Manga Workshops in Luxembourg

Hello dearies!

First of all, I wanted to thank you for reading my monthly Muffin Mag comics! Aand, unfortunately, I have to announce that the publishing comes to an end… Some of you may know that I started working freelance last year, and I didn’t have much time to draw those short stories on a regular basis. I still have a few pages left and am thinking about posting one one the first Monday of the next months.

Anyways, I assume many of you are interested in manga here (silly question?;) so whenever I have time, I’ll try diversifying my posts with more artwork, maybe tutorials or reviews. What would you like to see?:D

 


For a start, I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be animating manga workshops in Luxembourg over the next time – for those who’d like to learn how to draw manga and/or improve their skills!

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Summerakademie 2018

From July 16th-27th, you can be part of a 30h creative summer camp in Luxembourg-City where you’ll learn the basics of drawing manga, character-design and more, leading to the final creation of your own story and an exhibition of your artwork, among with many other talented artists, sculptors and crafters. The afternoon sessions are already completely booked out and we reopened a morning session – there are only two weeks left for your inscription, so please be quick if you’d like to participate, seeing as there are limited places !
Inscription with CEPA

Manga Workshop @Fachmaart Robert Steinhäuser

In collaboration with Fachmaart Robert Steinhäuser (Leudelange, LU), new workshops are planned for the Fall Trimester where you’ll learn the basics of drawing manga, leading to the final creation of your own page! There will be 8x3h lessons from October to December, on Saturdays from 13h30-16h30.
Inscription with Fachmaart Robert Steinhäuser

I’d love to welcome and guide you in those workshops! If you have any questions, if you’d rather prefer online or private lessons, or if you are a business and wish to offer a workshop at your place, please feel free to contact me at sabrinakaufmann.art@gmail.com !

With love♥
Sabrina

Nimoko’s Nippon Blog – Kyoto

Konnichi wa minna!

The last but beautiful stop during my Japan trip is Kyoto! It was the most beautiful city I have visited so far, very traditional, with so much nature and many temples and shrines that give you so much peace in your heart.

First of all, I’d like to show you pictures of Kyoto’s beautiful temples and shrines. Of course there are many others but unfortunately we didn’t have enough time to visit them all …

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Washing your hands before prayer is a Japanese tradition
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When Japanese people pray, they can make a wish and write it on a small paper or piece of wood
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These small wooden boards are called Ema
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This seems do be a traditional ritual but unfortunately I couldn’t find out the meaning of it 😦
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A beautiful small Japanese shrine
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The entrance of a Japanese palace in the middle of a park in Kyoto
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The temple itself

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I love these Japanese gardens, so peaceful and green …

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Japanese cemeteries look quite different from the ones we know in Europe. More crowded, but very peaceful though …
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The beautiful view over Kyoto from a cemetery near the temple on a mountain.
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Do you remember these traditional Japanese kimonos from my first blog entry? They are seen all over Kyoto and tourists can rent them in many shops.
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The famous Teramachi shopping street in Kyoto

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So many small shops with traditional Japanese food. I loved exploring them!
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And soooooo much Sakura (cherry blossom) flavored food <3<3
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Some shrines can even be found within the shopping areas
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I just had to capture this little puppet temple with the kawaii dancing puppet Miko (priestess) ❤
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View over the Kamogawa (Kamo river) in Kyoto

 

So this was my last entry in my Nippon blog and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did ^^ if you ever get the chance to travel to Japan, I highly recommend it to you!

Ja nee minna! <3<3

The new General Data Protection Regulation

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Photo: http://www.medium.com

 

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is in force as of 25th May 2018 and replaces the existing data protection framework. The main goal of GDPR is to provide a set of standardised laws across all the European union member countries and to give the EU citizens control over their personal data. Or to put it differently: users are supposed to get a clearer idea of how their data is being processed.

The GDPR must be followed by institutions, companies and individuals dealing with personal data. A processor of personal data must clearly disclose any data collection, declare the lawful basis and purpose for data processing, how long data is being retained and if it is being shared with any third-parties or outside of the EU.

The announcement was met with lots of discussions. Criticism has been raised in regards to freedom of speech and information, unclear compliance requirements and grey areas left with the regulation.

 

Geeks’ Life and the GDPR

Seeing that the regulation still leaves question marks when it comes to its application (especially for media platforms that cover cultural events), GLL has taken the following stance so far (which may be updated when further details are released):

  • Starting on 25 May 2018 the GLL crew only covers events the team gets invited to or gets press accredication for.
  • The GLL crew continues making photoshoots with the autorisation of the model and any people featured on the pictures.

 

Sources:

https://www.zdnet.com/article/gdpr-an-executive-guide-to-what-you-need-to-know/

https://www.zeit.de/digital/datenschutz/2018-05/dsgvo-datenschutz-eu-aenderungen

http://www.sueddeutsche.de/news/politik/eu-ab-sofort-gelten-die-neuen-eu-datenschutzregeln-dpa.urn-newsml-dpa-com-20090101-180525-99-446229

https://www.fotorecht-seiler.eu/dsgvo-und-fotografie-teil-2/

https://www.lemonde.fr/pixels/video/2018/05/23/comprendre-le-rgpd-en-cinq-questions_5303086_4408996.html?xtmc=rgpd&xtcr=9

https://www.lemonde.fr/economie/article/2018/05/24/protection-des-donnees-ce-que-le-rgpd-change-pour-les-entreprises_5303939_3234.html?xtmc=rgpd&xtcr=7

https://flpa-test.clubdesk.com/clubdesk/www?p=1000092

https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection_en

 

 

John Bain passed away at the age of 33

Game critic John Bain, more commonly known by the aliases TotalBiscuit and the Cynical Brit, passed away on 25 May 2018 after a long battle with cancer. Bain was 33.

Bain revealed in 2014 that he had been diagnosed with bowel cancer and was receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatment. The cancer went into remission but later returned, spreading to his liver and his spine.

In 2015, he announced that his cancer was terminal, though he continued to work on his popular YouTube channel and The Co-Optional Podcast. Bain had announced earlier this month that he was retiring from games criticism as a result of his failing health.

Bain’s career as a game critic and personality spanned more than a decade. His YouTube channel, which was home to TotalBiscuit’s podcast and game impressions, had more than 2,2 million subscribers. Bain was also a top Steam curator, garnering more than 800,000 followers.

Our sincere condolences go out to John Bain’s family and friends.

Nimoko’s Nippon Blog – About Japanese Culture

Konnichi wa minna! (Hello guys)

I had the chance to travel through the beautiful country of Japan during the last two weeks and I wanted to give you some impressions I got about this beautiful landscape and culture. At First, I will give you a brief impression of the country and its culture, before I give you a deeper sight to different Cities and places I got to explore ^^.

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Traditional Japanese Houses are kept small, made of Bamboo and wood. They are mostly seen in smaller cities or country sides. I saw a lot of them in Kyoto.

 

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A great part of the Japanese Culture that many of us really appreciate is Anime and Manga! There are so many different Anime types and much merchandise for every taste.
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As Anime and Manga makes a big part of the Japanese Culture, you can see it spread everywhere throughout the cities. For example on buses and trains.
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This is something I have only seen in Japan and it’s really cool 😀 Ufo-Catching! It is all about trying to catch an Anime Good by grabbing it. One try is 100 Yen. But it is quite tricky.
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Gashapon machines are also quite popular in Japan. You see them everywhere, especially in Akihabara. For the cost of 200 to 400 yen you can get a plastic ball containing a sweet little toy. There are many different types to collect.
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One of the biggest passion of many Japanese people: Pachinko Halls. They are countless and spread all over Japan. Many Anime Themed Gaming Machines building long lines give occasion of spending your money in a playful way. It might be similar to our casinos.

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These “Koi no bori”  are decorative and traditional Japanese flags in shape of a carp and exist in many different colors. Captured at the Entrance of Tokyo Tower.
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Your surely have seen these little dudes before, Japanese carps called “Koi” They are very appreciated in Japan and mostly quite expensive.
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If you ever make a trip to Japan, you will see many people wearing these mouthprotection. There are different reasons why they are worn: Because of self-protection against infections, or to prevent others of your own infection. Japanese people are very hygienic and protective. Even if it might look weird for us, I think it is quite effective.
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A small Graveyard shrine.
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You might have seen Japanese Graveyards in Anime. Compared with European ones they seem very crowded as Japan has a much higher population. Usually, if someone dies, they are burnt and their ashes are buried in “Haka“, which mean family Graves.
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On the Gravestone itself is only written the family name. Small pieces of wood with dedications to every family member, the “ihai” are placed in front of the Gravestone.
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85 % of the Japanese people are Buddhists. They make their prayers at Buddhist shrines and temples.
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Many shrines or temples are decorated with “Chõchin“, Japanese Lanterns usually colored in white or red made of Japanese “washi” paper. You can buy lucky charms and protective goods.
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I absolutely love these traditional Japanese clothes. These are Kimonos mostly worn by “Maikos“. Maikos undergo a five-year training of dancing, singing and playing traditional Japanese insruments, just as the “shamisen” to entertain people during a traditional tea ceremony. It is a very hard training.

 

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Japan is also very popular for its Cherry Blossoms. The Japanese call them “Sakura” and use them as an ingredient for Food and Drinks as in beauty. Cherry Blossom Tea is very tasty.
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A traditional Japanese Sword is called “Katana“. They are very old and popular of the Japanese Swordsmen “Samurai”. There are many differtent types.
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In Japan, many Restaurants show samples of their dishes in windows. These are usually plastic made and look almost like real. Very convenient for tourists, if they can’t read the Japanese writing, they can choose their dishes from the windows.
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Now I am going to introduce some Japanese food to you. In Japan, traditional food is mostly fresh-made and hand-made. Often you can watch the preparation.
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These fish shaped cakes are usually filled with red soy bean paste or other sweets like chocolate or jam. They are called “Taiyaki
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At “Candy Show time” a candy shop in Japan, you can watch people make the traditional “Kintaro-ame” candys which you can purchase in different colors and shapes.
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They are shaped to long tubes and then cut to small roud pieces. Mostly made of colored sugar.
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This was captured in Kyoto in a very traditional bakery. A man making cookies with Japanese black beans. They are quite tasty.
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Food in Japan is usually not expensive but often freshly made, what makes it so special and tasty.
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You surely have seen this dish before. A traditional Noodle Soup called “Ramen“. It is served in a big bowl, containing Japanese noodles, meat, seaweed, eggs and vegetables.
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Another Japanese Food tradition which is very similar to our well known Barbecue. The “Yakiniku“. I have tried it myself. You can choose out of different meats and prepare it over a fire by yourself. Nice experience 🙂
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This is one of my favorite Japanese food. It is called “Tenpura“. Fried shrimps, fish or vegetables that are also often served with Ramen.
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Ever seen Anime characters eating these? Sure, as they are very popular especially for teenagers. Octopus Balls “Takoyaki” usually toppd with soy sauce.
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This is one of the main ingredients for any dishes in Japan next to Soy Beans: Rice. So many dishes and desserts are made with rice, like Sushi or…
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…these famous snacks called “Onigiri“. They are filled with fish or meat.
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Next to Soy Beans and Rice, Japanese people eat very much fish and sea food. They can fleshly be purchased at Japanese Food Markets.
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Another very traditional good of Japan is Rice Wine. It is often served at meals. Different from Chinese Rice Wine, it is less strong in taste and alcohol. They call it “Sake“.

 

Well,  that’s it for now. I hope you got a small impression of Japanese food and Culture. I will show you more of my Japanese Adventure next time.

Ja nee! 🙂

 

Michael Bay approached about directing Lobo? What this says about Warner and DC

Way back on February 8th, The Hollywood Reporter first revealed that Warner and DC were in very early talks with Michael Bay about him directing a Lobo movie. There is a script, at least an early version of one, and in effort to make him sign on, they handed it off to Bay so he could give his input on its further development – so the powers that be at DC and Warner must really want him to helm this.

In this editorial, @AndreEinherjar will cover who Lobo is and why they might want to make a movie about him, the prospect of Michael Bay being the one directing it, the budget, and above all, what even wanting Michael Bay for something like Lobo implies about the powers that be at DC, and how they are running DC on film into the ground.

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