Over the years, I’ve really come to enjoy art how-to books. I can attribute much of my influences to them. These books are great books for art theory and are also great graphical reference books. While sitting at my desk, I often grab one of these books off my shelf for answers or much needed inspiration. In this article, I’m only going to review a few notable books that I’ve recently enjoyed and one that I continue to use.
You see, back then I thought raising a kid was just as easy as raising a Pokemon–You hatched the egg, battled it, gave it enough EXP, vitamins, Pokeblocks, and EV Training (Don’t ask) and upon evolving, you’d have this perfect Pokemon.
I’m annoyed that Toby is no longer in the opening credits of Degrassi: The Next Generation. Really annoyed. And no, I don’t count the group photo near the end of the opening.
Nothing said faces are gonna be rocked better than funky synthesizer jazz music. A big deal at the time, Yuzo Koshiro was actually the father of misplaced music in fighting games, whose influence culminated in the bossa nova score of Marvel Vs. Capcom 2. I wanna take you on a ride, word…
Frankly, me and my dad barely got along. He tried to entice my childhood with nice toys, such as Lego sets (that I can barely build) and RC cars (that I had no interest in.) He would encourage me to try basketball and sports in general, and I’d rather read books about dinosaurs. He scoffed at my cartoons, and didn’t encourage my love of drawing. He scolded me when I’d rather read comic books over newspaper articles. And I don’t even want to go into detail about our relationship with math, and the multiplication table.
Dressing up in costumes isn’t just for Halloween anymore with the growth that the anime industry has had over the last few years. And with cosplay growing at a rapid rate, many businesses are trying to cash in. Because of that cosplay is no longer restricted to an anime to watch convention scene. Local businesses are now opening their doors to cosplayers on a regular basis as a way to promote sales. F.Y.E stores across the United States have been allowing anime fans to arrive in costume on a bi-monthly basis to take advantage of sales and promotions. The entertainment chain has stores in several North Carolina malls including Concord Mills and Hanes Mall in Winston-Salem.
We purchased some items from the vendor booths for souvenirs for the girls. Items for sale vary from pins, buttons, stickers, posters, paintings, trinkets, accessories, hats and many more. Nothing could top the day than watching the concert of LM.C, a Japanese rock (J-Rock) band at the Civic Auditorium located across the street. The show lasted from 7:00pm through 9:00pm. The next day, we came back for the interview (Q&A) and autograph signing by the band.
There’s a reason why there’s over 300 different CD’s selling the theme songs of movies, cartoons, and TV shows. Because they celebrate our feelings, putting them into a catchy beat to be heard over and over again (Utena). But, on a less professional note, they just plain kick ass (Black Lagoon).