Wednesday, September 30, 2009

New AstroBoy Manga

「アトムちゃん」(c)DAISUKE Nishijima2009/角川書店(c)手塚プロダクション
Tezuka Comic published new comic book of astroboy on tomorrow in Japan. I don't know what kind of the story it is but seems like a comedy. via

Mademe opening yesterday

click photo above to read the news at Yahoo HK

Celebrating the cinematic rebirth of the character that has created a cult following locally and internationally since it first appeared in manga in the 1950s and on television in the 1960s, the launch of Astro Boy at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong is the result of a successful collaboration between the attraction; Imagi Studios, the movie’s producers; and Tezuka Productions, the licensor of Astro Boy.

Astro Boy’s figure joins the “world famous home of the famous” on September 29, 2009, in the World Premiere section. Guests to Madame Tussauds Hong Kong can also participate in an interactive display where they can literally step intothe boots of Astro Boy and feel as if they are flying over Metro City.

Founder and Chief Creative Officer at Imagi Studios, Francis Kao said, “Bringing everybody’s favourite robot boy back to Hong Kong has been in the works for us for some time now. We are so excited that he will finally be here in cinemas on October 23, and we can share with others the joy he has brought us. Thanks to Madame Tussauds, fans in Hong Kong will be able to get even closer to their hero. I know they are going to love him as much as we do.” via etravelblackboardasia

I've just come back from vacation in Osaka today so I missed the open ceremony and I couldn't see the final product, but I can tell the wax figure is really close to our original design. The crew who made this is really professional and they ask us lots of questions about the details. Thank them so much to making this.

Official Website of Madame Tussauds (Hong Kong)

Exclusive Guide to AstroBoy

Astro Boy
There is a Exclusive Guide to AstroBoy at
There are some new images and description on the main characters like: Cora, President Stone, Peacekeeper, Zog, Hamegg, Dr. Tenma and Dr. Elefun.
Astro Boy
Astro Boy
Astro Boy

BTW, there are lots of new content at the official website includes the home page animation, tranistion animation and 2 mini-games, and the detail character description as well.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

AstroBoy Booksss

AstroBoy books for kids are already on the shelves! This was taken by our artist in LA Rob at the B&N in Tribeca. I find few of them in HK bookstore as well.
check the full list of books published by Penguin

Saturday, September 19, 2009

AstroBoy 3.5mins Clip "Escape from MetrocIty"

Summit Entertainment & Imagi Studios have released a new three and a half minute clip from “Astro Boy” called ‘Escape from Metro City’. The clip is from the beginning of the movie, right after Astro Boy learns he’s a robot and not a real boy and being chased by Army. via

This is one of my favorite sequence, I like the action camera and the humor. Besides, there are few Tezuka manga characters in this sequence, can you find them all?

do you remember this character on billboard?


Monday, September 14, 2009

AstroBoy AD in Japan

One of animator just visited from Japan recently and bring this print AD "The Atom Times". It looks nice.

Also the outdoor AD is already up in Japan. These two were taken at Shibuya Station in Tokyo, one of the key public transportation hubs and entertainment/shopping areas in Japan. Thanks Kadokawa for the images.

I think there should be more, if fans find any new Atom promotional materials, please send me and i can share with everyone here.

By the way, Atom Movie Website is updated and completed, it looks cool! you can also see the new Japanese version full trailer there.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Short Film: Ring of Gundam

I don't know much about the story of Ring Of Gundam yet, but worth to take a look.

Actually I haven't watch any Gundam anime for long long time. I like the design of Zero Gundam, but haven't got a chance and time to watch that yet...

Saturday, September 12, 2009

InterView on HKBN


Kobe Project WIP

The 18m Tetsujin 28 statute in Kobe is reported to be entering its last few stages of construction. the statue is at Wakamatsu Park (若松公園) in Shinnagata, Kobe (神戸 新長田). Almost there!

September 7th

August 31st

September 1st - 2nd

August 25th

August 18th
all images above from Kobe Testsujin Project

also 7 video clips below showing the progress of the statue's construction:
Part 1.

Part 2.

Part 3.

Part 4.

Part 5.

Part 6.

Part 7.

Part 8.

See all the progress pictures at Kobe Testsujin Project.
videos via

Super Baozi

The new character Super Baozi is super hot recently in China internet world! I was impressed when i saw that first time in facebook post by friend, the character animation is very good, a professional quality. The most improtant part is that "THIS IS ORIGIONAL" I really tried of seeing all the "COPY" work from China.... I think good work is always being like, Check this out.

Super Baozi vs Sushi Man 超级包子大战寿司侠

Super Baozi-Dragon Fist 包强-龙拳

his blog:

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

AstroBoy Fanart on deviantART

Here are some AstroBoy fan art I picked from deviantART
by Chadfuller
Trash Can! This one looks closet to the movie Astro.

by KazumixJapan
There are lots of fan like turn AstoBoy to "AstroGirl", I picked this because she wears MetroCity Costume :)

This Dr. Tenma is so cool.

by OptimusPraino
Like this illustration style and the BG graphic.

Very nice BG texture and graphics.

by themico

by Nolaj cool!

By ImRoGer
For some reason, Megaman and AstroBoy are always be put together, this is not the only one.

By Cheeks 74

by cheeks 74
These two by one of my favorite artist Cheeks. Wow! Butt Cannon!

by ezedestino he is cute!


Monday, September 07, 2009


“Don’t try to be original. Just try to be good. That sounds sort of naive but it’s true.” Paul Rand For more from the late design master, and he reminds me the LANGUAGE OF FORM!


This motion graphic means a lot, remind me what i've learned long long time ago...Check the interview with Paul Rand.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

My old game character design

This is the really old game character design i did in 1996. At that time, I used to love Rockman (Megaman) very much. My friend asked me to produce a simialr game like Rockman and asked me to design the character. I am also inspired a lot from the movie TRON, i put those elements together and come up with these sets of designs. Once the character won the opponents, he will get his armor and morph, so I designed more than 10 versions... (color pencil + marker) see more at my art-blog

Brilliant Negative Space Illustrations by Noma Bar




I love how graphic designer Noma Bar play eith the negative space on his clever illustrations. These are some examples of his new book Negative Space. In this book Bar focuses on subject matter ranging from sex, global warming and nuclear warfare to religion, crime and corporate greed. Recommended!!

Noma Bar Bios: "Born in Israel into a highly artistic family, Noma Bar, graduated in 2000 from the Bezalel Academy of Art & Design with a B.DES Bachelor of Graphic & Type Design. Now based in London he describes his craft as visual communication, combining the skills of artist, illustrator and designer. His two stunning and highly acclaimed books, The Many Faces of Noma Bar and Negative Space have become a must have for design school library's and tutors.

Noma's development process takes place in the sketchbook, going on to digitally produce finished work on the computer once the idea is fully conceptualized. The duel strategies of his practice, efficiency and humour, come from a keen understanding of how the brain accesses and understands imagery.

With a limited pallet he subtlety and precisely manipulates shape and form where familiar symbols and pictograms evolve to form new meaning. Negative and positive spaces tessellate creating several images in one, that sometimes need a few moments to see the embedded, sometimes poignant, message. Noma uses this technique to its best effect when dealing with social and political issues. Subjects such as nuclear warfare, corporate greed and national identity are illustrated with a hidden twist of humour. His portraits merge the subject's features, with images that epitomise their fame, to form an instantly recognisable face.

“I am after the maximum communication with minimum elements”

Noma's ingenuity in turning complexity into simplicity exemplifies this idea and his dedication to his own principles means Noma continues to achieve his personal challenge, time and time again, with universal elegance."

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

AstroBoy Gladiator fight images

here are two new exclusive images from Superherohype showing Astro fighting against the battle bots at Ham Egg's Battle Arena.
pls go to Superherohype to see the high res-picture
Source: Superhero Hype - "Exclusive New Astro Boy Images!"
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