Regarding the 50 Famous People series extension – there are three mooks of the new 30-issue expansion out now (Hans Christian Anderson, Julius Caesar and Shikibu Murasaki (author of the Tale of Genji). None of these has really appealed to me, and the artwork for Shikibu is so stylized as to be unrecognizable from paintings of her. However, the next issue is for Albert Schweitzer, and I do plan on getting that one.

As for the Otona no Kagaku kits – there’s been no activity on any of the Gakken sites since December. The 2nd volume of Science Live, on the Higgs-Boson, doesn’t include a “What’s Next” page. And the radio-wave flip clock isn’t expected out for several more months. So, it looks like there’s going to be another dry spell from Gakken, again.


From the description on youtube:

Back a long time ago, I tried making a flipbook animation. I got a stack of 3″ x 4″ notepads and a light table, and started drawing. The entire thing came to 300 separate, fully hand-drawn sheets. In 2002, I scanned them all and put them into a single .avi file. Finally, I got around to making the soundtrack using Audacity, the Korg Kaossilator Pro and the Gakken SX-150 Mark II. (The K-Pro for the basic sounds, the SX-150 for filtering and Audacity for pasting everything together.) The pixel size for the avi is a bit small for making out what the action is, so if I can get my hands on the original flipbook again, I’ll save the pages to larger files.


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