I wind up at PingMag, a bilingual English-Japanese design journal, fairly often. I first found it through this article on Namaiki while researching Fukuokan permaculture and the Power of Duck. Since then, I often return to its articles on art, film, design, and pop-cult detritus . A sample:
- This time, I was researching Koi no Mon, a crazed manga by Jun HANYUNYUU.
- Gez Fry, self-taught illustrator who fled a diplomacy career, explains his “manga-style” and slags US comics art
- The producers of Tokyo Loop, an omnibus of animation feature Tabaimo, Yoji KURI and Kotobuki SHIRIAGARI, among others.
- The making of Tekkon Kinkreet into an anime, with lots of production art and photos around the studio.
- The Butt-Biting Bug, about which the less said the better.
- YMCK, pioneering 8-bit band, with videos.
- Dark & comic animation from Run Wrake, described in an interview.
- Jennifer Baichwal, director of Manufactured Landscapes, a fine doc on Edward Burtynsky’s large-format photography (pictured above).
- Some guy who dresses in olde clothes and hand-cranks a projector to show film’s incunabulae.