Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Portraits of Gaga Moving

All the Watercolor Gaga Wednesday paintings will be moving to this gallery in order to tidy up 1000 Idols, in anticipation of new idols coming in 2012. Hooray!

The Magical Girl Mondays Feature has also been removed, but the full poster can still be viewed here.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

0076. Fujiwara no Sai

I considered myself pretty indulgent, including my favorite comic characters Shindou Hikaru and Touya Akira in the idols, but at conventions where I'm selling idols, I often get "but do you have Sai? He's my favorite!"

And so, by popular demand, and the fact that I don't really have to be pushed too hard to paint Hikaru no Go characters, here is the beautiful ghost from the Heian Era, Fujiwara no Sai.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

0075. Billy Idol

Billy Idol is an English rocker.  He has a name very apt for entry to my blog.  I think it was my mother-in-law's idea to include him.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

0073 & 0074. Francine and Katchoo

Francine and Katchoo are the protagonists, friends and maybe more, and highly valued members of the gay and lesbian comic book character compendium from Terry Moore's Strangers in Paradise.

(Yes, this is a repeat frame! I am shamed.  I had scrapped these originally and used the frame for Lady Oscar.  But. Oh well! 936 to go and I'm not gonna get hung up about it.)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

0072. Boy George

I dare you not to sing Karma Chameleon all day.  Dare you.

Boy George is a British musician, popular in the 1980's, and was a hero of androgyny. 

(Idols are back, new posts every Saturday!)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

It's not 71 idols. It's 1000. I promise.

Hello!  Surely you've noticed the extended hiatus on 1000 Idols.  A lot has happened, foremost being that my fiancĂ© and partner of four years had an organ transplant in February.  Making artwork was difficult as we went through this process, but we are finally in recovery and I am very excited to get back to work.

By the end of May, please look forward to more Idols!  The studio is up and running again, and there are lots of exciting figures ready to be added to the collection!

Last month, I brought a full collection of Idol prints to Anime Boston 2011, where they were well received and many figures sold out!  The Idols next appearance will be at Portcon Maine, Maine's largest Geek/Game/Comic/Anime convention!

In the mean time, if you're interested in owning an idol yourself, they are for sale for $5 each.  They come as a true-to life size (4 x 6 in.) in a backboard and sleeve with a descriptive blurb for the idol (adapted from the blog).  They are fun for admiration or worship or as unique gifts.

Just drop an email to korimichele at gmail dot com to order. I accept paypal payments only at this time.

Thanks for your support, and I look forward to sharing more idols with you!

Monday, December 6, 2010

0071. Utena Tenjou

Tenjou Utena is the heroine of the Japanese comic and anime Revolutionary Girl Utena.  The original comic did not posses the same darkness that the anime would come to have, but both forms of the narrative established Utena, as well as many other members of the cast, as icons of adolescent alternative sexuality.  It is often included in the "yuri" genre- a loose canon tied together by the theme of female love.  

It's one giant, complex allegory, and Utena is a girl who wants to be a prince and save princesses.  In her story, she is given a princess to protect almost immediately.  We are led through the light and darkness of adolescence through symbol and reference, helped along by swordfights and so, so many roses.

For anime fans interested in possibly-lesbian-narratives growing up in the nineties, Utena was the 102 course to Yuri 101: Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune.  Utena was not a unique character is theme– the heroine-who-dresses-up-as-a-prince trope is preceded by Lady Oscar and Princess Sapphire–  but she was accessible to that generation as the comic and anime were licensed and translated in the United States at that time.

The story of Revolutionary Girl Utena unfolds much like a play, three acts establishing allegories of virtues, sins, and the apocalypse. It was disguised at first as a shoujo (girls) story, but gradually revealed itself to be rather dark and twisted- it was artful, and led to the production of a movie so bizarre fans are not sure whether to mention that particular incarnation to anyone.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Greetings, Idolizers!

This project is in a sort of interim period at the moment, to be resumed with regular updates starting in December!  In the time between, we've made a print run of all the idols, taken them to two shows, and begun working on a book chronicling the process of those first 70 little icons.  I've also been taking some time to study the history of idols and icons, starting with the excitement of the 700's iconclasm.

Until then, if you are at all interested in purchasing prints of idols for the holidays (individually packaged and backed true-size 4x6 inch prints) for $5 a piece, feel free to email me at korimichele@gmail.com.  The order process is rudimentary (but secure) at the moment, but should become a little more sophisticated in the future.

When the blog returns, there will not only be regularly updating new idols, but also some essays and discussions as they come organically to the blog.  In preparation for some of that, if YOU have photos of your own idols, send them to me! I hope to have the opportunity to share them in an essay or even just a gallery on this blog in the future.

-and as always, send idol suggestions as well.  Though I have a running list of 100+ yet to complete, 100 is no where near 1000, so I will need suggestions from all over and outside of my individual perspective.  You can email or simply comment those suggestions to me at any time.

Who do you idolize?

Thanks for your patience and support!