Friday, October 26, 2012

KUNOICHI HIME (Ninja Princess)!


You may have seen the promotional images we have been placing on Facebook, Twitter and Deviant Art with the caption “Soon”. Well, it’s time to spill the beans. We are excited to announce Kunoichi Hime, the newest story in the saga of the Toshigawa Ninja Clan.
 Fourteen year old Shianndrea deals with the hardships of any normal teenage girl. She’s in love with a boy who is way out of her league and dating someone else. She hates the way she looks. Her teachers are overbearing. And her rival just so happens to be a star pupil who is always willing to make her look bad. But Shianndrea is not like any  normal girl. She is a ninja princess, born into a world of martial arts training and death defying ninja action all in order to safeguard Japan from its evil Emperor. The last thing she wants is to let her clan down.
However, certain forces are moving against her. The Azumi Ninja Clan has their eyes set on capturing Shianndrea and delivering her to the Emperor who is ready to destroy her. They have conjured an Oni (Demon) to make sure that the Ninja Princess does not escape. Now Shianndrea has to stay out of the Azumi's and their monster's sights while navigating the trials and tribulations of a teenage girl. All of this and her Ninja Master Test is just around the corner.
“What makes this different from the Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa series?” Well, I’m glad you asked, young reader. This series will be presented initially as a web comic released biweekly. That’s right!! Tune into toshigawa.com every two weeks to see the story onfold! Another thing that sets this series apart from the graphic novels is the story. Kunoichi Hime is set 8 years before the original graphic novel series, Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa, and is about how a 14 year old Shianndrea copes with love, life, and ninja training all while trying to discover what kind of woman she wants and needs to be. “We wanted to do some stories that where a bit lighter in tone. Kunoichi Hime is a fun and exciting read that will entertain, not only current readers on the original graphic novels, but teens and girls who love comics and manga as well”, said writer Janet Wade. “I, for one, am extremely happy with the stories that Janet and Kevin have crafted. I’m looking forward to seeing where they take this next.”, said creator Martheus Wade. "It's going to be refreshing to turn over the reigns of these characters to someone else for a change."
 Kunoichi Hime will make it’s debut at Anime Blues Con Winter Remix Saturday, January 19, 2013. We will have with us an exclusive 8 page intro story in print and on sale to kick off the web comic. Don’t miss this opportunity to get this REMIX EXCLUSIVE. We will also have prints and posters to help us celebrate this new beginning to the Toshigawa saga. Kunoichi Hime goes live at toshigawa.com on January 26! Mark your calendars and don’t forget to subscribe for frequent updates!

Writen by: Janet Wade
Illustrations by: A.I.M.I
Cover by: Johanna Tamminen
Edits by: Kevin L. Williams
Colors by: Janet Wade
Color assists by: Marvin Cheveallier

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

RIVER ARTS FEST!!


This weekend is the River Arts Fest Located in the heart Downtown Memphis’ South Main Historic Arts District! The RiverArtsFest 2012 is a three-day street celebration of the visual, performing and culinary arts with attractions and activities for all ages. I will be there on Sunday in the “Artist in Motion” demonstration area showing people the art of comic books and inviting everyone to site down and draw with me! If you are interested in finding out more about the Comic Studio classes or just want to hang out and draw a bit, please stop by and create something!


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

COURSES REVEALED



In an effort to make the Studio available to everyone interested in learning the art behind comic books, graphic novel and manga creation, I've placed below a detailed outline of classes that will be offered for the Studio. New classes will also be added to this initial roster as time goes on. The Comic Studio classes will be split between Beginner and Advanced classes.

Beginner illustration
Students will learn the basic tools for illustration concentrating on still life drawing, gesture drawing and shapes and forms. Students will use a variety of media including pencils, pens, marker, chalk, and conte’

Beginner colorsStudents will learn about color theory and explore the ways color effects perception by using paints, markers, crayon, pastels, and photoshop (computer usage will be for students ages 14 and up)

Beginner storytellingStudents will explore the art of writing through storytelling. Students will be given set storytelling guidelines, from which, they will formulate their own beginning, middle, and end.

The Comic Studio (Advanced)

Advanced Illustration

Sketching, Penciling, Inking, Traditional and Digital Painting. These are all techniques that a comic book artist needs in order to successfully complete an assignment. Students will take place in life drawing, gesture drawing, cartooning and ink and painting sessions in order to broaden their
artistic arsenal and build their portfolio base.


Advanced Storytelling 
This benefits writers and artists as both have to be able to convey a story visually and learn to communicate between the two effectively. Students will be made to collaborate on story and character development as well as panel layout and illustration style.

Digital productionDrawing and writing in the traditional sense is much needed. However, digital production is a necessity in today’s artistic world. Students will be shown the proper way to set up files for print and digital production. They will also learn the differences and benefits of both mediums. This will also include photoshop and coloring techniques, lettering and font usages, design element creation, and the programs used to compile the book.

Graphic Design
From logo design, to billboard design. Students will be faced with the interesting task of how to guide a reader from panel-to-panel and page-to-page of a graphic story. Font choices and color all effect the design of sequential art and students will learn the fundamentals needed for a complete visual piece.

Each student will be responsible for creatively providing ideas, designs, concepts, sketches and/or writing solutions used to produce professional quality comic books and graphic novels. Through The Comic Book Studio, students will have the opportunity to create their own portfolio, be reviewed by other artists working in the industry, get hands on experience, and begin their journey into the world of graphic arts.

If you are interested in enrolling yourself or your child, please feel free to contact me on here or at martheus@toshigawa.com.
See you guys there!!




Comic Studio Supply List


Here is a list of supplies that each student (and comic book artist) will need for the Comic Studio Classes starting in December. This is not the be all end all list of comic book supplies. However, this is what we will be using in the classes. New supplies can be added as we advance further in classes. For those that are interested in classes, feel free to contact me here or by email at martheus@toshigawa.com!

8.5X11 Sketch BookPencils H, HB, 2B(These can be bought in a pack)

Non Repro Blue Pencil

Mechanical Pencils .05 or .07(These can be bought in a pack)

Pink Pearl Eraser

Micron Pens .005 .01 .03 .05 .08 1.0(These can be bought in a pack)

Black brush pen

Large Sharpie

Black India Ink

Paint Brush 02 and 14

Bristol Pad 14x17 or 11x17

Bristol Pad 9x12

Ruler

Friday, October 12, 2012

con essentials

we try to attend cons pretty regularly.  it's imperative to get out there & sell sell sell, especially if you're an independant creator.  sometimes we get asked about how to set up our booth/table or what items are must haves to make the set up look nice.

keep in mind, we do this all ourselves.  that includes the transporting, selling, set up, & break down.  so everything we take has to be compact & easy to carry.

essential supply list:
cash! (in 1s, 5s, & 10s)**
cash bag (you know, to keep the cash in...)**
invisible tape**
clear packaging tape**
duct tape**
scissors/exacto knife/box cutter**
post it notes or index cards**
sharpies**
stapler w/ extra staples**
safety pins**
extra large binder clips**
extension cord**
table cloth
background backdrop
stand up banner(s)
stand up files (to display books)
t stand (to display a tshirt)

the supplies indicated by the ** are what i call life savers.  i can't tell you how many times something w/ the displays come apart or or we forget to print out signage or the laptop's battery is dying & we need an outlet STAT!  these life savers fit nicely in the handy dandy file box or a large toolbox & can hide away underneath your table.  w/ any of these supplies, you can decide on whether to take w/ you or leave at home. 

how are you getting all this stuff to & from this con/show?
if you're driving to a con, pack whatever you can in the car.  books, prints, displays, etc. etc.  & don't forget to bringing the file box/toolkit o' supplies along can help spruce up your booth/table. 

if you're flying to a con, fedex can be your best friend.  because airline additional carry-on fees are not.  & i don't think they like you bringing scissors & exacto knives on planes anyway.  or if shipping to & from somewhere isn't in your budget, get creative in packing for the plane.  packing as few & interchangeable clothing items as possible so you can cram as many books (below the weight limit, of course) into your 1 allowable carry-on.  & don't forget your drawing supplies to make extra $ w/ on con sketches.  so in this case, think efficiency & travel as light as possible.

what are you selling?
books?  prints?  tshirts?  cups w/ a mule on them?  whatever you're selling, it's important to have some kind of order & neatness.  stack & group like items together.  books don't have to lay down; stand them up w/ file folder holders, available at any office store.  having a large portoflio to flip thru can efficiently display large prints & original art pages.  fold tshirts & have 1 hanging up on a tstand.  it's good to pay attention to how other booths are handling their displays too.  & it would be a good idea to take notes when you go to a department store or local book store (they still have those, rt?) when they have displays up.

what kind of space are you occupying? 
if you're lucky enough to snag a corner booth, then having a large, eye catching backdrop is always good.  make use of your table space.  have your merchanidse stand up facing potential customers as well as spread out across the table.

if you're in artist alley, they give you a small table w/ enough room to set up a sign that says "i draw for moneyz" & your art supplies & pad.  this is ok, because you're usually not suppose to sell merchandise in artist alley, so no need to worry about where your books/prints will go.  it's just you, man.  go make magic happen...w/ your pencil...

anywho, these are some pix from various cons we've attended. 

see how professional this looks?  make you wanna buy 1--no, 2 of everything, doesn't it?
 
a nice display for books.  i think this came from an actual shop supply store.
 
another way to set up your books.  stand up file holders!  available at any office depot.
 
nevermind the 2 slackers (& Muley) in the front.  look at the backdrops:  a big splash banner & a portable standup banner
 
dispalying prints can be tricky, but if you have a LOT, they can attract customers to your table.  ooo, purrty colors!

tshirts folded, cups stacked (w/ a baby Muley.  dawww!)

big eye catching backdrop, books standing up & in stacks, prints laid out nicely, & geeks w/ their best smiles on.
 
 hope this helps.  now get out there & sell your stuff!!!
 
~~j saltygirl wade




Thursday, October 4, 2012

Leland, MS Frogfest

This past weekend the MAW Productions gang took a little trip to Leland, MS, for Frogfest.  Here's a write up Janet did for the blog...

Leland is the hometown of muppets and Sesame Street creator, Jim Henson, and is also where the Jim Henson Museum is located.  We were invited to perform in two puppet shows, so of course we performed "Super Muley and the Cookie Caper".  Twas lots o' fun.

This wasn't our first time visiting Leland and the museum.  When we went in 2007 (you can see my post from the xanga days here), Kevin Williams had a Master Replicas stand up of Kermit to take pix of.  It was during that particular visit that this now iconic (according to the internetz) pic was taken...


We miss you, Jim Henson.  Pic taken in 2007.
So you know we had to replicate it, this time with Muley.

Muley pays respect to his inspiration.


We're being tourist-y.


Bufford, Roy Duck, Muley, and Missy


2012 Frogfest was awesome.  :)


This is definitely a great place to visit for a day trip or weekend trip.  You can check out more fun-filled pix of this trip on Muley's facebook (yeah, he has one; doesn't everyone?) here.