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Jab Strong… FIERCE!

Jab Strong Fierce @ gallery nucleus
Me as Sakura!

This past Saturday night, April 25, Gallery Nucleus hosted an opening party for the Street Fighter tribute art show, JAB STRONG FIERCE! It was a really cool event, albeit a very crowded one.

My boyfriend, my friend, and I went in costume– obviously, I cosplayed Sakura. My friend Valerie cosplayed Chun Li and my boyfriend went as Fei Long… I mainly did it because I wanted to get a 15% discount on a couple of archival prints I’ve been meaning to purchase from the gallery. Mwahaha. I am now a proud owner of Becky Cloonan’s “Lee” and Scott Campbell’s “Tree Spirit with Bike”!

I also meant to take more photos of cosplayers and such at the event; but since I was in costume myself, it was hard for me to balance the cosplayer/photographer game. Which is pretty lame… but at some point, I’ll have to figure out how to downplay the cosplay (on the rare occasions I dress up in public these days) while getting good shots!

My boyfriend even won second place in the cosplay competition they hosted that night! He won a shirt, an art print, and a copy of the Street Figther tribute book published by Udon Entertainment.

The art at the show was really cool though and a lot of them I loved. Unfortunately, I don’t really do well in incredibly crowded, small spaces so I didn’t get to enjoy the pieces as I would have liked to. Still, I manage to snap a shot with Cloonan’s painting, so that made me happy!

Jab Strong Fierce @ gallery nucleus

I’m pretty sure I missed out on a lot of cooler things at the opening though. It was hard for me to navigate because of the tight crowd… either way, I’m glad I went. The show will be up till May 11, so go check it out!
Jab Strong Fierce @ gallery nucleusJab Strong Fierce @ gallery nucleus

For more photos, please visit my flickr set!

Becky Cloonan’s East Coast Rising

Among Tokyopop’s OEL books, I was certainly looking forward to Becky Cloonan’s East Coast Rising. I’ve been a devoted watcher of her deviantart account and her artwork certainly stands out among the thousands of online artists burying themselves on that online art community. Her character designs and line work are all very… I want to say, ‘bold’… but that seems so cliché to say (then again, most adjectives that people use to describe art are all so overused. It’s probably better if I don’t try and talk about the way she draws).

As for the book itself, I found it to be very rewarding. Some part of the story and transitions in some pages was somewhat awkward for me, but I didn’t mind having to flip back and re-read in order to understand what was going on. The entire first volume was a fun read, setting you up for the three-volume story, and certainly promises fun in the future with Cloonan’s very colorful characters. My personal favorite so far is Deathsnake– I know he’s going to do some fairly nutty stuff in the next volumes, for sure! And, he had cool hair.

I also love how Cloonan turns our own world into something almost unfamiliar, turning it into a stage for the purposes of pirate adventures on the sea. We get a glimpse of Jersey– which I assumed was New Jersey gone completely awry– and it looked completely unlivable. There is mention of Manhattan, and I think it will be interesting how Cloonan has transformed these cities for her stories. Right now, it is the sea that seems to make the most sense in terms of human habitation in the story. What has happened to the people on land when there seems to be monsters and pirates running a muck in the ocean?