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Earthquake Figures

BY CHRIS SACKER
@ VOL 3 ON FEB 20, 2010

Chris Sacker bangs his head 3 times on the table... and starts talking and counting.

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Go! Figure!

BY DON KRATZER
@ VOL 92 ON MAY 30, 2012

Don Kratzer updates us on his five year mission that kicked off while attending the San Diego Comic Con back in 2007, and then lead to some terrific toy/figure collaborations with a host of creators.

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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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The Japan Superhero Boom and the Pachimon Phenomenon 1971-1975

BY DON KRATZER
@ VOL 103 ON MAY 29, 2013

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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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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Musings of a Courtroom Sketch Watercolorist

BY CAROL HAMMOND
@ VOL 7 ON MAY 14, 2015

Carol Clark Hammond begins her presentation with her beautiful watercolor nudes to "wake up" the crowd for our first presentation. As a courtroom sketch artist she must keep very practiced and continues to do a lot of figure drawing. She also shows her drawings from the historic trial of Byron Beckwith for the murder of Megar Wiley Evers, a civil rights activist in Mississippi in the early 1960s.

 

"Presentation of the Day" on June 1, 2015.

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The Miracle of Matter and the Intuition of Scale

BY EMIL ALZAMORA
@ VOL 2 ON JUN 16, 2015

Sculptor Emil Alzamora breaks down how his sculptural practice celebrates the sheer miracle of a physical universe and how he explores it through the use of scale. From neuronal maps to cities connected by streams of light, it's trippy stuff.

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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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In Preparation Mode

We're not exactly sure how Twitpic user 36Point is going about preparing for his PechaKucha presentation, but it apparently involves the help of a few figures, one of which we're pretty sure is Homer Simpson. The caption for the image reads "Preparing my presentation for PechaKucha 7," which we assume is tonight's PKN in Omaha.

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A Figure Explosion, Mechanical Sumo Wrestlers, and Kosice Gets Covered

Presentations Don "datadub" Kratzer updates us (from PKN Tokyo Vol. 92) on his five year mission that kicked off while attending the San Diego Comic Con back in 2007, and then lead to some terrific toy/figure collaborations with a host of creators.  Kenichi Asano is a sculptor, but not in the traditional sense, even though his very modern-looking works are all produced using traditional Japanese construction techniques. The presentation (also from PKN Tokyo Vol. 92) is in Japanese, but the visuals really do all the talking. Posters Today we highlight two posters that were added to the Tumblr blog yesterday, for PKN Kosice Vol. 18 (held last week) and the upcoming PKN Kosice Vol. 19 (June 16). Both were produced by Jozef Tušan, and you'll find more of his work in this Flickr photostream. Photos and report We continue our coverage of PKN Kosice, and so along with those posters you'll also find plenty of photos from previous events in these Facebook photo galleries. We're sure Vol. 18 will be added soon, and here are a few words from PKN Kosice team member Miso Hudak on the event that was:Volume 18 was part of the local street art festival "Use the City." We love to cooperate with meaningful projects, and we earned great synergy from this partnership. It was an open-air event, and even though it was cold with strong winds, we had almost 150 people in audience. Volume 18 was absolutely an international event, with Russian, Italian, German, Moldavian, and French projects presented in English. There was a French guy speaking Slovak, and a Slovak dance group speaking in the language of bodies.And here's what to expect at this month's Vol. 19:Volume 19 will be a special event, where art communities from the second and third largest cities in Slovakia (Kosice and Presov) will join together in the middle. The distance between these cities is only 30 kilometers, and the event will be in an old brick factory. The lineup for Volume 19 will be completely opposite of Volume 18's, as we are going to celebrate local organizations, which bring culture and art to both of our cities.Calendar What's on the agenda tonight? How about the following events: PKN Louisville Vol. 8, PKN Chicago Vol. 22, PKN Sydney Vol. 21, and PKN Katowice Vol. 7. Tomorrow (June 6), look to the following cities: PKN Coquitlam Vol. 7, PKN Bielefeld Vol. 10, PKN Genoa Vol. 2, PKN Aarhus Vol. 13, and PKN Edmonton Vol. 13.

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Don Kratzer

For this coming Wednesday's PK event in Harajuku, Don Kratzer will pay tribute to our "green" theme with a presentation on characters and superheroes of said color.More details on our "Powered by PechaKucha" event at the Heineken Star Lounge can be found here.PechaKucha Night 東京にてフィギュアのプレゼンテーションでおなじみのDon Kratzerさんが5月15日(水曜日)のPechaKuchaイベントでは、緑のヒーロー達についてプレゼンテーションしてくださいます。5月15日のPechaKuchaイベントはハイネケンが期間限定でオープンしているHeineken Star Loungeにて行います。

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Don Kratzer

Did you enjoy Don Kratzer's "What Color is Godzilla?" presentation from last week's special PK event? It ended with a "to be continued," which he will do at next week's Vol. 103. Watch Don's Godzilla presentation (with a nod to green heroes) here.Heineken Star LoungeのPechaKuchaにて、緑の怪獣プレゼンテーションで楽しませてくださったDon Kratzerさんが、5月29日のPechaKucha Night 東京にも引き続き登場です!

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Play-Deco

After seeing the destruction unleased upon the Tohoku region, Japanese toy-maker Takashi Tsunoda was compelled to do something creative, constructive.  In today's Presentation of the Day, "Play-Deco" from PKN Tokyo, Vol. 92, Takashi (of Twelvetone, or Magnote in English) discusses his passion for developing simple, customizable wood and paper figures and toys. He has added elements of creativity to his figures by allowing owners to design their own papercraft exteriors. His hope is that by allowing children to develop their own modifications to their playthings, they might learn the power of creation. 

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Don Kratzer

Don Kratzer is a good friend to PechaKucha, and he will take part in this Friday's PechaKucha Night Vol. 106 -- our PechaKucha Global Night edition -- with a presentation that ties into the series he's done in the past, but also tying in to our "hidden heroes" theme. Watch Don's previous PK presentations.怪獣やフィギュアプレゼンテーションでおなじみのDon Kratzerさんが今回は「隠れたヒーロー」のテーマのための特別な発表を用意してくださいました(9月20日金曜日にて)。

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Spirited Figures

Mythical Japanese monsters inspired this designer to dream up all sorts of mischievous characters. Graphic designer and character designer Cesc Grané speaks about his amazing creations inspired by Japanese aesthetics and myth. Cesc began by taking cues from yokai (old Japanese monsters and spirits) and putting his own unique spin on their appearance and how they are connected. In "Spirited Figures" from PKN Tokyo Vol. 116, he tells us how the ethos of Japan has inspired him daily, and recounts stories of his fantastical daydreams involving monsters, heroes, and mischievous creatures of all sorts.

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Don Kratzer

Don Kratzer is no stranger to the PechaKucha Night stage, and he returns for our Vol. 117 (Wednesday, September 24) to continue his series of presentations covering Japanese toys and figures.

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Custom Character Culture for Causes

“I’ve really become interested in doing custom toy shows and donating the money to good causes.” Figure and toy expert Don Kratzer speaks on Indie Toy Custom Culture. In “Custom Character Culture for Causes” from PKN Tokyo Vol. 117, Don discusses the discrepancies and crossovers between creators, characters, and figures, as well as goes into depth on the custom figure culture.

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When Caricature is Considered Portraiture

"[Aspects of the painting] were modified by the artist to fit a romantic and idealized version of a much contested historical event."In When Caricature is Considered Portraiture from Honolulu Vol. 23, Assistant Curator of the Arts of Hawai‘i at the Honolulu Museum of Art, Healoha Johnson considers how caricatures often depict political events and high-profile figures, and then remain as visual historical records with the potential to circulate misconceptions as truth through what is, in fact, a badly distorted caricature of the actual event or figure. Here she dissects "Hawaii's Decisive Hour", a painting by Eugene Savage, which could be said skews history by celebrating an annexation treaty between the U.S. and Hawaii that never actually passed.