India・・curry, people, stray cow and chaos
My family and I went to India.
As you guess..I had a severe diarrhea, medicine
didn’t work ( even the Seirogan- which is supper medicine for that in Japan
I had lost 2 kilos, because I couldn’t eat
anything before I came back from there.
Haha…it was not biggie, I love India in
I went to Belgium to join the comicon
Although I have heard about a good
reputation of great beer in Belgium.The truth..the way beyond my imagination!!
It is HEAVEN ! for beer drinkers!
I got loaded with tons of beer every single
day, I really didn’t want go back Japan.
Plus, meals were so nice, do you believe
that? I am Osaka man, I am so fussy about the food.
I felt completely surrendered the meals in
Belgium. What kind of people are they?
Comicon/FACT in Belgium
Some of my manga-fans came to our table to
say ” Hi ” to me.
Thank you guys who came to see me.
The staffs were so considerate, they often
visited our table and asked us whether or not we needed the drinks ( meals were
free about lunch and dinner) amazing !!
As usual, We had a small gathering.
Nice couple came to drink together with us.
We are sorry to upload new manga late this
time( all the time?)… our family had fourth grandkid this week!! it ‘s baby
boy! while my wife and her mother are helping her son’s wife.
Since my family is in other prefecture, I
have been alone for a while and have to take care of myself, go shopping, running
errand, cleaning a house, laundries, making meals… I feel I fed up and jaded
now, I have so many shikishi and illustrations to finish in a jiffy, Help me!!
I need a mistress’s house for evac
( this photo is me when I was around 40 and engaged in motorbike race. I like to ride away from the deep shit I ‘m getting
I met Anthony Bourdain from CNN TV Show in Tokyo
I met him in Tokyo. He is an American chef, author, and television
No Reservations ( CNN TV show..I guess)
Bourdain : No Reservations : Travel Channel
TV staffs took a shooting while we had a Japanese meal in a downtown area,
it gonna be aired this fall. (Ii got loaded and of course my English was
wrecked as you know already)
It’s been a month since I came back from LA
In LA, I met wonderful people from deferent
region with various career including local ones. We had small gathering with
them ,had a chit chat with beer.
Wow this is the life !
I also had a panel in Animecon for
manga-fans without interpreter. Even though my English is quite broken, I
believed they got a big kick out of that, Thank you people in LA. and thank you
people in LA
Actually. so many people were visiting my booth, including beautiful ladies..they said they are big fans of my works ,
AnimeExpo in L.A
We are going to L.A to join AnimeExpo at Los
Angeles Convention Center( July 4th~7th).
Our booth is # 1341, the title is Toshio
Maeda Urotsukidoji La Blue Girl.
I am also going to have Panel discussion at
LP 1 Petree hall
( 18+ ID check) from 8:00 PM~9:00PM July 4.
I really don’t know what type of talk I should give,
play it by ear?
And I am going to have signing session from
PM 5:00~ PM 6:00 July 4-5.
I am thinking to have small gathering for my
anime and manga-fan right after AnimExpo
( not each nights).
( just beer and meals or light snack//might
be Dutch treat// supposed to be a small group)
Big Wow ！
I was in San Jose to join BIG WOW again !
I met nice people there including some professionals.”
His name-Neal Adams was just as same as “God”
among us ( young-wanna-be-pro type of amateurs)
I had never dreamt of seeing him in person
in my life. But TWICE, I met him, at Philadelphia last year and San Jose this
I think I am the luckiest man in the world !
Bib Wow 2
Like Every year, you can meet fantastic
people in comi-con.
Big Wow 3
I was tied up with sketching during Big
Wow… But, last day, We had small get-together with local manga fans. it was awesome!!
Gaijin..people from other country
Lately. I have been meeting with some
people from other countries…She is Laura from London. I took her to
Akihabara, Asakusa-town and Nakano -town.
An English man
I met him in Asakusa-temple and Akihabara.
He studies 3-D anime and games… he was so popular I Akihabara among little kids.
He said he had been Hiroshima, Kyoto and Osaka…Why Hiroshima??
Before I joined MCM London Expo I took part in the movie shooting titled “Spiderlings”as a cameo part. (Wow, I got guarantee///I felt like a movie star!! must have been a ham actor”)
Gabriella is a producer of that movie and having a nice family as her movie staff member.
MCM EXPO London
We are going to MCM EXPO London soon( 26-28). You can see books, sketches and other items at the Group AD Table 3. Please come and meet me there!
See you all !
We had been in NY City to join NYCC.
It was so huge!! A lot of people were there for taking a look at the Game booth, Comics and Manga.
I had been drinking with the people from Europe.
They were the people including comic artist from Sweden and man named Jan from Switzerland They checked this site out and came to see me. Jan stayed over my place. We got a big kick out of that. Thank y’all
I saw tons of cos-play people in there. Some of them were so funny, cute and fantastic.
A man with tentacle tattoo came to our table and showed his masterpiece, thank you!
I am fixing to have a table as a special guest at NYCC (New York Comic Con) and now, I am doing some uncensored sketches for manga fans there ( I made this blur, because of the censorship in Japan) I am going to sell this kind in NYCC.
I got these…
I have changed our car to SUV and bought SONY reader (e-book like Kindle ) and MP3 player.
Actually I had scanned a lot of books myself and compressed the data for PDF files.
Now I am reading the books such as Andy Roony ( as you know already he’d passed away this year…what a big loss ) and various type of books such as medical, political, porn type, joke books…etc
You are what you read…Who the f*ck am I ?!!
Tentacles in Osaka
My family and I went to Osaka. We found out so many TENTACLES there.
Yes, it’s my home town. it is.
When ever I go back my home town, I always eat Takoyaki (octopus dumplings) and Okonomiyaki (savory pancake with various ingredients). They are so nice in Osaka.
Am I cannibal?
I have made some posters based on Urotsukidoji for London Comicon.
When Carlos and his wife came to Japan we went to Asakusa town together (looks like Kyoto?).
And now, my family and I are going to real Kyoto and Osaka(my home town).
My manga in French
I met someone who was raised in Paris and now lives in Japan.
With his help, we have a chance to publish my works in French again.
Previous publisher went bankrupt ( because of my works lol) so I really need to have my books in French.
People in Paris
We tried to go this bar (designed for manga-fan in Paris) first but it was full.
We changed the bar….horrible bar with hideous waitress. She took the order, charge.. everything so wrongfully!
People in the next photo are the ones we went out on the town together.
We are back from Paris.
There were so many people ( I took this photo very early morning)in the daytime.
Thank you all manga-fans who came to my booth.!!
I got acquainted with some people in Paris. They are so nice and easy to go around with. We went to the city to drink together. ( not at this sushi bar)
Neal Neal Neal !!
Finally I met Near Adams in Philly.
He had changed my manga-life when I encountered hid works such as the Dead Man , Bat Man, X-men etc.. I was teenage boy as apprentice for my mentor in Tokyo. He became my soul mentor since then.
We talked about his works, his inking techniques and why he had stopped inking. We could share the particular things as professional
People in Puerto Rico
You should go to Puerto Rico ! You will face their smile, intelligence, their dance and incredible coffee!!
We have met a lot of people ( some are in cosplay,some are ordinary) in US. and Mexico.
They are so nice and considerate ..and funny!!
Message from Toshio Maeda 2
Seems like some people obviously hate this Video…sorry !
People have a particular image about me as a Tentacle Master, like it or not, I m stuck with that and I should get along with it.
We dropped in at the palace where the Route 66 began on our way to Grand Canyon.Japanese young tourists didn’t’ know [ Route 66] what??
The Bus guide and I were talking about Steinbeck and the Grapes of Wrath etc…Japanese young tourist didn’t know those things neither…What the f○ck!!
One of the greatest things of being in other country is the food.
When we were in LA we went to the local restaurant and ordered a stake- salad ..It wowed us. It was big, huge.. Mega salad! In Japan, it would be the one for 4 people!!
In that photo.. We already ate some.
And we met African American couple, we took a photo together.
In San Jose
Before we went to the party, we just dropped by a coffee shop and ordered sandwich…that was so thicker than I expected, I couldn’t eat it alone.
They are so cute
Now cos-play is so prevailing all over the world. What amazed me is tha… they just put regular Japanese high-school girls uniform on with stuffed animal like kitty chan, amazing. I guess it one of influence of Japan anime or culture.
Now we are back
Hi Taniguchi, Steve and Michel, we are back from manga tour.
We went to San Jose, Puerto Rico, Philly to join comicon and met so many nice guys…they really wowed me!
I met Bernie Wrightson and Alex Nino in San Jose.Wow. (It was Big Wow-cimicon though)I was reading their works and so fascinated with them when I was around 17…I was so honored to meet them in person.
I went to Shin-okubo to cerebrate my friend after he got the Tezuka-Osamu manga award. It was so crowded in Shin –okubo. I thought there was some event or concert around there. But it was merely Korean culture or Korean pop singers fad ( Sin-okubo is well know as a Korean town)
My friend Keiga
He got that award. We have been keeping in touch for more than 30 years. Wow!
Finally…I have shown my true tentacle (out of my nose).
I sent this to Japan Expo in France as a picture of mine.
I really hope that they don’t think this is inept as a picture of the official guest for them.
I did this for my friend Brent Millis ( Made in DNA) http://amzn.to/madeindna
Photo above is original…I gave the arrangement with my taste.
And it has good credit among people just like my photo (top).
If you are my manga-fan and you really like to have that kind of emblazoned photo for the Face book or the Twitter, what ever …ask me to firstname.lastname@example.org ( It costs some)
友人の写真をこのように加工しました(上部の写真がオリジナルです）。最近はFace book とかTwitterに使用する写真の需要が多いようです。もしあなたがこのテイストをお気に入りで ご自分の写真の加工をお望みなら email@example.com へお気軽におたずねください。（有料 要相談）
Kuniyoshi the artist
Hey! No one was there in Machida Art Museum where you could see the genius Artist kuniyoshi as their exhibitions there.
My first encounter with his works was at age 17 、right after I came to Tokyo.His creepy art style struck me so much.
Kunihoshi and my works
You may not find out the affinity with my works and Kuniyoshi.
But I think, deep inside of my sense as an artist…I am influenced by those artists with old engravings.
Good Samaritan or Swindler?
The other day, One man gave me a call on skype , and he said like this ( below).
Then he sent E-mail…Wow
What do you think about that ? なんだかアフリカからすごい話が舞い込んできました、大金持ちになれそうなんですが・・
Good Samaritan or Swindler? 2
Attn; Mr. Toshio Maeda.
I am Barrister John Edwards from Republic of Ghana, also known as Gold Coast here in West Africa. I am sending you these two documents as regards our discussion yesterday on Skype. Sir, I have really been looking for this same name…… MAEDA for almost two years now, before I said I should try Skype. Like I told you in our conversation, the total amount deposited in the consignment box with the Private Security is worth $28 Million United States Dollars, and some other family treasure. My client, Late. Helbert Nii Maeda was a very successful Chinese- African Business man who come to my country Republic of Ghana to do Gold and Cocoa, until his his death, he was one of the biggest exporter of Gold from Ghana. Late Mr. Helbert died in an Auto-Crash with his wife and three Kids in Dubai, since April, 2009.
Sir, please see the Attached documents in this mail, and reply to me, so that we can make plans on how to fet the funds out of the Private Security Company in your name before they get to confiscate the funds to themselves.
Sir, I await your response to my email, so that we can start the process as soon as possible. I will handle all legal documents for you as regards the release of the funds in your name, then after get a good and reliable Diplomat to make the delivery of the box to you in your country, Japan, and then after we can meet to share on a good and agreeable percentage.
Thanks for your Understanding, and Co-operations
どうもボクを遺産の継承者にしてやるとか何とかで・・おいおい 俺俺詐欺より下手じゃんかーー でも久しぶりに笑えた。
Kamakura The Place for temples and Dates
My family ( wife, her sister, her mother) and I went to Kamakura. My wife took a picture for us. Sorry I didn’t for you.
There are so many temples and Buddha things around there.
When I was young I just used to be there for a date…on our way back, you now the thing we got some funny business. lol
A short story in my life 2
In fact ,as manga artists, we can lie ,we can crack any type of joke, including off-color jokes, politically incorrect jokes even racial slurs. Our tongues are not sugar coated. We get paid for that. We are liars.
What other profession can say that? Okay, politicians and lawyers. But they have to wear suits. whereas we manga artist can wear whatever we want.
We could go to work in a gigantic Godzilla costume, and our staff wouldn’t question it. People cut us a large amount of slack.
About 15years ago, I got an Idea for a good prank. One day at my office I put on a pair of panties with cheep pinkish polka dots on my head. Because my editor was coming for a meeting and I really wanted him to be surprised.
However, as soon as he barged into my office , he began to bubble telling me :” Sensei, I think the way we see that girl gets molested is…blah blah blah…” and all the sudden He’d left. He’d gone!! I was left alone with the panties on. Adios, ta-ta !
He didn’t mention anything about it ,not a word. It was obvious like a shit on your nose that I had had a pair of flashy panties on my head in front of him. He must’ve taken it granted. He didn’t even take a peek at it . Why? Why?
Was I considered just a crappy transvestite with unusual preference? A psycho? Or did he think I was some pathetic pervert? Thanks, douche bag !
I’m not someone who puts panties on his head in the office all the time, maybe, just once in a while.
A short story in my life
One of good things about being a manga artist is that you can play God and manipulate the fate of all the characters in the story. Their destinies are entirely in your hands.
Put simply, you are the Master of that small universe.
One day, I got up on the wrong side of the bed. I wasn’t in the mood for work and thought to myself, “I really hate my job!” Once your hobby becomes your career, you tend to lose your enthusiasm for it. Even if you thought it was your true calling in life.
However, I knew I had to come up with a new story for the month, and the editor-in-chief who kept an eye on me had been busting my butt. Of course, I realize that meeting deadlines is part of my job but, due to my nature as a procrastinator, I already had the deadline delayed once already. Another delay wouldn’t be acceptable.
All the editors knew my tricks and shady excuses. So this time, I had to play hardball otherwise they would never believe me. I really don’t know how many relatives or acquaintances I’ve “killed” over the years thanks to my silly excuses but the bodies just keep on piling up.
This time I was like, “I’m in a state of shock right now, my uncle in Osaka has passed away and I must attend his funeral ( sniffling my nose) yeah, yeah I know… You can bet I’ll be straight back to finish my work once the funeral is over. Sure, I’ll come back A.S.A.P and work on it first thing in the morning!
Seems like, I am a typical type of pathological liar. But it’s not my fault. We’re all like that. Desperate manga artists will go to ridiculous lengths to get around a dead line.
Now, back to the day I was talking about… I decided to vent my frustrations on a particular character in my manga story to let off some steam.
Okay, who’s gonna be my victim today..? Yes, this insufferable woman! She’s so prudish and arrogant, who else could be more deserving? What kind of ordeal can I put her through, I wonder..?
I started creating the sequence of events in my head. Let me see… that women had noticed that she had a hemorrhoid, big one, big, enormous mega boil around her ass caused by horrible constipation. “Nice !! “ Her butthole had swollen to hideous proportions – much like her head.
Well, it’s a nice start, yeah, not bad.
She was having a terrible morning. she had got wasted on her own last night after drinking too much and trying to forget about her boyfriend dumping her. He insisted it was him, not her, but she refused to believe what he was telling her.
She felt miserable and nauseous. She dashed into the bathroom immediately and threw up all she had in her stomach. Unfortunately her pet John, a pit-bull puppy, was there. He was always in the toilet because of his name “John.” ( Pardon the pun )
John had a nervous disposition and, as such, was scared half to death upon hearing the guttural sounds of his owner spewing down the toilet. Ugehhh….it made him panic uncontrollably. He started barking like mad before taking a leak, scratching her, then finally defecating on her face.
Her face now became like a worn ragged duster…covered in John’s excrement. She couldn’t get to work on time looking like that…she decided to call in sick.
Obviously it was a lie… but she didn’t care any more. She had nothing to lose. She was beginning to caress John, her pit-bull puppy, with his poop all over him and her face as she sat there feeling spaced out and fuzzy headed in the bathroom.
So…the title of this month’s manga will be; “ Bull shit John’s Diary.”
We were pissed again! He really is a nice bloke, hope we could hang out soon.
Mother in law
My mother in law is quite young. Although she is 85 years old, she looks young and active.
This is her vegetable curving, the white flower is made by horse radish( not the white flower on the right picture of two) ..Wow !
The other day, we met Antonio (from Mexico) and Tania (from Chili).
He explained the details of the places where we are planning to go. Thank you Antonio !
Tarzan in the Temple
I went to the temple and prayed for the blessedness. you could see the rest in the Tentacle Members Club…Please come over!
My family and I went to the traditional Japanese restaurant ( Sobaya)
And we enjoyed “Tendon” a bowl of rice topped with deep‐fried prawn( in this case). YUMMY
The other day, I went to Shibuya. Actually I don’t like big City like Shibuya, Shinjuku
and Ginza in Tokyo, being on a busy street makes me freaked out.Am I agoraphobick?
Actually someone tried to send us E-mail, but the letters have changed in a strange way.
PLEASE sent us ENGLISH ,Spanish or Japanese…otherwise we couldn’t read it.
A Chinese girl was visiting us as usual …she is definetly a happy person, always cracking jokes in Japanese. She has done very well with her Japanese.
We are preparing for Setsubun ( Bean-Throwing Festival) which means The day before the beginning of Spring. People eat the same number of beans as their age to wish for good health and saying Devils Out! Good Luck In!
El 3 de febrero se celebra en japon la vispera del Inicio de la
primavera que en japones de diria “setsubun” . Hay la costumbre
de lanzarle frejoles al demonio para que se vayan los malos
espiritus y venga la buena suerte y la felicidad al hogar . Aqui
estoy con un amigo peruano que hizo el papel de demonio y yo le
estoy lanzando frejoles.
The other day, Brendan who is living in Shinyokohama (Japan), my wife and I drunk together.. He is really a nice bloke from Britain.
These are covers of my books..seem like long lost friends to me.
The publisher brought out these books went bankrupt, so I couldn’t get money from them.. Up you!!
La noche de la convencion de manga en Puerto Rico 2012 (5/26 y 5/27) quisiera salir a tomar con los fans del manga.Los fans de manga que residen en Puerto Rico tengan la amabilidad de revisar la pagina oficial de PRCC.
Creo que saldra el aviso en el mes de enero.
正直言ってこういう漫画大会が無ければ一生プエルトリコに行く機会は無いと思う。ボクの中でプエルトリコと言えばChichi Rodriguez Jennifer Lopez Ricky Martin って感じかなーー。今回で初めて世界地図の中でプエルトリコがどこにあるか知りました（無知でごめんなさい）スペイン語と英語の両方話せるなんてすごいね、食事はスパイシーっぽいけどボクの好物だよ（ボクの胃はその案を却下してるけど）
Diciendolo sinceramente , si no se realizase esta convencion de manga , creo , que no tendria la oportunidad de ir a Puerto Rico.Lo que conozco de Puerto Rico es a los famosos Chichi Rofdriguez , Jennifer Lopez y Ricky Martin . Esta vez por primera vez pude saber donde se ubica Puerto Rico en el mapa mundial.(disculpenme por desconocer).
Me sorprende que en Puerto Rico puedan hablar español e ingles . Y creo que la comida de alla es un poco picante pero es mi comida preferida. (aunque mi estomago diga lo contrario).
Estoy esperando mucho encontrarme con todos en Puerto Rico.
I am eating the lunch with the pouty face・・・don’t know why.
In a Mall
A man I saw was drinking alone alternately sake , beer and something //wow,a real boozer!!
My family and I went to the grave and prayed.I can enjoy my life while it lasts.
New year days
Relatives has come to our place and ate sushi (my favorite) and drunk sake… This is the life! (woman my back is my wife)
This is the cover art for anime-book.
I found out this from the books piled up in the corner of my room.
you can read more on the pages of MENBERSHIP (Illustration)!
You can enjoy other illustlations.
Usually I take a nap everyday ( old men are obsessed just like that, right?)
In the mountain side of Bali, you can take a nap everywhere…because that climate, not so hot not too humid!
I really go back there again!!
いやーーー 昼寝好きのボクにとっては（爺ぃです はい）バリは本当に良かった, 気候は最高だからどこでも寝られる環境、またもどりたいなーーー
Now, we take orders of full-colored T-shirts. Right 2 photos (front and back) are Type A (order No,002) $８９:９０.
It comes with the printed art of that T-shirt and my autograph on it ( it’s my hand writing, not printed )
Please ask anything to firstname.lastname@example.org I’m waiting for your orders !!
It has Chinese character 「触手」（which is meaning “Tentacles”) on their sleeves.
Left (2 Photos) is Type B (order No,００３) $８９:９０.
I have a weak stomach, so I ate rice porridge every single morning in Bali…yummy !
I am back!
Sorry,,,I was not well after I came back from Bali Island.
Now I am getting much better!!
This is the place, villa type of accommodation (looks homely) we had stayed in Bali.
I felt like a king in this room…no slaves…no dancers, just a nice bedroom and a pool and ice cold beer…good enough!
Although we had a nice pool I didn’t swim…my wife and her sister did.
I like just sitting, drinking beer and watching girls in skimpy bikini on the pool side (definitely not this time )
I am going to Bali Island this week and will be back around 9th …until then I can’t upload this page!
My grand mother
This is me ( 2 and half year kid) and my grand mother who was an educator.
She taught me a lot about ABC of language.
We went on the town…and were boozing up!
They are so funny, a man in the middle being wigged has a beautiful daughter ( I really think that she was born with IVF using other man’s seed)
This is other racing photo you looked it before…You can take a look at my face this time.
Now I am doing for the Art book
#1 rough sketch ( The editor in chief said it was too adult)
#3 Finish work ( penciling)
#4 Study for character
All in all…you have to adjust and compromise to some degree for kids art books
Am I selling out ? Am I prostituting…?
We found out nice old fashioned Soba (buck-wheat) restaurant.
buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum)
These are Soba-noodles. I like any type of noodles…I know you Western people don’t like to hear sounds of slurping,, it is considered bad manners to slurp when you eat, However we Japanese do that whenever we eat noodles….Ha-ha
Shops for Dried Fish
This is one of those shops selling dried fish or dumplings made by fish.
En la region de Hakone , se encuentran bastantes tiendas que venden pescado seco . Y los visitantes lo compran como regalo para sus familiares y amigos.
Dumplings as souvenir were rapped by beautiful paper…must be expensive!!
Who is this Lady?
When I tried to smile or make funny face, one old lady did it too behind me like standing ghost. She is my mother in law ( ８５ years old) who is so funny, I love her.
La persona que esta atras mio es mi mama . Siempre bromea conmigo y es una persona muy divertida.
En esta foto , saca la lengua y pone una cara mas graciosa que la mia . Como siempre esta jodiendo.
What is that?
Black and yellow one you could see over there was some kind of creature in the sea or banana?
This is the Ryokan
This is the old Japanese style Inn ( Ryokan) we were staying for two days. In the day time, they serve sea food meals to visitors.
I wish I was bringing other “sea food” for the night .
Din Din Time
I ordered sake (Japanese rice wine) which is very fitting to a T with sashimi style of raw fish.
OMG !! Please God, forgive my sinful act to gobble the lobster in raw style….It was so yummy!
This is dinner of Japanese cuisine…they dished out plenty of meals, thanks !
My Gigantic Tentacle・・・
It is lurking inside of the towel. When it’s revealed, you gonna be scared the shit out of that ( because of limp noodle ? )