For all my hubris, I suck at writing perfect beginnings. Little wonder, then, after agonizing for hours over something witty to state in this post, after scratching out lines of fluff and verbiage, I’ve elected to keep this first post simple.
Simple, afterall, is the oldest trick in the book, and it sure beats spending the better part of the day struggling with telling a story that’s muddled, dredging up the detritus of the past, the proverbial water under the bridge, and all that. So in the spirit of simplicity, we’ll get back to the basics – the whos, whats, wheres, whens, whys, and wherefores.
Simply put, the Neo Tokyo Project was originally conceived in 2002 as an incubator for story ideas; an online collaboration with several creative talents to create an alternate history setting, a believable supernatural premise, and a plethora of characters with the express intent of producing a commercially viable web comic as the end result.
When things eventually panned out, this domain lay dormant for close to a decade, gathering dust until I was convinced, after my Hong Kong trip last year as one of Singapore’s cosplay ambassadors to resurrect it in its present incarnation – as an aggregate of my forays into the local pop culture scene.
It’s taken several months to kick start, and it’s still a work in progress, but allow me to present the new Neo Tokyo Project, repositioned as the weblog encapsulating elements of Japanese animation and manga, comic books, cosplay, movies, games and geek chic in the local context.
Expect intelligent reviews, costuming know-how, hopefully wittier banter, and other cool things in time to come. XD