Saturday, September 28, 2013

I'm back home and Claymore

Hey guys! I'm safely back home, but I have been doing a lot of stuff for university and my new home (mainly cleaning and decorating (a lot of decorating)), so I haven't had much time to write a new post. I'm planning to write posts about all the new Bulgarian comic books, that I have read (the new volumes of Co-Mixer, Pocket Comic Book (Джобен Комикс) and Stephen King's N.). I'm also currently reading the Bulgarian releases of Naruto and One Piece and I really want to say a few words about them, so expect a bunch of new posts soon. 
For now I just want to make a little announcement (again). The last manga, that ArtLine Studios has planned to publish next year is Norihiro Yagi's Claymore (クレイモア). It's a dark fantasy/horror manga and I have watched the anime, so I'm really looking forward to this release.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Comicbook Colletion

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - complete
Batman: The Killing Joke - complete
Battle Chasers - 1, 2, 3, 4
Blacksad - vol 1 
Dragon Last - 1
Hunting Season by Diana Naneva - complete
Rabies - vol 1
Samurai: Heaven and Earth - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Scott Pilgrim - 1, 2
Sky Doll - vol 1
Spawn - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68
Spawn: Godslayer - pilot, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4
Stephen King's N. - complete
The Colour of Magic (Discworld) - complete
The Creech - 1, 2
The Invention of Hugo Cabret - complete
The Light Fantastic (Diskworld) - complete
The Sandman - vol 1
V for Vendetta - complete
Watchmen - complete
W.i.t.c.h. - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52 + Specials: Elyon, Christmas, Boys' Planet, Cornelia and Caleb

Fantasy Art (Bulgarian)
Sofia Comics Expo - Exhibition collection book
The art of Miro Petrov
The Art of Sybilla Koritareva

Comics Magazines:
Дъга -  5, 7, 8
Джобен комикс 
Комикс - 1, 2, 3, 4
Co-mixer - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Final figures from Japan

 Shinokawa Shioriko from Biblia Kashodou no Jiken Tenchou

Walpurgis Night from Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika

 Madoka Kaname from Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika
I usually don't talk about my figures, because usually there isn't much to say about them, but I would like to say a few words about this one. I watched a lot of reviews about this figma figure and there were a lot of negative opinions. I was really close to not buying it at all. But a few days ago I found her in a second hand shop and she was incredibly cheap so I finally bought her. Because she is second hand she is missing QB, who comes with her in the set, but I already have s few QBs so I don't really care about that. What worried me a little was that she was missing a part of her stand, so I can't really use it. I think I can find a spare, but I'm not really sure. However she is so well balanced, that she can stand perfectly well on her own, as you can see.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Japanese Calligraphy

During my second semester here in Japan, I took a calligraphy class, which was very fun and interesting. I hadn't done any calligraphy before I started taking this class and I learned a lot of things from it. In this post I would like to share my experience. 
 So these are the basic tools, that you will need if you want to practice calligraphy. In the center you can see the special Japanese calligraphy paper. You cannot do calligraphy on normal paper. The Japanese one sucks the ink in very fast, as the normal paper keeps the ink on the surface, and makes it impossible to write kanji beautifully. 
On the paper you can see my two brushes. The big one is for writing kanji and the small one is for writing hiragana. 
There is also a paperweight, that keeps the paper in place, while you write.
Under the paper, there is a mat. My table is black and the mat is dark blue so it guess, that it's quite difficult to see, but it is there. 
On the right you can see a red  brush mat, in which you wrap your brushes after you have used them. It's made of bamboo and it keeps the brushes safe. 
On the left you can see a black box. This box contains an ink stone (on the lower part of the box) and the ink itself (in the upper part of the box).
 This is a close-up of the ink. You can see how pretty it is. It also has a very nice aroma. 

 The materials shown above are more expensive and high quality. In this picture you can see brushes and paper that can be found in the hyakuen shops (100円店). Of course, they are cheaper and have lower quality. I didn't like the brushes from the hyakuen, but I think that the paper is very good. 
On the photo below you can see the ink from the hyakuen shop. It's already in liquid form, which makes it easier to use.
This is a bag, in which you keep all your calligraphy materials. 

 This is how the bag looks on the inside.
 These are wrapped brushes and the box, in which the ink and the ink stone are kept.
 These are the samples, that the teacher writes and gives to you so you can practice. The colour is actually a very pretty orange-reddish color, but my camera isn't very good so they seem more orange.
This and the above are some basic lines, that you have to practice before you start writing actual kanji. 
These are some basic kanji. 
  This is hiragana.
 Here you can see the sample, that the teacher gave me and my tries to write the same thing. You can also see how the teacher has corrected my mistakes with the orange ink. There are more samples like this below.

 This is the scroll, that I had to write and make a speech about at the end of the class. 
 This is how my work looks like.
 This is a fan, that I made during class.
This is another scroll like work, that I made for the class. 
 These are works of other students, that you can see in the university building.
 These are the final works of my classmates and I.
 This is the preparations for writing calligraphy on 1,5 meters long paper. It was really fun. You can see some of the students writing calligraphy on the photos below.

 The finished works.

The people from my calligraphy class. 
 And finally, these are the calligraphy seals, that I carved myself during our final lessons.The small one is 月, which means moon and the big one is 喜, which means happy, cheerful.