Original anime graphic tees and posters
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Boomslank 2019 Convention Schedule

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2015 International Festival of Raleigh

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I recently volunteered to assist in preparing the Japan booth for the 2015 International Festival of Raleigh. The theme for this year was "30-year history" so we did a theme of the 30-year history of Japanese games.

Booth

The group came up with an awesome idea of designing the booth to resemble the first level of Mario and the other to look like Pac-Man! Then we invited people to take pictures in front of the backdrops (this was very popular with the kids). The images were hand created by a talented member of the Nippon Club of the Triangle.  

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On the left side, we created a timeline of noteworthy Japanese games and technology spanning 30 years (and yes there is a slight Nintendo bias ^_^").

 

We provided props to make the pictures more entertaining (I think it worked ^_^).

The booth was popular with adults too.

familiar faces

I even met some familiar faces! The two ladies to the left (viewer's left)  in beautiful Lolita fashion are regular acquaintances at Animazement anime convention and are always in amazing cosplay! 

Needless to say volunteering at the festival and working with the Nippon Club of the Triangle was a lot of fun and I may do so again next year. ^_^

Happy birthday P-shinobi!

P-Shinobi from Boomslank on Vimeo.

 

Happy Birthday P-Shinobi!!

 

To his many fans, he is P-shinobi. To us he is David, our brother, and the beating heart of Boomslank. Join us in wishing our wonderful partner in crime, a wonderful birthday today.

 

P.S. P-Shinobi, I didn't get you anything :p

February 26, 2014 by Justin A

The new Hunter x Hunter is every bit as good as the old one!

(image is courtesy of kingdoms-fansub.com)

Let me start off by saying that CrunchyRoll on Roku is a god send. I can't stress that enough. For the price of a decent lunch each month, you get to watch a ridiculous amount of anime in HD. P.S I am not paid to promote CrunchyRoll, but I know a good thing when I see it and I don't mind telling others about it.

My current anime rotation, includes a lot of shows. Some not so exciting, others kinda relaxing and then some that you just have to watch like your life depended on it. Thats where Hunter X Hunter comes in.  I was always a fan of this show. So when they stopped abruptly, it really hurt me. Then suddenly I find out there is a continuation of the show on CrunchyRoll. I did notice that it appeared to be a remake. So Initially I was quite skeptical. I am not a big fan of remaking shows. Most shows never survive being revived with cleaner more advanced forms of animation. For all those new advancements, the storyline tends to surfer a lot. So my skepticism sustained my prejudice agains the the new Hunter x Hunter till my brother (P-shinobi) kept singing its praise and continuously recommending that I should resume watching it.

I finally relented and gradually sampled some of the old episodes and worked my way back up to where the previous version ended. And I gotta say, it didn't take long and I was hooked again. That feeling you get from watching a really really good show came surging. That feeling that says, "Sure is 2a.m and you have work tomorrow, but one more episode couldn't hurt". The new show extends the previous one with some new impressive and unusual villains. Thats all I am going to say. Needless to say, I have been reduced to patiently waiting for the release of a new episode every Wednesday. 

Hunter x Hunter is one show that doesn't seem to miss a beat. It is immune to the problem a lot of anime shows have to deal with. Most long running shows tend to loose momentum after a while. They are plagued with a barrage of inconsistencies. Character (strengths/power levels) relative to each other stop making sense (looking at you Bleach) . Hunter x Hunter does a very good job of managing its characters and maintaining consistency when it comes to what they are capable of. And I am truly appreciative of that fact. Not to mention it has a really unique story line. I think thats the secret sauce. A GREAT story line.

If you were once a fan of this show, please consider the new episodes, they are by no means disappointing. And if you were never aware of such a show, I envy you because you get to watch one of the greatest anime shows from scratch with a fresh mind. :)

February 09, 2014 by Justin A

A little halloween fun.

halloween

A quick little artsy in the Halloween spirit (no pun intended). Hope you all had a fun Halloween! ^_^. I have not uploaded much lately, I have drawn a few things that are to be uploaded soon.

November 03, 2013 by Justin A

Meet Ai-Fi... the new face of Japanator.

Ai-Fi

Tim contacted us wanting us to create a new mascot for them. They wanted someone who had a bit of a mechanical/android nature. I wouldn't bore you with the details. But lets just say, they had some very specific interests. 

Our artist talks about what inspires him and artists he looks up...



Our artist talks about what inspires him and artists he looks up to.

September 25, 2013 by

Our artist P-shinobi talks about artists that inspire him, where...



Our artist P-shinobi talks about artists that inspire him, where his inspirations comes from and how he gets better at his craft.

September 22, 2013 by

Commissions


So a couple of weeks ago, my kid brother the artist told me that he is quitting his job at Walgreen. He plans to pursue a full-time job as a free lancer. I gotta say I was over joyed to hear that. Here I was preaching about following your passion and not actually having the gut to do it. And my kid brother has taken the first step to realizing his dreams. And you know I'll be there every step of the way to lend whatever support I can.