Thursday, July 18, 2013

Donate!

Fables for Japan is free to all who wish to download it. Simply click on the "Buy Fables for Japan" link above. We say "Buy" because we hope that, in lieu of payment, you will consider donating a gift directed towards helping those in Japan who are still struggling in the very long process of rebuilding.

The International Medical Corps has set up a donation page specifically for Fables for Japan where you can donate any amount you wish. Just follow the link below:
Donate Here!

Enjoy all 3 volumes of Fables for Japan on your computer or the e-reader of your choice. And make a small donation to help the thousands that are still homeless and in need of support.
 
Thank you all.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Afterword

Kappa sketch for the "The Teahouse" by Andy Catling
Well…that’s it…

Book 3 has been posted, all 3 volumes are available in PDF form to download on your computer or the e-reader of your choice, and that brings “Fables for Japan” to an end.

I’ve been working on this project since March of 2011. It is an odd feeling to say good-bye to something that has been such a large part of my life and I have so much to say but I’ll try to be brief.

The tragic events in Japan on March 11th 2011 left the world feeling helpless in the face of such catastrophe. Certainly for none more than the people of Japan. Those around the world who were so equipped, began to mobilize relief efforts. However, for those of us with skills far less hands on, there was a sense of hopelessness to affect any real change. I think the Art community in particular seemed driven to find some outlet for this hopelessness and to contribute. Japan's long history of artistic influence - from the early Jōmon artists, to Hokusai, to modern day Manga - has had its impact, in one form or another, on most of us. We are connected by art, if by nothing else.

Matt Funk, myself, and a few others started this idea (over social media) to create and sell an anthology book in hopes of raising money to help in whatever way we could. Over time the idea exploded into a mélange of styles and stories, poetry, prose, comics, and illustrations. This wonderful anarchy of storytelling was open to both seasoned professional as well as up-and-coming new talent and was really only united by 2 primary themes: 1) all the stories and art had to connect to Japanese Folklore is some fashion – if only in the most vague of concepts – and 2) every story/poem would be illustrated to one degree or another. There was one other unifying factor…NOBODY got paid. All of the work would be donated. This was a labor of love for us, an effort to use what gifts we have to help others. 

Honestly, I never thought we’d make it.
Sketches for the raccoon dog in "Bunbuku Chagama" by Federico Dallocchio.


But 87 wonderful writers and artists from all over the world proved me wrong and here we are, thirty short stories, sixteen comic book tales, thirty poems, eighteen standalone illustrations and paintings, thirteen spot illustrations, and three covers later – almost five hundred pages of content in all. It has been a monumental undertaking and I am honored and proud to have been part of it.
Prelim character design of the demon in "Samurai" by Christopher Clements.

Of the contributors, I cannot say enough. They made this all possible and I’m not lying when I say it was a global effort. They really did come from all over the world, America, Japan, England, Germany, Iceland, Portugal, Turkey, Indonesia, Brazil, Greece, Philippines, Canada, Denmark, Singapore, Spain, Vietnam, Peru, Romania, Uruguay, Bangkok, Sweden, Italy, France, Argentina, and so on. Some were award winning writers and artists and others were new talent just beginning to make a name for themselves. They ranged in age from 15 to 88 and each one brought a new perspective to the project. I am so lucky to have met and worked with each of them.

There are a handful of contributors who provided material or editorial support for all 3 volumes and I’d like to call them out here to thank them for going above and beyond: Matt Funk, Gareth Sleightholme, Patricia Morse-McNeely, Kristen Grace Hall, Mary Elizabeth Hall, and Rebecca Minor have all played a pivotal role in each book and this project would not have succeeded without them.

All told, we raised $2,037.62 through the sales of the books. That money was donated to the International Medical Corps. who are working with partners in Japan to help treat and relocate the thousands of displaced and homeless. Considering that we were a solely independent collection of writers and artists, selling our product only in an e-book format through our site alone, that really isn’t bad. To those who bought the books, thank you so much. Know that every dime of your money was used in Japan.

However, as time passed, the sales decreased and, for various reasons, our ability to carry on became more difficult. I finally made the decision to make the books free to everyone and provide a link where people could donate directly to the charity in our name. Why? Well, this project was always meant to honor those who lost their lives in the 2011 quake and to respect those who have carried on. I can think of nothing more fitting than making these books a monument to the spirit of the Japanese people by freely sharing them with the world. I plan to keep these books available on this site for as long as the International Medical Corps. continues to collect money for Japan.
Initial sketch from "A New Year" by Laurie Greasley.

We hope our work will keep the plight of those still in need fresh in the world’s mind. And, if you enjoy the books and are so moved, we hope that you will donate whatever you can to the International Medical Corps. and continue to support them in their efforts. The IMC had been kind enough to dedicate a page on their website specifically for “Fables for Japan”. There, you can donate any amount you wish. Your money will be used specifically in Japan. Please take a moment to check out the page:

I’ll say my good-byes now. It has been a real pleasure putting these books together. Thanks again to all the contributors and thanks to all those who have helped support these books and who have donated. It means more to me than I’ll ever be able to put into words.

Good-bye my friends.

Jason Temujin Minor 
July 14th, 2013

All those who made Fables for Japan possible: 


Editors 
Jason Temujin Minor 
Joan Upton Hall 
Mary Elizabeth Hall 
Rebecca Minor 

Writers/Artists 
Mark Badger 
Anna Bron 
Christopher Clements 
Kristen Grace Hall 
Jason Temujin Minor 
Gareth Sleightholme 

Writers 
Jeff Baker 
Nancy A. Collins 
Mitch Cook 
Carolyn Watson Dubisch 
Matthew Funk 
Vasia Glava 
Christopher Golden 
Alan Grant 
Joan Upton Hall 
Mary Elizabeth Hall 
Chris Johnson 
Unnur Jònsdòttir 
MaGnUs 
Patricia Morse-McNeely 
Carol MacDonald Menchu 
Rebecca Minor 
Stuart Moore 
Tom Peyer 
Janey Reid 
Tony Salvaggio 
Andrew Segal 
Todd Sullivan 
J.C. Vaughn 
Charles T. Whipple 

Artists 
Carlos Cara Álvarez 
Ken Bastard 
Chris Bivins 
Leanne Buckley 
Ross Carnes 
Andy Catling 
Claudio Cerri 
Kourtis Charalampos (Babisu) 
Juri H. Chinchilla 
Jeff Crosby 
Federico Dallocchio 
Kristine Angela Demetrio 
Nathanael Dodge 
Jazmyn Douillard 
Mike Dubisch 
Jean-Jacques Dzialowski 
Whendy Muchlis Effendy 
Amy Evans 
Eduardo Francisco 
Keith Grachow 
Laurie Greasley 
Maria Henriksen 
Nicola Hwang 
Phillip Hester 
Risa Horiuchi 
Beñat Olea Irureta 
Ryan Kelly 
Achilleas Kokkinakis 
Teddy Kristiansen 
Khoa Le 
David Lloyd 
Pablo Marcos 
Ana-Maria Maximencu 
Amy Mihara 
Viktoria Piechowitz 
Pablo Praino 
Eric Prince 
Andrew Robinson 
Neel Sawhney 
Ayan Sengupta 
Gary Shipman 
Todd Shulek 
Pruch Sintunava 
Damon Smith 
Wesley St. Claire 
Shawn Wagner 
Leigh Walls 
Mark Wheatley 
Charlotte Winroth 
Lucinda Wong 
Yustina Intan Wulandari 
Yao Xiao 
Sara Yasunaga 

Project Manager 
Jason Temujin Minor 


Monday, July 15, 2013

Fables for Japan: Behind the Scenes

With all 3 volumes of Fables for Japan now posted on this site, I thought I'd post a little bonus, a small glimpse behind the scenes of the production. During the project, I was sent a ton of roughs, reworks, sketches, and in-progress works as the contributors and myself tweaked and finessed the artwork and stories into what was ultimately published. Below is a sampling of some of the production work that went into creating the final product.

Enjoy.


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An in progress page from "Bad Sushi" by Mark Badger.

Character designs for the story "Rabbit in the Moon" by Keith Grachow.
Pencils and finished inks from the story "The 47th Samurai" by Damon Smith and Jason Minor.
Three rough concepts for the cover to book 3 by Huseyin Ozkan
Progress shots of a panel from "Bunbuku Chagama" by Federico Dallocchio.
Pencils for "Hiroki's Tale" by Leanne Buckley.
Rough concept for "To Have Known a God" by Yustian Intan Wulandari.
In progress shot from "Oyuki" by Jason Temujin Minor

Rough sketch from "The Roofdecker's Tale" by Ryan Kelly.

In progress page from "The Samurai" by Christopher Clements.
Rough to final illustration for "Silent Blessing" by Beñat Olea Irureta.
Concept piece for "The Stairway" by Kring Demetrio.

Sketch to finished illustrating for "Sunset" by Sara Yasunaga.
Pencils for "The Teahouse" by Andy Catling.
Roughs for "In the Realm of the Sea Dragon" by Mike Dubisch.
Inks before gray tones for "Brothers Three" by Chris Bivins.
Penciled roughs for an illustration of Yuki Onna by Charlotte Winroth.
Concept for the dark side of Yuki Onna by Charlotte Winroth.

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Book 3: White Dragon

Jeff Crosby donated this piece, called "White Dragon" for the back cover of Book 3



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Book 3: A New Year

"A New Year" is the last story in Fables for Japan. It was written by myself (Jason Minor) and is perhaps my favorite of the three stories I wrote for the project. I was lucky enough to have a wonderful artist named Laurie Greasley do the illustrations for it. Laurie is a native of Great Britain but was living in Northern Japan during the Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011 - in fact he lived only 100 kilometers from the Fukushima nuclear plant. Laurie agreed to help out with the Fables project long before I had finished this story. When I finally sent it to him, he wrote me back to say that he was in Tokyo, at Zojoji Temple, on New Year's night - where and when this story takes place. It was a remarkable coincidence that I took as a good omen that he would be the perfect artist for this story...and he was.


Enjoy.



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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Book 3: Chīsana Aoi Chō

"Chīsana Aoi Chō" is a true story from Carol Menchu's (the author's) life, tweaked a little to fit the subject matter of Fables for Japan and accompanied by the lovely illustrations of Maria Henriksen.


Enjoy.



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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Book 3: Inkblack

"Inkblack", written and illustrated by Kristen Grace Hall, tells the story of a young girl struggling through her adolescent school years and reminds us that, sometimes, the trapping of our youth can be the keys to our freedom.


Enjoy.



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Book 3: Poems of a Japanese Garden, Part 2

"Poems of a Japanese Garden" is a series of haiku, written by Carol Menchu, themed around the elaborate and elegant gardens of Japan. The last four poems in the series are illustrated by the fabulous, Nicola Hwang.


Enjoy.



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