Wednesday, September 23, 2009

I CAN DIE HAPPY NOW.

Guess who has now most definitely heard of Same Hat? The king, our spiritual uncle and pretty much favorite dude on the planet: Kazuo Umezu!!!



Today on his Twitter and Blog, Umezz (or perhaps simply his webmaster Demerin) name-checked Same Hat and the recent series of guests reports by the TOKYO SCUM BRIGADE boys. I have talked briefly online to Demerin before via YouTube, and passed along the latest posts hoping she'd give them a look. It also sounds like the TSB guys spoke to Umezu's people while at the Rock Event this past weekend!

Regardless of how exactly it came about, getting Same Hat name-checked on Umezz.com is a dream come true. Now to meet the man! You can check out the original post here. Many, many thanks again to Tokyo Scum Brigade for sharing the wealth with all us Umezz fanatics.

For new folks, you can check out all my earlier Kazuo Umezu posts here!

9 comments:

kouros said...

Congratulations! I wish Kazuo Umezo were aware of MY existence...

VoidMare said...

Here's the deal: After seeing that they put the posts on their site, Dr. Senbei emailed them saying thanks and mentioned that we would like to do an interview on behalf of his foreign fans. We got a reply almost immediately from one of his handlers named Kouji saying:

1.Umezu himself has nothing to do with the website BUT he has been made aware of what we have been doing and they appreciate it very much.

2. Please with him at the upcoming Shimokitazawa screening to work out the details of the interview and arrange a time to meet with Kazz.

While nothing is set in stone at this point, things are really looking rad! The biggest challenge now is not getting carried away with ourselves or setting ourselves up for a big letdown if it falls through. I'll try to keep everyone up to date on our blog and twitter, so JO~I~N U~S...!

Anonymous said...

i remember when every post for months on samehat was content and not an umezo fanpage. umezo is great, but there are other websites dedicated to him!

ryan said...

@kouros: :B

@voidmare: How exciting, dude! I'll be following these things closely on TOKYO SCUM.


@anonymous: Thanks & Duly noted-- that's a totally fair point. I will work to correct that ASAP on here :)

Tokyo Scum Brigade said...

@anonymous: I am really bummed out to hear that you didn't enjoy the Umezu stuff. I don't believe that it is fair to suggest that the posts don't constitute as content, however, as this is the only site on the entire Internet with this coverage.

Given how excited Ryan and T.S.B. were with being recognized by Kazz and being offered a personal interview with the man himself, it really wasn't cool of you as a Same Hat fan to post an anonymous negative comment to drag us down.

jimpac said...

@Voidmare- it would be abso-fucking-lutely amazing if you could pull off an interview with Umezu-sensei! But I don't want to jinx it so I'll just leave it at that.

In fairness to the anonymous poster, I'm sure he wasn't referring to the 3 Umezu festival posts (and if he was it's his loss) as they were chock full of interesting stuff.

Anonymous said...

Umezu is one of my favorite manga artists, so I think same hat should continue to post about him. It would be great if more of his manga was translated into english.

Yoshio said...

Don't wanna sound repetitious, but I'm happy to hear that! You really work hard Ryan, and it's great to see that you're finally being recognized, and by the great Umezu himself. Excited to see what will happen on Same Hat in the near future

Jaclyn said...

congratulations! that's awesome! really happy to hear this, you deserve the recognition and holy crap I wish Kazz knew I was alive..

and I love the Umezo content, he is one of my favs and I love your coverage of him..