September 1st, 2008

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Two Short Manhwas by Boichi (ボイチ/박무직)

Present プレゼント

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HOTEL ホテル

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(Local mirrors are hosted on my server for 30 days.)


Originally known as Mujik Park 박무직, Boichi ボイチ (Japanese Wikipedia) is a graphic novelist who holds a unique position in the manhwa industry.  For one, he has a unique background for a shojo/josei manhwaga (Korean mangaka) which he debuted as—he holds a bachelor's degree in physics.  And he has largely been ostracized by fellow manhwagas (Korean mangakas)—there is a multitude of conflicting accounts about what caused this, but it is generally believed that his uncompromisingly blunt personality played a role—then moved to Japan, and has finally joined the rank of mainstream mangaka in Japan.

Although better known as a mangaka who caters to male tastes in general now, he still keeps his shojo/josei touch of style, which the two titles above embody well.  Some titles also manifests his original focus, sci-fi (he had a rare determination to specifically take a physics major in order to draw sci-fi manhwas); in fact, most of his works that I hold in high regards are of the genre, including the HOTEL above.  For years now I have been trying to get a hold of this collection of his short stories, titled 하늘 속 파람 별 and long out of print, which contains the short story that I count as “the” masterpiece of his of all time: LTU (Love That Universe), a story of lovers who have been parted literally by time-space (some people liken it to Voices of a Distant Star 星の声 by Makoto Shinkai, and I agree with the assessment).

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Mac OS + Alt/Option Key = ♥

Some of you know how much I whore out HTML character entities, such as “, ”, …, —, © and so on.  It saves time and grief of having to consult the Character Map and copy/paste the characters.

Well, I think I have found a way to save time further: The English keyboard layout on Mac OS X assigns the vast majority of character entities that I often need to Alt/Option key combinations:

CharacterDescriptionUnicodeHTMLKey
 non-breaking spaceU+00A0 Alt–Space
horizontal ellipsisU+2026…Alt-;
en dashU+2013–Alt-Dash
em dashU+2014—Alt-Shift-Dash
left single quoteU+2018‘Alt-]
right single quoteU+2019’Alt-Shift-]
left double quoteU+201C“Alt-[
right double quoteU+201D”Alt-Shift-[
©copyright symbolU+00A9©Alt-G
®registered mark symbolU+00AE®Alt-R
trademark symbolU+2122™Alt-2
Euro symbolU+20AC€Alt-Shift-2

This post uses only the following character entities now: &amp; (&) and &hearts; (♥).  ♥  Oh and I'll probably have to stick a couple of others such as &lt; (<) and &gt; (>) because they are more or less required in order to escape those characters correctly in HTML; there is also &#8213; (―, or horizontal bar/quotation dash), but I'm a dork to insist upon using that symbol in the first place (instead of approximating it to em dash or double dash as others do), so it's all okay.  XD