What follows is my semi rambling blog about my trip to Japan and the Kaiju Comrades 2 art toy show in Tokyo, March 9th-16th, 2010 ….
It’s Friday morning in Japan, and I’m still jet lagged thinking it’s Thursday .. had a weird dream that I lived in Japan .. was just walking around like I’d grown up there … awoke to look at my iPhone, hmmmm, 3am , damn .. back to sleep .. drifted off, suddenly my phone rings (?!) it was 4:30am .. I did not think my phone worked in Japan .. I looked and noticed it was a friend back home calling.. but fearing a huge phone bill did not pick it up ( sorry Jon ! ) fell back asleep … the next time it was 5:30 am .. Ok forget it, I’m up again (!) Today the show is open to the public for the first time and as usual have no idea if anyone will actually show up for this thing …but, over all i felt the show itself looked amazing and the venue was light and bright.
Every piece ready to be shown off to the fans !
The line up was not too bad, about 30 folks lined up , including one guy who got there at 4am (!). We did give out numbered tickets and allowed only 5 folks in at a time, an attempt to control any over zealous fans 😉
It fell to me to man the door and make sure only the allotted five came and went, but after a few rounds of that it was impossible to hold them back and at that point the rush for the exclusives was on .. one by one each exclusive sold out ( but we did allow sponsors a few of the exclusives so please check with them ) Once the initial madness was over , the rest of the day was calmer, but sales were steady, including Touma’s custom figure selling for over $2000 USD !
It was one year ago that we did Kaiju Comrades 1 … and I remember fans coming to the show and saying that these American customs were nice, but too expensive 😉 Ah what a difference one year makes .. this time around there was no need to explain why a custom painted toy was a certain price, in fact, several customers traveled a long distance by bullet train, just to secure that certain custom they saw on my blog .. to hear these stories really made me feel good, and also relieved for the artists.
The Bekos, life sized, Kaiju suit by Pico Pico was a huge hit, while not for sale it provide a great eye catching display, and perfect picture spot ….here we have left to right, artist Claudia Arcia, Kaiju Korner blogger and Super Fan, Mr Andy
(left to right ) Dol Roffo who gave me this very cute, hand knitted plush
and artist, Tulip, who actually helped set up the day before, but no one introduced us so I had no idea who she was (!!) ;-P .. one theory was that since there were so many “boys” in this “boys” show they were too scared to talk to her (!!) Ha-ha … the ultimate Kaiju ? .. is a Girl ! Actually both Yo and I agreed that inviting more women artists to participate in a Kaiju show was essential to not only add interest, but to expand upon the usual “boy” only fan base.
Tulip’s painting of a crying cute kaiju, sad after destroying another city….sniff, but on a happier note did sell to a lucky fan ! All three of us tried our best to have a conversation.. I think we did anyways ;-P , mostly we apologized for not speaking each others language .. a common thread on this trip for me ;-(.. I could tell both wanted to ask a billion questions and at one point I could see they both were about to have their heads explode, from struggling to come up with simple English words that really did not convey more complex ideas …both artists are good spirited and of course talented.. how they can create such cute or Kawaii 可愛い characters is beyond me … my theory is, it is innate to the Japanese .. and I’m sure one can argue that cute can be found all over the world, but to me, no where can it compete with Japanese cute !!!
proving a woman can throw down a tough looking Kaiju, artist Konatsu with this traditional ink wash painting ( yes, it sold fast !)
Artist Pepcorin hand made these very creepy figures .. the eyeball floats and moves in its place and if you hit it, it lights up ! ( take that Bob Conge ! )
Pepcorin and I ( or is that Eye !! )
Uamou is probably best known to Kaiju collectors via RealHead, she had an amazing black lighted display, with each of her figures, hand dripped in fluorescent wax .. her homage to Hedorah !
after all this cuteness we have Myself, Andy and LuLuBell Luke … somehow were not so cute, no ? ;-P
To Be Continued …