My last post was a bit of a downer, right? Well never fear, I don't really believe e-readers are the ultimate doom of all book store everywhere, really!
- if you want a really sweet publication, the writing, photography and print quality will have to be awesome.
- on the other hand, Japanese manga is printed on the lowest grade paper but usually complied into a huge book with many other continuing stories (like Shonen Jump) and is sold at a ric-dic-u-lously low price (about $3.50 for 200 pages) And they continuously out-sell American comics big time.
- so fast reads like comics will have to get cheaper and be digitally available, and the slow-reading coffee table books will have to improve the quality to be worth the $.
Anyway, so that's my personal take on it. But I'm always a fan of anything that gets people reading. Reading (any kind) is so essential to the art of slowing down time.
JAPAN STYLE + KOREA STYLE from Tuttle Books
I didn't know anything about Korean style, and am amazed at it's modern, Western qualities. I love using these books to help with my environment painting and perspective! Sometimes I sit down to a white piece of paper and think "Oh god, what am I going to draw? Where do I start?" but these really help in choosing a view point or just something interesting to draw.
Also instrumental in slowing down time, chocolate pretzels and Rilakuma! Al + Tomoko sent us this fabulous Mister Donut 『ミスド』 fukubukuro! いいね!