‘Gamers and geeks’ sought for donations
It's the season of giving, and what better way to get into the holiday spirit than by helping out children in need? The creators of famed online gaming comic Penny Arcade (www.penny-arcade.com) are once again holding their annual Child's Play Charity, described as a way "for gamers and geeks around the world" to donate toys, books, games and cash to children's hospitals. This year, the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children is among the receiving hospitals.
Go online to www.childsplaycharity.org and click on the game controller on Hawaii to aid the cause -- and you don't even have to be a gamer or geek. You order items through Amazon.com from a wish list and have them sent directly to the hospital, so during the checkout process, remember to change the shipping address to the Kapiolani Center. Here's a hint: Order at least $25 worth of items to get free shipping.
Kapiolani's wish list doesn't include any anime or manga (unless you count the "Pokemon" games), but it's still a good cause. ...
Speaking of wish lists, it looks like an item on Jason Y.'s list (refer back to www.starbulletin.com/2005/06/26/features/story4.html) just might be coming true. AnimeOnDVD.com recently announced the possibility of a domestic manga release of "Yakitate! Japan," the story of a boy who aspires to be a great breadmaker -- "bread" as in the kind you eat. It's rumored to be released by Viz Media, though no official announcement of the license has come from Viz yet.
With an expected release date of September 2006, there's always the possibility it will fizzle. Keep your fingers crossed. ...
In 'D&Q' Sunday
It's time once again for "Project T," our monthly miniseries looking at the works of manga author Rumiko Takahashi. In Sunday's Today section, Jason looks at the romantic comedy "Maison Ikkoku" ...
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