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Joaquín Sorolla (1863-1923)
“Seville, the Dance” (1915)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Hispanic Society of America, New York City, New York, United States

This painting is part of Sorolla’s “The Vision of Spain” series. Sorolla was commissioned to create a series of oil paintings on life in Spain. He would go on to make a total of 14 magnificent murals, installed to this day in the Hispanic Society of America building in Manhattan. They range from 3.5 to 4 meters (12-14’) in height, and total over 69 meters (227’) in length.

Some stuff from Mashima’s talk @ Japan Society NY

These were originally posted on Kodansha USA’s twitter.
(KC: Kodansha Comics)


Mashima originally planned Mavis to only make a brief appearance in FT, but due to her popularity he brought her back in the story.

“I didn’t expect Mavis to be a popular character amongst the fans, but she turned out to be really popular amongst the fanbase!”


KC: Is there a FT moment you’re really proud of / turned out exactly the way you wanted?
Mashima: The Sirius Island arc.


His weekly schedule:
Su: Storyboard/rough sketches
Tu: Pencil work
Wed - Sat: Work on pages & color illustrations


KC: Are there any games you’ve been playing lately.
Mashima: I’ve been playing Overwatch for about a year now. I keep losing!


KC: This is your 3rd time visiting NY. Is there anything you’re looking forward to this time?
Mashima: I want to study English more.


Fan: Is there a fight you particular enjoyed drawing?
Mashima: The fight with Hades.


“If you start drawing manga when you’re younger, you’ll improve a lot more than if you start drawing later.”


“I listen to fans’ feedback every week & based off that feedback I’d speak with my editors to see where to take the story.”


“The most important thing is to finish your manga to the end… just continue to work on your story.”

Fan: Any advice to keep writing & get out of writer’s block?
Mashima: I try to take a break… try something you never tried before.

“If you can envision yourself finishing your project, that will be your biggest asset.”


Fan: Is there anything you’re looking forward to including in your next project?
Mashima: Love.


Fan: How closely do you work with the English localization of FT?
Mashima: I have meetings with the Japanese staff who work with the English editors.


Fan: Since you’ve been to France before, do you have any French food recommendations?
Mashima: Whenever I go to France, I always have cheese fondue!


Mashima does pencils & inking in traditional media, & transitions to digital when working on color illustrations

When/where was VFD created?

Featured above:  Thomas Cole. The Course of Empire: Destruction. 1836. Oil on canvas. 99.5 x 161.2 cm. New York Historical Society, New York, NY, USA

The secret organization’s origins are left to interpretation, but we understand it has been around for quite some time. For how long has it subsisted, exactly? Some clues in the text may lead us to a suprising, outlandish, but nevertheless fitting theory…

VFD originated in Ancient Rome. Stay with us after the cut to learn why.

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