Vagabond and Takehiko Inoue

AHHHHHHHH!!!! I just fell in love and found a new obsession for manga!!! Takehiko Inoue is a genius artist and story teller!!! My tattoo artist Lewis Hess recommended this manga, Vagabond, of which I’d heard, but not yet read.

The story is about a ronin named Shinmen Takezo, who is later known by Myamoto Musashi. Turns out, he was a real man in feudal Japan born in 1584 and was famed for his duels and distinctive style. Musashi, as he is often simply known, became legendary through his outstanding swordsmanship in numerous duels, even from a very young age. He is the founder of the Hyōhō Niten Ichi-ryū or Niten-ryū style of swordsmanship and the author of The Book of Five Rings, a book on strategy, tactics, and philosophy that is still studied today.

Inoue takes his legendary and somewhat unknown story and tells in a way you just must find out for yourself. And what beautiful artwork!!! Some of the pages are water colored or painted and it’s just amazing what detail he can put into it. I just can’t explain in words, you’ll simply have to experience it yourself! Highly recommend! ItIf you are at all interested in samurai, or even japanese culture, this is a MUST. Just look at his wall painting with nothing but black paint…


I found translated chapters online and I couldn’t resist. I of course want to spend money on the books but with the amount of volumes at this point I’d have to spend some money to read everything published so far.

If you want to read them, and you should, go to One Manga and you can read up to the latest book and the’ll keep updating with more, this is also where I read my Naruto and Bleach. Since finding it here, I’ve sat and read the 251 chapters they have available within a few days or so. Every shred of free time I had to devoted to reading it. That just shows how amazingly engaging it is.



On Social Media, Blogs and Advertising

Here’s a link on a blog relating to social media, blogging itself, advertising and viral marketing.  It’s written by Dave Allen of Nemo Design.  Please read and pass on to anyone in the industry or who you think would be interested. 

Social Cache: On Social Media, Blogs and Advertising
 



Naruto Chapter 403-SPOILER


So just read Chapter 403…and of course there isn’t a damn thing going on…just more filler before the real action starts. Although it does seem like Itachi gave Naruto some of his power? WTF? Why would he do that and what did he give Naruto exactly? It’s hard to tell what Itachi was thinking since it’s only come to light what he had intended all along for Sasuke. Dammit, now I’m confused and cant’ wait! So Sasuke is still going to attack Konoha but sounds like he’s got something up his sleeve for reinstating the Uchiha clan…if that is his intention. I think he needs to get rid of Madara though…I don’t trust that guy even though I love his silly mannerisms.

Naruto and Sasuke will fight again…only I think Sasuke has a huge leg up on Naruto…we don’t even know how far Naruto has progressed since the last time he released the chakra from Kyuubi and probably was close to dying. AND Madara and the probably Sasuke I bet can control Kyuubi…

…and what about Akatsuki??? Where are those clowns? Do they still want the nine tails? Isn’t that the last demon they need? And Madara is in control of Akatsuki…so would Sasuke let him have Naruto? Or would he want to fight Naruto himself? ACK! Masashi is definately going to be bringing it all to a head here shortly I’m sure…but still… It’s too much to bear! I can’t freakin’ wait!!!



MUTO Wall Painted Animation by Blu
June 4, 2008, 9:20 am
Filed under: animation, art, graffiti, movies | Tags: , , , , , , ,

This is insane! MUTO by Blu is an animation painted on walls in Buenos Aires and Baden that I found on the CMD Agency blog posting. Watch it, it will blow you away I’m sure. Having my brother and a few friends be graf artists, I can especially appreciate this one. AMAZING!!

Not only is that rad, but his wall paintings and art are just awesome! Check out all his stuff!



Bleach-Turn Back the Pendulum-SPOILER

Ahhh…just read 1-9 of Turn Back the Pendulum of Bleach

…which follows chapter 315: March of Death

Holy crap. I hate how they always have to stop it RIGHT at the beginning or middle of something HUGE and recap all the god damned characters! Well, it’s a love hate thing, I love how now I get to see the history of characters like Aizen, Shinji, Hiyori, Tessai, Urahara, Mayuri, and a slew of other characters only briefly shown or mentioned in the series. I’m stoked to get to know the background of how the Vizards came to be, especially Shinji and Hiyori…two of my favorite characters in Bleach.

So, what’s going on? Aizen obviously is involved somehow with how even the Vizards even came to be seeing that they were all prominent soul reapers and even captains! I can’t wait to see what shakes down out of this as far as thier history. Haha, and Shinji…he has long hair!! I love his mod cut waaay better. haha. And I love that Hiyori is pretty much exactly the same.

Now, I love that I get to know more about the characters but hate that I have to wait until its done to see what happens with the big battle between the Soul Society captains and the Espada AND the fight between Ichogo and Ulquiorra.

Oh, I just can’t wait! I hate waiting…I just wish I knew japanese and maybe I’d get to read them that much faster…

anyway, can’t wait to see what comes up next for Bleach!



My Official Website!
June 2, 2008, 5:06 pm
Filed under: art, life, online | Tags: , ,

I made an offial website! http://stabstabstabdesigns.com

It’s free and well i’m not a programmer so it’s pretty basic. But still, it’s great to have my own registered domain name! Please tell me what you think. This site is just to show my portfolio of graphic design work and info on contacting me for commissions. Enjoy and again, please give me any feedback on it!