All of my AX 2018 photos are up!
Again, I was quite busy this year with movie and photo work. I chilled out a lot at this AX because I needed some relaxation time and the heat was killer, so there is not as many photos. Regardless, I will see you at the next con!
I usually shoot several photos of each person, but I picked a few of each to display in the gallery below. Look for yourself through the whole set as they sometimes get uploaded out of order. If you want a larger image or if you want to share these images, please give me credit and drop me a line where you posted the pictures. If you don’t see your picture, contact me here or on Twitter or Facebook as sometimes I mess up on the uploads to my web server. You can also follow me on Instagram. Feel free to tag your picture in the comment section of each photo! Lastly, I do make my own professional prints on real photo paper (not an home inkjet printer), so drop me a line if you would like me to make you a custom print.
Lately, I’ve become a big fan of manga author Kengo Hanazawa (花沢 健吾) after finishing his manga series called “Boys On The Run” (ボーイズ・オン・ザ・ラン). Kengo Hanazawa tends to write seinen mangas (青年漫画) and his work always seems to be about a looser who tries to get ahead in life.
Boys on the Run was something out of left field for me. It’s about a dude named Tanishi who is terrible with the ladies, has a string of shitty jobs and there is some amateur boxing thrown in for good measure. When I picked it up, I was immediately drawn into the story. Not because this is a story about an underdog climbing his way to the top, but because it is quite the opposite as the main character is constantly kicked down in life. The story is quite realistic (I know people like him in real life) and I even felt embarrassed for him many times to point of wanting to punch the book. At first, I hated him for being so nice and his general naivety. Regardless, he keeps trying to be a better man despite himself and I actually started to cheer for the character after awhile in the series. I highly recommend this manga if you come across it. Unfortunately, the manga is only available in Japanese and you’ll have to look for it in Japanese bookstores in your area. There are scanlations in English floating around the web, but I’m not going to link up any of those sites here.
I just picked up Kengo Hanazawa next manga called “I Am Hero” ( アイアムアヒーロー) today from a used japanese bookstore chain called Book Off down in Torrance, CA.
“I Am Hero” is a bit of a horror manga with a looser protagonist, but I haven’t got that far into it to give it a proper review. Neither manga uses furigana, so if you are a beginner Japanese student like me, it will take you awhile to read!
Check out Hanazawa’s website for more of his artwork!