My webcomic Hypersonic Music Club, which I write and Hiroyuki Takahashi draws, is a thing now and we have several (!!!) anime industry and licensing people looking at taking it to the next level. But now is sort of a crucial time where we have to show traction / buzz / interest. If anyone wants something killer cool to hang on their wall, you could actually spend a few bucks on this and I will kiss you on the astral plane!
Hiroyuki Takahashi is a Japanese artist whose eye-popping work is supercharged with the influence of anime and manga. Now, he is teaming up with Crunchyroll for a series of exclusive new projects. Read an interview with Takahashi and enjoy his art via an image gallery, after the jump!
Ok, so PARANOIA GIRLS, my experimental psychedelic suburban surreal science fiction opus about teenage girls and acid fried army colonels, has begun serializing on tumblr.
Features art by Yunico Uchiyama with translation and a lot of behind the scenes support by the incredible Marie Iida. We will be updating the main story bi-weekly and posting apocrypha and related artifacts whenever we find them or the Extra Dimensional Reality Archive can be bothered to loan them out. So yeah, here we go…
Yet more concept art from my upcoming collaboration with artist Yunico Uchiyama. I write, he draws. I haven’t come up with an English title yet, but it will be called「パラノイア·ガールズ」in Japperknees. Characters Laura (left) and Larissa (right) depicting a second stage transition into Extra Dimensional Reality (EDR). Again, online later this summer….
Ok, time to announce my upcoming creative collaboration with artist Uchiyama Yunico. His pictures + my text = weird girls. We will start dishing it out on the web starting this August. Keywords: Mind Control, Paranoia, Hallucination, 1985. For people who have been around here a while, it will incorporate elements of my long-threatened Espionage Rejects stories and L vs. L. Go! Now! Suburban Surrealist Science Fiction! Fight! Please look forward to it!
A look at the various school bags that Tokyo’s famous gyaru and gyaru-o will be carrying to class this year.
So what else is going on? I'm working out of Crunchyroll's office in San Francisco these days. Going back to Tokyo in August to shoot Season Three of OTAKU-VERSE ZERO. Good old Otaku USA magazine is still going strong (our August issue is on sale now). Assorted freelance work on some other stuff in the background. My new book-in-progress is set be serialized by the publisher in Japan soon. More details on that when they arrive. Busy here, and trying not to make a mess of things.
Daddy needs a brand new set of shirts from Rotten Cotton! And maybe I can finally place an order considering I just landed a new gig writing for the Tokyo Fashion web$ite. Look for updates from yours truly there every week. Expect a mix of interviews and this-blog-like spotlights on oniikei, host, dandy, hostess, and kyaba craziness. In the meantime, things kick off with a report on the fun, but also confusing "Oshare Macross" event at Marui One (hey, I used to work for them...).
The new issue of tres oshare magazine Studio Voice goes on sale today in Japan. This means J-folks can now read the first installment of my new column 'Paranoid States of America' that will examine the witchy world of conspiracy theorists, paranormal hoodoo, and post-millennial backwash.
Things kick off in aggressively un-otaku fashion via an interview with Detroit's Matthew Smith, front man for "the most paranoid band in the land" Outrageous Cherry. Together, we wonder if the OC's magik and occult-tinged pop music "opened a door to cosmic wisdom" and wound up predicting 9/11 months before it happened.
Expect a new book, and perhaps even increasingly paranoid podcasts, to rise from the wreckage.