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    Amusements: Rob Ten Pas

    By Tim Leong

    In TokyoPop’s Rising Stars of Manga Competition last month, Rob Ten Pas took home the grand prize for his book, “Bomango.” Now Ten Pas shares his pop culture inspirations with Comic Foundry and — why he’s a deviant.

    Most recent movie seen:
    At home or the theater? I can’t remember the last time I was at the movie theater, but I recently bought and watched “Howl’s Moving Castle” which is a really great flick, very full of spectacle and incredible characters, like most of Hayao Miyazaki’s films. I’ve also watched “Shaun of the Dead” and “The Big Lebowski” about 5 million times….

    Movies in my Netflix/Blockbuster Queue:
    If I like I movie I usually end up buying it so I can obsess over it at leisure, but if I do rent a movie it’s usually a film that is popular among other people and I’m embarrassed to have never seen it. So I guess I should queue up “40 Year Old Virgin” or the “American Pie” series before I’m left in the pop culture dark forever. I suppose I should also see what that “Brokeback Mountain” fuss is all about too.Non-comic books I’ve read lately:

    I should really get out there and read more. I really like books of photography (cities, countrysides, warfare, etc) and also art collections when I can afford them.”Barlowe’s Inferno” is a great example of that. “The Zombie Survival Guide” by Max Brooks is an awesome read and should be helpful in the event of an undead attack, glad I read it. Books on philosophy and culture are also interesting to me. I’m currently working my way through “The End of Faith” by Sam Harris, which is pretty intense but gets my brain working. Heh.

    Songs on my current playlist:
    I’m really eclectic when it comes to hoarding music, since music can really drive what you want to do artistically. It shouldn’t just all come from one vein. So, a couple of my favorite groups and songs?

    Black Grape – “Dadi Was a Badi”
    The Go! Team – “Get it Together”
    Rob Zombie – “Let it All Bleed Out”
    Common - “It’s Your World”
    Blackalicious – “The Craft”
    Southern Culture on the Skids – “Skullbucket”
    Cocteau Twins – “Heaven or Las Vegas”
    Therion – “Eye of Shiva”
    Guano Apes – “No Speech”
    To name a few. There’s a lot more, I really geek out over music I like.

    Video Games played:
    I got really addicted to Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs) Final Fantasy XI and World of Warcraft are my favorites. On console I really like the Elder Scrolls series titles like Morrowind or Oblivion. The “Silent Hill” series is especially awesome. And you can’t forget Halo or Grand Theft Auto either.

    Favorite Web Sites:
    I don’t get around nearly as much as I’d like to is a huge sea of artists with some real talent in the mix, I can spend hours combing through there., home of The Onion newspaper online, is hilarious. is a good site as well with some achingly funny webcomics. Same goes for and also, two very funny sites that are embarrassingly easy to identify with. Usually.

    And speaking of inspiration….really, nothing is better than a burst of spontaneity, especially in the spring. By this time of year most people have wedged themselves into a rut of routine, and anything that can bust that is solid gold. Leave work early and take a road trip. Or just take a different way home. When sitting in front of a TV watching movies or blasting my stereo doesn’t work anymore, I like to go to the zoo, or a museum, or sometimes something different, like an IMAX movie or something. My comic shop of choice is about 60 miles away from where I live, so going out for more comics usually means a small road trip in and of itself.

    Of course, some days nothing inspires you. Those are good days to sleep.

    Posted by Tim Leong on May 4th, 2006 filed in Story Archive |

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