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Oh, and just for the hell of it, here's some more Hisashi Eguchi.  I am always in awe of his stuff.  He just draws everything so clean, without a single line wasted.  He reminds of me Roy Lichenstein and Patrick Nagel but with better composition, and much much cuter girls.  I love his shit.

 

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Oh, OK, one more since I'm on a roll.

 

I also love Alphons Mucha, mostly for his gorgeous art nouveau work, but last year I got to see his "serious" work, the Slav Epic, a series of 20 huuugee canvases depicting the history of the Slavic people in Europe.

 

It's not really my thing, cause it doesn't have the elegant, intricate beauty of his other stuff, but the canvases are really big.  An old art trick is just to make stuff big.  Even if it's not great, it looks impressive, cause of the scale of it.

 

Here's the first painting of the 20....I do like the blues and the feeling that invokes.

 

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Of course, this little jpg doesn't do it justice.  It's really a hell of a sight to see it in front of you.

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24 minutes ago, arnold layne said:

I like the color contrast. 

 

Reminds me sweating my ass off playing pool with the boys. Bars can get hot.

Exactly 

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Well guys.  I did it.  I went to Baltimore Comic Con and it was fucking insane the amount of living legends that were in that room.  I saw Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams and Walt and Louise Simonson, and Mike Zeck and Kevin Maguire and many many many more.

 

I got a Wolverine print signed by Art Adams.

 

I got a print signed by Simon THE BIZ Bisley.

 

I got a paperback signed by Garth Ennis.

 

I got an original Blackhawk sketch by Howard Chaykin.

 

I got my copy of Elektra Lives Again and Dark Knight 1-4 (all 1st print) signed in person by FRANK FUCKING MILLER.

 

I had a goddamn nerdgasm.  For a fan of 80s/90s comics, this was goddamn fucking insane.  Pics coming soon, but I don't know when, cause I lost my phone at the TSA screening at the Baltimore airport.

 

 

PS.....I shook hands with Sherlyn Fenn....Audrey Horne from "Twin Peaks."

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Here they are.....the crown jewels of my collection:  Dark Knight (1986) 1-4 1st Print signed by Frank Miller.

 

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And Elektra Lives Again hardcover, 1st print, title page signed by Frank Miller.

 

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Tomorrow I'm going to see the latest exhibit by Hisashi Eguchi.

 

I was lucky enough to meet him for two seconds last summer and get his autograph.....tomorrow I'll be attending a lecture.   I feel a bit guilty since my Japanese is so shit I'm only gonna understand a fraction of it, and I "won" my place in the audience by lottery.  So that means some Japanese guy didn't get to be there.  But you know what they say!!  Fuck em!!

 

I know I'm greedy, but I'm hoping to get him to sign something else for me.

 

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Today I skipped work to go to Tokyo to see the latest Alphonse Mucha exhibit.  I went on a weekday cause the weekends are insane.  Even on a Wednesday it was crowded as fucking shit.  Very annoying.  But always great to see stuff in person.  I love seeing old art; stuff that's hundreds of years old or even just a hundred years old like the stuff I saw today.  It feels like traveling through time.  You're standing in front of the canvas and you know that the artist was there, right where you are, putting paint on it.  And we get to see what he saw.  It's amazing.

 

One of Mucha's most famous works was his first poster for the play "Gismonda."  So cool to see it in person...it actually measures 7 feet in height!  Pics don't do it justice.

 

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But the cool thing about this show was that it showed Mucha's influence on popular art over the last century.  Included were a bunch of stuff from the 60s and 70s.  They called it the "counter culture" section.   I just laughed cause it made me think of my GNFNR buddies.

 

Like the cover of this LP for example:

 

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And there were a few Grateful Dead covers and posters that JB would love:

 

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A 1967 Pink Floyd concert poster for Nate:

 

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And even a 1969 Rolling Stones poster......see Miser, I didn't forget about you!!

 

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Then there was a small section that showed how Mucha influenced a lot of comic book artists around the world, but none of them are as awesome as the amazing Joe Quesada!!!

 

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And finally there was a section of Japanese manga artists that were also influenced, but the one that stood out to me was Yoshitaka Amano.   You might recognize his stuff, even if you're not into manga or anime.  He has a very distinct style that's uniquely his own.  He did character designs for Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D.  He also did the illustrations for a Sandman book with Neil Gaiman.  So he's a pretty high profile Japanese artist.

 

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Despite it being crowded as fuck, it was definitely worth taking a day off of work for.  And holy shit, I saw so many hot girls in Tokyo it made me wanna cry.  Jesus, Japanese women are hot as shit.

 

 

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JB inspired me.......here's some more Frank Miller:

 

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And some more Hisashi Eguchi:

 

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And here's a new artist I recently discovered....a Japanese artist known only as "BOB aka En-chan"....no idea if it's a guy or girl.

 

What I really love about this person's work is that he (she?) really captures that unique look and feel of 1980s anime.  It's very retro and nostalgic.  I look at this stuff and think it really could have come from the 80s even though it's brand new.

 

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9 hours ago, EstrangedTWAT said:

 

And here's a new artist I recently discovered....a Japanese artist known only as "BOB aka En-chan"....no idea if it's a guy or girl.

 

What I really love about this person's work is that he (she?) really captures that unique look and feel of 1980s anime.  It's very retro and nostalgic.  I look at this stuff and think it really could have come from the 80s even though it's brand new.

 

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OK, so if you have ever bothered to read my ramblings you know that my all time favorite artist is Mr. Katsuiro Otomo, creator of AKIRA.

 

Well, it turns out his kid is an artist too.  I always cringe when I see stuff like that.  Super duper famous and talented dad?  Oh, I'll just do what he does.   Like trying to be a director or a singer just cause your parents are famous.

 

Anyway, Otomo's kid, Shohei....about 40 years old or so......he can actually draw.  He's good.  He's not a GENIUS like his dad, but few are.  I feel bad for him trying to be successful with that kind of shadow looming over him, but hey, he could have been a carpenter or something.  (As far as I know, he tried to just make it as "Shohei" and not use his dad's famous last name, but everyone knows it's him so that's not gonna work.)

 

Apparently his medium is ballpoint pen on paper, and he is into drawing punk rock/counter- culture type stuff.

 

So last year was a big deal in Japan cause we got a new Emperor.  So that means the end of the last "era" and the start of a new one.  The last era was called "Heisei" and it lasted from the very start of the 90s, the 2000s, and the 2010s.   Basically, the last 30 years.   So Japanese people don't think in terms of "Oh, remember the 80s?"  It's more that broad swath of time that's covered by an Emperor's reign.

 

So why the history lesson?   Well, I just bought an art print that Shohei did called "Heisei Mary."  It's a topless chick with pierced nips, with her whole body covered in tats.  The tats are essentially everything that was going on in pop culture and geek culture for the last 30 years, the Heisei era.   There's even a big homage to his dad's work AKIRA right over the chick's twat.

 

I think it's pretty cool.   It's not high art or anything....it just is what it is...a cool drawing.  Obviously I'm a sucker and I probably wouldn't have bought it if not for the Otomo connection, but it is a cool nostalgic look back at the era that was.

 

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39 minutes ago, EstrangedTWAT said:

OK, so if you have ever bothered to read my ramblings you know that my all time favorite artist is Mr. Katsuiro Otomo, creator of AKIRA.

 

Well, it turns out his kid is an artist too.  I always cringe when I see stuff like that.  Super duper famous and talented dad?  Oh, I'll just do what he does.   Like trying to be a director or a singer just cause your parents are famous.

 

Anyway, Otomo's kid, Shohei....about 40 years old or so......he can actually draw.  He's good.  He's not a GENIUS like his dad, but few are.  I feel bad for him trying to be successful with that kind of shadow looming over him, but hey, he could have been a carpenter or something.  (As far as I know, he tried to just make it as "Shohei" and not use his dad's famous last name, but everyone knows it's him so that's not gonna work.)

 

Apparently his medium is ballpoint pen on paper, and he is into drawing punk rock/counter- culture type stuff.

 

So last year was a big deal in Japan cause we got a new Emperor.  So that means the end of the last "era" and the start of a new one.  The last era was called "Heisei" and it lasted from the very start of the 90s, the 2000s, and the 2010s.   Basically, the last 30 years.   So Japanese people don't think in terms of "Oh, remember the 80s?"  It's more that broad swath of time that's covered by an Emperor's reign.

 

So why the history lesson?   Well, I just bought an art print that Shohei did called "Heisei Mary."  It's a topless chick with pierced nips, with her whole body covered in tats.  The tats are essentially everything that was going on in pop culture and geek culture for the last 30 years, the Heisei era.   There's even a big homage to his dad's work AKIRA right over the chick's twat.

 

I think it's pretty cool.   It's not high art or anything....it just is what it is...a cool drawing.  Obviously I'm a sucker and I probably wouldn't have bought it if not for the Otomo connection, but it is a cool nostalgic look back at the era that was.

 

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Man, that’s amazing! I didn’t know about him. Just a couple months ago I started reading Akira again (online), but it’s so powerful visually, and the plot is so well developed that I think I’ll buy the whole thing in paper. On a side note, I love the movie, but I wish Otomo had worked on it after finishing the manga. There’s a lot of the plot that doesn’t get the room it deserves (religious, political/military aspects).

 

I really like Eguchi’s lines and sketches, but i’m not a fan of his use of colour in general, i think it flattens things, but that’s just me.

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