Thursday, March 26

Owari Taiko

Owari Taiko尾張太鼓』is a 250 year old style of drumming originating in Owari, outside Nagoya, Japan.  The double drums 『太鼓』are accompanied by shakuhachi 『尺八』flute playing and were performed at shrines during the autumn harvests.

My teachers Murase sensei (flute) and Kodama sensei (front)! 
They gave me my first lessons and set of bachi.
I found Murase's daughter's wedding on Youtube! Miss those guys.

I had no idea her husband was also an amazing drummer!

Junior Taiko Competition - Aichi-ken

尾張太鼓 練習ビデオ

Owari Taiko practice video

Murase sensei gave me a DVD to practice with and wouldn't you know it, I came across a video of the SAME guy!  My DVD is a copy of a very dated (like 1995ish?) VHS - so it was so cool to see the SAME GUY years later!

This particular drum beat is the hardest in the series and I have significant trouble with it.  But I'll get it someday.

Here's what super pros look like

Wednesday, March 25

Tuesday, March 24

Music to Motivate

I listen to this to when I need a boost

Monday, March 23

Pirates of Mars comic art process

Hi everyone,

JJ and I are so excited that Pirates of Mars has 19 great reviews on Comixology! Wow!!  Thank you for reading! 

We release another super-sized 33 page issue the first week of April - stay tuned!

In the mean time, here are some (very old now) pages from issue 1, going from pencils to inks to color. 

(Because the comic was released in black and white first, the lettering was done before colors.)