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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

International Conference on Asian Comics, Animation, and Gaming

Tomorrow I will be presenting a paper on subtexts of sex work in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. It's a dark and stormy afternoon in Toronto, and I am reviewing the episodes listed on my "works cited" page.

There's a Kierkegaard joke in Stand Alone Complex. In episode 5, Kusanagi states that the Laughing Man, a class-A hacker, loaded something called the "Virus Program Unto Death" onto a major genetics firm's servers. Discerning viewers will recall this book, on despair.

Stand Alone Complex also has several jokes at J.D. Salinger, Marshal MacLuhan, and Jean-Luc Godard's expense. Not to mention the early exchange between the Tachikomas, which one might view as a three-minute reduction of Derrida's Of Grammatology.

All of which are reasons to adore the series, as I do.

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