You’ve probably seen those awesome cosplay photoshoots-your favourite characters in signature outfits posing in iconic stances. But have you ever wondered what went into those photos? In reality, those cosplay photos take a whole lot of time and energy to produce. Just take a look at some of them and try not to laugh: pretend […]
If you love cool toys, anime, manga and video-games, then look no further than Mandarake. It has it all and is pretty much the first point of call to find certain things that are no longer available, or if you just generally want something fresh. The love I have for this shop is just too […]
How splendid is this? Mika Tsutai came up with these manga-inspired plates for his 2011 graduate project at Kyoto Institute of Technology. Complete with visual exclamations, these resemble Japanese manga frame panes. We’re sure these action-packed plates would make eating so darn fun. Too bad they don’t seem to be for sale.
If you occasionally like to daydream about living life in a manga, and also own an iPhone, you’ll probably dig the Manga Camera app. Basically, it allows you to pick out one of 32 manga-style frames and fit your picture into the stark, monochrome world of manga. Comes complete with Japanese captions we can’t read (would anyone like to translate?). The results are pretty fab.
Japanese ero-guro (or, erotic grotesque) manga artist Shintaro Kago does fantastically bizarre manga art involving extreme sex and violence: such as random objects inexplicably tearing out of human bodies.
Yunyu, a singer-songwriter, has teamed up with New York Times bestselling Manga artist, Queenie Chan, and leading animators, the Common ist from Thailand, to produce a multi-media music experience creating their own twisted tales, starting with Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.
Another great publication from Drawn and Quarterly. This is a collection of beautifully drawn gekiga (like manga but a bit more sophisticated; like graphic novels in relation to comics) set in the pre-modern Japanese countryside. The stories mix universal themes such as love, lust and madness with mythical elements such as tree spirits and water sprites.
As a kid, anime, manga, and Japanese toy design captivated me much more than anything available in America. Takayoshi Mizuki was one of the artists responsible for creating amazing paintings of Ultra Monsters between 1965 and 1972. Pink Tentacle just posted a nice selection of his best work.
Face Your Manga allows you to create a cool looking, free Avatar for yourself or your friends. You can use it with the most common Instant Messaging programmes, such as LiveMessenger, Skype, AIM, Yahoo! Messenger, ICQ, MySpaceIM, and many more. Sweet.
Sassy waifs are the hallmark of Martin Abel’s work. Graphite collides with vector style to create edgy damsels with only a dash of decorum between them. This is some sexy work, regardless of your persuasion. Complimented with a classic comic flair, Abel’s other contributions include work for the official X-box magazine. Keep an eye on […]
I’ve had bloodsuckers on the mind lately, which is better than having them on the neck. But that’s a different story altogether, and not one I want to contemplate on this windswept Brooklyn evening with the moon hanging low and the faintest quiver of mid-Fall chill sending all little creatures scrurrying for the shelter of their urban brick palaces.