Monday, September 21, 2009

Japan Illustrator's Festival

It figures, that when the Metropolis does list an anime-related event, that it'd leave out some of the more important details. Case in point - The Japan Illustrator's Festival. The advertising for this event went up in front of the UDX building a couple of weeks ago. Last Friday, it was included in the Met's "Forums and Expos" section as: "Exhibiting the works of Japan’s best illustrators. Sep 19-21, 11am-7pm, free. Akiba Square UDX Building."

What's missing is that this was an art gallery event with the aim of selling limited edition lithographs. The only name I recognized was "Amano", and he's been getting a lot of play at these gallery events lately, meaning that he's gotten over-exposed. Some of the other illustrators were very high-quality, very professional and polished, but we're talking $3,000 to $5,000 (USD) for a copy (most were 50 or 100 copy runs) of a painting, and I didn't bother to look up any of the artist's names.

If I knew that this was just another art gallery promoting a handful of their clients, I wouldn't have bothered making the trip in to Akihabara just for that. (Naturally, they don't allow pictures. But, you can see what they're selling at their website.)

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