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  • Kaiju vs Heroes sketchnotes

    On September 15, 2018, I attended a panel discussion about Kaiju vs Heroes at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles. The exhibition was terrific and inspiring. My enthusiasm for robots, specifically toy robots, and especially Japanese toy robots from the 1970s originated when I lived as an expatriate kid in…


  • The Bot Collection

    When I started this post, back in January, the intent was for it to be a comprehensive discourse on toy robots. I was starting to collect them and thought I could sum it up succinctly. So much for brevity, it’s meandering. Bear with me. Here’s the collection from then. My fascination with robots probably began…


  • Oh, it’s Getter Poseidon!

    In 1982 I drew this: I’ve been thinking a lot about the various Jumbo Machinder I was exposed to in the Philippines. And one, with a stout body and a jetpack keeps coming back to my mind. I believe when I was 9 years old I had a vinyl toy. It’s bothered me that I…

  • Rollerskating Ninjas

    Perfect. via Japan Probe.

  • Boøwy: Plastic Bomb

    Boøwy was a Japanese rock group consisting of Kyosuke Himuro (vocals), Tomoyasu Hotei (guitar), Tsunematsu Matsui (bass) and Makoto Takahashi (drums). They were a rock band that reached legendary status in Japan during the 1980s. Their style of play varied from punk to pop rock and they had fans of all ages. The 1990s band…


  • My Name in Japanese, 1987

    I was fascinated by Japan as a teenager. Everyone seemed to think they’d buy everything up and kick everyone’s ass. So I played around with learning the Katakana and Hiragana script. I’ve forgotten it all, but this looks like it could be a sign on the Ginza to me. The type is not a font,…

  • Doing some spring cleaning today on the office…

    Doing some spring cleaning today on the office. Sorting, categorizing. Discarding. Revisiting old comics is great. Well not too old. Manga Star Wars: A New Hope was one highlight I found. It’s a Japanese / Manga rendition of Star Wars, translated back into English. What? You’ve never heard of Manga? Manga is a style of…