Sunday, October 1, 2017

Fantasy Gifts

The parameters of popular fantasy art and gift items have been fairly rigorously defined in the scholarship on the subject ever since the 19th century.  There was a movement of science fiction and fantasy artists prior to and during the Great Depression, which were mainly cover art and comic book illustrators. One anthology about them is Infinite Worlds: The Fantastic Visions of Science Fiction Art by Vincent Di Fate (himself a prolific SF and space artist), with foreword by Ray Bradbury.

Fantasy art has traditionally been largely confined to painting and illustration, but since the 1970s has increasingly been found also in photography. Fantasy art explores fantasy, “space fantasy” (a sub-genre which incorporates subjects of alien mythology and/or alien religion), imagination, the dream state, the grotesque, visions and the unique uncanny, as well as so-called “Goth” art. Being an inherent genre of Victorian Symbolism, modern fantasy art often shares its choice of themes such as mythology, occultism and mysticism, or lore and folklore, and generally seeks to depict the inner life (gifts of soul and spirit).

Fantasy Gifts and art has been a popular integral part of art since its beginnings, but has been particularly important in mannerism, magic realist painting, romantic art, symbolism, surrealism and lowbrow. In French, the genre is called le fantastique, in English it is sometimes referred to as visionary art, grotesque art or mannerist art. It has had a deep and circular interaction with fantasy literature. Visit Flying Treasures

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

KOTOBUKIYA

In January of 1953, Kotobukiya was built as a toy store in Tachikawa city, Tokyo, with Ichiro Shimizu as its first CEO, Kotobukiya became a limited liability company. While always continuing to focus on retail sales, KOTOBUKIYA first venture into original products as a model kit manufacturer began in 1983 with Armament, there first original model kit. This was followed in 1985 with King Godzilla, there very first licensed kit. What really set apart KOTOBUKIYA from other model kit manufacturers was there acquisition of the model kit license for Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam THE-O mecha, the first time a company other than Bandai was able to release Gundam products! Our first foray into the non-kit business was in May of 1989 with soft vinyl statues and the Active Styling Figures (today branded as ARTFX Statues). Since then, they have increased our lineup with fully assembled and painted resin statues (now known as KOTOBUKIYA Fine Art Statues), Action Figures, One Coin Mini Figures and more! As a model kit manufacturer, we were always striving to further improve the material and detail and articulation of our kits. That level of commitment has continued throughout all product types that we have developed, and KOTOBUKIYA is renowned for our quality and dedication to craftsmanship. In there retail stores they hold annual sculpting and painting contests, which is judged by our in-house and other known sculptors and outside judges, including the editor-in-chief of Hobby Japan, the Japanese model magazine. The number of entries normally exceeds three hundred, with entrants from all over Japan. In fact, some of there in-house sculptors originated as entrants into the contest and other toy manufacturers have scouted many others! They have only the best toys and collectibles the industry has to offer. "KOTOBUKIYA"