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review 2017-10-16 02:43
Hatsune Miku Graphics: Vocaloid Art & Comic, Vol. 1, English translation by Jocelyne Allen
Hatsune Miku Graphics: Vocaloid Comic & Art Volume 1 - Comptiq,Various

Meh. I considered buying this and related Vocaloid titles a while back, and I’m now glad I didn’t. It’s not bad, it just doesn’t have anything in it that I think I’d want to pore over again at a later date. For those who are wondering (because I wondered, back when I was considering getting it), it’s primarily an artbook. There are only a few comics.


There were a bunch of Vocaloid illustrations from various artists. Hatsune Miku was the most common subject, but there were also lots of works featuring Len and Rin and a few featuring Luka, Meiko, and (very occasionally) Kaito. Each artist got a line or two to introduce themselves, and some of them included commentary for the individual illustrations. Unfortunately, each artist only got one or two pages, so the more illustrations and commentary they included the smaller the illustrations were.

There were a couple pages total of Character Vocal Series official visuals for Miku, Rin, Len, and Luka. They included descriptions of the defining features of their outfits and, for some reason, age, height, weight, and music specialty information for everyone but Luka.

There were six pages of Project Diva artwork - mostly character models. It was almost entirely focused on Miku, but there were a few character models for Meiko, Kaito, Luka, Rin, Len, Yowane Haku, and Akita Neru.

There were six pages of information on various popular (?) Vocaloid PVs. In most cases it was “one page, one PV,” with video stills, a short description, and information about the video’s popularity. I hadn’t heard of a single one of them before, but then I tend to focus on a few tuners I really like and that’s it. I don't have any favorite producers.

There were a couple pages of artwork by Nishimata Aoi, after which there were six pages of Vocaloid CD and DVD artwork. I recognized the Supercell and “Magnet” artwork.


There are six pages of 4-koma comics created by Ontama and Torikara-P. While Torikara-P’s artwork was adorable, I thought Ontama’s comics were more amusing. That said, neither sets of comics were very memorable.

There was a page of story information about something called “Torabotic World,” which I gather is a Vocaloid PV (yet another one I haven’t heard of). It was followed by an 18-page wordless “Torabotic World” comic by Nagimiso. It was cute, but occasionally a little hard to follow.

The volume ended with two more comics: “May Be Family” by Nagian and “Good Morning, Emma Sympson” by Batako. “May Be Family” featured Meiko and a grown-up Rin and Len (and maybe Kaito? Was the guy Kaito?) suddenly finding an adorable child Miku. This was my favorite comic in the volume - a bit over-sweet, but nice enough. “Good Morning, Emma Sympson” featured a Vocaloid producer hoping to reconnect with a childhood friend via Miku’s music. It was okay, but the emotional flow was a bit choppy.

Again: meh. If I read any of the other Hatsune Miku Graphics books, it’ll continue to be via library checkouts. I don’t feel the need to get them for my personal collection.


(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2014-12-20 00:57
Vox by Matteo De Longis


VOX is an original raphic concept artbook that combines musical instruments, women, and electric colors.



I thought that the art styles of many of the images were creative and well executed. I do, however, have a problem with the amount of female nudity present. It was almost as if it was on every page. I wanted to enjoy this artbook but I just found myself feeling increasingly repulsed as I continued through the book.


2/5 Stars

I received this from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. If there was not as much nudity to the extent it is currently at the point of being both vulgar and sexist I would have found it more enjoyable. Also, despite the artistry being creative, the topics of sex and rock n' roll is not. 

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photo 2014-08-22 09:44
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Artbook - CD-Projekt RED
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text 2014-07-26 05:12
[ARTBOOK] Takato Yamamoto by Takato Yamamoto

Takato Yamamoto


Takato Yamamoto by Takato Yamamoto


MUST GET THIS BOOK! And every artbook by this talented artist. His art is just so breathtaking and full of possibilities.

      An intro/review found on the internet:

There’s much that’s superficially familiar in Takato Yamamoto’s art—“Boy’s Love” tableaux with fey young men in various states of undress mooning over each other, then the perennial Japanese obsession with naked women bound by ropes. But closer examination reveals a degree of finesse and imagination that elevates his work away from the porn ghetto into the rarified realm of Decadence (as if those favourite Symbolist themes of Saint Sebastian [above] and Salomé [below] weren’t enough of a clue). For a start the drawing style is a great amalgam of influences from Beardsley through to Harry Clarke by way of the finest Edwardian pornographer, Franz von Bayros. Then there’s the curious details of severed heads, claws, sundry bones and eyeballs which decorate the otherwise florid arrangements supporting the figures. So far there don’t appear to have been any books of Takato Yamamoto’s work produced in the west and it’s possible that the sexual content and grotesquery limits that possibility. But you can some galleries here, here and here. His official site is mostly Japanese and has to be navigated from an interior page since there seems to be a file missing from the index.
- Credit: John Coulthart

There's two others which I like very much but can't risk posting it here. Both has a male tied to a post with arrows all over his body and there's another one with a male and female entwined with egg shell covering them. Actually most of the artwork was just as mesmerizing and hypnotic to me despite it's somewhat grotesque nature.

Please go to these links for more amazing artworks by Takato Yamamoto. Do be warned that some might find these images offensive due to its disturbing nature, so be careful when viewing it:
>> John Coulthart - The Art of Yamamoto Takato
>> Sevasevol - Takato Yamamoto
>> Pseudoape - Takato Yamamoto, The Heisei Esthiticism style

View all my reviews

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1006945809
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photo 2013-12-23 13:27

Jason Seiler and Mad Artist Publishing are running the Kickstarter.com Campaign for a “larger-than-life” Art Book project.  The Complete Artist Book: How to Succeed in the Creative Industry counts with Industry Pros and Acclaimed Artists:


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Shawn Barber
Sterling Hundley (sterlinghundley.com)
Sean Cheetham (seancheetham.com)
Robin Eley (robineley.com)
Aleah Chapin (aleahchapin.com)
Jeremy Geddes (jeremygeddesart.com)
William Wray (williamwray.com)
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Cesar Santos (santocesar.com)
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