Recently, Danny had partnered up with Japanese figure maker Kotobukiya to gather information about otaku from around the world. This information, along with pictures of the various otaku rooms would be published later this year in a book called OTACOOL – Worldwide Otaku Rooms. To kick things off, he’d asked the winning entrants from his “My Room” contest to upload higher resolution photos to his new figure.fm site. From the initial sets, images would be chosen for the cover of the book. Presently, here’s what the cover for the book looks like:
If it stays that way, then I’ll have made the cover! The top left image is a shot of the lounge, complete with cat! As cool as it is, I would have preferred that they used a different image, I’m particularly fond of the nigh time shots, which show the display cases all lit up. It seems that Danny is partial to those pictures too, as one of them wound up being used in the banner for the Otacool portal.
The other nifty thing about this whole experience is that some of the photos collected will be slated for use in other Kotobukiya marketing material, pamphlets, posters, etc. Who knows, maybe on a future trip to Japan I’ll see an image of my otaku lounge blown up and plastered on the side of a building…
…That’s a scary prospect, actually…
Regardless, I’m very excited to hear about the final selections. A lot of the submissions look amazing and a lot of fellow DCers have really impressive living areas. Hopefully I’ll also be able to pick up a copy of the book once it’s finished. I’ve also realized that being a part of this online community has had the effect of encouraging me to become a bit neater upstairs. I’m tidying up a bit more, in the event I need to do an impromptu photo session (like last night and this evening).
Lastly, since I now had enough decorations and detail in the upstairs area, I finally was able to pull off a decent Photosynth set (Photosynth uses photos to generate a sort of “3D virtual tour”). See the Synth here (Silverlight required).
Since I have so much IKEA furniture making up the otaku lounge, I wonder if I can get them to sponsor it…? 🙂