Hayao Miyazaki's short stories for Model Graphix

Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎 駿) has created not only great animation movies over his career but also many manga works. His long lasting Kaze no Tani no Nausicaa (風の谷のナウシカ) in which his homonym movie is based is probably his most famous manga work but he has also published sporadically short manga stories in MODEL GRAPHIX (モデルグラフィック) magazine. Here a list of the books that collect those watercolor manga works:


Miyazaki originally wrote a nine chapter storie serialized between 2009 and 2010 that eventually became his last animation film Kaze Tachinu (風立ちぬ). This books collects this story among many facts and the original short novel by Tatsuo Hori (堀 辰雄 ) in which the movie is based.

Publisher: Dai Nihon Kaiga (大日本絵画)
Release date: 2015-X-8
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 79
Size: 29.4 x 20.6 x 1.4 cm
Retail price: ¥2,376
ISBN-10: 4499231671
ISBN-13: 978-4499231671

Available in Amazon Japan:


This new edition is a revised and expanded edition of the book published in 1992 with the same name. It includes the 15 page manga in which the movie Porco Rosso is based that was published in 1990 in three parts.

Publisher: DaiNippon Kaiga (大日本絵画)
Release date: 2004-X
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 71
Size: 29.2 x 20.6 x 1 cm
Retail price: ¥1,944
ISBN-10: 4499228646
ISBN-13: 978-4499228640

Available in Amazon Japan: 


This book collects 'Hansu no Kikan' a 1994 published three part short story and 'Otto Carius: Doromamire no tora' a six part manga published from 1998 to 1999. It also collects Miyazaki's travels to Europe among other facts.

Publisher: Dai Nihon Kaiga (大日本絵画)
Release date: 2002-VII-15
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 87
Size: 29.2 x 20.6 x 1 cm
Retail price: ¥2,700
ISBN-10: 4499227909
ISBN-13: 978-4499227902

Available in Amazon Japan: 


This book collects 13 airplane and war related short stories published originally in the 80's. It collects the same stories that the previous edition plus the one collected in the book Hikoutei Jidai

Publisher: DaiNippon Kaiga (大日本絵画)
Release date: 1997-VII
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 128
Size: 29.2 x 21 x 1.2 cm
Retail price: ¥3,024
ISBN-10: 4499226775
ISBN-13: 978-4499226776

Available in Amazon Japan:


This book collects 12 airplane and war related short stories published originally in the 80's. There is a new edition of this book with one more story that is also collected in the book Hikoutei Jidai.

Publisher: DaiNippon Kaiga (大日本絵画)
Release date: 1992-XII
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 111
Size: 29.4 x 21.2 x 0.8 cm
Retail price: ¥2,233
ISBN-10: 4499206022
ISBN-13: 978-4499206020

Available in Amazon Japan:


This Book collects the three part, 15 page story in wich the movie Kurenai no Buta (紅の豚) (Porco Rosso) is based. The book includes facts and insides to the movie too. The manga was also included in the new edition of Miyazaki Hayao no Zatsusō Nōto. This book was released in Spain in the nineties as 'Asi se hizo Porco Rosso'.

Publisher: DaiNippon Kaiga (大日本絵画)
Release date: 1992-VII
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 64
Size: 29.4 x 20.8 x 0.8 cm
Retail price: ¥3,024
ISBN-10: 4499205956
ISBN-13: 978-4499205955

Available in Amazon Japan:

Here a list of the short manga works published in Model Ghapix, number of pages, date of publication and in which books are collected:

●Shirarezaru Kyojin no Mattei (知られざる巨人の末弟) - 3P [1984-XI] Zatsusō Nōto
●Koutetsu no Ikuji (甲鉄の意気地) - 3P [1984-XII] Zatsusō Nōto
●Tahōtō no Deban (多砲塔の出番) - 3P [1985-I] Zatsusō Nōto
●Nōfu no Me (農夫の眼) - 4P [1985-II] Zatsusō Nōto
●Ryū no Kōtetsu (竜の甲鉄) - 4P [1985-III] Zatsusō Nōto
●Kyūshū Jōkū no Jūgōsakuki (九州上空の重轟炸機) - 4P [1986-XI] Zatsusō Nōto
●Kōshahōtō (高射砲塔) - 4P [1986-XII] Zatsusō Nōto
●Q.ship - 4P [1987-I] Zatsusō Nōto
●Anshōmaru Monogatari (安松丸物語) part1 - 4P [1987-II] Zatsusō Nōto
●Anshōmaru Monogatari (安松丸物語) part2 - 4P [1987-III] Zatsusō Nōto
●London Jōkū 1918 nen (ロンドン上空1918年) part 1 - 5P [1989-XII] Zatsusō Nōto
●London Jōkū 1918 nen (ロンドン上空1918年) part 2 - 5P [1990-I] Zatsusō Nōto
●Saihin Zensen (最貧前線) - 5P [1990-II] Zatsusō Nōto
●Hikōtei Jidai (飛行艇時代) part 1- 5P [1990-III] Hikōtei Jidai | Zatsusō Nōto New Edition
●Hikōtei Jidai (飛行艇時代) part 2 - 5P [1990-IV] Hikōtei Jidai | Zatsusō Nōto New Edition
●Hikōtei Jidai (飛行艇時代) part 3 - 5P [1990-V] Hikōtei Jidai | Zatsusō Nōto New Edition
●Buta to Tora (豚の虎) - 12P [1992-XI] Zatsusō Nōto 
●Hansu No Kikan (ハンスの帰還) part 1 - 5P [1994-III issue #113] Doromamire no tora
●Hansu No Kikan (ハンスの帰還) part 1 - 5P [1994-IV issue #114] Doromamire no tora
●Hansu No Kikan (ハンスの帰還) part 1 - 5P[1994-IX issue #120] Doromamire no tora 
●Otto Carius(オットー・カリウス) part 1 - 6P [1998-XII issue #169] Doromamire no tora 
●Otto Carius(オットー・カリウス) part 2 - 5P [1999-I issue #170] Doromamire no tora 
●Otto Carius(オットー・カリウス) part 3 - 6P [1999-II issue #171] Doromamire no tora 
●Otto Carius(オットー・カリウス) part 4 - 4P [1999-III issue #172] Doromamire no tora 
●Otto Carius(オットー・カリウス) part 5 - 6P [1999-IV issue #173] Doromamire no tora 
●Otto Carius(オットー・カリウス) part 6 - 6P [1999-V issue #174] Doromamire no tora 
●Kaze Tachinu (風立ちぬ) part 1 - [2009-IV issue #293] Kaze Tachinu
●Kaze Tachinu (風立ちぬ) part 2 - [2009-V issue #294] Kaze Tachinu
●Kaze Tachinu (風立ちぬ) part 3 - [2009-VI issue #295] Kaze Tachinu
●Kaze Tachinu (風立ちぬ) part 4 - [2009-VII issue #296] Kaze Tachinu
●Kaze Tachinu (風立ちぬ) part 5 - [2009-VIII issue #297] Kaze Tachinu
●Kaze Tachinu (風立ちぬ) part 6 - [2009-IX issue #298] Kaze Tachinu
●Kaze Tachinu (風立ちぬ) part 7 - [2009-XI issue #300] Kaze Tachinu
●Kaze Tachinu (風立ちぬ) part 8 - [2009-XII issue #301] Kaze Tachinu
●Kaze Tachinu (風立ちぬ) part 9 - [2010-I issue #302] Kaze Tachinu

SOLE MAN directed by Jon Weinbach & Dan Marks

2015-IV-16 | Color | 80 min | Directed by Jon Weinbach & Dan Marks

Film Summary

What's undeniable is this: Sonny Vaccaro is one of the sports world's most charismatic, polarizing and influential figures. Now 75, he is still a fast-talking maverick whose zeal for basketball, advocacy for underprivileged kids, and instinct for sales forged an era of unprecedented growth for two pillars of pop culture: basketball and sneakers.

It was Vaccaro who advised agents during the ABA-NBA wars of the 1970s, who launched Nike's "Air Jordan" empire in the 1980s, and who ushered in the professionalization of youth basketball in the 1990s, when players such as Kobe Bryant and Tracy McGrady, both of whom signed shoe deals brokered by Vaccaro, turned high school games into auditions for the NBA.

Directed by Jon Weinbach and Dan Marks, "Sole Man" is a definitive, first-hand and unflinching account of how Vaccaro rose from humble Pennsylvania steel town roots to become the most valuable marketing asset in the $13 billion athletic shoe industry. Vaccaro's personal arc mirrors the narrative of basketball's ascent over the last 40 years. It is an era in which James Naismith's creation morphed from a regional game tainted by segregation and gambling into a global enterprise that stretches from Brooklyn to Beijing. And to a staggering degree, the basketball community is really just Six Degrees of Sonny.

Director's Take

We're both slightly obsessed observers of sports, pop culture and history, and we've had the great fortune to dive into those topics in a variety of formats -- from newspaper articles to feature documentaries to TV series. So when we had the opportunity to make this film, there was no hesitation because, well, Sonny Vaccaro's story is the perfect blend of our personal and professional passions. 

And there's no one quite like him.

Whether you've known Sonny for five minutes or five decades, he is one of the most charismatic and memorable people on the planet. He is both interesting and relentlessly interested -- a "quick" conversation with Sonny rarely lasts less than 30 minutes, and he'll schmooze effortlessly about everything from 70s rock 'n roll (don't get him started on Grand Funk Railroad) to Kobe Bryant's jump shot to the vagaries of antitrust law.

The scope of Sonny's life and career in the sports business is massive, which made this film more fun and more challenging. Beyond his lucrative professional relationships with Nike founder Phil Knight and NBA icons like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, Sonny's story is significant because he forged the link between the sneaker industry and basketball -- and helped invent a whole new era of sports celebrity.

It became a running joke among our production team that Sonny is the real-life "Forrest Gump" of basketball. Pick a significant event, team or game over the past 30-plus years, and chances are Sonny has a direct connection to it -- or knows the father of one of the players, or flew in a coach for one of his all-star games or summer camps. At the same time, Sonny's ascent made him a controversial figure, especially among his former colleagues and competitors at Nike, adidas and other companies. And as we learned, some of those competitors still haven't forgiven him, or simply don't want to discuss or acknowledge him at all. To Sonny's credit, he never shied away from any of those thorny issues -- and encouraged us to speak to whomever we thought could shed light for the film.

When we began working on this film in late 2010, the O'Bannon case really only existed on paper. (And in any conversation with Sonny.) But as the months and years passed, and the O'Bannon case took on more significance and spurred more debate, it became clear that win or lose, Sonny was on the front lines of a story with implications far beyond the sports world. Once again, he was blazing a trail -- even if it meant taking down the business of college sports that he helped build. It's been an incredible ride to take with him over the past five years, and we're very excited to share it in "Sole Man."

Wii Room: The Fascinating Repairmen #013 The Book

Wiiの間:修理、魅せます。 #013「本」

 Wii Room: The Fascinating Repairmen. #013 "The Book"


How to Make a Book with Steidl | Directed by Jörg Adolph & Gereon Wetzel | 2010 | 88 min


For 40 years, Gerhard Steidl has combined the roles of printer and publisher, resolved to personally check each sheet leaving his printing shop in Göttingen. This perfectionism, combined with an unconditional love for books, for the traditional printing craft, and a commitment to the quality standards of manufacturing (in the original sense of the word, made by hand), has gained worldwide attention. The most internationally renowned photographic artists vie for the opportunity to collaborate with Gerhard Steidl, to conceive and produce the perfect publication with him.
Filmed in the direct cinema style, HOW TO MAKE A BOOK WITH STEIDL observes the publisher, as he collaborates with the world famous photographers Joel Sternfeld, Robert Frank, Ed Ruscha, Jeff Wall and Robert Adams, at their studios and other places of work, in New York, London and Paris, in the Katar desert, and, last but not least, in Göttingen. Here, in “Steidlville”, their works are printed on Steidl‘s own machines, in three shifts. In goes the idea, out comes the finished book.

Gerhard Steidl’s independent empire is founded on several sources of income – a significant portion of his publishing efforts being dedicated to Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel (printing everything for the designers, from admission tickets to catalogues). Other staples are the German metal workers’ collective labor agreement and, for many years, each new book by Nobel laureate Günter Grass. This is where he earns the money that he, to use his words, “throws out the window” on ambitious photographic art projects.

HOW TO MAKE A BOOK WITH STEIDL presents a man in constant movement, a German entrepreneur who has made the whole world his home. His experience and artistic empathy, his untiring dedication and diligence have made him the most important publisher of photographic books of the last decade.

James White's Laser Horse illustration | Photoshop 25th anniversary

James White's Laser Horse illustration | Photoshop 25th anniversary from lynda.com

Neon, VHS, and palm trees inspire James' supercharged poster.  Join lynda.com to celebrate 25 years of Photoshop with inspiring stories from luminaries who have helped shape the most prolific design tool of our time. Get a 10-day free trial at bit.ly/ldc-25ps


If you notice, most of the films you buy this days on DVD and Blu-ray, came in terrible cases with huge holes with the shape of a recycle logo. It's good to know the plastic is recyclable but come on... those holes and the thin plastic they are made of together with a complete lack of booklets or anything make you feel what you just bought is something to consume and throw away, not and item you want to collect. Fortunately, there are still film studios that care and design thier product whith care, mostly Japanese companies and in the US, Criterion. For all the rest,  you can always buy some of the best AMARAY cases available in Amazon

Amaray is Europe's largest DVD box manufacturer, shipping millions of items across the continent every week. It is a company with a history of innovation, continually meeting the needs of customers through an advanced approach to plastic technology.
Amazingly, the company that evolved into Amaray began life in 1880 manufacturing lead-based plumbing products. However, the advent of plastics in the sixties saw the first of many changes to the business.
And even a casual observer would conclude that the company has always been swift to bring innovative products to both existing and emerging markets. With the result that Amaray's products are so often regarded as 'the standard'. Back in 1982, for example, injection moulded polypropylene was rarely used to make video boxes in the UK.
Then, the Amaray keep case became the standard packaging medium for such cassettes. In 1995, Amaray's CD-Safe became the first interactive CD packaging - quickly adopted by Sony for its popular PlayStation range of computer games. Next came DVD-Safe, soon to become the definitive packaging for DVD-Video and CD-ROM. It's fair to say that, together with our quality licensed manufacturers in the USA, Poland, Brazil, China and Japan, we continually offer the global standard in any market in which we compete.
Our capabilities in plastic injection moulding has seen our history manufacture a range of plastic products across many markets.
Amaray is part of ASG Worldwide, the world's leading packaging specialist owned by Atlas Holdings.
via: amaray.com 

JORDAN RIDES THE BUS directed by Ron Shelton

2010-VIII-24 | Color | English | 51min | Directed by Ron Shelton

Video info:
Film Summary 
In the fall of 1993, in his prime and at the summit of the sports world, Michael Jordan walked away from pro basketball. After leading the Dream Team to an Olympic gold medal in 1992 and taking the Bulls to their third consecutive NBA championship the following year, Jordan was jolted by the murder of his father. Was it the brutal loss of such an anchor in his life that caused the world's most famous athlete to rekindle a childhood ambition by playing baseball? Or some feeling that he had nothing left to prove or conquer in basketball? Or something deeper and perhaps not yet understood? Ron Shelton, a former minor leaguer who brought his experiences to life in the classic movie "Bull Durham," will revisit Jordan's short career in the minor leagues and explore the motivations that drove the world's most competitive athlete to play a new sport in the relative obscurity of Birmingham, Alabama, for a young manager named Terry Francona. 
Director's Take 
The sports world of the 90s began with Michael Jordan's transcendent dominance of pro basketball. Leading the Chicago Bulls to three successive championships from 1991 through 1993, he became not just an icon in the U.S., but all over the world. He was bigger than basketball, bigger than sports. 
But, in 1993, two occurrences in his life altered the course of his unparalleled career. First, was the revelation that Jordan loved to gamble. Second, on July 23, 1993, was the roadside murder of his father in North Carolina. Then, that fall, clearly and deeply shaken, Jordan shocked the sports world by announcing he was quitting basketball, and soon thereafter decided to pursue a career in baseball. 
In early 1994, he signed with the Chicago White Sox and in March was assigned to the Double-A Birmingham Barons. Some in the sports media attacked him but his new teammates embraced him. He played cards with the guys, took the road trips, worked hard and showed up every day as if he were making a few hundred a week like everyone else. 
After that one long, inglorious season, Jordan quit baseball and rejoined the Bulls in March of 1995. Now 32 years old and rusty, some questioned whether he would regain his greatness. He responded by leading Chicago to the best regular-season record in NBA history in the 1995-96 campaign and three more consecutive championships. 
At a personal level, I've always felt that this chapter in Jordan's life was misunderstood. Instead of being an exercise of his ego, it was quite the opposite. The press and public never allowed him to have that moment, that year away to pursue his own dream. Also, as a former professional baseball player who labored for several years, grinding up the ladder one bloody notch at a time, I have a unique appreciation for how difficult this world is. The bus rides, the lack of days off, the daily routine of it all can be brutal. Pitchers are wild, lights are bad, and injuries are a daily occurrence. There's nothing like this in sports history: The greatest player of all time in one sport submits himself to the gauntlet that mere mortal athletes have to go through daily. 
Having failed, his return to the NBA is all the more remarkable, and a testament not only to his talent but his enormous will.
via: ESPN

ONCE BROTHERS directed by Michael Tolajian

Once Brothers | 2010-X-12 | 79 min | Written and directed by Michael Tolajian

About Once Brothers

Film Summary 
Drazen Petrovic and Vlade Divac were two friends who grew up together sharing the common bond of basketball. Together, they lifted the Yugoslavian National team to unimaginable heights. After conquering Europe, they both went to America where they became the first two foreign players to attain NBA stardom. But with the fall of the Soviet Union on Christmas Day 1991, Yugoslavia split up. A war broke out between Petrovic's Croatia and Divac's Serbia. Long buried ethnic tensions surfaced. And these two men, once brothers, were now on opposite sides of a deadly civil war. As Petrovic and Divac continued to face each other on the basketball courts of the NBA, no words passed between the two. Then, on the fateful night of June 7, 1993, Drazen Petrovic was killed in an auto accident. "Once Brothers" will tell the gripping tale of these two men, how circumstances beyond their control tore apart their friendship, and whether Divac has ever come to terms with the death of a friend before they had a chance to reconcile.
Vlade Divac's Personal Statement 
As a young basketball player growing up in Yugoslavia, it didn't take long to realize that I had a chance to be part of something special. I was 18 when I signed my first pro contract and was called upon to play for my national team. 
By the late 1980's, a new generation of Yugoslavian talent had come together, and eventually we'd all make it to the NBA -- myself, Toni Kukoc, Dino Radja and the great Drazen Petrovic. Together we won the silver medal at the 1988 Olympics, followed by first-place finishes at the European and World Championships ... it seemed no one could stop us. 
Besides forming a great combination on the court, Drazen and I also shared a strong friendship. We thought we'd play forever, but powerful forces beyond our control - political and personal -- kept us from realizing some of our dreams. This is my journey to understand an enduring sense of loss - of my team, our shared future and the people I once considered my brothers.
via: ESPN

THE OTHER DREAM TEAM directed by Marius Markevicius

The other dream team / Directed by Marius Markevicius / September 21, 2012 / 89 min

Lithuanian basketball players, notably Arvydas Sabonis and Šarūnas Marčiulionis, were forced to play for Russia in the1988 Olympics in Seoul. There were four starters from Lithuania who were on the Russian team. The players were promised that they could play in western teams if they won the Olympics. The Russian team did win the gold. Marčiulionis became the first Soviet player to join the NBA. Sabonis was actually the first Lithuanian to be drafted onto an American team but because of the Iron Curtain he was not allowed to leave. Not only that but Americans did not like that he was a "Russian" player.They didn't understand the distinction in nationality nor really understand the composition of the Soviet Union. 
The Lithuanian team had a small budget allocated to them for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Because of an article written in a local newspaper, the Grateful Deadwas moved by the team's plight and funded their trip to the Olympics. Artist Greg Speirs from New York was also moved by the team's plight and created the iconic Slam-Dunking Skeleton on the tie-dye shirts which were made in the colors of the Lithuanian flag. The skeleton pictured on the shirt was slam-dunking a basketball symbolizing a phoenix rising from the ashes according to the artist who created it. 
The Lithuanian team had no illusions of beating the American Dream Team in the semifinals. In the bronze medal game, they were pitted against the Russians. The game became a larger symbol of reborn Lithuania fighting for its freedom and recognition. It was a close, nerve-wracking game that the Lithuanians could not lose. In the end, the Lithuanians beat Russians by four points. The team wore their slam dunking skeleton tie-dye uniforms to accept their bronze medals
via: wikipedia