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Comic Book Art: Katana by Juan Jose Ryp Comic Book Art 05 NOV 2013

DC’s New 52 version of Katana sees her joining Black Canary and Starling as the third member of the Birds of Prey. Katana is described as a lethal fighter who has spent the last year waging war on the Yakuza clan that is responsible for the death of her husband. She is rumored to be mentally unstable due to her belief that her husband’s soul, whom she often converses with in Japanese, resides in her sword.

After a number of adventures with the Birds of Prey, Katana leaves the group in order to keep an eye on a cult of assassins known as the Daggers. She later accepts membership in Amanda Waller’s new Justice League of America in exchange for information on her husband’s murderers.

This time around, Spanish comic book artist Juan Jose Ryp dips into his artbook and produces this fantastically detailed depiction of a rather battered Katana seemingly in a rather fragile predicament.

comic book art katana by juan jose ryp

Shakugan no Shana Cosplay: Shana (Yuki Mashiro) Cosplay 03 NOV 2013

Today’s cosplay entry borrows a character from Yashichiro Takahashi’s successfull light novel series (and anime adaptation), Shakugan no Shana, played out by the rather talented Japanese cosplayer: Yuki Mashiro!

In the never-ending battle to ensure balance in this world, Shakugan no Shana’s Shana technically bears no name and is only interested in one thing – slicing up anything that would effect the balance. Befriending by a Torch unlike any other, Yuji Sakai, Shana is gifted the name mainly because a) it gives Yuji something to call her and b) it is better than being called by her full title which is Flame-Haired Blazing-Eyed Hunter.

She is what is called a Flame Haze and wields a nodachi named Nietono no Shana. Although not human, she does seem to carry many of their traits, and as her relationship with the Torch named Yuji deepens, so she as a character further evolves.

Oh, and she has a disturbing love for all things melon bread.

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Shakugan no Shana Cosplay: Shana (Uriu) Cosplay 24 SEP 2013

Today’s cosplay entry borrows a character from Yashichiro Takahashi’s successfull light novel series (and anime adaptation), Shakugan no Shana, played out by the rather talented Japanese cosplayer: Uriu!

In the never-ending battle to ensure balance in this world, Shakugan no Shana’s Shana technically bears no name and is only interested in one thing – slicing up anything that would effect the balance. Befriending by a Torch unlike any other, Yuji Sakai, Shana is gifted the name mainly because a) it gives Yuji something to call her and b) it is better than being called by her full title which is Flame-Haired Blazing-Eyed Hunter.

She is what is called a Flame Haze and wields a nodachi named Nietono no Shana. Although not human, she does seem to carry many of their traits, and as her relationship with the Torch named Yuji deepens, so she as a character further evolves.

Oh, and she has a disturbing love for all things melon bread.

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Shakugan no Shana Cosplay: Shana (Yaya) Cosplay 04 SEP 2013

Today’s cosplay entry borrows a character from Yashichiro Takahashi’s successfull light novel series (and anime adaptation), Shakugan no Shana, played out by the rather talented Japanese cosplayer: Yaya!

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In the never-ending battle to ensure balance in this world, Shakugan no Shana’s Shana technically bears no name and is only interested in one thing – slicing up anything that would effect the balance. Befriending by a Torch unlike any other, Yuji Sakai, Shana is gifted the name mainly because a) it gives Yuji something to call her and b) it is better than being called by her full title which is Flame-Haired Blazing-Eyed Hunter.

She is what is called a Flame Haze and wields a nodachi named Nietono no Shana. Although not human, she does seem to carry many of their traits, and as her relationship with the Torch named Yuji deepens, so she as a character further evolves.

Oh, and she has a disturbing love for all things melon bread.

Continue reading

Mark Beachum: Samuree #4 Cover (1989) Comic Book Art | Comic Books 19 JAN 2013

This piece of cover art is being put up here because I fondly remember owning the comic book back in my late teens and early twenties when my 7th floor apartment’s one corner was pretty much overrun by my comic book collection.

If you have never heard of it, Continuity Publishing, also known as Continuity Comics, was an American independent comic book company formed by Neal Adams in 1984, publishing comics until 1994. Samuree: Mistress of the Martial Arts was one of the titles published by Continuity, created by Neal Adams and then continued by writers Elliot S. Maggin and Peter Stone for its initial nine issue run. Although over the course of the nine issues a number of artists were used for the interior art, Mark Beachum is probably the primary artist associated with Samuree, in part to all his interior work, but most definitely for his eye-catching (rather 80’s styled if you look at them now) covers.

As for who Mark Beachum is, well he is an American comic book and multi-media artist known for his highly eroticized renditions of female super heroines such as Flare and Samuree. Right.

In any event, here is the pretty cool cover art featured on issue four of the original Samuree: Mistress of the Martial Arts comic book:

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continuity_Comics

Detective Comics Cosplay: Talia al Ghul (Klytaemnestra) Cosplay 24 JUN 2012

Our cosplay entry comes today courtesy of the suitably dark (well for this shoot at least) cosplayer Klytaemnestra, who brings to life a very ready for business (sword and all) Talia al Ghul from the Batman universe.

The now-estranged daughter of Ra’s al Ghul, Talia al Ghul first made her appearance in Detective Comics #411 back in 1971. She has been a long time love interest of Batman, culminating in her being the mother of his son Damian Wayne, the fifth Robin.

Talia has long been a complex character, straddling the line of neither heroine nor villainess. She has committed many criminal acts in her service to her father, but never for personal gain, but at the same time she has saved Batman’s life on numerous occasions as well as help bring about the downfall of Lex Luthor.

In terms of abilities, Talia is an Olympic-level athlete, having been trained since birth in many forms of martial arts. She is also quite proficient with most hand weapons, and her ability as a hand to hand fighter is often underestimated.

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talia_al_Ghul

Blood-C Cosplay: Saya Kisaragi (K Miyuko) Cosplay 06 MAY 2012

The big name Korean cosplayers grabbed a lot of attention when they first burst in on the scene with their immaculate photo shoots, attention to detail and just plain cute factor, and one of those girls leading the pack was cosplayer K Miyuko, this time around picking up a neatly sharpened blade and assuming the persona of Saya Kisaragi, the kind hearted, clumsy, but skilled with a katana protagonist from the latest entry in the Blood the Last Vampire franchise, Blood-C.

Voice by Nana Mizuki for the anime, Saya is the main character in Blood-C, an upbeat and cheerful girl who is extremely kind and particularly overly polite. Despite her athletic prowess when it comes to sport, she comes across as quite a klutz, and is often falling over or tripping over things, never mind always arriving late for school!

However, what her friends around her don’t know, is that Saya lives a second life in which she trains under her father as a miko as well as a swordsman. Her sworn duty is to hunt the monsters that inhabit the town, the Furukimono, and it is during these bloody and vicious battles that her true nature awakens…

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blood-C