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Tony Taka Calender 2013

Happy Belated New Year!
And with the new year, it’s time to change the calenders…

Tony Taka Calendar 2013

Tony Taka is one of my favorite Manga / Japanese Artist, so , being a big fan of his, I try my best to get all his stuff. For example, his new Tony Taka calender for 2013 is really popular,and tends to sell out very quickly as soon as it comes out in late November. Unlike last year,I waited until the last minute to get it . I was really impressed with his last calender for 2013, so I was really looking forward to his new one.
I got the last one from over at J-List last year, but this time I waited to the last possible moment at the end of December to order the new one. Then I found out that it sold out. I then scoured the Internet to see if there were any Tony Taka Calenders still available. There was a promising lead at an Anime / Manga goods website ( I forgot the name of it at the moment ) which said at their website that it was in stock, but after I inquired about any availability of Tony Taka calenders, found out that even they were completely sold out of them.
This was January 1st.
After my fruitless quest to find this year’s Tony Taka calender, I quietly gave up, and just settled with my Shirow Masamune Sabertooth Cats 5 calender, which by the way, is currently over my drawing desk ( which by the way you can still get it over at Ebay if anyone out there is interested…. )
Fortunately,a few weeks later, near the end of January , last month, I just so happened to be browsing again at the J -List site , just to see if there were anything new there.
To my surprise, there was a Tony Taka 2013 Calender suddenly available again. They must have got an extra final production shipment in recently. That was the good news. The bad news was that there was only one calender left. J-list usually discounts their calenders in January, but since Tony Taka Calenders are so popular, I guess the J-list people thought would make good business sense to still sell it regular price. Despite that, the calenders must have flew off the shelves as soon as they came in, and now there was just one left….
Would I be able to order the last one in time?
I was completely broke at the time, but I would get paid on Thursday, so I was worried if it would still be there by then…
Luckily the Manga Gods smiled down on me, and fortunately the calender was still available by the time I finally got some money. I would have thought that that there would be literally thousands of other people all over the world just like me trying to get their hands on this year’s Tony Taka Calender.
Even though it was much cheaper, I didn’t want to wait for the calender to be shipped via sea mail ( SIX WEEKS!! ), so I opted for EMS. Shipping packages via EMS ( which is actually “Air Mail” is expensive, but fortunately I had some credit at J-list, so it worked out splendidly in the end.

Ordered the Tony Taka Calender on Thursday, got it the next Monday. :)

Cover of the calender ( I really like this picture )

January ( Missed this month, oh well..)

I prefer Shirow’s sexy pirates slightly better..)

February

And on my wall:

Here are just some of the pictures from the calender (much better quality):

Cover

February

May

July

August

November

Most of the artwork in the 2013 calender seems familiar – I would not be surprised if some of the pictures look like they were taken from Tony Taka’s previous art books. I don’t know, I kind of liked last year’s calender better for some reason.

Anyway, I’m pretty happy now that I somehow managed to get this year’s Tony Taka Calender after it being sold out practically everywhere.

New York Comicon / NYAF 2010!

First, I want to wish you all a happy 10 /10 /10!!
( This unique date only comes along once a century! )

I managed to actually get into this years’ New York Comicon! I ordered the ticket online, got it a few weeks ago.

This year the organizers decided to combine the New York Comicon and the New York Anime Festival into one giant convention.

One would think that a huge convention hall would be more than enough room for a convention like this. But there were just too many people for my taste. I could hardly move around in the Dealers room.

I think the organinizers of this combined convention are trying to hard to make it like the San Diego Comicon, which unlike this one, had 40 years to grow naturally and gradually, with the resulting increasing organization.

I personally prefer small conventions, the huge ones are too overwhelming at my old age – Most of these con goers are around twenty years younger than I am. As it stands now, I really don’t know whether or not I will be attending next years’ New York Comicon / New York Anime Festival.

Here are some of the many pictures I took at the New York Comicon:

Witch “Special Infected” , from the video game ” Left 4 Dead

Yoko Littner from the Anime ” Gurren Lagann

Lenalee-Lee from ” the Manga and Anime D Grayman

The Joker from the movie, ” The Dark Knight

…..And, my favorite : ) , Princess Leia in her slave outfit from ” Return of the Jedi

I may or may not go to next year’s con, I have to see how I feel ( not to mention if I have the money and time then ! )

Shunya Yamashita ‘s New Artbook Collection III ” One Voice ”

Shunya Yamashita after a long wait of a few years, has recently released a new new Artbook Collection III ” One Voice ” on Jul 27, 2010.

Here is the covers to the collection, and a Japanese ad for the book as well:

I’m a huge fan of Yamashita’s work, I have his last Art Collection ( Wild Flower ), even though I do not have his first art collection : Sweet Dreams ( 2005 ).
Here are just a few of some of his amazing new pictures from his latest art book:

I bought the book while browsing at the Manhattan Kinokuniya store – as soon as I saw it, I just had to have it! ( it was a tossup between Tony Taka’s “Shining Wind” series artbook collection, and this one ). it put me back a good 49.00 ( I did get a discount of $4.90, since I have a Kinokuniya Anime / Manga Member card, so the final price was about $44 ).
I’m quite happy I made the purchase – Shunya Yamashita art, along with his fellow famous Video Game Concept art / Chara Designer artist Hyung-Tae Kim works ( which I also have ), will really inspire me and motivate me to try and do similar works of art.
Stay tuned!

Olivia Munn is 30????

The Hot G4 show Co-host and Goddess of the Geeks, Olivia Munn is 30 years old !!!????

It was a shock to me – I had always thought that she was in her mid – twenties ( around 26 ) at most.
( And that Alison Haislip that used to do “The Feed” portion of Olivia’s G4 “Attack of the Show” program – ( who is also doing co-hosting duties while Olivia is off shooting movies and pictorials somewhere ) is close behind her in years too! )

Yes, she’s no longer a Spring Chicken, but look at these pictures!
“30″ must be the new “25″!
Oh well, she really looks good for her age, I hope she can keep it up when she is in her 40′s, like Halle Berry does now….