The comics taco

Doing multi-day cons is pretty intense – by the end of the sales day, we just want to shut down our booth quickly, get out of the big crowds and get some food and rest with good company.

Love Love Hill uses a technique we affectionately dubbed “The Comics Taco” to get tidied up when exhibition halls lock up for the night. Storing our goods this way also makes it super easy to set it back up – we can just toddle in around ten minutes before the halls open to the public again, and get as much sleep and breakfast in the morning as is humanly possible.

Here’s a little tutorial in case any of you find it useful as well! (Yeah, it looks more like a burrito than a taco, but the name just stuck.)

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Eiji Otsuka Workshop Recap: Cinematography in Manga (2)

Eiji Otsuka Workshop Recap: Cinematography in Manga (2)

This is part two of three, recapping the workshop with Eiji Otsuka, manga writer and Kobe Design University professor. Held at Otaku Lounge, Otsuka-sensei and his student Chiharu Nakashima (a professional mangaka in her own right) gave us a two-day crash course on manga storytelling.

Part One can be found here.

Where we left off: Otsuka-sensei had gone through a super-condensed lesson about cinematography devices in manga-storytelling. He then assigned us some homework…

DAY TWO: Homework Assignment Correction, Common Mistakes in Manga Layouting

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Eiji Otsuka Workshop Recap: Cinematography in Manga

Eiji Otsuka Workshop Recap: Cinematography in Manga

Last weekend, I was very lucky to be able to attend and participate in an inspiring two-day workshop led by manga writer and Kobe Design University professor Eiji Otsuka, of MPD Psycho and Kurosagi Corpse Delivery fame. Held at Otaku Lounge, Otsuka-sensei and his student Chiharu Nakashima (a professional mangaka in her own right) gave us a crash course on manga storytelling that entirely blew my mind.

I really felt like this is the type of thing Love Love Hill tends to be really interested in, so I wanted to write a bit of a recap of my experience and share some of the lesson here 😀

I’ve broken it down into the two days and then one more entry about my own thoughts and what I synthesized most out of it. I am probably not going to delve too deeply into individual points in the actual lesson, because the presentation was so dense and to be honest I am not really sure how to do it without mass hand gesturing and visual aids, lol. I can only try my best to explain it in words here, I’m sorry. Maybe for another time.

edit: Now peppered with bad cell phone pics of the handout that we were given! Otsuka-sensei had this all in a Powerpoint presentation where we were able to see it much larger, sorry it looks so terrible, and also HAS MY TERRIBLE JUVENILE NOTES ALL OVER IT. Some of it is in French because the presentation was in French, I’m not gonna bother translating. Anyways I hope it will help to illustrate some of the more confusing points.

DAY ONE: An Introduction to the Usage of Cinematographic Language in the Art of Manga

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