Life of the Party!

Posted by Dave Bull at 7:40 PM, August 21, 2014 [Permalink]

A nice bit of news yesterday - the Kickstarter people have made us a 'Staff Pick' feature on their website!


Now that news about our planned Print Parties has been floating around the internet for a few weeks, and especially with the opening of the Kickstarter campaign, we're beginning to get feedback on the concept.

We ourselves feel that these Parties are going to be interesting and fun, and that they have the potential to become a 'must see, must do' item on many people's list when they visit Tokyo, but what are other people saying?

Well, here's a selection from comments over the past couple of days ...


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Kickstarter is open!

Posted by Dave Bull at 6:28 PM, August 18, 2014 [Permalink]

The ’David Bull is building a new shop in Tokyo’ Kickstarter page is now open, and the campaign will run for 30 days, until September 17th. And what better way to introduce it than to show you the project video!


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Kickstarter campaign announcement ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 5:29 PM, August 16, 2014 [Permalink]

The Kickstarter preparation is now pretty much done. I had intended to open it up tonight, but I received a couple of emails that made me change my mind. They both asked me about the 'edition numbers' on the print that we will be making for the campaign backers.

As any of my long-time fans/collectors know, I never make Limited Editions; it goes against the main thing that Japanese prints stand for, which might be most simply described as 'widespread appreciation of the image content, in a physical form that adds even more to the beauty ...'

They were never about 'money', and never about 'collecting'. They were just beautiful objects. I have always stuck to that philosophy, and won't be changing now. But of course I also understand that backers of a project like this upcoming Kickstarter want to have a print that serves as a physical confirmation of the support they have given.

So after thinking about it for a while, here's what I'm proposing - each print will be embossed/printed in the lower right margin with the following information (this will probably be in Japanese, so that we can get it into the required vertical format):

  • Designer: Katsushika Hokusai / Carver: David Bull / Printer: (printer's name)
  • Mokuhankan Kickstarter Campaign - Autumn 2014 - Print # XX

'XX' will be a number assigned in the order that backers join the project, beginning with #2 (#1 will stay in our archives). Once the Kickstarter campaign closes, that'll be it for those numbers, and future prints that we make from the blocks (over the years, plenty of them, hopefully) will omit the Kickstarter Campaign line and numbering, leaving just the maker's information. We'll also include bilingual documentation together with the print giving full information on the project, and this will incorporate a full list of backer names (omitting those who wish to remain anonymous), letting everybody know how many were produced for the campaign.


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Video preparation ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 9:42 AM, August 13, 2014 [Permalink]

I spent the entire day downtown yesterday- the mission? Getting a ton of raw video footage for preparing the Kickstarter introduction video. Young Teiko-san - who is printing for us, and will also be a Print Party 'hostess' - did the work behind the camera, trying to balance an umbrella and do all the panning/zooming at the same time.

Here are a few screen shots - the actual video itself will take a bit of time to edit ...

In front of Sensoji:


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The Big Day

Posted by Dave Bull at 9:36 AM, August 8, 2014 [Permalink]

We are now leaseholders!

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Big day tomorrow ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 4:06 PM, August 7, 2014 [Permalink]

Getting ready for a big day tomorrow!

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Sweating the details!

Posted by Dave Bull at 8:20 PM, August 1, 2014 [Permalink]

Testing layouts for the new shop ...

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Who am I?

Posted by Dave Bull at 8:47 PM, July 23, 2014 [Permalink]

A request for feedback and advice from the fans ...

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Bird's Eye ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 11:57 PM, July 21, 2014 [Permalink]

A photo of our new neighbourhood ...

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We're In!

Posted by Dave Bull at 3:37 PM, July 19, 2014 [Permalink]

The first photos of the inside of our new shop in Asakusa!

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Grab Bag ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 12:05 AM, July 14, 2014 [Permalink]

A catchup of recent activities ...

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The original meaning of 'browsing' ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 4:01 AM, July 9, 2014 [Permalink]

Some sketches of our plans for the shop layout ...

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