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Monday, February 17, 2020

Faults' Artists Highlight: Hiroaki Samura

Welcome to Faults' Artists Highlight, where I write about artists or works whom I took influence from, the ones which I admire, or artists whose works which I found fascinating. In the series, I will be writing about my experience with the highlighted artists, attempting to identify aspects of their works that resonated with me.



As is the case with most people, my entry point into the work of Hiroaki Samura is through what is widely considered his magnum opus, the almost 20 year long running Blade of the Immortal series. I had joined in the series quite late - a bit past when the series was to be halfway of its total run - and the exact moment I first came across his name was not from finding out about the series itself per se, but rather having read an interview with an artist that namedrop Samura as well as Terada as one of his influences. 

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Dead Fish Chronicle's Arah Timur: 10 Year Anniversary

(Because I have been heavily influenced by them in the creation of our own doujin comic compilation, this post might as well double as Fault's Artists Highlight!)

The Arah Timur anthology is a series of Touhou Project doujin comic compilation by the circle Dead Fish Chronicles, spanning a total of six books. The first of the series was released in Comic Fiesta 2009, and with today being exactly 10 years since that release, I would like to do a sort of retrospective of the series of books.


Saturday, December 7, 2019

Faults' Artists Highlight: Katsuya Terada

Welcome to Faults' Artists Highlight, where I write about artists or works whom I took influence from, the ones which I admire, or artists whose works which I found fascinating. In the series, I will be writing about my experience with the highlighted artists, attempting to identify aspects of their works that resonated with me.




In the early 2000s, there was a local artist in a local comic magazine with a decidedly different art style that had caught my eyes. Granted, it was not a style that I was interested in (not to mention the rather murky and sparse storytelling...), but it was a decidedly different take from other more conventional manga art style that was all the rage back then...





Puppeteer Lee


It wasn't until some time later where in one interview with an entirely different artist where one name was cited as an influence, and it was from the illustration work for a certain anime movie where I had my first encounter with the artist that made me go, ah, I can see the influence of this artist on the work that other artist earlier...

Such was how I was initially introduced to the work of Katsuya Terada.





Blood: The Last Vampire

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Faults' Artists Highlight: Yoshitoshi Abe

Welcome to Faults' Artists Highlight, where I write about artists or works whom I took influence from, the ones which I admire, or artists whose works which I found fascinating. I will be writing about my experience with said artists, and attempt a deeper look into what was it about aspect of their works that had resonated with me. 


Like so many other people growing up in the late 90s and early 2000s, I have been exposed to the influx anime/manga/Japanese art during a time when I had decided to dabble with drawing. While I initially started aping the popular shounen style art during that time, I did not particularly have any artist that I strongly ripped off based off from.

I wasn't thinking in such depth during that time, but looking back at it now, I would say that although I was very much attracted to the stylized style brought about by the anime/manga art during that time, I yearned for something darker, something more atmospheric and mysterious...


Saturday, May 4, 2019

Neurosis' Times of Grace turns 20


What's this? Touhou meets Neurosis?

A rather odd choice, if I do say myself, given the two sharing almost no similarity whatsoever (and I’m curious at how many out there who happens to be fans of both)... but if I could use the former as an excuse to talk more about this mighty band, well then…!

With their sixth record celebrating its 20 year release anniversary today, I figured this would be a good occasion to talk about this phenomenal record, and explore some aspect of this influential yet enigmatic band.


Thursday, January 10, 2019

Ms. Patchouli

‘Ms. Patchouli, what went on in your head?
Oh, Ms. Patchouli , did you talk to the dead?’

Saw a drawing of Sumireko ala Aleister Crowley, and that had gotten me to think about that one song by Ozzy Osbourne, and… nasi lemak?
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Monday, January 7, 2019

Comic Fiesta 2018 report comic

I haven’t done these small post-event comics in ages (last one was in 2016), so I’m really forcing myself to get me into the rhythm of comic making again lol

Anyway: