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3A - 24 April, 2015 - 21:58


#DrawAJawa2015: Artwork Teasers from #chaingunart & #HappyToast

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 24 April, 2015 - 21:57
Draw A Jawa: Call For Submissions for the 2015 Edition is well under way (full details here) and we tease two splendid pieces here from David Withers AKA chaingun@ (above) and Chris of HappyToast (below). They will be revealed in full in the digital zine edition slated to launch online May 4th for Star Wars Day. Looking forward to your entries, folks!
Categories: Designer Toys, Toy News

Luke Chueh's BITCH with Munky King Drops April 26

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 24 April, 2015 - 21:39
Dropping Sunday April 26th (no exact time revealed) on is Luke Chueh's original-colorway BITCH. SRP is US$69 per, limited run of 500pcs. There will also be an exclusive signed toy + print combo available for US$80 (signed archival giclee print sized 8x10").
Categories: Designer Toys, Toy News

Dead as F#ck Bears all Leecifered up for C2E2

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 24 April, 2015 - 21:30
Lee Gajda AKA Leecifer sends over images of his customized line-up for "Dead as F#ck Champ" resin bears (original form designed by JC Rivera and made by TaskOner of "WeAreNotToys"), now on display at GalerieF's booth #554 for C2E2 in Chicago. Perfect for the upcoming launch of Avengers: Age of Ultron in the U.S. too!
Categories: Designer Toys, Toy News

"Warmly Regarded" from All Eyes And Ears for #ToyConUK

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 24 April, 2015 - 21:26
All Eyes And Ears announces the "Warmly Regarded" series of bootleggery toyness, in the form of "A real genuine fake, all original parts." featuring brand icons from ©Kaws ©Disney ©Britains ©Medicom, and available from the @toy_shack_e17 booth at ToyCon UK on Saturday 25th April 2015 - in an edition of only 10pcs. No price mentioned.
Categories: Designer Toys, Toy News

Matthew McConaughey Reacts To New Trailer - 24 April, 2015 - 21:16
Mathew's reaction pretty much sums up every person on the planet...
Categories: Star Wars

Matthew McConaughey’s Reacts To New Trailer - 24 April, 2015 - 21:16
Mathew's reaction pretty much sums up every person on the planet...
Categories: Star Wars

DBZ: Resurrection 'F' Film Seen 1 Million Times in 7 Days

Anime News Network - 24 April, 2015 - 21:10
Film sold 716,000 tickets for 960 million yen in 1st weekend
Categories: Anime

GanguStars Book Project Samples...Again!

Gangustars - 24 April, 2015 - 20:00
I'm a creative person that likes to know all the angles of things before I get a project together that will be distributed to others. With what I am doing with the GanguStars books and print items this means finding what I feel is the best format and outlet for the final piece. I've had 8 test print sample books done by a couple different Print On Demand companies. About $90 in and I have both good and bad returns. But even the bad gives me a great outlook on things, cause I know now that some orders in particular formats and a certain company will never be made.

I remarked on the previous 4-6 books I had done before a few weeks back. Yesterday I received 2 more sample prints, 1 in 8.5x11inch magazine format and 1 in 6x10inch comic size. Both were full color and on semi-gloss coated papers. And both were from different companies, maybe. I'll elaborate on that later. Neither met my expectations, and I doubt I will use either for the intended purpose, or at least not in the design style I had chosen.

Magazine Print
Right out of the shipping sleeve, it was doomed.

It's like someone used the 5 second rule when they dropped this and just quickly picked it up and dropped in the shipping pack as if no harm was done. But that is a pretty significant bit of crushing on the spine corner. Every page is damaged with the pages towards the back even slightly torn. And the issues withe the cover didn't end there. The print and trim work were out of alignment.

Even though this was designed full bleed (meaning image/ink goes full across the page), it wasn't printed that way. Or not cut that way when the final trim was made to conform to the size format. When I opened the book I found that the print alignment problems wasn't just on the cover, but throughout the entire book.

The paper quality is passable, like just about any magazine you pick up off the rack at a super market. The ink/print quality though was terrible. I kid you not, I could have had better results from my crappy old inkjet printer. My page featuring the Gobots Turbo is pink. And grainy as sandpaper.

And the grainy image issues ran the length of the magazine's pages. The color tint being off, while very noticeable in the Turbo page, only really affected maybe half the book. It really came out in the reds. I think I could offset this while making the book, but there no way I'd know I had it right without more test prints, and that could get pricey. This magazine wasn't as cheap as an issue of People or US Magazine, hell those are cheaper than just the cost I paid for shipping this test book.

Outcome of Magazine test: Never gonna happen. I will never use this format and printer for this size of print. It's worse than the Economy Color Testbook I showed a few weeks back, and way more expensive.

Comic Print
This was the print test I was more excited about. The magazine format was a bit of a "wouldn't that be cool" type of thing, while the comic format was something I wanted because it's juts more practical. Now I didn't have the same noticeable damage showing when I took this book out of it's shipping box. Thankfully. But after a second I did notice the same poor print alignment and trim. In fact worse than the magazine print.

It's off so bad that the spine is now moved onto the cover, and the right side of the cover has been pushed past the trim line and cut off. This is absolutely unacceptable. I follow the trim and alignment requirements even past the recommend settings. If the company says leave 3/4's inch I leave a full inch. And then another 1/4 inch for safety. They had to seriously screw this up to have any important bits cut off.

If you look at the back of this one its harder to see the shift. I had made sure to have the front covers on both books full bleed image, and the backs image on white. I like both, but in terms of having things printed safely and completely, the full bleed image just doesn't look to be available to me. I just wouldn't be able to trust these printers with being able to do the job correctly, and I wouldn't be able to get a re-print or refund in some instances.

And of course, the inner pages all suffer from poor printing as well. Unlike the magazine format where the problem was more due to improperly trimming the pages, this is a set-up issue.

The pages in the comic print were supposed to be full bleed, with the black highlight panels extending the full length of the pages. You're not supposed to see white lines at the top and bottom of the pages. I had even made sure to note in the order that all inside pages were "full bleed" when the project was uploaded.

The problems with the comic format print are so noticeable, and it's such a shame because aside from what I show here, it's a great looking book. The color is fantastic and spot on, the paper quality is amazing. The semi-gloss paper just really brings out the images and even the text looks bright and crisp. But there's no way to look at any of that without your eye straying to the bad print problem areas. Or at least for me that's what happens. Ultimately, what this means is I tweak this design and nix the black highlight bars in favor of white ones. I just won't be able to have the full page bleed look either.

To compare the color quality of the two books:

Look at how much nicer the red on the Gobots Turbo comic print page is. And it's clear and clean, not grainy and fuzzy like the magazine print. Even the cover printing is a notch nicer on the comic print.

Outcome of Comic test: I will use this at some point, but will just have to design to the imperfect print process the company practices.

Now I mentioned that these books were maybe printed by 2 different companies, here's a theory I've come up with. Now the orders were placed with the main offices of each Print On Demand business, each on one side of the country. Now when the order shipping notices were sent to me, both books originated from the same city, which is in neither state of the where the companies exist. My guess is that each company outsources certain print productions to outside printers. It would make sense since you can't order a magazine print and a photobook print and have them ship together. It's because they produce the products in different places. This also explains how some of the very same crappy outcomes are featured here in both test prints.

I'm not likely gonna file a complaint with each company or anything, but maybe at least inquire to the issues at hand. These were test prints, and they have done the job of alerting me to any issues for better or in this case, much worse compared to the prints I've done before.

Categories: Otaku Culture, Toy News

Xenoblade Chronicles X Previewed in English Showcase Video

Anime News Network - 24 April, 2015 - 19:40
Wii U game with openworld exploration slated for April 29 in Japan
Categories: Anime

Amazing Stop Motion Video Masterpiece - Transformers Generation

Tformers - 24 April, 2015 - 18:58
From the Youtube channel harrisloureiro who we've featured in the past comes another outstanding work of stop-motion toy animation. Transformers Generation features lots of Masterpieces and comparable third party figures in a 15 minute battle sequence that's unbelievably fluid and natural. Reportedly taking six months to complete production, this is worth every moment of your time to check out. Click through to see the embedded video - you'll be glad you did!
Categories: Transformers

J-Stars Victory VS+ Game's English Videos Showcase Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan

Anime News Network - 24 April, 2015 - 18:40
Gameplay from fighting game shipping in the West in June
Categories: Anime

ToyWorld Releases Photos Of 'Not-Swoop' Masterpiece-Style Combiner Dinobot Figure

Tformers - 24 April, 2015 - 18:30
Though it currently lacks a codename for itself, ToyWorld has unveiled a prototype of the Swoop component of their team of Masterpiece-scale Dinobots. The design takes very much after classic Swoop in having an extremely square beast mode, though it leads to a nice looking robot. Seen here also is the entire ToyWorld dinosaur team combined together, albeit made about half of prototype figures at this stage. Click through and have a look!
Categories: Transformers

Video Review - Generations Leader Class Thundercracker

Tformers - 24 April, 2015 - 18:19
PaxCybertron has posted a review to Youtube featuring Leader Class Generations Thundercracker from the third wave of Combiner Wars. The video details the sculpt changes and differences with last year's Leader Jetfire in both modes, as well as comparing it to the Masterpiece edition of Thundercracker. The video is embedded below, so click through and check it out.
Categories: Transformers

ROBOT魂 Unicorn Gundam (Psycho Frame 発光仕様) GLOWING STAGE Set REVIEW

GunJap - 24 April, 2015 - 17:12

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Categories: Toy News

Persona 4: Dancing All Night PS Vita Game's Naoto Promo Streamed

Anime News Network - 24 April, 2015 - 16:40
Romi Park voices young detective in June 25 spin-off rhythm game
Categories: Anime

New York Times Manga Best Seller List, April 12-18

Anime News Network - 24 April, 2015 - 15:30
Big Hero 6, 2 Attack on Titan volumes, Black Butler, Monster Musume, Assassination Classroom, Citrus, One Piece, Naruto, Akame ga Kill!
Categories: Anime

Celebration Anaheim 2015: Ink Infusion Tattoo Pavilion & The Force In The Flesh Booth - 24 April, 2015 - 14:51
Ink infusion was back for their fourth tattoo pavilion at Celebration Anaheim, and like the last three events, they brought with them a selection of the top tattooing talents and many, many attendees walked away with amazing Star Wars inspired tattoos. click the thumbnails above to have a closer look at the pavilion and The Force In The Flesh booth at its entrance. If you haven't already grabbed a copy of Shane Turgeon's new book The Force In The Flesh Volume II, you are missing out. Follow this link to get yours now!
Categories: Star Wars

Hyperdimension Neptunia Anime's English Dub Trailer Streamed

Anime News Network - 24 April, 2015 - 14:40
Melissa Fahn stars as Neptune in series shipping June 9
Categories: Anime

Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson's English Beta Previewed in Video, Screenshots

Anime News Network - 24 April, 2015 - 14:10
3DS game coming to N. America, Europe in digital, physical formats
Categories: Anime
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