PIXIV ALMANAC (UDON 2012 in Review)

January 8th, 2013

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Hatsune Miku, Black Rock Shooter, and hundreds of talented artists make their North American debut!

Featuring over 2 million members, PIXIV is Japan’s ultimate online art community. The web site allows creators to show off their work, share feedback, collaborate on projects and grow into even better artists. With nearly a dozen Pixiv-related art book collections released in Japan, 2012 finally saw the first of these amazing collections make their way to North America!

PIXIV ALMANAC collects the artwork of nearly 200 artists from Japan, Korea, and around the world, showcasing a wide variety of artistic styles, from colourful manga and anime-influenced illustrations to cutting-edge CG and digital painting. In addition, it is the first official North American license of two massively popular Japanese character creations, Hatsune Miku and Black Rock Shooter!

pixivalmanac-preview-03HATSUNE MIKU: “Born” in 2007, Hatsune Miku is a Japanese virtual idol—a computer generated singing sensation who has sold out shows on both sides of the Pacific. Created by Crypton Future Media as the ‘face’ of their synthesizer software, Miku’s popularity continues a meteoric rise around the world! PIXIV ALMANAC is the first English-language book to feature Hatsune Miku, and the book features a selection of the over 200,000 Miku drawings posted to PIXIV, as well as a double page feature entitled “Miku Append” introducing the character, software, and goods!

BLACK ROCK SHOOTER: A character created by artist “Huke” and posted to the PIXIV website, Black Rock Shooter’s stunning character design and original art inspired music, thousands of illustrations, an OVA, TV anime series, video games, manga, and more! The dystopian science-fiction heroine has become a symbol of the power and promise of PIXIV worldwide, and the character appears in dozens of illustrations and a special two-page appendix in PIXIV ALMANAC!

Featuring nearly a thousand pieces of original artwork, PIXIV ALMANAC is a must-own art book for anime, manga, Japanese culture, and art fans around the world!

PIXIV ALMANAC

Price (U.S.): $39.99

ISBN: 1-926778-35-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-926778-35-8
Diamond: SEP111258

Format: Softcover
Page Count: 258, Color
Size: 8.25″ wide X 11.75″ long

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Check out this huge gallery of amazing art from the pages of PIXIV ALAMANC: