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Manga Festival 2013

17 Feb , 2013,
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Singapore’s inaugural Manga Festival took place over the weekend, with a series of activities that catered to the otaku palate.

Organized by key Japanese publishers, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and partners including Kinokuniya bookstore, Manga Festival saw both an exhibition of manga titles and artwork at The Arts House, as well as signings by established mangaka such as  Yaro Abe (Shinya Shokudo), Masayuki Ishikawa (Moyasimon/Tales of Agriculture) and Mine Yoshizaki (Keroro Gunso).

Crypton Future Media, Inc’s president Hiroyuki Itoh (Crypton’s the company responsible for VOCALOIDs) and THE Danny Choo were also present for a meet-and-greet and sharing session (which later included dinner with the fans at a nearby food court).

Admittedly, we found the manga exhibition kinda small. While the shelves were stocked with selected manga titles and merchandise, VOCALOID art, and there were PS Vitas and iPads around for browsing digitized manga, we’d hoped for more content.

No doubt, if the exhibition included original cover sketches, manga panels, story boards and maybe information about the publishing process in Japan, it might have made for a more wholistic activity.  We did enjoy ourselves though, and we’d definitely love to see this event happening in Singapore again.

Here are some of our photos from the event:

 

Crafting Horns

6 Feb , 2013,
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We’ve had quite a few of you writing in to ask how we build horns and other such objects out of blue foam, so Angelus decided to prepare a short tutorial to help you guys out.

Building horns, just like the type Angelus has on her Alexstrasza costume is pretty easy, and takes only several minutes of quick work to do.

Alexstrasza's horns were made the same way. ^_^

Alexstrasza’s horns were made the same way. ^_^

Stuff you’ll need:

1. Some foam scraps

2. A pair of sharp nosed scissors

3. Contact glue

 

We always have foam scraps lying around, so here's us recycling, kinda. ^_^;;

We always have foam scraps lying around, so here’s us recycling, kinda. ^_^;;

 

Step 1:

Pick out some scraps of foam (or cut up a fresh sheet, if you like), and trim to size.

Here's one slice.

Here’s one slice.

You’ll want to create several slices, which are in the approximate shape of the horn you intend to create.

Now create several more. ^_^

Now create several more. ^_^

Step 2:

Paste the slices together with contact glue.

The more slices you have, the thicker the horn becomes.

The more slices you have, the thicker the horn becomes.

Next, using a pair of sharp nosed scissors, make cuts and incisions to create the horn structure.

Make small and large cuts  with the scissors, varying them out to create the shape you want.

Make small and large cuts with your scissors, varying them out to create the shape you want.

You'll eventually end up with something like this.

You’ll eventually end up with something like this.

Once you’ve got the desired horn shape, you can start priming, sanding and painting the foam horn, just as you would a piece of armor. You could even wrap it with craft foam or any other material if you like.

What’s more, this method’s great for creating other irregularly shaped armor pieces, so experiment a little and you’ll discover for yourself just what you can do!

Happy crafting!