Carrying on from the previous post, this is the second artbook released by BLA, a group of artists from Gainax and people related to them. This edition was released a year later at Japan’s 79th Comiket Festival, which again took place during the winter season. This one was a little bit harder to come by and took quite a bit of tracking down to find. Sadly I had to buy it second hand and it’s a little bit worn out as someone clearly bought it, bent it backwards, scanned a few pages and then sold it off to a store.In this edition we have some new artists join the fold, however we also don’t have Atsushi Nishigori taking part this time. New artists don’t seem to be taking on any fancy aliases, so figuring them out isn’t an issue. They include Kozaki Yusuke, Kotobuki Tsukasa, Tsubasa Masao and Hamamoto Ryousuke. Returning from last time we have Hiroyuki Imaishi, Yoh Yoshinari, Sushio, Hiromi Wakabayashi and of course Shigeto Koyama.
The cover is a drawing of the Invisible Woman from the Fantastic Four, in this rendition, she looks quite like a mix between Joey and Lina from Heroman, which was an anime where Shigeto Koyama was the character designer. Interestingly Heroman was also a joint between Stan Lee and the anime studio BONES. No doubt Shigeto Koyama must have been very happy to work on a show with Comic legend Stan Lee himself. Next up is the contents page.After that is a very mean looking Wolverine drawn by Kozaki Yusuke, he is a character designer for games, anime and manga. He is most likely here because both he and Shigeto Koyama worked on No More Heroes. Koyama designed the weapons and mecha on NMH. On the next page we have a Black Cat drawing, drawn this time by Kotobuki Tsukasa. He’s a character and mecha designer. I believe he is also someone who worked on No More Heroes. Following on here we have a very interesting picture by Tsubasa Masao, those of you who know your comics will know this is a All-Star Superman tribute but also has nods to other works of Frank Quitely & Grant Morrison. Tsubasa Masao is an artist associated with Konami and has done character designs for Metal Gear Acid and Zone of the Enders 2. Next up is Hamamoto Ryousuke, who is a manga artist and also loves comics a great deal. So much so he decided to draw a doujinshi in 2009 where he reimagined comic writer Alan Moore as a teenage schoolgirlas a bonus he also drew Neil Gaiman as a schoolgirl. I am not making this up!
Next are some great sketches by Hiroyuki Imaishi, first one is an awesome in-character image of all round crazy man Lobo and then a page depicting the characters from an Alan Moore comic called Top 10.
Yoh Yoshinari draws a nice and dark drawing of Lenore.Sushio continues with his love for Spiderman and depicts him in battle in one of Sushio’s dynamic battle poses.
Finally we end on a Shigeto Koyama drawing showing The Silver Surfer standing before the mighty Galactus.There you have it, that’s book 2 wrapped up. I have been checking the BLA website, but it seems there are no current plans for a Superhero3 which is a shame. I hope you guys enjoyed it!