The Blood Moon rises once again…

… please be careful Link. Seriously though, the blood moon from a few nights ago, was awesome. Here’s a picture that I took… sorry it’s not better, but I think it’s pretty cool.

blood moon

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What the Flick?

After the new year, I went to my Flickr just to poke my nose around, and I was greeted with this message…

flickrlockinggetpro

So, expiring the same day it goes into effect, I could save 15% on going pro… so what are my options?

flickr plans

*sigh*

I am not paying $50.04 a year to store my photos somewhere. At one time, when it was offered, I did sometimes go pro… but that was when I was trying to be either a convention photographer or a convention journalist.. and yeah… that sucks… so where will I go?

WordPress? No… I’m at almost 80% there. Deviantart takes too long to upload even one picture. *sigh* This sucks, and I’m not sure where the future of my hobby will bring me to…

Below are some photos I’ve taken or had taken for me (such as mermaid-ed ones) that will soon need a new home, I guess. Enjoy?

Rare Futaba-kun change art from the past and present

Monthly Shonen Jump December 1990 Futaba kun changeOne of my favorite manga was the wacky gender flipping high school romance comedy Ranma 1/2 Futaba-kun Change!

I first discovered it in High School thanks to a review/ad in an issue of the now defunct comic publication Wizard Magazine. That might be fitting, as the company that produced all 8 volumes of the manga in North America, Studio Ironcat, is also defunct.

This manga started it’s life in December 1990 in Monthly Shōnen Jump and then moved to it’s sister publication Monthly Shōnen Jump Original in 1993 until it came to an end in March of 1997. The image to the left is from Futaba’s debut in Monthly Shonen Jump, and I had never seen it before until yesterday.

Since this was an illustration that I had never seen before, it begged the question, what else have I not seen? So I searched…

Apparently these are some telephone cards from Monthly Jump. I discovered them from the Tumblr user: fehyesvintagemanga

Besides a couple Monthly Shonen Jump Original covers, I had pretty much hit a dead end. I couldn’t find any fliers, or original art for promotions or anything… and that was when I remembered that we live in 2018, and social media is a thing. I ended up on the mangaka’s twitter, and I was not disappointed!

Aro HiroshiI’m sure the images in the gallery above were art commissions, and I hope I’m not in the wrong to post them, or tell people about them. All of that being said…

Oh My God! Most of this art is from this year! Please make sure to visit Hiroshi Aro’s twitter page! Maybe give him some love and/or encouragement?

I really miss Futaba-kun Change.

A Floundering idea

I love Flounder as a mermaid. I came up with the idea now a couple of years ago. I wanted it to be a thing, kind of like how Bowsette became a thing, despite not being an official thing.

Hopefully one day I can get more commissions… and hey, maybe one day someone will cosplay as her… you never know… it could happen?

I’ve toyed with the idea of maybe making an art contest over her… maybe with a cash prize? I don’t know how to go about that, or even if there would be any interest in such a thing.

Anyways, I didn’t really have anything new to post for Mer-Monday, but wanted to share the idea that maybe I should do a contest? Thoughts? Concerns? Comments?

Go find some Mermaid statues!

Sinfonia del Mar
Sinfonia del Mar, Mexico

I recently was informed by an artist friend ::cough:: Kittyhawk ::cough:: of a website that allows you to search all over Earth for mermaid statues… to physically go to and see! It’s kind of awesome! http://mermaidsofearth.com/

 

I couldn’t find some statues I had heard about in San Marcos, Tx on that list, so here is a link with pictures about that: https://splash.mermaidsocietysmtx.com/mermaid-statues/

There are also 3 statues in Galveston, Tx on their dead tree sculpture tour… so here’s a link for that. https://www.galveston.com/treesculpturetour/

Frightfest @ Fiesta Texas 2018

I went to my 2nd Fright Fest ever this year at Fiesta Texas, and compared to their bar the last time I went a year or two ago, they truly outdid themselves! The pageantry was really good, and I sadly did not take a picture of everything because honestly… I wasn’t expecting to talk about it.

One of my only major complaints about it was the fact that I thought that the coasters would be lit up during it, but they were just the same as usual… but dark… which is actually more fun! The Iron Rattler this time was kind of like being in a tunnel the entire time, and that is AWESOME!

I should be going to a Six Flags Fright Fest again sometime soon-ish, so expect more next time!

Jump a train to Nerima, Tokyo, Japan!

Sean Ranma sketchWhile on vacation, I met a man who quite possibly has the largest collection of merchandise from popular 1989-1992 anime Ranma 1/2, or らんま 1/2 if you are from Nippon.

When he told me that he needed help fulfilling the bucket list entry visit a real life location from the aquatic gender bender comedy, as a fellow fan, I had to help.

So what location in Nerima was this? Furinkan High? The Tendo Dojo? Shakuji-Koen Park? Hah! No. We went to the famous fence alongside the river that was used in many episodes, especially when walking to or from school!

Ranma Fence

While most of the photos were taken with his camera, here are some of the results that I captured from this trip to the real fence seen in Nerima!

River walk in Nerima.jpgOne path on each side, one lane street in between. Not much to see, or too much? Who knows. This was an interesting place for a cosplay photo shoot.
Nerima with Ryouga.jpg

This area is west of Oizumi-gakuen station along the Seibu Ikebukuro line. While to many, this may not seem like a worthwhile excursion, I actually had a lot of fun going along!

Wait… why was Urusei Yatsura’s Lum in one of those pictures?! The Oizumi Gakuen station is the closest station to Toei, known for shows like Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon, so naturally this is known as the birthplace of anime!

Oizumi Anime Gate

They have statues out front from Astro Boy, Tomorrow’s Joe, Galaxy Express 999,  and even one of that obnoxious alien from Urusei Yatsura!

Urusei Yatsura Lum statue

Astro Boy

Tomorrow's Joe

Galaxy Express 999Also, I got to see the Galaxy Express 999 train! Or rather… a train promoting this 1977-1981 Manga and Anime!

Galaxy Express 999 trainEven if the photo shoot would have been a bust, which it was not, the station alone made the trip completely worth it!