‘Arquebus Dance’ Anthology: The Conclusion of the Project (and KrakenCon Photos)

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Aye! And so, this is the part 3, the last part, of my 3 blog article revolving around my ‘Arquebus Dance’ collaborative project with my friend Kayu. And a photoshoot.

At this point, both Kayu has completed the layout and the book was sent to the printers. We’re both crossing our fingers that it will turn out great.

I thought it would be a bit unfair for every artist who contributed only to get one free copy and preorder bonuses, but in addition, I’ve printed every artist five quality prints for their own use, and a framed one to hang on their wall as a special gift. Not much, but so far the best we can manage, since this is all privately funded with barely anyone interested in preorders.

Layout design took a little over a week, which involved nightly conversations on Google Hangout, lots of file transfers over gmail and dropbox, and a crapton of swearing at the monitor.

There were some serious issues though. We expected the layout to be B5 sized (typical doujin size), but the printer we had our eye on suddenly made a note saying they aren’t picking up any more orders, so we had to find an alternate. Eventually we decided that printing on regular comic book size and trimming the bottom would suffice. I’d like to thank RA Comics for putting up with our shit, because we honestly weren’t sure what the hell we were doing. Thanks for your patience and troubleshooting!

Anyways, PREORDERS FOR THE ANTHOLOGY END AT THE END OF THIS MONTH! HURRY!

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Last weekend, there was a convention called KrakenCon, and IT WAS ON A FLIPPIN AIRCRAFT CARRIER SHIP HOLY SHIT. Like…I could go on about how it was one of the most amazing convention experiences I had in my life, but you can just ask anyone who went, and they’ll just flip out as much as I did.

In Nobunagun, Sio was a military fanatic, and it was appropriate to have this photo shoot with her admiral outfit (not featured in anime, but later in manga). We visited all sorts of places all over this ship and snapped a ton of photos. This photo shoot is pretty much like the conclusion to our project. Hope you enjoy it!

Let’s kick off the celebration off with a photo shoot of Sio when she [INSERT SPOILERS] :D

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‘Arquebus Dance’ Anthology: The Process of a Doujinshi

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This is a followup to this article, part 1 (part 3 will come up after preorders are over for this project)

This article is about the process of making ‘Arquebus Dance’, and what some of the experiences were. I’m sure it’s different for everyone who has made an anthology before, and no, I wasn’t the main person running the entire thing, but I did put a huge helping hand in it.

What was the project? It was an anthology zine that had Nobunagun fanartists around the world contribute some art to create a zine. Kayu created the project, and I helped with the production of it.

Prior history: Before this anthology, two were made, and each one was dedicated to another character from the series. My partner, Kayu, chose to take on the third anthology and the character was Sio Ogura/Nobunagun, the main character. This would also be the first to feature a female as the main theme (as opposed to ‘William Tell’ and ‘Adam Muirhead/Jack The Ripper” This would also be the first one run by someone who isn’t from Japan either. In fact, this would also be the first one that was printed and run by someone not from Japan, a ‘gaijin’.

Fun Fact: The term ‘gaijin’ means foreigner. Kayu kept telling me that we were ‘gaijin’ and I scratched my head for a while. It’s quite an oddity when foreigners can’t quite read the comic they’re looking at (well I can’t, but she can).

I think what made this project very interesting was that the main audience was for Japanese fans (since the manga hasn’t even arrived in America…yet?). I read the manga, but I ask Kayu to translate some of the pages for me when I don’t understand what’s going on. There’s an incredibly heavy language barrier between me, and them. But I guess the best way I can ever respond with anything are emoticons. They are pretty universal for the internet ^_^;;

Like I said, the doujinshi’s main audience are Japanese readers. Which meant the binding would be on the right side, and everything would be read from right to left. That even includes the comics!

And it was a great fun challenge well spent for a few months. I can now say I made a short comic in Japanese. If you just recalled in the last few paragraphs though, I CAN’T READ JAPANESE. Now how did I get through this doosie?

Well, it’s simple. Well not really. Maybe? First, I wrote the dialogue and all the sound effects in english. Then I emailed it to my friend who would translate it. Then I drew the comic oriented right to left.
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Here are samples of some of the sound effects I popped in the comic:
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Below: Kayu working on typesetting and translating. Photo courtesy of Kayu

But WAIT–the doujinshi will have an ENGLISH version too! So guess what? Even though when it was translated into Japanese, I did the speech bubbles in english for my own comic! But there were some other comics that were written originally in Japanese, and had to be translated into English. What a doosie! But Kayu was prepared for this.

I wish I could show you samples of the comics, but of course, that’s a surprise for the people who purchase a copy of the anthology! Also, currently they’re on preorder, and preorders come with extra swag :3

Preorders end at September 30, 2015.
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And since there is preorders for Japanese version as well, here’s the Japanese ad:
promo_2_jpnThank you Kayu for all your hard work translating EVERYTHING (even the credits, letter to author, title, etc) from English to Japanese, and Japanese to English! I hope this is an amazing experience for any reader to know this much extra effort was put into it <3

Check out more thumbnails, progress, news, etc. about the project at the tumblr!

Conclusion to this comic project:

This project has showed me how to overcome the language barrier. Kayu and I had quite an adventure working on it. The Nobunagun manga series just ended last month, unfortunately, but I asked Masato Hisa (the author of the series) whether or not he was thinking of a spinoff. I am pretty sure he can understand english, to some point, and he responded (and probably jokingly) that I should make one. My friend and I are tempted on taking this challenge, and make a whack spinoff to the ending….entirely in Japanese.

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‘Arquebus Dance’ Anthology: PREORDERS OPEN!

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So if you’re wondering why I haven’t had a new blog update in over a month, it’s because I have been wrapping up this project, and now we’ve got preorders open for it!

I’ve never spent so much time and effort in a comic in my life, and hope the results show. I contributed two comics (one one-page, one ten-page), one page illustrations, two collaboration pages, designed the ‘bonus postcard’ and made additional drawings scattered around the anthology. I also helped manage the project, and my partner and I are crossing our fingers that this goes smoothly >.<

Some history before the project: I originally watched Nobunagun to see how whack the series could be, and ended up enjoying it. I mean come on, that main character has a giant gatling gun on her arm. That’s so badass.
Anyhow, details aside, I made a friend at Artist Alley when she saw a Nobunagun fanart. Fast forward months later, and we decided to make an anthology zine for the artist, Hisa Masato.

Why did we make it?
Despite how fun and whacky the anime is, there’s also a manga. And it’s not even in America yet. In fact, this series isn’t even that popular. The artist’s art style is quite unique, and every chapter’s pacing is as fast as an episode of Kill la Kill. I am not kidding–i read the japanese manga updates but I can’t read a spit of Japanese at all. I ask my friend to help me translate some of the pages when I can’t understand it. And I love it. But man…wouldn’t it be great to just buy the translated book in America?

The entire process of making the anthology is to bring awareness of our love to the manga. Seeing as we’re foreigners compared to the fans in Japan, I guess it makes it even more special. We both want it here. We spent many, many months on this. Our goal is to show that the anime is worth the watch and if this book ever came to America, it’s worth the read as well :D
(also, please make season 2 of the anime. It answers so many questions for viewers who have already seen the anime)

So we decided to make an anthology zine contributed by the fans of the series, and then distribute it. Even the artist himself is contributing!

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Preorders for the Sio Ogura Anthology, ‘Arquebus Dance’ is up, and includes TWO limited edition prints and an exclusive sticker set that only comes with preorders.
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(credits: far left and right: Celebistar, middle two: me)

This is a fanzine dedicated to Sio Ogura, the main character of the anime and manga Nobunagun, by Hisa Masato. It’s made by fans from America, Japan, and other countries around the globe!

If you haven’t seen Nobunagun, it’s available free on Crunchyrollwww.crunchyroll.com/nobunagun

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It includes both color and black and white illustrations, on quality 80lb paper, and is currently at a 40 page count (which means by the time preorders are over, there might be even more pages!)
We also have a Japanese version available as well.  

[Preorder here]

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CCA MFA in Comics Presents: An Evening with Mike Mignola

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I was fortunate enough to see Mike Mignola’s lecture at the California College of the Arts on Friday and video record the entire thing!

Many, many, MANY years ago I first heard of him when I watched the Hellboy movie, and then I found out about how he came from my college, the California College of the Arts (‘and Crafts’ back then). When I was in CCA, I had never heard of any alumni who walked out this college and made a big break in comics, so this was REALLY inspirational for me. I did research on him, saw his art, and instantly fell in love with the style. Although my work doesn’t look anything like his, it was definitely born from reading my first Hellboy comic religiously. Such an opportunity is really a gift from the comic book heavens. I left work early just to get to this lecture on time. Maybe a little TOO early in anticipation, as I arrived around 4:30pm (the event was at 6).

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Seats were getting packed, FAST. 

This would be the very first time I use my brand new Olympus EM-5 to video record, and recently, my camera lens was repaired and I’m back in the game. I also brought my mini tripod to see if it could help with any future projects (it doubled as a mini monopod because of its weight). I decided to use this lecture as a ‘test run’, and it seemed pretty good, in my opinion.  The only thing lacking was my ability to record videos. Although the beginning of the video was a little shaky, I eventually figured how to work the camera (sorta). Practice makes perfect.
2015-07-02 22.35.55 Anyways, enough with the chit chat, I know why you clicked on this link, so, enjoy!

What struck me the most about this lecture was how Mike had many, many failures in his earlier works, and admitted to a lot of his flaws, and just found methods to adapt to his flaws. It goes to show that not every artist is as perfect as you think they are ;)

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Note: there is a deaf student in the MFA Comics program, and the lady in the front is the translator

Like any show at CCA, there was always an ‘after party’ where we all got to hang out with people, drink alcohol (responsibly hopefully), and eat all the salami and cheese until it’s gone.

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Above: Chris Koehler, one of the teachers in the MFA Comics Program, and Owen Smith, Chair of the CCA Illustration department.

Mike still didn’t get a break during the after party, as people gathered in a line to get their comics signed, photos taken, and talk to the big man.

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By the time I got to the front of the line, I got really nervous, had absolutely no idea what I was saying, and exchanged what must have been twenty seconds of words, a hand shake, and a photo. *facepalm*
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It was a good moment while it lasted.

Still, I have a long way to go. Coincidentally, I too came out of the CCA Illustration department without little direction, only with the determination to work towards comics. The future is still uncertain, but after listening to this lecture, at least I know that I’m not the only artist in the comic world who doesn’t enjoy drawing cars!

For more photos, check this out: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.986129918104734.1073741843.180444828673251&type=3


…and speaking of a big break, a bunch of friends and I collaborated to make a full color anthology zine called ‘Sweet Treats’ containing comics and illustrations revolving around all things sweet! Like any artist, we’re all trying to make our big break, little steps at a time. We’re not a Mike Mignola, but I’m sure you’ll be impressed with some of our work. Please support our awesome project!

The 48 page color physical zine is only $5 and the digital pdf version is ONLY $1! Please support and give it a peek :D

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Fanime 2015 Monty Oum Gathering

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This is another random blog post I wanted to share about another new experience I encountered at Fanime, as a photographer. I have been to Fanime for almost a decade, but I’ve NEVER gone to a cosplay gathering there. Crazy, yea? Well I have been at artist alley almost every other time, so this was pretty new.
As another note, I have uploaded the photos on my facebook album too if you want to see it there instead.

For the past record, I went to my first convention cosplay gathering at Emerald City Comic Con for Roosterteeth, and it was super duper chill and tiny, and the second gathering was a Marvel/DC one at Big WOW! but I was only there for the very last ‘group shot’ moment. I’ve gone to cosplay gatherings outside of conventions, and it’s waaaaaay different (just imagine cosplayers grilling hotdogs and drinking soda). So I decided to write an article about my experience.

So for those who did not know, Monty Oum passed away a few months ago, and although very mournful, the meet was more about celebrating his work than anything else. Other than these two cosplayers below, everything else was RWBY.

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The very beginning
 It wasn’t too hard to find this gathering–look for the hoard of cosplayers with red scythes, big yellow hair, and green guns.

At usual cosplay meets I would warn everyone I’d take candids beforehand to make sure I don’t get in trouble. Cosplay doesn’t equal consent, right? Well it felt REALLY awkward saying it at a convention instead of a cosplay gathering. But it’s better than being blacklisted at a convention for doing something that creepy. I got to do, what I got to do, yea? I had to think quick and figure out a way to just tell everyone all at once. Eventually I found out who the head of the gathering was, and asked permission to use the stage.

The beginning of the actual gathering
 First we had an announcer introduce the meet, and then they let me get on stage to yell on stage ‘HEY I AM GONNA TAKE CANDIDS WHERE YOU AREN’T PAYING ATTENTION. WHO DOES NOT WANT THAT?’ [silence, no hands are raised] ‘OKAY GOOD THANKS EVERYONE’. Problem solved. *whew*

I didn’t feel very comfortable being a complete stranger sitting within this giant crowd of strangers…


But thank goodness I could at least recognize this guy from past cosplay gatherings, and sat next to him.
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I want to say I met this guy at the last Sac Anime when I wanted a photo of his Mercury cosplay, but when I saw him cosplay as Robin at another gathering and say hi to me again, I realized I may have met this guy more than just a few times XD

First Call: Characters

Here, the announcer called each character on stage to strike a pose, turn left, turn center, then turn right, to make sure all photographers got a good angle. Unfortunately for me, I was too short to move back to take a good pic, and my camera is too zoomed in to take good pics that cut out the people sitting in front of me. So unfortunately, the only thing I could resort to was luck, and Photoshop cropping.

And so…the characters in solo pop up. I didn’t include every character in this gallery, but I assure you, we went through the WHOLE THING.

Second Call: Groups
Next, we have the groups. Trying to call characters up on stage got some effort, but I think as the gathering progressed, people kind of got the hang of it.

Third Call: Ships
Half an hour has passed, and now everyone gets really excited. REALLY excited >:D
Some people got really ‘in character’ with their cosplays, hehe.

That was the end of the meet, but there were more people lingering around. I can’t believe these two cosplayers missed the fun!

 Conclusion Of the Gathering

Well, after that, everyone dispersed or stayed for the Roosterteeth gathering that was right afterwards. That was one hell of a meet! Sadly I didn’t really get to make any new friends. I passed out some stickers…hmm..that was it. Would I go to another one of these in the future though? Hell yes! <3

Check out this gallery for more photos: Chad Cosplay

If you’re a photographer who also took photos, please send me a link and I’ll add on to this list.

 

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Photograph with Consent: How it all began/progress

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So now that you’ve read this article, I wanted to give you a little history lesson about how it all started.

How it all started: Long story short, a lot of people told me it couldn’t be done. So I decided to prove to all these people it could.

And so that’s when I had the idea of making the signs.

First Attempt: Fanime 2014
Fanime was coming up, so I made an online template, printed out a bunch of them, and handed them out while we all waited in line to get in the convention. Basically, everyone takes one, passes it down until they’re gone (and they disappeared halfway). I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to do it, and people loved the sign. However, it was very obscure, and from what I heard, staff was trying to take the signs down. I don’t know if it is true, but I did notice a diminish of signs even though the entire stack that went down the line as we waited all disappeared. So I would call this attempt a fail, but with a very tiny positive reaction. People liked the sign, but it was ineffective, in my opinion.

Second Attempt: Sac Anime 2014 (summer)
I was allowed to create a custom made version of the original version to hand out at the convention, but unfortunately there were two problems. 1) The head of the department did not want to print out the signs, and so I just posted on facebook for people to print it out themselves (and not everyone reads the facebook), 2) The head of the department was incredibly difficult to contact, and 3) I wasn’t there to see it so I have no idea if anyone used the sign. Attempt was a complete fail.

Third Attempt: Kraken Con 2014
I emailed the head of the convention, and they agreed to let me make a custom template for them. They said they would print them out for me, and hand them out. Fortunately, I was tabling there so I could experience it. There was a nice lady who walked up to every table, showed the ‘do not photograph sign’, and then if the artist wanted the sign, they would help tape it on their table. The thing was, the signs were printed on bright yellow paper. And some people told me it was sort of working. This was the first time when I noticed improvement. At that point, I thought it was because multiple tables had the same sign (because based on what the other artists told me, customers were curious about what the signs meant, and begun conversation with the artists). I would say this was an improvement, but not a pass. 

Fourth Attempt: Sac Anime, 2015 (winter)
Okay, so this time I decided to table at this convention. In this attempt, I thought that the reason why the third attempt worked was because more than one person had the sign. Again, the head of the department did not want to print them and took a very long time to get a hold of, so I decided to print them on white paper and left a stack at artist alley registration. At least the artist alley staff was kind enough to allow me to put it at their front table. Sadly, ll the artist’s answers were too vague to consider it a positive or negative problem, and I could barely find any table with the signs. Fail again, I suppose.

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 By this time, I had to think about why my third attempt work, but not the others. I joined the facebook group ‘artist alley international’, redesigned it, and I asked everyone’s opinions about the sign. Here, I heard a lot of comments about artists who have given up hope, and some pretty much accepted the idea that their work would be stolen so they don’t bother. I decided to post a revamped design, and one artist on there was a graphic designer and gave me some great tips to redesign my sign to what it looks now.  Unfortunately, many artists had disagreements on what the sign would actually say, so I decided to make multiple versions. I decided to think about why my past attempts were fails, and changed my process.

This is what I did based on my previous fails:

  • redesign to be as straightforward but polite as I can
  • bought a huge pack of yellow paper and printed on the signs on that
  • The design emulated a caution sign for easy recognition of the intent
  • I passed out the signs myself this time, to ensure everyone at least had a chance of getting one
  • I made multiple versions to accommodate different setups, such as printing a few on pink paper (for light colored setups), or making miniature versions for tables that have an enormous clutter of prints, or those who wanted one logo vs. two logos, and finally one with a red outline to distinguish that the artist
  • Due to several different opinions of the sign, I made three different versions to accommodate everyone’s needs. Because the signs all had the uniform ‘caution’ tape on the top and bottom, it still gave out the same message. One had only the camera logo, one included a logo that indicated instagram, and the last one did not have’without asking the artist first’ and had actual red on it to indicate that there would be zero tolerance for photographing.
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Did it work? To surprise, much better than expected!

Results and hypothesis:
I am going to be honest here, I really did not expect it to be as successful. I thought it would be the same as Krakencon, where most people inquired due to confusion or the like. Well it sort of did, but on a more positive scale. Of the two hundred and ninety eight tables in the artist alley alone, a hundred and fourty one tables asked for a sign. That’s almost half the tables! 0_0 This does not include Dealer’s hall (I recall giving some out to the artists there, but unfortunately did not have time at the convention to get back to them).

I made a second round the next day to check if these artists had the signs up, and unfortunately some have put them down either because ‘no one asked for photos’ or they ‘didn’t have time to put it up’. Well, even if they didn’t put it up at this convention, now they have a handy sign if they ever want to use it in the future. I am going to take a guess here, but it may possibly be the fact that so many other tables were making a statement that attendees pretty much picked up what was going on. Or so I wish to think that.

Making my second round, and I asked people if the sign worked. From what I heard, it has helped a lot, but of course, you get the usual photographer who ignores it. It wasn’t a 100% fix, but definitely the best improvement so far. I’d still call it a success if an artist can compare this time with a previous time and point their finger to this convention and say ‘yep there’s a difference’. I strategically made this sign for Fanime, because many artists (and attendees) are not from the Bay Area. It helps make a statement that other artists around the country agree as well. So hopefully this works elsewhere.

In the end, not all tables NEED a sign:
I pay careful attention to tables that encourage photos. They’re usually artists that are already known for a specific kind of art, craft, or authors of comics/books. I can see why authors of books would encourage it (I mean the title of their work is right on the art there’s no need to hide it), and that the very popular artists don’t care because they already have enough fame that it doesn’t matter. What DID surprise me was that some really high tier artists wanted the signs!  But that’s for you, the artist, to experience yourself–so if you use a sign or not, in the end it’s your own decision :)

One thing I do while i pass out signs is that I never explain why I give them unless they inquire. This sounds funky, but if you already have a great positive experience with people taking photos, there’s no reason to have one of these signs on your table. However, if you’ve experienced it or know someone who has experienced bad moments with the photos, that’s usually the crowd of artists who appreciate the signs more than anyone. 

Future concepts, ideas, etc:
This entire project at Fanime costed me a total of $119, which included travel and hotel, but that’s not even the food cost. This project took so long that I couldn’t even check out dealer’s hall to get anything. I was fortunate enough to be a table helper so I could get a badge that would allow me to talk to artists before the convention begins, but with the hours I needed to help him, it was taking up too much time. I highly doubt I will ‘travel’ to huge conventions to do this unless I found a way to get there with minimal cost. However, I’ll be contacting anime/comic/indie conventions to see who is interested, and mail it to them or direct them to my template page. So far after contacting a few conventions, I’ve had positive results ^_^

Do you want to help?
Since I’m not tabling at conventions for a while, I won’t be having a nice stream of revenue to fund this project. At the moment, please consider a commission or two to ease my wallet when I print and mail out a ton of signs to conventions. 

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Photograph with Consent: What is it?

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I’ve decided to halt my ‘Angry Artist Alley’ series because I am not tabling until April 2015 and when I come back my work will be transformed into something very different (hopefully). I hope I have written enough articles to prepare everyone of almost every problem someone might face once in their lifetime at artist alley, and if you ever have any more questions, feel free to email me at jackieloart[at]gmail.com’

WARNING:
IF YOU ARE COMPLETELY OKAY WITH PEOPLE TAKING PHOTOS OF YOUR ART WITHOUT ASKING, PLEASE STOP READING HERE, CLICK THE BACK BUTTON, OR CHECK YOUR FACEBOOK OR TUMBLR.

I am quite aware that there are many artists who are completely open to others photographing without permission. I do respect that you are okay with photos, but I myself and just trying to support the other side. Please don’t start an argument with me, or pick an argument with someone who has a sign on their table. In the end, it is up to the artist’s choice, not you or me, to make that final decision. 

Now, back to topic.
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I have always been told that ‘no photos’ signs are completely useless, that people shouldn’t even try it, and artists just straight out tell others ‘they’re going to steal the art and sell it themselves, why bother?’ Some artists and customers find it to be some sort of dick move for another artist to do that and refuse to buy from them. It leaves a sour impression, and I know some people are completely okay, but that doesn’t mean they should start trying to convince people that they shouldn’t do it in the first place.

Very few people try putting up the signs. When I wrote this article, it was the very first time i saw a sign so bold on a table–the sign was an entire sheet of paper. I may have seen an obscure tiny piece of paper before that says ‘no photos’….I can see how that isn’t effective. But I mean…they tried, right?

If conventions won’t enforce consent from artists to take photos or the like, then the artist themselves should try an enforce it. Many have given up, but I decided not to lose hope. I will make signs available for conventions, or go to conventions myself, or even mail signs to the conventions and pass it out to everyone who wants one, and then take a photo of their booth WITH CONSENT OF THE ARTIST and make an online gallery. That’s pretty much it. I just want to make a statement that says ‘hey, why don’t you have a friendly conversation with the artist before snapping a photo and walking away?’ or ‘hey, you shouldn’t rub your fingers on stuff without permission’ I actually have absolutely no idea the statistics of who likes or doesn’t like this, but I still believe that something should be done about it nonetheless!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I’ve actually worked on this project since last year, but obviously if you haven’t heard of it until now, it’s because it’s been a failure almost every time. But I didn’t lose hope. Recently in Fanime 2015 it was my first success! But will it stay that way? Only time will tell.

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Rose

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Just to let my readers know, there’s a huge imbalance of blog articles about artist alley without me actually showing my own artwork. So expect more recent projects or photography here. But don’t expect them to update every week :P

I didn’t get in the Capcom Tribute, but I submitted a piece I really like and wanted to talk about it a little. The Udon crew had an insane amount of competition, so I’m not surprised I didn’t get in (heck, a lot of people who got in that book were veterans or creators of the series). So without further ado, it’s Rose, from Street Fighter!
ROSE_mockup I’m actually really bad at the game, and there’s not a lot of fan art of her, so I was happy just making the piece for myself anyways. She is one of the few characters in the game that I can sort of get a handle on (i can’t do a Z movement on the game stick, and I don’t really know how to handle charge characters, so her limited moves help me out on that). The original illustration is actually markers, but the background, textures, and glowing are done in Photoshop. The piece took about two days to complete, and I currently have them available as a mini print in my store :D

I’m a very late bloomer, but one of the earliest arcade fighting games I’ve ever played was Street Fighter 4. When I first played, I used a game stick, and so when I begged my brother to buy the game for me, I couldn’t figure out how to use the controller, and begged him to buy a game stick for me as well. Best big bro ever!
I really fell in love with the art, and the comics that come with it are AMAZING. I want to give props to the writers of the comic series, the flow is superb.  A lot of my current work was inspired by the game. When the characters pull out their special moves, and the scene changes, it’s so dramatic, and the comic is like watching the game unfold with different characters! I love the sumi-e ink washes that happen when the characters use a focus attack. Anyways, I’m just in my own little world with this franchise.
One of my dream comic jobs is to work for Udon to make a short Street Fighter. That’s such a long shot, but I’ll keep practicing, and hey, who knows! This is my first attempt, I’m sure one day I’ll make more fan comics. 

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Arquebeous Dance: A Sio Ogura Fan Anthology

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So I’m walking out of conventions for a while to work on this project, which is called ‘Arquebeous Dance’. It is a fan-tribute anthology for a series called Nobunagun by Masato Hisa, which has a VERY small fanbase, but very dedicated fans nonetheless. Which is why I decided to join this project and contribute a small comic for it.

The project is dedicated to Nobunagun:

You can check the anime out here, but I recommend skipping episode six and seven when watching the first time around, which are filler episodes.

Also, you can’t deny this is an awesome opening for an anime:

[You can read chapter 1 and the three most recent chapters in the manga here]

Anyways, a large reason for participating in this project was that the manga isn’t sold in America! A friend lent the Japanese volumes to me, but even though I can’t read anything, I just look at the illustrations over and over to understand (although my friend does clarify some things for me). So I hope, when I finish this project, some of you would be interested in spreading the word around, and if there’s enough of a fanbase, some company might consider translating it :D

Arquebeous Dance is a fan anthology that revolves around the main character SIo Ogura. Since the anime was accurate enough to cut off at around volume 4, I decided to make my comic the branch between what happens at the very end of the volume, and what happens in the beginning of the next volume. That way, it’s not quite a spoiler, but a bridge to understand what the outcome for the future of the series will lead to.

These will be the only two ‘preview pages’ of the nine-ten page comic, but I will also be including 4koma comics, and other illustrations in it too!

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set1_finalA set2aIf you’d like to participate, please check out our tumblr for more information on guidelines, deadlines, and contacting us to be on the list! Deadline for open call of artists is June 1, but completion of art is in September! Also, please only participate if you’re a fan of the series. When you pour your heart into something you love, the work always shows, and we want our anthology to be all about that! Support the series, support Masato Hisa!

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Uzumaxim: the Junji Ito tribute

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I wanted to help a friend out with his anthology, as a tribute to Junji Ito.
I’m fascinated by how strange his stories are, especially the ones about odd obsessions and fetishes people have, and how they would go wrong….very wrong. His ideas often revolve around the term ‘curiosity killed the cat’, where the main character finds something peculiar about someone else, and dives into a rabbit hole of hell.

I decided to draw this comic based on how little babies like to lick things or eat things they’re not supposed to. The story was also inspired by some news about kids getting pinkeye when they were trying to lick each other’s eyeballs. Although apparently a false story, it was good enough inspiration to make this:

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It’s just a four pager, and only took a week, but I submitted in March last year. Apparently the process is taking quite a while, so they said it was okay for me to post this now :3
Anyways, I liked the story in this piece, so I thought I’d share! When they announce preorders, I hope you guys check out the rest of the chilling stories in that book!
Props to PowFlip for the project, I can’t wait till it’s finished! :D

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