Looks like it was... geez, October (!) the last time I posted.
When writing this blog weekly, the problem was generally that I'd have to come up with something to talk about. With the sort of delays that have been going on around here recently, the problem is the converse - there's been so much mind control and smut related content to discuss that I've forgotten half of it and don't know where to start with the other half!
But there are at least a few things I have been keeping pinned to my mental corkboard for you guys, so let's start with those.
First, the realm of manga. The overlap between "yuri" (lesbian) and "mind control" content is sadly quite slim, but I read an intriguing translation recently and wanted to share it with you: Wizard after twelve o'clock.
If you want to read it without spoilers, go do so now, because the discussion in the next paragraph will give away a pretty major plot point.
The manga (technically a doujinshi, but I'm not gonna flirt with pedantry because I am not nearly enough of a weeaboo to do so successfully) dips into those convoluted realms of hypnotizing one's self and hypnotizing another to be dominant that trilby and I used to love writing and discussing. Plotting out who is programming whom to do what stretches mental muscles that are surprisingly pleasurable to exercise.
In a different vein, fans of Hajime Sorayama will enjoy being made aware of an exhibit currently going on which features his work: Tokyo Pop Underground (exhibited by Jeffrey Deitch).
Finding photos involves going to a few different web page permutations; here are some:
It's decades ago now, but Sorayama's illustrations were a really big part of my fetish fantasies for many years. Speaking of the Great Old Ones, thrall also was strongly attracted to the visions he put forward. thrall, if you're reading this I hope you're doing well!
Amusingly, my teenage daughter recently noticed the collection of Sorayama art books I have on the shelf in my voluminous library downstairs and gave me one of those inscrutable "what is this / mom, you are such a..." looks that teenagers do so well. I never thought, back in the late nineties when I was hunting for physical copies of Sorayama art books the way a junkie hunts for that dime bag he just knows he put away for later, that one day middle-aged Tabico would have to deal with either hiding or explaining her arty porn from her daughter.
In other current news, Dollmistress made some very lovely images based on my story 'Rouge' - one of my best stories, I think - and was subsequently inspired to produce a marvelous new illustrated story set in the universe, a story which I am consuming like the aforementioned junkie (F5 - F5 - F5 - F5 - etc).
And there was lots of other lovely stuff in November and December of last year which I should be mentioning here but am not because I have the memory of a pop-tart. Feel free to remind me in the comments, though!