パチモンサミット 2010 冬 Patchworked monsters Summit 2010 Winter

Today was Pachimon Summit, possibly one of the most bizarre events of the Soft Vinyl calendar. For those not in the know, Patchworked Monster Summit is an underground (in more than one sense of the word) talk show focussing on bootleg kaiju toys and other ephemera. It’s held in the Loft +1, a basement bar in Shinjuku. 3 Japanese gents sit up on the stage showing off their bootleg discoveries on a big screen while the audience listens, eats cabbage and drinks beer. Interspacing the chat are costumed fights, YouTube videos (Poly Station 3?!?), old records and TV shows.

Frankenstein Aeroplane

After the chat show a is toy lottery where, for the lucky, all that beer, gyoza and nachos turns into a bonanza of exclusive unpainted and one-off toys. Otaku Heaven or Flipper’s delight, depending on the recipient.

When the lottery’s over the tables are swept away, the chairs are folded, and the Loft+1 is transformed into a basement Pachi Kaiju Market. No Godzilla, Darth Vader or Puricure 5 here, just 100% original goods from an eclectic mix of modern toy makers.

Figlab Table

Then that’s it, show’s over, time to go home!

Galaxy Villains

My most productive sketching time seems to be between Chigasaki and Fujisawa on the Tokaido line, with aliens drawn on receipts and on the bottom of crossword puzzles. The sketches are usually finished waaay before the crosswords are. Here are a few of those little rushed drawings, showing the next push in the Galaxy People line: the villains

.I’m half-finished sculpting the Space Pirate at the top, so a full reveal shouldn’t be too far off.

Okay, first post on this new blog. This is the place to come to find out about all things ‘Galaxy People’. I’ll be throwing up pictures here of new releases, work in progress, character backgrounds, drawings, and inspiration. All this hopefully on a semi-regular basis!