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Archive for the ‘Yokaiden’ Category
I’m in Issue 6 of Digital Artist Magazine, in the main article about manga art. There are some quotes, anecdotes and tips by me, accompanied by some of my art.
I went to Toronto for a week and signed some books there. For you Torontonians (Torontites?): Chapters @ Spadina holds signed copies of Yokaiden 1 & 2; The Silver Snail on Queens holds signed copies of The Last Airbender Prequel: Zuko’s Story.
While putting Yokaiden 1 together, I was asked by my editor Dallas if I’d like to include character designs and other concept sketches in the back. I declined, because that would mean having less room for actual content. Now that both books are out, I’m posting these never before seen character sketches I’m required to show before I begin drawing any comic pages.
If you have yet to convince someone that Yokaiden is totally worth getting or if you prefer to flip through a comic before buying it, now there’s an online preview at Yokaiden.com.
I’ve been helping a friend support Obligatory Ice Level Day by following her lead and drawing fanart of wintery game stages, wallpaper sized! Here’s some fanart I did of Ice Man from Mega Man and the Snowfield level from Contra.
Yokaiden 2 spotlighted at Ain’t It Cool News Anime! I wanted to make special mention of this because Scott Green’s manga reviews are unlike any other’s. He does a nice and thorough analytical look — an almost academic approach. See his Yokaiden 1 review too, if you haven’t yet.
This holiday, let’s buy less crud and give to charity. The Speed Gamers Pokemon Marathon for Charity is coming up in 10 days. Take a look at Obligatory Ice Level Day, a winter holiday for gamers created and run by one of my longtime friends. I can’t mention charity and gaming without bringing up Child’s Play, something the gaming community should be very familiar with by now.
YOKAIDEN 2 OUT IN STORES TODAY
It has three reviews so far and they’re all positive!
The first review is by Brigid Alverson at MangaBlog. Spoiler haters beware — it gives away much of the plot from beginning to end.
The second review is by Michael C. Lorah at Newsarama, who’s never read the first volume.
Yokaiden 2 is out in stores this Tuesday!
Meanwhile, I’ve been waiting around regarding the Last Airbender Prequel stuff. I just did this Final Fantasy VI and Katamari Damacy mashup:
Speaking of mashups, I’ve been greatly enjoying DJ Hero. I like to conquer all sorts of rhythm games, but I’ve never tackled a DJ game asides from trying Beatmania once. It’s a bit more complicated and involved than guitar and drum games, and I like that. And of course, it has a great list of songs.
Here’s the cover for Yokaiden volume 2:
Release date: November 24, 2009
For this cover I aimed to have a nice shot of Hamachi, Lumi and the umbrella ghost and show off their unmistakable silhouettes — hence the backlighting.
It actually came back purple at first (the spine, back cover and title) but I asked Del Rey to change it to the same green used in volume 2. I know many people prefer it when different volumes of the same series all have the same spine colour, and more importantly, Yokaiden‘s green spine stands out significantly in book stores when sandwiched between Yakitate! Japan and Yozakura Quartet. No wait, I guess Yokai Doctor is now the title right next to Yokaiden… Anyway, those titles have black and white spines. I can spot my own comic straight away in a bookstore thanks to its unique colour.