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Don Kratzer

Guerrilla Semiotician, Fig-lab || 国際フィギュア研究所 in Tokyo

The Japan Superhero Boom and the Pachimon Phenomenon 1971-1975

PRESENTED ON MAY 29, 2013
IN TOKYO @ VOL 103

Don Kratzer adds to his collection of PechaKucha presentations dealing with the Japanese toy and figure scene with a new installment, this time looking at the explosion of Superheros on Japanese TV and popular culture In the early 1970s. Check out the cast of characters, the amazing vinyl toys, and the charming "pachimon" (bootleg) phenomenon of this bygone era.

"Presentation of the Day" on June 7, 2013.

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20 Years in Japan

BY DON KRATZER
@ VOL 95 ON SEP 26, 2012

Don Kratzer has lived in Japan for 20 years, and following the PK 20x20 format, shares what he's been up to all this time using one image for each year.

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Micro Sofubi

BY DON KRATZER
@ VOL 99 ON JAN 23, 2013

What is Micro Sofubi? Let our resident vinyl toy expert Don Kratzer guide you through the ins and outs of this category of figures he has so much love for -- and he hopes you'll love them too.

"Presentation of the Day" on January 26, 2013.

PechaKucha Night公式ウェブサイトで26日に「今日のプレゼンテーション」に選ばれたDonさんのミクロソフビプレゼンテーションをご紹介します。

フィギュア好きな方に特におすすめです。

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What Color is Godzilla?

BY DON KRATZER
@ HEINEKEN STAR LOUNGE ON MAY 15, 2013

Don Kratzer attempts to answer the controversial question, "What Color is Godzilla?" Plus, other über-toy-nerd trivia concerning the color green.

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What Are Kinkeshi?

BY DON KRATZER
@ VOL 106 ON SEP 20, 2013

Don Kratzer takes an inside look at the birth of a toy movement from the mid-1980s, and discusses the ripples this particular line of figures has had on present-day artists. 

This presentation was part of the PechaKucha Global Night 2013, and follows the theme of "hidden heroes."

"Presentation of the Day" on October 11, 2013.

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If You Were a Superhero , How Would You Imagine Yourself?

BY TARIK BATAL
@ VOL 5 ON MAY 10, 2014

Tarik Batal introduces the SuperHope Campaign, which grew out of an idea developed at Comic Con. They have travelled to hospitals to asked children with cancer to describe what type of superhero they think they would be. A costume is then made from their description as a surprise for the kids. 

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By Brightest Day, By Blackest Night: The Moral and Personal Guidance of Superheroes

BY BILL CAMERON
@ VOL 3 ON JUN 06, 2014

Bill Cameron speaks about the way that superheroes can serve as a real and positive influence on people's lives, with a few famous examples and some personal anecdotes. In spite of their fictitious nature, superheroes can be a real source of personal strength and morals.

"Presentation of the Day" on August 13, 2014. 

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Sofubi: Soft Vinyl

BY DON KRATZER
@ PECHAKUCHA NIGHT SPECIAL @ AUTODESK POP-UP ON NOV 08, 2015

"When I say factory, it's often a 60 or 70-year old guy who has a shed out by the side of his house. He's pouring the the plastisol, and running it through the process, pulling out the pieces by hand, one by one."

In Sofubi: Soft Vinyl from PechaKucha Night Special @ Autodesk Pop-Up in TokyoDon Kratzer discusses soft vinyl as a medium, and particularly soft vinyl toys made in Japan. Versatile and vibrant, it has been used for generations as a medium for making toys and figurines that is proven to last. With advancements in digital technology, new opportunities are presented to those who design sofubi figures and collectibles.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, January 23rd, 2016. 

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Which Superhero Are You? Discovering Your Personal Brand

BY BRAD DRESSLER
@ VOL 9 ON NOV 29, 2016

Brad Dressler believes that every hero is different and so is every person. Everyone has a personal brand. He discusses personal brands and how your brand shapes perception of yourself.

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Everyone can be a superhero

BY VINEET RATHI
@ MSM GOES PECHAKUCHA ON MAR 17, 2017

Why should you help others? How should you Vineet Rathi is passionate about helping people and wants to do something about it. He believes that everyone can make a difference even through a small gesture of helping someone in need. Everyone can be a superhero by helping others, because that what superheroes do. All we need to do is make a difference!