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Don Kratzer

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

What Color is Godzilla?

PRESENTED ON MAY 15, 2013
IN TOKYO @ HEINEKEN STAR LOUNGE

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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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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An 8-word Case for Green Schools

BY CLIFF ASHBURNER
@ VOL 10 ON FEB 05, 2013

An overview of what green schools are, and what they can do to transform students and communities, as seen through the eyes of a green building activist.

 

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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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What is Sofubi?

BY DON KRATZER
@ VOL 110 ON JAN 22, 2014

The prolific international figure researcher Don "Datadub" Kratzer does it once again -- an in-depth discussion on the history and creation of sofubi or soft-vinyl toys. Perk up your ears as he offers sweet, colorful nuggets of information on the fascinating mid-20th century products. 

"Presentation of the Day" on February 7, 2014.

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Can't Tell Brown from Green

BY CARSON SAMSON
@ VOL 32 ON DEC 06, 2017

Winnipeg's fabulous MC took a break from introducing their presentations to being one himself.  Carson Samson stood in the spotlight and explained to a stunned crowd that this fabulous designer, illustrator, and comically inclined human has red-green color blindness.  He discussed the ways he gets around creating palettes and to his joy that copic created a fool-proof method for him to create.  There's always a way. 

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The Science of Color in Nature

BY ANDY GORIS
@ VOL 3 ON JAN 18, 2018

We've all enjoyed the colors of a rainbow, or butterfly, or flower, but have you ever wondered how those colors are being created? Why is the sky blue, or grass green? The answers are as fascinating as the colors themselves. Andy Goris describes some of the many ways colors are produced in nature and hopes to instill a new type of awe in what you are actually seeing.

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Gojira (Godzilla) Cold War Connections

BY CHRISTINE HAYS
@ VOL 4 ON MAY 03, 2018

Christine Hays asks, do you know that popular culture reflects a particular group of individuals' psychological fears and fantasies? One excellent example is 1954 Japan and it's mega hit "Gojira (Godzilla)" Come find out what that film REALLY represented to Japanese society and what our modern version of "Godzilla" reveals about America today.