Tag Archives: Manga

Unknown Bloggers Award

I was nominated by The Blog of Toys and Dino for the Unknown Bloggers Award.

Rules:

1. This is a challenge. Therefore, those nominated are challenged to do this.

2. Nominate 5 people with under 100 followers.

3. Ask at least 5 questions and answer those given to you.

4. Leave a comment on the person/peoples blog you have nominated letting them know.

5. Use the tag #unknownbloggerschallenge.

Madison’s questions:

What is your favorite blog?

JaNanamation

Have you had snow yet?

Yep. It was snowing earlier today.

What is your favorite dessert?

Chocolate pie!

What is your favorite toy?

A plush Lapras that my boyfriend got me.

What is your favorite Book(s)?

Most manga or comics.

Dino’s questions:

1: Have any pets? Is so, what are they/their names?

One dog, and six cats. Their names, in order, are; Ezzie, Jet, Cub, Bye-Brows, Little Bit, Storm Cloud, and Smokey.

2:Night or Day?

Yes.

3: Favorite animal?

Wolf.

4: Rain, snow, or shine?

Rain!

5: If given an hour, could you solve a Rubik’s Cube?

Maybe if I could use Google.

I nominate:

Any of my awesome readers with under one hundred followers.

My Questions:

What is your favorite show?

Cats or dogs?

Chocolate or vanilla?

Magicians or spies?

Yes or no?

 

Astro Boy Book One and Two Volume Edition Review

Astro Boy 1

Astro Boy is written and illustrated by Osamu Tezuka. And published by Kobunsha and Kodansha in Japan. And published in English by Madman Entertainment and Dark Horse Comics.

Astro Boy is a manga series that revolves around a robot built by Dr. Tenma and modeled after his sadly deceased son. At first Tenma is happy with Astro, but for some reason soon comes to despise him. After Tenma kicks him out, and a few other events occur that I won’t mention, Astro goes on fantastic adventures and saves the day on more than one occasion. This volume edition contains several of Tezuka’s original illustrations.

The art was exactly as I expected it to be, amazing. There is a reason why Tezuka’s known as the godfather of manga. However, I did notice a couple of mistakes. For example, sometimes Astro would have his boots, but in the next panel they would disappear. This wasn’t really a problem for me, though, it was just something I noticed.

The storyline was also just as amazing as I expected. There were certain points of the stories that I found particularly creative. For example, there was a torture device in one story that looked like a cube and was filled with balls of polyester. The bad guys would put someone in it and fill the cube with water, thus expanding the balls of polyester and crushing the victim. But, as stated by the bad guys, it’s okay because it’s just a comic strip.

Anyway, I definitely recommend Astro Boy if you haven’t already checked it out. It is really worth the read. And hopefully I’ll get better at reviewing comic books and manga in the future so I’ll have more to say about them.

Later.

Big Hero 6 Manga Volume One Review (Slight Spoiler Warning)

Big Hero Six 1

Big Hero 6 (Manga) is owned by Marvel and Disney, and is written by Haruki Ueno, and translated by Alethea and Athena Nibley.

 

Alright, I was planing on having One Piece be the next thing I reviewed, but due to the pacing, that has been delayed for now. So, instead, I decided to review the first volume of the Big Hero 6 manga! I’ll admit, I didn’t think that this was going to be translated to English, which made me sad because I really wanted to read it. But, as you awesome readers can see, it was translated!

Big Hero 6 is definitely a fun read. But don’t go into it thinking that it is going to be like the movie, because there are quite a few differences. I’m not going to delve into them too much, however, as I don’t want to spoil too much of the story for anyone who’s interested in reading it themselves. But, one difference that I will point out is that Tadashi is still alive when Hiro is in college, as opposed to the movie where Tadashi dies before Hiro goes to the college.

Anyway, the storyline is definitely interesting. Since it is different from the movie, even if you have watched the movie, you won’t really know exactly what will happen next. I mean, the basic story elements from the movie are still there, but they’re just different enough to keep things interesting. The special chapter at the end is also really cute, and helps add to the story, not much, but a little.

But, what really impressed me was the artwork. I’ve always been a fan of the manga/anime art style, and Big Hero 6 was no exception. Of course Baymax was cute, but Hiro had a whole new dimension of cute added to him. He has a sparkle in his eyes that just really adds to his character.

All in all, Big Hero 6 was definitely as good as I expected it to be, and was a very pleasant surprise to find at my bookstore. I highly recommend it to any of you awesome readers who enjoyed the movie Big Hero 6, just remember that the manga does not follow the movie. And if you haven’t watched the movie, you should still give this manga a shot. Who knows, maybe it will get you interested in the movie.

Later.

Drawing Process: James from Pokemon

I decided that I wanted to make a drawing process post. This isn’t the way I usually draw, but I’ve drawn my last two pictures like this, and I think they turned out good, so I think I’ll make this my new style. Especially since I actually finished the pictures I drew like this, which is a pretty rare occurrence. I should probably also mention that this was the first time I had ever drawn James, and it was also the first time I had drawn someone with their head tilted. I drew James’ outfit that he had in the the episode of Pokemon XY called “Grooming Furfrou”. By the way, once I get this post finished, I will begin typing my Super Mario RPG post. Anyway, let’s get started!

Step 1:

Drawing Process 1

First draw a circle. Next draw a horizontal and vertical line. These lines will help to position the eyes, nose, and mouth. They will also help keep track of which way the head is facing. If you are drawing someone facing forward, you will want to just draw these lines straight up and down, but since James has his head tilted in this picture, the lines need to be slightly tilted as well. Also, you’re not gonna want to draw these lines with the color black, like I did by mistake. It is easier to use different colors while doing the sketch, it makes it easier in the long run.

Step 2:

Drawing Process 2

Next, draw a rough outline of the face. This will help with the placement of the hair. Notice how the chin is placed at the bottom of the vertical line. This doesn’t have to be super detailed as its main purpose is to help with hair placement. After you draw the hair, if the ears are showing, you can add them.

Step 3:

Drawing Process 3

Now draw the hair. I probably should have mentioned this earlier, but it really helps if you have a reference picture. And it helps even more if you can find a reference that has the character facing the same direction as you want them to be in your picture. But if you can’t find one of them facing the same direction, then you’ll have to try to improvise.

Step 4:

Drawing Process 4

Draw the face. Even if the eyes are going to be closed, it’s a good idea to draw them open for right now. Especially if the character you’re drawing has glasses or something, because having the eyes open helps with the placement of accessories. Although, it’s a good idea to try to get the emotion you want right now.

Step 5:

Drawing Process 5

Draw the neck, shoulders, and any accessories that you haven’t drawn yet.

Step 6:

Drawing Process 7

Get rid of any unwanted lines. Now’s the time to change the eyes to how you want them.

Step 7:

Drawing Process 8

Finish the line-art by changing the color of the lines you kept to black.

Step 8:

Drawing Process 9     Drawing Process 10

Color! You can color the character the same way as they appear in their anime (if they’re in an anime) like in the first picture, or if you want more of a manga look to your picture you can color it the way I did in the second picture (basically use different shades of black and gray).

I also colored this with James’ eyes open, but I don’t think it looks as good as it does with his eyes closed. I’ll post it below. Have a great week!

Drawing Process 11

Later.