Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Facebook


Today, I sign up on a kind of a social website someone recommend me... Facebook. It seems you can find out your friends by it's name, no need to remember email addresses. Then the website suggests you people you might know based on your friends friends. Seem pretty useful.... let's see.

Friday, June 15, 2007

CASHMAN SAVING SOLDIER

Today I found a rare comic by Akira Toriyama in Amazon Japan Marketplace. Cashman, based on a character developed by Toriyama for a threepart story originally published in Shueisha's V-Jump magazine in 1990 and 1991 and collected for the first time in Akira Toriyama's Maru Saku Gekijo #3 and re-released in Akira Toriyama's Makan Zenseki 2. In this book the story continues but this time Toriyama  left the script in hands of Takao Koyama while Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru did the drawings. The resulting work is visually stunning. Toriyamas pure style but kind of different, in a way is hard to explain. 

貯金戦士キャッシュマン

Publisher: Shueisha
Release date: 1998-VII-1
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 184
Size: 7 x 4.6 x 0.6 inches
Retail price: ¥514
ISBN-10: 4088725867
ISBN-13: 978-4088725864

Author / revision: Akira Toriyama
script: Takao Koyama
drawings: Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru

Monday, June 11, 2007

Dragon Ball Daizenshū #1

I have been buying many of Dragon Ball Daizenshū books this past months and it seems I'm going have all of them soon. Today I found the first volume on Amazon Japan. Just when the Dragon Ball publication came to its end in Spain Planeta de Agostini released this book same book among the short stories of Akira Toriyama, "Teatro Manga(Maru Saku Gekijo) and "Taller de Manga" (Hetappi Manga Kenkyujo) as well as announcing the publication of Dr. Slump for the first time in Spain. I remember that time with special nostalgia,  after all, it was the first illustration book I bought and I believe one of the first manga illustrations books released in Spain. That was ten years ago.

DRAGON BALL大全集 (1) Complete Illustrations

Publisher: Shueisha
Release date: 1995-VI-25
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 217
Size: 10.5 x 7.3 x 0.8 inches
Retail price: ¥1,572
ISBN-10: 4087827518
ISBN-13: 978-4087827514


Wednesday, June 06, 2007

The Visual Work o Mushishi

Last March 24th, Mushishi live action film was released in Japan. Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo and based on the manga by Yuki Urushibara. Otomo more known for manga and animation films such as AKIRA or STEAM BOY, returns to direct live action for the first time since "World Apartment Horror" in 1991. I haven't seen the movie yet but as it's usual in Japan, the film comes accompanied by plenty of related stuff such as this book, that covers the process of making and includes plenty of small sketches and illustrations by Otomo.

THE VISUAL WORKS OF MUSHISHI

Publisher: Kodansha
Release date: 2007-III-24
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 128
Size: 28 x 20.8 x 1.4 cm
Retail price: ¥3,500
ISBN-10: 4063646890
ISBN-13: 978-4063646894

Friday, June 01, 2007

DESIGN | Exprime tu ju[e]go



This afternoon in AAGRAFA there was no much to do so I have been working with Miguel Beloqui in a  design of a T-shirt for the XVII SEVEN International tournament. Seven is a form of rugby in which you can show your skills as a player even more so we came up with a wordplay: "exprime tu ju[e]go >> squeeze your game", and then found a nice squeezer drawing on google.