My first Self Published Zine, First in a series of 5 or 6! - 1st Edition, Short Run Print! - 24 pages, 20 Yokai info-blurbs! - Comes with optional stickers! My goal: Draw 100 Yokai; Monsters, Ghosts, Cryptids, Myths and Folklore (and adjacent subjects) starting with Japan - Make them into sweet stickers and have a fun time doing so!! - This is more or less an "in a nutshell bestiary" with short n sweet descriptions of the monsters I've drawn so far!'
• What are yokai? •
"yōkai" 妖怪, – are supernatural monsters, ghosts, spirits & demons from Japanese folklore. - The kanji combination of two different words roughly meaning "bewitching; attractive; calamity"; and "spectre; apparition; mysterious; suspicious". - The term "yokai" can cover just about anything from ghosts, demons, to the generally unexplained, emotional, paranormal to even divine phenomena!! - Sometimes modern day Cryptids & UMA (Unidentified mysterious animals.) also fall under this umbrella term. - Youkai can be horrific terrors or even just plain silly or sweet, sometimes they'll even bring good fortune to those that cross their paths!
• Hyakki Yagyo: or "The Night Parade of 100 demons" is a Japanese Legend when all the Yokai (demons, ghosts and monsters) parade through town causing mayhem, mischief and chaos. It's said that the monsters can only be stopped when you say a magical spell: KA-TA-SHI-HA-YA, E-KA-SE-NI-KU-RI-NI, TA-ME-RU-SA-KE, TE-E-HI, A-SHI-E-HI, WA-RE-SHI-KO-NI-KE-RI (カタシハヤ, エカセニクリニ, タメルサケ, テエヒ, アシエヒ, ワレシコ) - it has been interpreted dozens of times over the ages, with well over 1000 years of history and dozens of ancient picture scrolls, books, etc - My 'zine series was largely inspired by Toriyama Sekiens: The Illustrated Night Parade of a Hundred Demons" (1776) – but this zine covers yokai and legends not included in those books as well, so its more of a general bestiary on the subject!
• Issue #1 includes:
Kasa-Obake. - "The Umbrella Ghost"
Chochin-Obake. – "Lamp Spooks."
Abura-Sumashi. – "The Oil Presser."
Kappa Facts! - "All About Kappa."
Tsuchinoko. - "The Fat Snake."
Yuki-Onna. - "The Snow Woman."
Wanyudo. - "HELL !"
Gyuki. (Ushi-Oni) - "Spider-Cow"
Nure-Onna - "the Wet Woman
Shirime. - "Butt Eye"
Hajikkaki. - "Dig me up"
Akaname. - "Red faced Filth Licker"
Keukegen - "Dusty doggy"
Nuppeppo. - "Stinky!!"
BetoBetosan - "Mr foot steps!"
Isogashi - "Busy!~BUSY!!!"
UmiBozu - "Ocean Giants"
Gashadokuro - "The sound of scraping bones."
Otoroshi - "Drops down."
CharmTime: "All about Daruma Dolls"
Expect another issue to come out once I finish 20 more Yokai! - Stickers included are self published, hand cut and weatherproof (you can also buy them individually through my shop<3)
• A Digital version of the zine is also available via my patreon: Patreon.com/samkalensky