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David Takeo Neptune directed video for Ken Tanaka Band

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By Ken Tanaka in New Music on Wednesday 22 June 2011

A few weeks ago, I posted a link to up and coming American-Japanese director David Takeo Neptune’s Onstar parody. Here is the beautiful new music video he just shot for the Ken Tanaka Band.

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Everybody Dies: A Children’s Book for Grown Ups

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By Ken Tanaka in New Illustration on Thursday 9 June 2011

This is my new book, Everybody Dies: A Children’s Book for Grown Ups. It’s my first full book, and it took me about 14 months to write and illustrate it. It was hard work and it’s very gratifying to finally see it in print.

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Paul Frank at Copro Gallery

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By Ken Tanaka in New Events on Tuesday 7 June 2011

Paul Frank’s latest exhibit at Copro Gallery in Los Angeles is one of the most whimsical and fun shows I have seen in a long time. His characters create an imaginary world that I hope to live in someday. Maybe for retirement.

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Gary Musgrave

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By Ken Tanaka in New Illustration on Tuesday 7 June 2011

Gary Musgrave is a recent graduate from Art Center College of Design, and is quickly gaining fame as an illustrator and printmaker. He just did a great cover of Harper’s magazine. Musgrave is a DIY purist, and usually burns his silkscreens in the sun instead of under a lamp. His work has a kind of […]

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David Mack’s graphic novel: Kabuki the Alchemy

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By Ken Tanaka in New Design on Tuesday 7 June 2011

David Mack is one of those rare comic book creators who has mastered both writing and art. Mack’s art isn’t what you will typically find in a comic book. He uses a mix of collage, pencil, ink and varied mediums to form his intricate and unique fine art style. His latest graphic novel, Kabuki the Alchemy, […]

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The Clock: a 24 hour long film by Christian Marclay

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By Ken Tanaka in New Film on Monday 6 June 2011

The Clock is a 24 hour long film by Christian Marclay that was just purchased by LACMA. The movie is made up of shots from hundreds of movies edited together to show the passage of time.

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Onstar commercial parody by director David Takeo Neptune

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By Ken Tanaka in Video on Monday 6 June 2011

David Takeo Neptune is a young, up-and-coming American Japanese director. Raised in Chiba, Japan, Neptune move to the US at age 15 and went to film school in Southern California. He has been making funny, awarding winning shorts with no budget. This Onstar commercial parody stars Reid Ewing from the show Modern Family and was […]

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Someone to Sit With: conceptual YouTube videos

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By Ken Tanaka in Video on Monday 6 June 2011

YouTube is full of hidden examples of Conceptual Art. In Someone to Sit With, a man named Joe has created videos of himself doing mundane tasks in order to keep the viewer company. One of his more popular videos, Someone to smoke with, includes this simple description: ‘Hi, I’m Joe. I’ll go out for a […]

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Layla Lane: a Japanese-Western duo

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By Ken Tanaka in New Music on Monday 6 June 2011

Layla Lane are one of my favorite new Japanese pop bands. Perhapds they are better described as international pop, since they are a Japanese/Western duo. There’s a happy, bounciness to their music that always makes me smile. The above video is directed by up-and-coming Japanese director, Ken Ochia.

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You Don’t Get There From Here

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By Ken Tanaka in New Trends on Monday 6 June 2011

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with You Don’t Get There From Here, an auto-biographical zine by cartoonist Carrie Mcninch. She calls it a ‘diary comic’ and writes a three column episode for each day. It is a slice of life story and she talks a lot about her relationships with cats, friends, art and coffee. Reading […]

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