Monday, December 31, 2007
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Bwana + Koji = Killer 2 Pack. Bwana and I are each doing our own version of Killer, which will be sold as a set. Both will be animal inspired, and will include a special header card. I'll be sending out order information to members of my mailing list at the end of January.
Monday, December 24, 2007
The holidays are coming, and that means the start of my 10 day vacation. The New Year is the biggest holiday here in Japan, and while most people will be returning home to celebrate with their families, I'll be here at home. In addition to painting and a few late night movies, I'll be catching up on some reading and watching DVDs, some old and some new. A lot of relaxing, a lot of late nights, coffee and tea, waking up late, sleep, and rest. Maybe a walk in the park and a visit to Thrash Out to countdown the new year too. OK, here we go...
Sunday, December 9, 2007
2007 proved to be an awesome year for Gargamel, with a very successful showing at the San Diego Comic Con, collaboration projects with Tim Biskup, Bwana Spoons, and Martin Ontiveros, not to mention clear standard Zagoran, mini airplane and tank Zagoran with helmet, the Pocket Kaiju series, clear glow vinyl, more. And if you thought that was cool, just wait until next year. Keep on rockin' Gargamel!
This year, Gargamel celebrated the year-end on a "yakatabune" or a Japanese style dinner cruise boat. You can see some yakatabune in the photo in my previous Thursday Night Odaiba post. The boat took us down the Sumida River to Tokyo Bay, where we anchored and hung out for a while. The night view was pretty spectacular, a lot of bridges along the river were lit up, as well as Tokyo Tower, the Rainbow Bridge, and Odaiba. Lots of food, lots of drink, and lots of fun.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Released yesterday with good response. Thanks for all the orders. I've been going through them all, and will be sending notification messages soon. Unfortunately, it looks like there aren't enough figures for everyone. Sorry to all those who couldn't get one! Round 2 collaboration figures coming sometime next year, please stay tuned.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
The Bearbrick World Wide Tour "Triumphant March" opens tomorrow in Shibuya. This show has been traveling around for a while now. The new show features a lot of the original pieces from the first few shows, as well as some new pieces. I think my favorites were Tim's Relphe (bottom picture) and Shag's Ancient Idol Bearbrick (not pictured). Around 60 pieces total, worth a look if you're in the area.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
The last of our hand painted figures have been photographed and are ready to go. Please see my Bwana & Koji album on flickr for the complete set of figures with detailed photos. Pictured here is a 2 piece set called War & Peace. Both are standard size M1 figures, Ritora and Ragon. Mailing list members watch your mail for order information. This should be going out within the next couple of days.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Here's another piece Bwana and I did, a Gargamel Mini Zagoran. This one has various layers of paint, and finished up with some silver claws and teeth, and a big black spot. More photos in my "Bwana & Koji" album on flickr. Stay tuned for more photos and info...
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
This is my wedding gift from Kiyoka. A hand made steel and glass showcase and set of 7 clear glow "rainbow" Zagoran figures. Almost like the set that was displayed at the Toy Karma art show, but with a few improvements. This one has a matte black finish, a larger Gargamel logo on the back panel, and a bigger mounting bracket on the back (this thing is heavy!). Can't wait to get this displayed. Thanks Kiyoka!
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Well, not really. We officially filed our papers on August 15th. Last weekend in Hamamatsu was our wedding party for family. And coming soon is our party for friends. That will happen here in Tokyo. Should be fun, but we still have some planning to do...
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
October 24. Kappa Bashi (or Kappa Bridge) is the symbol of Kamikochi, a small town located in the Northern Japan Alps. It was originally built in 1872, and crosses Azusa River. It's unknown how the name of the bridge came about, but some say kappa used to live there. Kappa images and souvenirs can be found throughout the area. More on that later...
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Kitaro Chaya is located right in front of Jindaiji Temple in Chofu. The shop is based on the animation series "Ge Ge Ge No Kitaro" and features a tea house, gallery, and character shop. The atmosphere here is amazing, not only because of the detail in the decoration, but also because of the surrounding area. Jindaiji Temple is just a few steps away, and there are several craft shops and soba restaurants nearby. We spent a couple hours here today in the rain, but I think you could easily spend a whole day just wandering around and relaxing. And it's cheap too. The character shop stocks loads of Kitaro goods, figures, stationary, clothes, etc., and the tea house offers several Kitaro themed dishes. Lots of fun!