, the titular character of a popular 90's television show from the golden age of Nickelodeon cartoons. Doug is a hero for mid-twenty-somethings, having given birth to the phrase "Everything I needed to know about life I learned from Doug."

Monday, May 24, 2010

0009. Mary

Mary, virgin mother of God. The worship of or devotion to Mary isn't common among all Christian sects. While Mary has a long following of devotees, others believe that worshiping her instead of God alone is blasphemous. She is a powerful symbol of love, maternity, and piety.

Friday, May 21, 2010

0008. Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder is a well known American actor and director, starring in his most prominent roles in the 1970's and 1980's. He is well recognized as the original Willy Wonka from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and made many extraordinary comedies alongside director Mel Brooks. He has been active in the support of ovarian cancer research and support, forming Gilda's Club after the death of his wife Gilda Radner.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

0007. Hayao Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki is a beloved Japanese film maker, world renowned for his animated films for both children and adults. Miyazaki uses his films to address issues about childhood, caring for nature, and human morality. His most well known film in the United States is Spirited Away, which won an Academy Award.

Monday, May 17, 2010

0006. Robin (Carrie Kelly)

Robin is a well recognized fictional character from the Batman comic book universe, serving as Batman's reliable sidekick. There have been many Robins over the years since Batman's inception in 1939 (Robin was introduced a year later.) As we're all well familiar with the character, we know that Robin is always male- or he was- until the legendary Frank Miller wrote The Dark Knight Returns in 1986, which set the dark tone we now recognize in the new Batman live action movies. In that comic, we are introduced to this Robin, 13 year old Carrie Kelly.

Friday, May 14, 2010

0005. Abe no Seimei

Abe no Seimei was an Onmyoji who lived from 921-1010 AD. An Onmyoji was a court mystic of the Heian Era of Japan. Seimei has a well documented life, but also a great catalog of legend and lore surrounding him. He became a re-popularized figure in Japanese media since 1989, depicted as a young, beautiful man who solves mysteries and has adventures.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

0004. RuPaul

RuPaul is a famous American drag queen and performing artist. As a high profile pop sensation, she declared the legitimacy of the drag queen profession to the public, inspiring future drag queens and performers. She recently celebrated renewed popularity with her reality TV Show RuPaul's Drag Race.

Monday, May 10, 2010

0003. Sailor Moon

Sailor Moon is a globally popular girl's comic and cartoon character from Japan. Created by Naoko Takeuchi in 1992, the Sailor Moon Franchise continues to enjoy worldwide popularity, gearing up for it's tenth anniversary re-release in Japan and soon in Italy.

Friday, May 7, 2010

0002. Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is an American pop culture phenomenon, known for her eccentric style and provocative songs, and bizarre music video/performance design. She surprises fans with every new outfit and performance, employing artists and designers directly in her creations.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

0001. Saraswati

Saraswati is a Hindu Goddess, and the mother of secular knowledge and arts. Students often pray to her for luck on tests, and artists call on her for inspiration.