I like this paper!
This is the top layer for a test-print for the Secret Prison 7 cover. It’s like 1/4 the size of the real thing. I was figuring out the composition and trying to figure out how dark of markers/pencils/ink I should do.
From Weird Schmeird #2, this comic by ME! sorry, spoiler alert, this was the last page of the comic!
Some collages I made… a few years ago!! That’s why the tape is all yellow.
KAIGAI MANGA FEST 2012 / COMITIA #102
I really had a good time at this festival. Comitia is a quarterly convention that’s like 5 or 10 times SPX size in terms of scale, but it’s only 1 day, 5-hours long. It’s all indie/self-publishing/doujinshi circles/individual artists with tables. It’s reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaally big. Lines and lines and lines of tables in rooms and rooms.
It’s not unmanageable:
I didn’t spend much time in the larger Comitia.
This quarter’s Comitia features the first ever KAIGAI International Manga Festival - basically a new section within Comitia featuring international exhibitors, artists, publishers. It will be an annual thing (I think) from now. It was surprisingly good.
I arrived late because I was only “unofficially” there and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I wish I had arrived earlier because it was great! i.e. friendly people behind and in front of the tables, and good sales. Lemme run through the Kaigai area, from my POV…
I met Helen Koyama (not Annie) and Robin & Daniel Nishio at the Koyama Press table.
TCAF had a nice display.
There was a big area for browsing (but curiously, not buying) French B.D. These tables were run by (I think) a company that specifically works with selling international rights of French books, NOT a publisher or a reseller. The nice French woman told me that she usually never sees the public interact with books. She just kinda sat far behind the table reading a book, ignoring most visitors and not interacting much (but she was nice and cool and friendly when I and presumably anyone else wanted to have a chat). This seemed like a wasted opportunity or something… but whatever, I guess it’s cool. The goal was to “generate interest” and show publishers that the public is into the books (which were of course in French).
BTW Kaigai was centered around a big open stage where guys like Naoto Urusawa and Katsuhiro Otomo and some French artists were speaking. This was cool!
I randomly ran into Chris, Peter, Maurice Vellekoop and Debra Aoki the day before the fest, and went book shopping with them. This made me, lonely traveller RCS, so happy. BTW I have followed Debra’s twitter account for a long time - I personally have learned a lot about comics/manga/book sales/commerce from the discussions she leads and publishes via RT. I recommend that you follow her.
The last thing I did before boarding the night bus was to watch Chris, Maurice, and Love Love Hill do a presentation/book reading at PARCO in Shibuya. This was cool! I had to leave in the middle of Wai reading something of hers, it was good. I left, ran to my night bus, and took off for Osaka. Now it’s Monday morning and I’m back at work, yes that’s right sitting at my desk at school typing a con-report.
RCS’s VERDICT: Kaigai was real good. If you can come, then you should do it.
SF#2 - it’s a new zine, IMO you should get it!! Debuting at SPX, and you can order it, too.
Basically, it’s about a little boy named Hupa Dupa whose parents were killed by Space Pirates, so he gets adopted by the Space Fleet Scientific Foundation Special Forces and joins a galactic war. The story is inspired by Matsumoto Leiji’s great space opera manga Queen Millenia.
12. Emerald Kiss by Maoko Nagasaki
This story is great. On the surface, there are lots of textures creating forms, overlapping and mixing very well. For example, see how the dress in panel 2 has no outlines, its just a texture. You can see a lot of overlapping textures on the first page. I like the pupil created by a radial gradient on the bottom. This is well done. It’s balanced by heavier lines in the foliage. It’s also balanced by panels with no background at all. This is nice.
The comic looks like a play from the Takarazuka Revue (everyone wears lots of makeup, the men are played by women). In the whole story there’s only one drawing with a dick, with penetration, while the rest is foreplay and oral sex performed by the ambiguous male - i.e. it reads like they could be lesbians, just like a Takarazuka play (you know what I mean). (If you don’t know, look it up!) Is this significant? To anyone besides me? Does Takarazuka stir homosexual feelings? Does this comic? As for me, I’m just calling it like I see it.
I really like the thick gutters and relatively heavy borders. In the first four pages, the 3 rows of panels are very clear and distinct, I like it. In the sexy spread in the next post, it breaks up a bit. But it still reads very clear. Man, just look at that nipple sequence - this is some sexy, erotic stuff! So much better than the blocky, stiff anatomy in some of the other stories in the book.
If it’s not instantly obvious to you (it kinda isn’t for me), notice how she doesn’t draw the complete figures in every panel. She kinda trails off at the feet on page one. Only draws the tip of the breast in the nipple sequence, and then it’s just blankness, filled in by tones. I’d love to see this without the tones overlaid, I think that would help me imagine “how” the pictures are composed. It’s very elegant.
There’s a lot to love here. Betcha wish you could read the whole story. It’s good.
12. Emerald Kiss by Maoko Nagasaki
I wanted to include an erotic page. This isn’t consecutive with the last four pages. Great stuff.
11. Dress-Up Love by Nina Hatori
The twisting around of the figures is pretty weak. The expressions are pretty bad - just really dark eyelashes and too-iconic mouths. Hands are interesting but hideous. The geometry and balancing in the panels - especially on the third and fourth pages here - is interesting and different but I don’t think it carries weight very well. So, meh.
10. 120% Pleasure by Junko Matsufuji
Maybe the drawing is boring in some ways… but there’s more to the storytelling in this one! I like the way the panels work on the first two pages. Page two is obvious - there’s like an axis where those panels meet, that kind of feels connected to the movement of the figures in the third panel (which also connect on a lower axis). That’s nice, I think.
And you know, page one has a similar function. The figures, and the panels, are sort of pushing down. It’s a real effect, I think. The figures in the top panel are moving horizontally, right to left. The figure in the next panel is looking diagonally, down and left. The figures in the bottom panel are moving down. This is a real thing! This is a motion!
Feel the relative closeness between the figures on the third page in the way the panels are close together. The second panel, in which she’s orgasming, it blends into the last panel. Style and content are closely related.
The fourth page is the end of the story, with kinda a dumb joke. Not a bad way to end a comic but not very inspiring, really.
9. Attic Ecstacy by Isshiki Kamio
The drawings are very boring. The gestures/panel-to-panel stuff is pretty boring. There’s little atmosphere. I kinda feel like, “I could do this easily. Just think of some sex things and draw them.” There’s no feeling of emotion here. The lines are boring. The style is boring. I’m not saying this is bad!!
8. Honey-Colored Bed by Tomoko Ogiura
Oh man I’ve just been too busy to scan more images from this comic today, so here’s one I didn’t get to last night. Notice the background-scenery panels, the heavy atmosphere, the ugly-ass tongue slobber drawings again. I don’t like this kind of kiss drawing. Maybe you do, I don’t know.
I do like the story here. Get in a heated argument, up and kiss, slobber all over each other, then quickly flash through some sexy touching panels and BLAM, in the hotel, fucking! This is the hot stuff that I want to read in my erotic comics.
PS - I am busy tonight making a presentation about America for some students at an international high school tomorrow. They will probably want to buy tickets to Baltimore immediately after I’m done.
PPS - I really don’t like the drawings here.
1. Aya: Young Love Comic
I bought a big romance comic this weekend, for 100 yen. It’s called AYA: Young Love Comic. It seems to be targeted at mostly girls but also boys. There is sex alongside the romance (more than I expected!). The different artists have different styles of drawings that speak to different audiences, I think. Some of the styles I “like” and some I “don’t like.” It’s a matter of taste…
I’m just gonna show you some scans from some of the stories and write down some of my thoughts. I’m not trying to persuade you to think one way about ‘em, because it’s so subjective. I’d rather talk about this with you in person, really. Anyway, here are the first few. Show you more later. Lemme know what you think.
I should have noticed that the top of the book says ”Lots of ADULT LOVE AND SEX inside!!” Also, it’s interesting that there’s a full-color advertisement on the first page for a cell-phone porn service. So yeah definitely it’s got a boy’s audience, even though it looks like a girl’s book on the outside.
3. Love Blog Princess by Risako Iwashimizu
This is the first main story. I kinda hate this style. It doesn’t do it for me. The faces are too mass-less, things are too flat (e.g., the arrow on the first page fits right in with everything else). The characters are elf-y I don’t think the cropping is very elegant. I mean I’m just saying, I don’t dig it. Maybe you like it!
This is the first story in the book so it’s probably popular. I’ll say that I really like the panel of her tugging his dick, and the panel of her legs on top of his. Haha, these are the panels without any faces. Yeah I like the last panel without any faces, too. Although those nails are pretty sick, right?
This is important: you know who this story is for? Girls who like heavy, expensive “nail-art.”