I have a lot of fog to drive through today, so all I can do today is express my intense jealousy.

*Lucky West Coast Dept: Hey there, readers who happen to be somewhere near Seattle! I was just looking around at Anime News Network (which don’t seem to permalink its shorter news blurbs), and discovered that this year’s Seattle International Film Festival (May 24 - June 17) will be screening no less than three of the comics/animation-connected movies that I won’t shut up about on this here site.

On Friday, May 25 and Monday, May 28, we’ve got Paprika, the new Satoshi Kon feature anime. On Friday, June 8 and Sunday, June 10, you can catch Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s live-action adaptation of Mushishi, which is apparently going to be screened under the title Mushishi and not its dire alternate title of Bugmaster. And on Sunday, June 10, there’s Tekkonkinkreet (aka: Black and White), the Studio 4°C adaptation of Taiyo Matsumoto’s manga (itself up soon for a one-volume re-release from VIZ), which is also the first anime feature to be directed by an American, Michael Arias (although, oddly, the festival’s site credits Technical Director Hiroaki Ando as co-director). Lots of nice stuff there...