30 March 2011
The book is the best insane translation of Batman ever. Kuwata was given American scripts, which he adapted loosely for Japanese tastes. The Manga are at their best when they let go of Western story conventions or model guides for the characters. In this, I found my inspiration for my next figure.
All of the basics are here, proportionally, and it has a Manga-influenced face that I wanted for my Bat-Manga.
The biggest challenge for this work was the colour. The Manga were usually done in grey tone on manilla paper. It appeared that Bat-Manga had a two-tone cape (most likely to allow for detail in the artwork) and stripes on his boots and gloves. I took my best guess and went for a combination of black, blue, and grey.
Book co-editor Saul Ferris listed his contact information and he was very enthusiastic about the figure. He provided wonderful insight into the art, along with some images from his vast collection. He wanted a Bat-Manga! Man Statue based on the colour data from his collection.
I enjoyed working on the statue, because it gave me the opportunity to change the sculpt and create a mold of the character. I designed a base platform using the colours and imagery from the Manga and re-tooled the costume to match the art. I had to be careful to level the mold correctly to get a good flow for the resin.
Saul gave some wonderful art direction, which really improved the statue. I think his colour palette works much better than my original one. I intend to re-paint my original figure, possibly lightening the grey tights a bit more.
The best part of the deal has been making Saul's acquaintance. He wants more- Robin The Boy Wonder and my favorite villain Lord Death Man. I had planned a set of four characters, so perhaps I should make a few more...
Will Bat-Manga continue?
Will Lord Death Man haunt Bat-Manga from the
grave (or the next toy shelf)?
Will we learn the identity of the fourth statue?
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