For quite a while now. I have been a big fan of the stunning art work of Jed Henry and Daniel Bull, who used Kickstarter back in 2013 to showcase their remarkable art that combined the modern action figure with a 19th century Japanese woodblock style. I loved this work the moment I saw it! It begins with Jed's creation line art with a traditional calligraphy brush and then Daniel painstakingly carving out the woodblocks from the artwork. To have an appreciation of how enormously talented these two artists have a look at their process videos...it's pretty mind-blowing.
And now I am super excited because Jed Henry has partnered with a group of game designers to animate these wonderful characters into Edo Superstar! a "lightning fast mobile RPG" game that can be played on one's phone. It has all the artistry of the original work with the simplicity of an easy to operate handheld game. The story line as you can see from the video above is great -- and oh my goodness, the cast of characters, from villians to heroes, fox, tiger, wolf, octopus, rooster, crab, and best of all, the trickster Monkey. With lots of daring action and humor in it -- it should be a blast, and I hope a huge success. Stop by the Edo Superstar website to get the full look at the wonderfulness of this new game. It is currently available for iPhones (downloads available from the website-- and the Android version is coming soon) Can.Not.Wait. My thumbs are already itching to try it out.