Print Party ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 4:19 AM, April 23, 2014 [Permalink]

Anybody who participated in our Kickstarter campaign a couple of years back might remember that one of the backer 'rewards' was a Print Party, described on the campaign page as "PRINT PARTY! – Visit David Bull's studio and get a lesson in printmaking! Plus, you receive 1 of our main woodblock prints, and both Chibi Heroes prints. (Transportation to Ome City, Tokyo, not included.) Various dates available."

Because we were afraid of quite a flood of participants, we limited that reward level to 12 people, and we were right to be wary; it sold out in minutes. It has taken nearly two years to get through all the parties, because quite a number of those backers live overseas and - at the time they enrolled - weren't sure just when they would next be in Japan, but we're nearly done (we have two left to go).

Here are a few snapshots from last Friday afternoon here ...

The scene of the crime was the bench we normally use for wrapping prints, but for this occasion, transformed into a long printing bench:


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Flight of Fantasy - video is ready!

Posted by Dave Bull at 11:52 PM, April 16, 2014 [Permalink]

At last! Months have passed since our previous 'process' video ... but here we are with the next one, showing the start-to-finish process of proofing the Flight of Fantasy print!


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Flight of Fantasy progress ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 7:32 PM, April 3, 2014 [Permalink]

It's been too long since I brought an update on the latest Heroes print - the 'Flight of Fantasy". I posted an image of the partially carved keyblock a while back; this was actually finished a few weeks ago:


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Time for a change?

Posted by Dave Bull at 7:39 PM, March 15, 2014 [Permalink]

The short story - we are now accepting Bitcoin as payment for our two woodblock print subscription sets. Subscribers to our very popular Ukiyoe Heroes Portraits and Chibi Heroes series can now make their payments that way if they so choose:


The long story ...

We're well into March now, and as always at this time of year, tax matters raise their head! Along with our steadily increasing business over the past couple of years has come a commensurate increase in our expenses, of course, and keeping the two from 'colliding' is not an easy task!

Here at Mokuhankan we did turn a small profit last year. I say 'we', although from the point of view of the tax authorities there is no 'we' about it; the business here is organized as a 個人事業 (kojin jigyo - personal enterprise), which simply means that every part of it is my own personal affair. All income is treated as my personal income (against which many expenses can be deducted, of course).

The left-over money at the end of the year is the amount that I then pay personal income tax on, and this time around, as that was a very small amount, my taxes were also very light. This will have an additional benefit over the course of the coming year, as many other expenses 'cascade' from this tax assessment: my medical insurance premiums will be very low, as will be my prefecture and city taxes. (And if I still had children in civic day care, their fees would be negligible; fortunately those days are long past!)

But having only a very small profit isn't really good news of course. I work insane hours, and to find that there was so little left at the end of the year (and I take no salary) is a bit disheartening. So I've been going over the financial statements to see if there are any expenses that seem like they could be reduced.

The complete statements will be coming up in a post later, but for now, here's one small clip from the yearly expense summary:


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Portraits #3 ships ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 6:56 PM, March 5, 2014 [Permalink]

Print #3 wraps up!

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Chibi Heroes update ... new case!

Posted by Dave Bull at 9:58 PM, February 10, 2014 [Permalink]

The new Chibi Heroes storage case is finally ready!

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IAmA Update ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 8:44 PM, February 8, 2014 [Permalink]

The Reddit event is done ...

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IAmA woodblock printmaker!

Posted by Dave Bull at 3:52 PM, February 6, 2014 [Permalink]

The Reddit event is now scheduled!

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Portraits series cases arrive!

Posted by Dave Bull at 9:16 PM, January 31, 2014 [Permalink]

We finally have some cases available for our Portraits print series ...

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Wrapping things up!

Posted by Dave Bull at 1:18 AM, January 31, 2014 [Permalink]

Where are our packages going?

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Next Portraits print gets under way

Posted by Dave Bull at 12:54 AM, January 31, 2014 [Permalink]

Portraits #4 gets under way ...

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Flight of Fantasy - key block progress II

Posted by Dave Bull at 12:50 AM, January 31, 2014 [Permalink]

Progress ...

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