A little post to celebrate the release of “Agito Cosmos” Volume 2.
French comic-book illustrated by Fabien Mense (who also works for animation industry - see previous posts about his designs on Hotel Transylvania).
Story by Olivier Milhaud.
Translate this to english please? Pretty please? With sugar on top?
Mallory Macabre: Hooked On You
Here’s the 4-pager I did with Scott Ziolko a while back. I like how it turned out. Much better than the first 4-pager we did, but still not where I’d like the art to be. I’ll have to keep practicing!
Crowdsource a redraw of Akira with Simpsons characters. I want to do this!
SPRINGFIELD IS ABOUT TO E•X•P•L•O•D•E
Whew. Just assigned pages to over 300+ artists. Feel a bit like I just ran a marathon. Anyway, here’s the final cast for the Bartkira project. Some aspects of the cast list might be surprising, but I’m confident that you’ll see the logic and consideration that went into the choices I ended up making when you read the book. Believe me, I went through nearly every reasonable combination of characters and this roster works the best, in terms of character motivation and interaction …
There are dozens!
RIP TOREN SMITH.
For all of you nerds out there who like Japanimation, let’s be real for a second.
Toren Smith was a translator and comics writer with a deep appreciation of Japanese comics and animation. He’s most known as the founder of Studio Proteus, which put out tons of translation work for manga.
Why should you care? This dude was the first person to go to Japan and try and distribute manga in the United States, which means that if it wasn’t for him, we’d be missing out on a lot of great works, and a lot of comic artists, illustrators, writers, and animators might not have gotten interested in the mediums they now work in today.
Toren took a literal gamble on whether Americans would have an appreciation for foreign comics by going over to Japan and pretty much living in terrible conditions just so that he could try and secure the contacts he needed. That’s passionate as hell! What comics publisher does that?!
He also lived with/worked alongside members of STUDIO GAINAX, which is why there’s a character based off of him in GUNBUSTER.
Toren Smith was also an advocate of translating works entirely, and not relying on the lazy “weeaboo language” that has recently cropped up in fansubs, and for that I also appreciate him.