Fans of Konami’s Metal Gear Solid series will soon get the chance to explore the artwork of the first four entries, as well as Peace Walker. Dark Horse Publishing is set to release The Art of Metal Gear Solid I-IV to shelves in an 800-page hardcover collection on August 7. The book features tons of various concept art and design layouts that helped set the look and feel of the Kojima created universe. While it was previously released in Japanese, this is the first English release. This definitive chronicle of characters, vehicles, and weapons is a must have for long-time fans of the games. Click through to see more sample pages from the book.
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This is a must have for any AKIRA fan as well as a perfect Christmas gift for the manga fan in your life. For the 35th anniversary of AKIRA this beautiful was released wit the original Japanese art and right-to-left reading format for the first time. The set includes six hardcover volumes, plus the hardcover Akira Club art book and an exclusive patch with the iconic pill design.
In 1982, Kodansha published the first chapter of Akira, a dystopian story set in Neo-Tokyo, a city recovering from thermonuclear attack where the streets have been ceded to motorcycle gangs and the rich and powerful run dangerous experiments on destructive, supernatural powers that they cannot control. In 1988, the manga was adapted into what was at the time the most expensive animated film ever made, which brought Akira’s influence out of the manga world and onto the global stage. Today, it remains a touchstone for artists, writers, filmmakers, and fans, retaining all the brutal impact and narrative intensity it had when Otomo first unleashed it onto the world.
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WTAPS is set to unveil their first ever book. Working with Tokyo-based design company and publisher mo’design, the book has been in the works for over 5 years. WTAPS 001 will cover the 20 year history of WTAPS and features beautiful images of over 300 archival products along with information about each piece. The book also features an introduction by WTAPS founder Tetsu Nishiyama.
WTAPS 01 is set to release on November 25, with the 360-page book retailing at ¥15,000.
You can reserve a copy over at at mo’des book site but act fast as it’s limited to a print run of only 2000 copies.
UPDATE the book sold out immediately at the pre-order site but is now available at SLAM JAM.
Eddie Huang and ‘Fresh Off the Boat Editor’ Chris Jackson
Eddie’s brother and one half of Baohaos Evan Huang at the Barnes & Nobles release event
Last week Eddie Huang released his first book simply titled ‘Fresh Off the Boat : A Memoir”. Just entering his 30’s Eddie shares his captivating modern American immigrant story in a style all his own. Despite Eddie’s relative young age, the tale told is a necessary and inspirational one. Eddie has found a way to achieve what many dream of; manifesting his varied interests into a successful career that somehow balances the disparate worlds of sports, hip-hop, downtown culture and cooking.
If you haven’t heard of Eddie Huang suffice to say he’s someone who wears many hats. Eddie is a co-owner of the delicious east village Bao mecca Baohaus, a host of the gonzo VICE travel meets food show ‘Fresh off the Boat’ and an outspoken and often controversial pop-culture commentator. The photos I snapped are from two readings and book signings he did in the New York area. The first at Barnes & Nobles in Union Square and the second at McNally Jackson Books in Soho where I picked up my own personally signed copy. If you can’t find the book at your favorite local bookstore you can get a signed copy online HERE.
Photos by Rocky Li
A common New Years resolution I hear is “I want to read more”. Lucky for you resident It girl Rachel Hodin is here with five literacy picks that will make your commute on the G-train a little more bearable (and that’s saying alot). Click through the jump for her selections.
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Marc Lins is a talented Europe-based photographer who specializes in architectural and industrial photography and someone I am happy to call a friend. He recently e-mailed me the details on his new book entitled ‘Mensch Feldkirch’, a personal portrait project that he compiled through the last two years. Marc shot 91 color portraits of various people from home town Feldkirch in Austria. The book basically shows portraits from the town’s pesronalities from the Mayor to the Street cleaner, from the Priest to the Pimp, the Artist to the Pianist.
You may purchase the 208page hardcover book HERE for 46EUR.
These photos are from the opening of Poloroids by Deigo Uchitel at Milk Studios in New York. The show (which ended today) took place in conjunction with the release of a book of the same title. In the show you can see originals from his wall of Poloroid snaps taken over the years by Diego Uchitel featuring personalities such as River Pheonix, David Bowie, Grace Jones, Quentin Tartino and more. I’ve always loved Polaroids for their dream-like quality and feel of the printed image. You can find puchase archival prints of Diego’s work from the Milk Studios Store.
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The one aspect of LN-CC that I admire most is the site’s willingness to take risks with its buys and to bring different perspectives on styling, fashion and culture. I was on the site today and came across the above visuals which document the religious and secular groups which broke away from mainstream American lifestyles to pursue an ideal of Utopian living.
LN-CC has selected a series of book titles that chronicle aspects of the visual, ideological and experiential elements of these uptopian movements. Among the most famous of these books is the Whole Earth Catalog.
“In 1968 Whole Earth Catalog was first published, becoming the most instrumental publication in the growth of sixties and seventies counterculture communities. Founded by Stewart Brand, the catalogue offered an amazing range of tools, services and information, not only for back-to-the-land communities but also for progressive minds in the fields of architecture and technology. The catalogue attributed its founding to Buckminster Fuller, the systems theorist, inventor and futurist designer and architect who popularised the geodesic dome. One of the first rural communes of the sixties, Drop City, was also inspired by Fuller’s work. The commune was based on the principle of ‘life as art’ and their iconic domes built from salvaged parts became the crowning representation of this new way of living.”
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“Ruins are the visible symbols and landmarks of our societies and their changes, small pieces of history in suspension. The state of ruin is temporary by nature, the volatile result of the end of an era and the fall of empires. This fragility, the time elapsed but even so running fast, lead us to watch them one very last time: being dismayed, or admiring, wondering about the permanence of things. Photography appeared to us as a modest way to keep a little bit of this ephemeral state.”
Highland Park Police Station
Classroom, St Margaret Mary School
United Artists Theater
Ballroom, American Hotel
The above images are from an exhibition entitled ‘The Ruins of Detroit’. The photographs are a collaborative effort between Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre shot over five years.
As described on the project’s website
Detroit, industrial capital of the XXth Century, played a fundamental role shaping the modern world. The logic that created the city also destroyed it. Nowadays, unlike anywhere else, the city’s ruins are not isolated details in the urban environment. They have become a natural component of the landscape. Detroit presents all archetypal buildings of an American city in a state of mummification. Its splendid decaying monuments are, no less than the Pyramids of Egypt, the Coliseum of Rome, or the Acropolis in Athens, remnants of the passing of a great Empire.
Purchase the book here.
‘Happy Victims, You Are What You Buy’ by Kyoichi Tsuzuki
Seigensha, Kyoto, 2008. 178 pp., 85 color illustrations, 10½x8″.
Happy Victims is a photo book that profiles Japanese individuals who are obsessed with one particular designer. In the book collectors range from a Buddhist monk who visits his Tokyo condo filled with Comme des Garcons religiously once a month to an instructor at Bunka Fashion College who goes by the name “Maestro Margiela”. The caption underneath his portrait proclaims that he would rather eat out than risk infusing his clothes with cooking smells so he keeps only eardrops in the refrigerator and has never used the cooker.
The book is part of a large body of photojournalist work by Tsuzuki that includes his seminal work ‘Tokyo Style.’ Looking through Happy Victims sheds light on the sacrifices and eccentricities of the obessed Japanese fashion collector. Fashion often criticized for only highlighting the glitz and glamor of the runway; this book only strives to capture clothes in their most honest of settings : the home.
You can purchase a copy HERE
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