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PAUL ROBERTSON

SIMILARITY SATURDAY 2: FRANK R. PAUL AND KATAMARI DAMACY

You heard right! Let’s take a look…




Frank R. Paul’s cover art for Science Wonder Stories.



Detail : Note their uniform/suits.



Katarmi Damacy’s hero/roller, the Prince.



Katamari Damacy Box Art


Clearly, without a question, their is an uncanny resemblance between the appearance of the workers in Frank R. Paul’s cover and Katamari Damacy’s prince character. Aside from appearances, let’s look at the story behind these two.

First, let’s discuss Frank R. Paul’s artwork. I haven’t had a chance to get my hands on any of these stories, but just by studying the cover one can safely assume a couple of things. One, the workers look to be mining and gathering other materials for resources. The same clearly goes for the large bird like robots shoveling into the ground and hill side.

Now let’s discuss Katamari Damacy. The plot of the game places you (the Prince) on earth, sent by your father (the King of the Cosmos) to collect and gather resources from Earth in order to replenish, and replace the stars and planets that the King himself devoured the very night before.

I wonder if their is any symbolism relating the shape of their heads to what they are depicted doing in their respective settings…

LOST IN SHADOW





A boy, severed from his body, must travel back up a monstrous and mysterious tower as a shadow. He has to overcome all of the obstacles that await him in order to reclaim his body and become human once more.

Director Osamu Tsuchihashi conceived the idea behind Lost in Shadow from his memories of playing a childhood game of shadow tag with his friends. The Hudson Soft development team put the project to work creating a beautiful world traversed through shadow. The gameplay and physics of the game are phenomenal, presenting you with new twists and challenges the farther you go. The environments are very vibrant and rich with detail, complimented by a wonderful score. If you’ve ever wished you could live the life of a shadow for a day, this is the game for you. Lost in Shadow is definitely a must have for media fans of all kinds. I give it a big Be Nice Art Friends thumbs up!

AKIRA TORIYAMA





Akira Toriyama is a widely known and acclaimed Japanese manga artist known mostly for his creation of Dragon Ball in 1984. He is also responsible for the artwork of many well known game titles such as Dragon Quest and Chrono Trigger.