My exhibit, “Kaiju vs Heroes”, has been extended thru July 7th, 2019 at the Japanese American National Museum !!!
From the museums Press release: Kaiju vs Heroes: Mark Nagata’s Journey through the World of Japanese Toys, which features hundreds of contemporary and vintage Japanese vinyl toys, has been extended on view at the Japanese American National Museum through July 7, 2019. The exhibition is included in regular admission to the museum. In conjunction with the exhibition’s extension, the museum will host a day-long separately ticketed Kaiju-Con on June 15, 2019.
Super honored by the awesome reception this exhibit has received from both Kaiju fans and non Kaiju fans ! More importantly, the exhibit has allowed me the chance to reflect upon my Japanese American heritage and connect with many diverse people who were not aware of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War 2. I’m grateful that by extending the exhibit thru July 7th, 2019, many more will not only see a super fun exhibit but also learn more about the internment and it’s affects on Japanese Americans. And, yes, there will be a Kaiju Con … check out their link for more info !!
Fantastic Dcon ! Thank you for all the kind words and support !! I’m a bit overwhelmed by all the fans who came up to say “Hello” and who saw the “Kaiju vs Heroes” exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum !! When we were planning the museum exhibit, it was my hope that if anything my story would inspire people to pursue their dreams and that you can do it !
We sold out of almost everything we brought … have only x3 Kanegon and x3 glow Otters so will post them later today. A few customs will post as well 😉
The bigger Dcon venue allowed for more room for the crowds which was nice and of course more vendors. I wish I had more time to just wander the con and didn’t get to connect with everyone I wanted too .. but we’ll be back next year 😉 So many talented artists at the show .. I highly recommend attending next year if you can.
Here’s a few misc pictures with my booth mates Sunguts, Blobpus, DaiKaiju Salon ( Kobeni-chan), Suzuki and Doug Hardy ( Cat Magic Toys ) !
Visited the exhibit with the Japan crew 😉
Below: We had the honor of having the Legendary Martial Artist and Actor, Gerald Okamura at our booth. We sold out of the first Man of Many Weapons Sofubi and had a great signing event ! Look for a new release January 6th, 2019 at the Japanese American National Museum, with another signing and on stage interview with Gerald ! See the museum web site for more details !!
My segment is not up yet but I’ll post a link here once it is !
Also, had some really nice fan interactions with many people at the show. I’m touched that people are really taking to the toys and the wonderful displays the museum came up with. But most of all that many are connecting to my story and of being Asian American.
Plus continued painting the massive Neo Eyezon … I think if I finish before the show is over, we will give it away .. but working on the details !
Here’s a special, hand painted with acrylics Real TypeSofubi-man by Mark Nagata. This one has sold and was sent to OneUp in Tokyo for their anniversary show.
and below, slowly revealing our Dcon 2018 exclusives …. clear Cute Eyezon ! Don’t worry there’s a lot more for the show to be shown .. soon ! Our booth is 832 ! More details soon !
Releasing this week, our new Ollie Otter in a fantastic mini size ! Sculpted by Makino-san to cute perfection ! We are offering it to Max Club Members first, but should have some remaining … so check the Max Toy web store this Friday, Oct 5th, 2018 !
Ollie stands about 4.25 inches tall by 4 inches wide ( to tail tip !)
Special print of the signature show image by the amazing photographer Brian McCarty ! Also, come on the Saturday September 15th, 2018 opening and get Brian to sign the print !!
exclsuive mini Kaiju Drazoran and Kaiju Eyezons !!!
Toy Karma, my first self published book will also be for sale ! 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 !
Super cool, anatomy Kaiju Eyezon tshirt too !
There’s more, so check out the museums web store and there’s customs and Marusan exclusives that will only be in the physical store .. so please try to visit the museum in person ! Show runs for 6 months, till March 24th, 2019 !!! Monthly events are planned, so check the museum web site : http://www.janm.org/exhibits/kaiju-vs-heroes/