Monday, March 14, 2011

DESIGN | Introducing Laino.me



We have always loved comics in AA&NN, and we would love to read them in Euskara, the language in which we have grown. Sadly, few comics have been published to it, just some European classics such as Asterix and Obelix and The Adventures of Tintin were available in the nineties and most of them are nowadays discontinued by their publishers. We thought it would be great to create a platform to translate and publish in Euskara the comics we most enjoyed when we were kids. That is how LAINO.ME was born.

LAINO.ME comes from LAINO MEHE meaning "thin cloud" in Euskara. It seems that everything is going to be cloud based in the future, digital archives, digital music... so do the comics. The digital tools and Internet give us the opportunity to create something that in paper would be too expensive and too difficult to create and distribute. We would love to see those comics translated to Euskara printed in paper, but we believe the way to go, for now, is digital.

Our strategy over the time may change, but just to start with something, we decided to translate a couple of chapters of our all-time favorite comic works. We will work on dealing with the editors and authors and to publish as diverse works as possible. We want to transform the landscape of comics in Basque and see our thin cloud grow. If you know Basque or you are learning it, we hope you can enjoy our project as much as we do. 

The logo designed by Ian Nose makes use of our favorite cloud, Kinton, from our beloved comic series Dragon Ball by the Japanese author Akira Toriyama.



Update: The new website of the project is: http://lainomehe.aaandnn.com

Saturday, March 05, 2011

AA&NN REPORTAGE | Ihauteriak




Basque Country | 2011 | 34 min | Color | 16:9

Organized by Oñatz Dantza Taldea
Music by Oñatiko Trikitxaranga
Photographed & edited by
Ioannes Busca

Shot in Oñati
March 2011


The traditional ‘Ihauteriak’ or carnival dances are performed in Basque Country since time immemorial. Celebrated once a year and organized by the ‘Oñatz Dance Group’ in the Oñati village, the event reunites a great amount of villagers that perform the dances through the streets and plazas of the village from early in the morning to midnight.

Music is an essential part of this performance, in which several traditional instruments merge in harmony like the txistu, a kind of a flute that is played with a single hand while the other hand plays the danbolina a kind of drum. Pandereta or tambouine and trikitixa, a variation of the accordion, are the other instruments that set the rhythm of the dancers.

Visit the website: https://aaandnn.com/video/ihauteriak/

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Motorola Defy



After a long period of disputes to change phone company, it has finally shipped my first smart phone. A Motorola Defy. It's supposed to be tough and water resistant. Let's see how long lasts. About the official Commercial by Motorola, well...thanks for showing us, the customers, ways to be cool without an iPhone
;-)

Check the Motorola Defy in Amazon: US / ES / JP