Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Black Widow Film Costume Scarlett Johansson

Black Widow is the codename for the character Natalia "Natasha" Alianovna Romanova from the Marvel Comic collection, here depicted by Scarlett Johansson in the 2010 film Iron Man 2 with last image from the set of the upcoming (2012) movie The Avengers.

Natalia "Natasha" Alianovna Romanova is the first character to take on the "Black Widow" codename. created by Stan Lee, and artist Don Heck, the character first appeared in Tales of Suspense #52 (April 1964).

Yelena Belova, is the second modern mainstream Black Widow after Natalia Romanova, debuting briefly in Inhumans #5 (March 1999).

Monica Chang, is a character from in the Ultimate Marvel continuity, appearing in Ultimate Comics: Avengers.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Fashion Scans Gothic & Lolita Bible

Gothic & Lolita Bible ゴシック&ロリータバイブル Goshikku ando Rorīta Baiburu, is a quarterly Japanese fashion "mook", a combination of a magazine and book, which focuses on  Gothic and Lolita fashions.

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

What does "Omake" Mean ?

Omake おまけ, オマケ means "extra" in Japanese, in the case of Anime or Manga it can describe a bonus add-on, or content on an anime DVD,  in Manga an example would be a bonus strip at the end of a manga chapter or volume. Generally limited to use amongst fans of Japanese pop culture.

The Sega game Shenmue II for the Dreamcast game console, had a hidden folder on the game disc labelled "Omake". The folder containined exclusive wallpapers and concept art, which was only found by placing the disc into a computer.

Image from Shenmue II concept art

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Aion mmorpg Wallpaper

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Aion is a pay to play, mmorpg set in an ethereal world, granting you the power to direct dynamic relationships between angels, demons and dragons in order to control the fate of the world.

Aion Official Website (Korean)

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Photographer: Robert Capa

October 22, 1913 – May 25, 1954
Hungarian combat photographer and photojournalist who covered five different wars:
The Spanish Civil War,
The Second Sino-Japanese War,
World War II across Europe,
The 1948 Arab-Israeli War,
and the First Indochina War

Full bio Wikpedia
More images at Magnum

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Immortals Movie Poster

A 3D action fantasy adventure film directed by Tarsem Singh and starring Henry Cavill, Freida Pinto, and Mickey Rourke. Loosely based on the Greek myths of Theseus and the Minotaur and the War of the Titans.

Like the movie, the Official Movie Website is having a few hiccups, so a link to the Wikipedia write up as well.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Masamune Shirow Artwork

Masamune Shirow (Masanori Ota) is one of the most famous manga creators in the world. He is best known for the manga series Ghost in the Shell.
The first entry in the franchise was  Ghost in the Shell manga, first published in 1989. A sequel, Ghost in the Shell 2: Man-Machine Interface, was released in 2002, and a serialized manga, Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human-Error Processor, which contained material that was planned for but not included in the sequel, was released in 2003.

Ghost in the Shell is a futuristic police thriller dealing with the exploits of the cyborg Motoko Kusanagi, a member of a covert operations division of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission known as Section 9. The unit specializes in fighting technology-related crimes.

Masamune Shirow Shrine
Shirow News (Japanese, but google translator won't see you wrong)
Gallery of artwork
Masamune Shirow Wikipedia bibliography

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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

What is Seinen Manga?

Seinen manga 青年漫画

In Japanese, the word Seinen means "young man" or "young men".  Seinen manga is generally targeted at 20 to 30 year old males audience, though some seinen manga are aimed at middle aged businessmen. 

Subject matter, can range from the avant-garde to the pornographic.  Seinen manga places a greater emphasis on realism, storyline and character development rather than action. Not to be confused with "Adult Manga"

Shōnen manga: intended for boys
Shōjo manga: intended for girls
Josei manga: intended for adult women

Though open to dispute, Gantz, Ghost in the Shell, Akira, and Hellsing are good examples of Seinen manga.

Image from Gantz manga series.

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