Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Gothic Lolita

It’s comic book month, so I thought I’d give a shout-out to manga (Japanese comic books) and gothic lolita style! Lolita and gothic lolita are popular styles in manga and anime, but encompass so much more as a subculture, including fashion, music, computer games, magazines, books, films and art. For a great explanation of Lolita check out the Wikipedia article on Gothic Lolita.

Who can resist the flirtatious frills and frivolity of the lolita? Certainly not I, so here are some of my favourite Lolita-inspired books from the libraries’ collection:

Gothic & Lolita with photographs by Masayuki Yoshinaga; foreword Katsuhiko Ishikawa. This is a fantastic guide to the enchanting world of Lolita fashion… Packed with full-colour pictures taken on the streets of Japan- highly recommended!

Gothic Lolita punk: a stunning showcase of the cutting-edge work from the best Gothic Lolita artists working today by Ricorico and others This book profiles top Japanese and Korean artists who work with the gothic lolita style. It includes a biography for each artist, a showcase of their work and a step-by-step guide on their working process. A great read for those who are interested in making their own lolita-inspired art, or simply for those who are interested in the genre.

Interested in creating your own? We have a great collection of ‘How to draw your own manga’ books, that are filled with helpful tips and drawing exercises. The guides range from beginners, right through to seasoned experts who are ready to produce their own manga, including:

Draw your own manga: honing your style by Haruno Nagatomo; translated by Ginny Tapley.

Search our catalogue for more.

- Viv

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