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Handmade Indian Movie Posters for Unlikely Hollywood Movies Great Posters Our Weird Projects Sweet Movies and Wild Books 

Handmade Indian Movie Posters for Unlikely Hollywood Movies

I just got some lo-res photos of the new batch of 20″ by 30″ hand-drawn litho-printed Sandalwood/Kannada movie posters, and they’re fantastic! (If you missed reading about Raju, who draws a new movie poster every three hours, and the 1901 litho machine they’re printed on, go now!) I have 100 of each of these, so let me know if you’d like one. (If you’re in Bangalore or Beijing, you can have them for free the cost of a coffee. Overseas, I’ll have to charge.) Let me know in the comments…

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India’s Incredibly Cool Hand-Drawn Movie Posters Great Posters Our Weird Projects Sweet Movies and Wild Books 

India’s Incredibly Cool Hand-Drawn Movie Posters

Ramachandraiah prints movie posters for a living. He’s done it ever since 1971, when he bought an ancient lithograph press. He keeps it in a factory north of Bangalore, far from the English town where it was built 111 years ago. Most movie posters here are lavish. They’re digitally-printed, full-color, and reach up to 30 feet long. Ramachandraiah’s posters aren’t. His are five-color, hand-drawn, and measure just 20 inches by 30 inches. They’re printed on thin paper, and illegally slapped up on building sites and highway overpasses late at night….

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Mad Costumes Across Asia Our Weird Projects Strange Tourism 

Mad Costumes Across Asia

As regular readers know, we at AsiaObscura love costumes. We’ve captured some incredible cosplay adventures here, here, here, here and even here. But it goes deeper. Almost every tourist hotspot across north-east Asia has a rack of costumes, a dramatic backdrop or two, and a whole boatload of awesomeness to dive into. All your dreams can come true, in Asia. Terra Cotta Warriors, Xi’an Egyptians, Shenzhen Winter Egyptians, Beijing Guards of Mianshan Daoist Retreat Cultural Revolution-era Mao and Lin Biao, Shenzhen Gangsters of Old Shanghai, Shanghai Stewardess and Captain of…

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CityWeekend Covers AO’s Taxidermy Efforts Our Weird Projects Shameless Promotion The Taxidermy Diaries 

CityWeekend Covers AO’s Taxidermy Efforts

Yesterday morning, I exploded with glee when I realized our Pyongyang Too book had been covered in the wonderful Drawn & Quarterly — a whopping year ago! Now if that wasn’t good enough, yesterday was also the release of the new issue of CityWeekend magazine, their back page a very fun article devoted to WooLand, me, and taxidermy! Nice!!! Thanks, CW!

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French press for “Pyongyang Too” Our Weird Projects Shameless Promotion 

French press for “Pyongyang Too”

When Woo and I handed our tribute, Pyongyang Too, to graphic traveleur & comic master Guy Delisle, he seemed taken aback, confused, perplexed. “Thank you,” he muttered, unsure of what he was even looking at. (Barbara Demick–author of the DPRK expose/awesomeromance Nothing to Envy–tried to buy it.) Clearly, he later had a chance to skim it. And read it. And then pimped it out. After the jump, two recent Paris articles about the book. But now the question is, will L’Association pick it up???

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Vodka Bottles Taxidermied Into Mice Our Weird Projects 

Vodka Bottles Taxidermied Into Mice

Now that we have our Chinese taxidermy certificates, Woo and I needed to get stuffing. A woman in Qingdao, after hours of discussions, agreed to send a friend to Beijing with a box of frozen rats.  He took the all-night bus, and showed up with a dripping styrofoam box.  “I got confused, and lost, and they melted a little,” he said.

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Pyongyang Too: A Tribute to Guy Delisle Our Weird Projects 

Pyongyang Too: A Tribute to Guy Delisle

(Update: Our tribute was actually released in paperback in late 2013, by the original French publisher of Pyongyang — the legendary art house publisher, L’Association! Copies show up on eBay France every now and then… Keep an eye out for it. It’s wonderful!) After Teen Wolf Too, Splash Too, and Karate Kid Too, here’s the Pyongyang Too tribute WooLand and I did for our favorite comic book travelogue essayist, Guy Delisle, in North Korea last year.

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