Mandarake: a hideout for anime and manga fans

Dirty Robot Reader Find

By Dirty Robot in Cool Websites on Tuesday 13 August 2013

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 […]

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Manga plates by Mika Tsutai

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Tuesday 28 May 2013

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.

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Mobile app makes instant manga out of you

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Friday 21 September 2012

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.

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Erotic grotesque manga by Shintaro Kago

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By Low Lai Chow in New Illustration on Saturday 5 May 2012

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.

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Animated film clip for the song Dorothy by Yunyu

Contributions Reader Find

By Miranda in Video on Saturday 17 March 2012

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.

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Red Snow by Susumu Katsumata

Patrick Gildersleeves Reader Find

By Patrick Gildersleeves in New Illustration on Friday 7 October 2011

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.

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Sueshiro Maruo

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Art on Tuesday 1 March 2011

Check out the work of illustrator/artist Sueshiro Maruo, who upped the gore and violence ante in manga in the ’80s.

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Ultra Monsters by Takayoshi Mizuki

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Illustration on Saturday 24 April 2010

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.

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Face Your Manga

Derrick Stembridge Reader Find

By Derrick Stembridge in Cool Websites on Wednesday 20 August 2008

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.

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Martin Abel’s comic flair

Jo Spurling Reader Find

By Jo Spurling in New Illustration on Tuesday 15 July 2008

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 […]

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Run Wrake’s animation

Stacey Howard Reader Find

By Stacey Howard in Video on Saturday 5 April 2008

Run Wrake is an illustrator and animator based in London whose recent short animation Rabbit has turned him into an underground hero.

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Yumiko Kayukawa

Kate Barnett Reader Find

By Kate Barnett in New Art on Wednesday 12 March 2008

Artist Yumiko Kayukawa states: ‘I’d rather my paintings hang next to rock star pin-ups than on museum walls. Ultimately, I want to connect with people all over the world on that level’.

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The vampires are calling

Zolton Contributor

By Zolton in New Illustration on Tuesday 18 September 2007

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.

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