Archive (September 2020)



Recently we were lucky enough to sit down with the super-talented and inspiring Japanese Artist MITSUME to discuss the current situation in Japan, his newly launched e-commerce store and advice on becoming an artist!

[AMP]:
Thank you for taking the time to talk to us, It is a real privilege.


[AMP]:
First of all, How are you doing? How is it going during these difficult times??


[MITSUME]:
I haven't been in a corporate job for many years, and I've always been an artistically inclined painter, so my life hasn't changed much. I haven't gone out much, to begin with, and I've always lived my life by staying in my room and painting. I don't have any actual events any more, and I can't even go abroad, so it’s very boring and sad. It's frustrating that I can't make the most of the free time I have because it was a great motivation for me to present my paintings in an unknown place.

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[AMP]:
For anyone trying to have a creative career as you have, What were the inspirations that guided you to where you are now?


[[MITSUME]:
Always be aware of what’s not visible to the eye. Such as the news, advertisements, common sense, education, inspiration, everything that comes into my life. What exists behind it all?
To feel that, I cut it from different angles and look at its cross-sections. Something only I can see it, feel, put it into words. That kind of energy becomes a strong piece of work that is unique to me. In the true sense of the word, I feel that if I want to find my own unique inspiration, I shouldn't look to anything else for guidance.

Understand yourself deeply and try to find your own unique way of doing things.

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[AMP]:
A lot of your artwork seems to be heavily-based around Women. Is there any reason why this is your preference?


[MITSUME]:
My artwork depicts an existence that is neither female nor male, but it indeed looks more like a woman. It's because of the curves. The curves are feminine, and I look for delicacy in those curves. They are strong and fragile, delicate and bold, and I try to make them beautiful and fragile. I try to express a beautiful and ephemeral existence in my work.

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[AMP]:
There is so much detail in each artwork you create, how long does it take to create one piece?


[MITSUME]:
When I get engrossed, I tend to forget the time so I’m not sure exactly how much time passes. If I were to say only my labour time, maybe around 30 hours…? What is important is not how many hours it took me to complete a piece, but the time from when an idea comes to mind and explodes and expands into such big energy that I cannot help myself from painting. This comes suddenly, hits me like a lightning bolt. No matter what I am doing, I must not let this moment go. I’ll do this later. I can do this sometime else. If I feel like this, it’s too late...

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[AMP]:
Do you have any new and exciting projects you are working on soon which you could tell us about?


[MITSUME]:
It is difficult for me to tell you specifically at this moment, but I am striving for a new way of expression. To do that, I need a new art piece. Please follow my social media accounts for my latest info.

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[AMP]:
How does it feel being allowed to take part and appear as a guest at local events and even overseas?


[MITSUME]:
I feel that I am given wonderful opportunities that I cannot express in words. It is possible to see pictures and videos of the world on the internet, but the experience of actually going and being there holds infinite possibilities.
I would like to go anywhere in the world.

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[AMP]:
So you have a webshop where you can sell merchandise containing your art, and very quickly it seems they were VERY popular with your customers and sold out completely. Well done by the way! How did you feel when you saw your T-shirt design be sold out?


[MITSUME]:
I am relieved... My creativity is not something that “I want everyone to like.” For me, it’s more of “I really like it myself.”

Many times, one researches the market, looking for what kind of items sell. However, I do not like that. That is why my items may not sell well. However, I am sure that there are fans around the world that really like my work. I produce items that are addressed to them, something that is just mine, something only I can produce, something that is like no other.

This is something that will not change, so I feel that the people who buy my merchandise and I are connected through our consciousness.


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[AMP]:
Finally, Where would you like to see your work go in the future? Or do you think you have reached your goal now?


[MITSUME]:
The direction I am heading will never change. I put everything I have in something that only I can do. If someone else can do it, I will be useless. I must deny even myself, always look for new possibilities, and question common sense.

My goal is tremendously big, and sometimes it will be impossible to achieve during my lifetime. One thing I like about art is the point that “my artworks will live longer than myself.” Even after I am gone, my artworks will still be here. If I were to die, maybe, my artwork will connect with somebody, and further connect to that person’s goals and dreams.

An artist has many goals when they are active, but I think that this is the ultimate goal.

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[AMP]:
Once again, thank you for taking the time to talk to us, and we really hope and look forward to seeing you soon.





You can find out more about MITSUME and his amazing artworks by following his social media and/or visiting the website. All listed below.

Website: https://www.mitsume.co/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/3eyes_takahashi
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/3eyestakahashi/

Check out some of MITSUME work on YouTube below...



Recently we were lucky enough to sit down with 'Kim' from Animangapop Management to find out their role within the event, what it takes to put on these shows and try to get any juicy gossip!

[AMP]:
Hi there! How have you been? To start this interview please could you give us a brief description of your role at Animanga Pop?


[Kim]:
I am the Stage and Content Manager for Animangapop! I sort out the Timetable, what kind of panels/workshops and performances are going on around the Event.


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[AMP]:
Perfect, How long have you been going to the event and how long as a team member?


[Kim]:
Since the very beginning of Animangapop! back in 2014.


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[AMP]:
What made you want to be part of the team helping run the Convention?


[Kim]:
Long long ago, the nations lived in har- wait... Wrong story. In 2013, I met Mark, at a small charity convention, and we started talking, and he mentioned he might be hosting a convention. I'd wanted to volunteer at a con for quite some time, so 2014 came along and well... I am still here.


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[AMP]:
Recently it was announced that Animangapop is on the road and attending in new Cities, out of the new 3 locations, which ones are you most looking forward to and why?


[Kim]:
Easy... all of them!


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[AMP]:
It can be difficult running such a large event with such a small team, but what do you find the most challenging part of the whole of AMP?


[Kim]:
I don't think there is anything too challenging, I do wish I could clone myself sometimes though, as the things I need/want to be done, are in my head and it is hard to get someone to do this VERY specific thing without using a lot of words, it's normally just easier to get it sorted myself, as, by the time I've explained what I needed doing, I could have just sorted it by then.


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[AMP]:
Do you help out at any other Conventions? Or at least attend to any others?


[Kim]:
I do not help out at any other events, however, I do attend the local ones, show masters Cardiff, Exeter, MCM Birmingham, MCM London, I have also been to Raicon and I am looking at going to some other big ones.


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[AMP]:
Outside of Con work, you cosplay a lot, What has been the favourite Cosplay you have worn? And what one is your most recognisable? (One that everyone associates with you)


[Kim]:
That is a hard one, probably Goblin slayer from the anime, Goblin Slayer. however it is about 5 different layers, including chainmail, it is probably my favourite as I am a Historical Fencer and I love how Blunt he is. different people associate me with different cosplays, some will probably say Godot From Phoenix Wright, Goblin slayer, Alphonse Elric ( Armour Form ) or even Rangiku from Bleach.


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[AMP]:
I’m sure some people may have noticed in some of your Social Media posts, but you have been busy behind-the-scenes on new things for the upcoming events, are you able to give us a little hint on what you have been doing?


[Kim]:
Me personally? Project Totsugeki Love Heart.
Ore no Uta o Kike,
music is love
music is hope
music is life
music is mystery
music is energy.



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Website: https://www.animangapop.co.uk/
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Recently we were lucky enough to sit down with 'Claire' from Animangapop Management to find out their role within the event, what it takes to put on these shows and try to get any juicy gossip!

[AMP]:
Hi, thank you for taking the time to join us here, How has this long break been for you?


[Claire]:
It's been a busy one. Even though we're taking a year out from AMP, we've been very active in the background.


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[AMP]:
Could you give us a summary explaining your role at Animamanga Pop and how long have you been working as a team member, please?


[Claire]:
My role at Animangapop involves managing our many exhibitors, I look after them from initial enquiries, all the way through to make sure they are where they need to be on the day and that they have everything they need. You'll also most likely see me running around to assist in other areas, like preparing panel rooms, assisting with stage events and making sure all areas of the event are running smoothly. I have been a part of the team for over 4 years now, but for the last 2 years, I have taken the role of 'Event manager', making sure everything part of the event runs smoothly.


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[AMP]:
Amazing, You have quite a busy role then, what is your favourite part of the convention?


[Claire]:
My absolute favourite part has to be the cosplay masquerade. I am a passionate cosplayer myself and I love to see all the hard work everyone has put into their outfits. Year on year they get more elaborate and I'm always excited to see what our cosplayer come up with next!


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[AMP]:
Are there any other Conventions you help out at? Or even just the cons that you attend?


[Claire]:
I actually run a smaller convention up in Weston Super Mare called Weston Super Sonic. I have been running this event since 2014. As the same suggests, this is a Sonic the Hedgehog convention that focuses all things related to "The Blue Blur"!


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[AMP]:
Other than working for Animanga Pop, you usually have a stall at the event itself, you have your own business isn’t that right? What is it like being a trader at conventions, any tips and tricks for those who wish to sell at an event?


[Claire]:
I run my own little business called Class Toons. It's a furry themed company, where I produce my own comic series, as well as artwork and parts to create your own costumes, such as ears and tails. It can be a lot of hard work to set up your own business for conventions, but very rewarding. You also see the convention differently and understand how hard every exhibitor works to bring the best they have to offer to each show.

My advice to anyone looking to set up their own trading space is presentation is key. As well as having something unique to sell, think about how to maximise your trading space. Display levels, walls to attach items, lighting and colour themes. If you can make your table stand out and make your product easy to display, you'll be more likely to attract potential buyers


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[AMP]:
I heard recently you had a trip to Tokyo, what was it like there? What was your favourite part of the city? Would you recommend anything in particular for anyone who wishes to visit?


[Claire]:
Going to Tokyo was an incredible experience. Nothing can fully prepare you for how much there is to do and see. I was there for 10 days and barely scratched the surface! I could never pick one favourite thing, as there was just so much I loved about Tokyo. Akihabara was an overload of joy for the anime nerd in me, but Odaiba was equally incredible for its shopping and incredible views of the Rainbow Bridge (and not forgetting the giant Gundam statue!). But I also loved Asakusa, for the escape from shopping to just enjoy the cultural side of the city.

If I had to enjoy one place that many people may not know of, I would recommend a little ramen shop called Jingu Ramen in Harajuku. I went there for a short lesson in ramen making and discovered my love for Japanese cuisine. The ramen was so good!


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[AMP]:
You have quite a talent when it comes to cooking, especially Japanese cuisine, what is your go-to meal you would make someone, and what made you interested in this style of cooking?


[Claire]:
If I want to really impress someone, my prize meal is Tonkotsu Ramen. It's a pork bone broth, which is cooked for a ridiculous amount of time to extract all the goodness from the bones. This is topped with well marinated Chashu pork, bamboo shoots, spring onions, a soft boiled marinated egg and a whole variety of other toppings. It usually takes me at least 48 hours to make, but all the effort is worth it for a magical tastebud trip.

My love for Tonkotsu ramen started with my trip to Jingu Ramen in Harajuku and set itself in stone after watching a documentary on the plane home called Ramen Heads. I grew a respect for the art of cooking ramen and aspire to create the perfect dish both visually and in taste.


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[AMP]:
Recently it was announced that Animanga Pop is on the road and attending in new Cities, out of the new 3 locations, which ones are you most looking forward to and why?


[Claire]:
I think Brighton would have to be the most exciting venture. Being closer to London, hopefully, we can attract bigger guests and a lot more traders, cosplayers, performers and put on the best show yet!


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