Happy Kaiju Holidays !
Just a reminder I will be at the Japanese American National Museum very soon 😉 A good chance to meet Gerald and get his autograph and photo ! Details below !
Plus, a few customs in the museum store, new Kaiju vs Heroes merch ( these wooden pins are amazing ! ). Check out their web store for ordering info: https://janmstore.com/collections/kaiju-vs-heroes
Wishing everyone a healthy and happy 2019 ! We already have a bunch of sofubi projects lined up for 2019 and a nice event in Tokyo, too 😉
Japanese American National Museum Sunday, January 6, 2019 12:30 PM—2:00 PM
Conversation with Kaiju vs Heroes artist Mark Nagata about his latest special limited edition toy figure, an homage to the character portrayed by Martial Artist / Actor Gerald Okamura in the movie Big Trouble in Little Tokyo which is being released that day.
Nagata and Okamura will sign figures and a special print release.
More info, times, etc here: http://www.janm.org/events/artculture/
My exhibit Kaiju vs Heroes is now open !
The exhibit is about my Art and Toys .. but there is a sub text to this all and it involves the Internment of my parents during World War 2, when they were only 14 years old. I think curator Maria Kwong did a masterful job of telling my families story as it’s framed by this history ( which is the main purpose of the museum ) but still making it a Fun show for all ages.
There’s a very cool, interactive Kaiju Eyezon game, and a VR experience of my Toy room ! Finally at the end is a film that puts all this into a nice summery.
This whole journey started out as showing off my cool toys but has awaken me to the bigger picture of ones identity and how something as simple as toys can be complex and lead you down a unexpected path !
I hope you can make it to see the show, support the museum and of course enjoy it !
Kaiju vs Heroes runs till March 24, 2019
Check out more information via the museums web site:http://www.janm.org/exhibits/kaiju-vs-heroes/
Go to the museums web store now to buy these exclusive items for the show !https://janmstore.com/collections/kaiju-vs-heroes
Toy Karma, my first book is now on sale, first via the museum. Softcover, 6×8 inches, and 60 full color pages. Details my toy life and career but also how the internment of my parents and their families during World War 2 affected my life. Many thanks to FlabSlab for their design production help and to Maria Kwong and Edward Kwan for writing support !