My good friend Luis gets a nice feature over at This Works telling the story of how he decided to make a major career change in his 40s (from designer to illustrator, or “drawer,” as he would say) and make the move to Tokyo. It was during that initial 3-month sabbatical that we met, and I could tell then that he would soon be back.
On top of these great illustrations (Mother, Dragon Quest) I’ve been sharing by Amelicart, please note that the illustrator has also recently released an art book called Our Time Capsule (Bokura no Taimu Kapuseru). You can order it online here, and they also support overseas orders.
I’ve already highlighted the art of Yuko Shimizu on this site — hey, even back in 2003 — but this tweet acts as a good reminder that she continues to be a fantastic illustrator whose work is a joy to take in.
Ilya Kuvshinov is a Russian illustrator and comic artist based in Tokyo, and he’s just announced that Pie Books will be releasing an art book of his work, entitled Momentary (out on November 30). In the meantime, take some time to go through his beautiful illustrations, or support him through his Patreon.
Last night I wrote a long post about my recent frustrations with the digital edition of Edge magazine, as of the latest issue. I was even positioning it as a sort of return of The Magaziner (the site I used to run about magazine culture). But I somehow lost the post before I was able to post it, and I don’t feel like writing it again.
I think it may have been a sign that if I am to bring back The Magaziner, I should do it properly, with its own site, structure, etc. I’d been feeling the itch of late to bring it back, but had let the domain expire earlier this year, and when I checked recently, found that it was grabbed by someone who just wants to sell for a grand.
Who needs domains anyway, in this day and age. It’s vanity more than anything else. And besides, I still have JeanSnow.net.
Knock on wood.
*JeanSnow.net is no longer available*
(That’s what I imagine happening any second now.)
So that’s that, The Magaziner will remain in hibernation for the time being, until I have a really good idea on what to do with it. And hey, PauseTalk isn’t dead.
Dead Collector: Bring out yer dead! [A large man appears with a (seemingly) dead man over his shoulder] Large Man: Here’s one. Dead Collector: Nine pence. “Dead” Man: I’m not dead. Dead Collector: What? Large Man: Nothing. [hands the collector his money] There’s your nine pence. “Dead” Man: I’m not dead! Dead Collector: ‘Ere, he says he’s not dead. Large Man: Yes he is. “Dead” Man: I’m not. Dead Collector: He isn’t. Large Man: Well, he will be soon, he’s very ill. “Dead” Man: I’m getting better. Large Man: No you’re not, you’ll be stone dead in a moment.
Hopefully I don’t need to explain where that comes from.
So yes, no big post about the incredibly horrible new digital edition of Edge (it’s basically a PDF now with a few links, and doesn’t remember your spot if you exit the app and come back), no return of The Magaziner (although if you like magazines, take note that the current issue of all Conde Nast titles on iPad are free right now, until November 30, and that includes Wired and The New Yorker), and I’ve probably rambled on enough.
Since we had our first big snow in Montreal yesterday, I’ll leave you with this image by one of my favorite illustrators, Yuko Shimizu (and you can go read this interview with her).
Have a look at the beautiful opening sequence for “Pocko/Magma” — it’s for an animated film that accompanies a touring exhibition of customized Russian Matryoshka dolls — featuring the illustrative work of Chisato Shinya (Kinpro). I love the homage to the Dr. No opening at the start. Via Motionographer.