More extraordinarily complex draughtsmanship from Katushiro Otomo’s 2182-page manga masterpiece “Akira”.
The above images are taken from the end of Akira book 3 published by Dark Horse comics, I used to have the colourised version compiled by Epic Comics but alas, it’s long since vanished! For those of you perhaps more familiar with the 1988 animated movie but not the Manga, I’d thoroughly recommend checking it out, the story is massively more complex, intertwining a multitude of characters and many recurring, explicitly described locations…
The reason I chose to feature this set was I still vividly remember how much of an effect these illustrations had on me as an aspiring artist/designer, the detail is beyond
Ok so something a little different here, Non-SF/Fantasy related material!
The above images come from a full colour 1968 Magazine Publication “History of the 20th Century” that I came across recently. The magazine was a long-running weekly publication that built up into volumes of 16, forming a substantial encyclopedia of mankind’s recent past – as you can imagine, the focus is on colonialism, imperialism and of course war and its devastating effects that have shaped our modern world…
Aside from the extremely in-depth content “History of the 20th Century” contains some stunning imagery, all of which has a real “technicolour” saturated feel photography in the way that only 40-year-old colour print can have.
Some notes on the images:
Top: Illustration from a poster produced by the Bolsheviks during the Russian Civil War (1917-20). Wrangel the White (anti-Bolshevik) general, is shown striding towards
Here’s a new set of 8 tracks to follow on from last years original “Sci-Fi-O-Rama Spotify Playlist” – this bunch I’ve imaginatively entitled #02!
Once again a bit of a mixed bag of spacey electronic sounds starting with the warm, radial ambiance of Loscil’s “Umbra”, before shifting into slo-mo synth house territory, tripped out techno, finally finishing off with a track from my favourite act of the moment; Blondes and “You mean so much to me”.
Here’s a full tracklisting, hope you enjoy!
1. Loscil – Umbra
2. Coyote – Beat Journey
3. Kathy Diamond, Mario Basanov & Vidis – In My System (Downtown Party Network Remix)
4. Gus Gus – Northern Lights
5 Lazersonic, Zak Frost – Aquaplane (Unit 4 Remix)
6. Dance Disorder – Zusammen (Instrumental)
7. Giorgos Gatzigristos – Binary Star System
8. Blondes – You Mean So Much To Me
Here’s the link for the Spotify URL: http://is.gd/dgvou
*Note that you must have the Spotify App installed, and of course be signed up for the premium service to dodge the Adverts. Artwork once again from Eric Carl’s fabulous Flickr Photostream: http://is.gd/dgxcE
Ian Albinson over at the excellent artofthetitle.com got in touch with me the other day asking me to help identify the original artists and books that were used in the title sequence of the 2009 Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) Comedy “Gentlemen Broncos“. You can view a movie of the the whole sequence here: http://is.gd/dbKfK
A total of 24 books were used by production designer Richard A Wright in creating the title sequence, and