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If your plans to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Studio Ghibli don’t include a tattoo sleeve inspired by some of Hayao Miyazaki’s most beloved films, well … then maybe you’re not a real fan.
The work of Andy Kurth of Electric Chair Tattoo in Clio, Michigan, this amazing sleeve features characters and scenes from Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle.
The Ghibli Museum is already a place of pilgrimage for devotees of legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, but one fan dreams of something more, something bigger: a Disneyland-style theme park devoted to Studio Ghibili’s works. Ghibli Land, if you will.
Japanese illustrator Takumi has drawn a map of this hypothetical theme park, whose design appears to be based on Tokyo Disneyland. However, here Howl’s Moving Castle stands (presumably only briefly) at the center, and Tarzan’s Treehouse is replaced with My Neighbor Totoro‘s. You’ll also notice Princess Mononoke‘s Irontown, the Spirited Away bathhouse and more, all encircled by the Cat Bus monorail.
Although most of us will likely never visit the Ghibli Museum, dedicated to the animation works of the renowned Studio Ghibli, we can feel like we have. Or a teeny-tiny part of us has, at least … and only the outside. But still …
RocketNews24 showcases the spectacular Ghibli Museum “Minituart,” a miniature papercraft model of the museum available at the gift shop (it’ll set you back about $690 for the completed diorama). As you can see from the photos, it’s amazingly detailed, right down to the giant robot on the roof to the Totoro at the ticket counter.
Welcome to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy at our local comic shop based on certain spending limits — $15 and $30 — as well as what we’d get if we had extra money or a gift card to spend on a “Splurge” item.
It had to happen; I’m so uninspired by this week’s offerings, I’d skip the $15 altogether and go straight for the $30 option, which I’d spend on the Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man by Brian Michael Bendis Premiere Edition Vol. 1 HC (Marvel, $24.99); I ended up skipping out on the single issues after #3 because of the price, but I enjoyed it enough that I’d happily pick up the collection.
If I were looking to splurge even more than that, there’s also the Spider-Man: Spider-Island Companion HC (Marvel, $39.99), which gives me a chance to catch up on the peripheral titles from the recent event; I picked up the Spider-Girl series, but missed out on the well-reviewed Cloak and Dagger and other books.
You know who is getting a lot of my money this week? Abrams, that’s who: I’m going two for two on their releases this week.
If I had $15, I’d keep it all-ages, with their Explorer: Mystery Box anthology, edited by Kazu Kibuishi, who was also responsible for the Flight anthologies, so you know the talent lineup will be stellar. At $10.95, the paperback edition won’t break the bank, and it’s a good deal for 128 pages of full-color comics. That leaves just enough for issue #5 of Roger Langridge’s Snarked ($3.99).
If I had $30, I’d put Snarked back on the shelf and pick up another Abrams book with a more adult subject: My Friend Dahmer ($17.95 for the paperback). Derf Backderf went to school with Jeffrey Dahmer; one grew up to be a cartoonist, one became a serial killer. I’m always interested in how people evolve, and by all accounts, Backder’s story of the young Dahmer is fascinating.
Splurge: A big pile of manga! This is Viz’s big release week for comics stores, and they have a lot of worthy titles: Vol. 19 of Naoki Urasawa’s outstanding 20th Century Boys, vol. 6 of the lovely pseudo-historical shoujo drama The Story of Saiunkoku ($9.99), vol. 9 of the I-want-to-be-a-mangaka drama Bakuman ($9.99), and the first volume of a new series about a sassy girl in a new school, The Devil and Her Love Song ($9.99). There are some weeks when I can barely figure out how to spend any money at all, but between Abrams and Viz and BOOM!, this week really does bring an embarrassment of riches.