Whilst most people and all the quakebook team love the quakebook cover it was decided it wouldn’t be as appropriate and effective for a Japanese version of the book. I immediatly thought of Linda Nakanishi’s wonderful lotus flower illustration which has a more inspiring and positive message behind it. Linda explains the symbolisim of the image here. A reminder that book is out and available to buy here (US) or here (UK) buy the book and help Japan!
Quakebook is now available to buy from Amazon. I’m proud to have been a part of the excellent project and to have worked with some amazing people to get the the Quakebook project out there. It started with a tweet from Our Man in Abiko calling for stories and experiences of people who have been affected in some way by the devastating earthquake, and the aim to raise funds for the Red Cross. The contributions have come from a wide variety of sources, and include photographs, personal accounts, drawings; each telling their own tale. I worked on bringing the design all together. Using James Whites fabulous poster for the front cover and contacting a number of other designers such as the fabulous Linda Yuki Nakanishi to include their work (whose work is now being used for the Japanese cover). To find out more visit the official blog and join the facebook group to keep up to date.
Our second book is officially out! I photographed, wrote and designed the thing over a long torturous year. Big up to Miki who provided loads and loads of translation skills, expertly written emails and limitless patience. Very happy its out and it looks fantastic. To see for yourself check it out here.
Twin Magazine has just published it’s latest issue with a double spread all about us. We’re going to try our best not to let the fame get to our heads. Click on the image below to see an enlarged version.
Christopher D Salyers has a great new book out on Vending machines featuring two of my photos. Vending machines – Coined Consumerism is by MBP the same publisher as Idle Idol. The first one was snapped at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. There must be a lot of thirsty people who visit that place. The second is somewhere in Tokyo, possibly Shinagawa. There are beer vending machines everywhere in Japan. Children below the legal drinking age must be a lot more well behaved as something tells me this wouldn’t work in England.
Idle Idol gots it’s first mention in print in the excellent Wired Magazine, check it out on page 58. We’ve been put in a section called ‘cultural picks of the month’. Wired says the book is out April! Continue reading
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Idle Idol now on amazon to pre-order. Exciting and due out only two days after our birthday on May 10th.
Our new book ‘Idle Idol’ published by Mark Batty Publisher is due out next year in April. Its packed full of info on Japans wonderful 3D characters, learn their names, origins and stories. For a sneak peak visit our Flickr set and check our new site www.idleidol.net in the coming months.
Wow, a nice little write up about us in the May issue of creative review in conjunction with the forthcoming book badge button pin.
A Little review in the April edition of Arena about Badge Button Pin the new badge book by Gavin Lucas which comes out soon. A selection of our badges appear along side Eboy. Heres Gavins Myspace page for more.