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Featured Wallpaper: xxxHolic

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I’m always struggling to find wallpapers large enough for my monitor. This is one of my favorites featuring the characters from the CLAMP series xxxHolic.

Via Deep Gray Sea.

Pic of the Day: Kegadol Lolita

Comics, Anime & Manga, Fashion, Japan

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The Kegadol fetish has been around ever since Rei Ayanami managed to turn bandages in a fashion statement. Literally meaning “injured idol”, the Kegadol look features casts, eye-patches and surgical masks, often worn with ironic effect.

The image is by Mihara Mitsukaze from her work Alice Addict via Aethereality.

Beautiful Girls: The Art of Yoshinori Shizuma

Art, Comics, Anime & Manga, Japan

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These illustrations are the work of Yoshinori Shizuma, a mangaka whose work was recently featured in the book 100 Masters of Bishojo Painting (絵師100人). The book’s available from Amazon and J-List, you can also check out his official site here.

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The Lonesome Puppy, A Children’s Book by Yoshitomo Nara

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In his first book for children, renowned artist Yoshitomo Nara tells the charming story of a puppy so large that no one notices him—until a determined little girl climbs high enough to meet him and become his friend. A sweet tale from an artist for whom childhood holds a magical appeal, The Lonesome Puppy is sure to delight young readers and Nara fans of all ages.”

It seems to have received quite a bit of press, but I couldn’t resist posting images from Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara’s first children’s book The Lonesome Puppy. The pictures are from Chronicle Books, while the excerpt is taken from the cover flap. You can buy The Lonesome Puppy from Amazon.

 

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Manga Spotlight: D[di:]

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D[di:] is a multi-talented artist who has worked as a singer, model, novelist, manga artist and illustrator. Her debut work was the comic  Fantastic Silent, which was created while she was still a student of an art college. The project took the form of a one meter long tempera painting, which was subsequently photographed and published in a magazine, a sublime example of traditional fine art turned popular culture.

Since then, D[di:] has established herself as an artist creating  experimental and unconventional work that combines different art forms. In Kigurumi she combined the novel with a manga format, filling all the frames with nothing but text. Similarly, before her debut as a singer, she included a free music CD with her manga Angel Meat Pie. As a mangaka, D[di:] describes the dark side of human nature with fascinating insight, but it is the unusual forms her work takes which really intrigue. This is her official website, blog and amazon shop.