Images from the original 1982 B&W version of Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo (English translation).
A comic series about a post-apocolyptic world in which the Japanese military has been experimenting on children with special psychic abilities, only to accidentally awaken one with the power to destroy the world just by blinking his eyes. Sex, drugs, motorcycles, and apocalypse.
Akira changed my life and led me down a path to all kinds of amazing stuff, including taking the first steps to making my own art — and Kidrobot.
The mid and late 80's were all about a kind of unbridled darkness, an extreme violence that seeped in and out of everything, from the disintegration of punk, to independent films shot on videotape, to the first echoes of the Internet.
My friends and I spent afternoons after school making art on Xerox machines, enlarging and shrinking and re-enlarging our drawings until they became unintelligible.
Certain things carried significance that is hard to imagine in a world were everything is always available online. It was hard to find things, so things you loved became precious, and other people that loved them became comrades.
Your life could be changed by a 78rpm Dead Kennedys record or a black and white movie shown once at midnight or a Japanese comic book. Now everything is everywhere, and our minds have adjusted to so much stuff. Everything is just a drop in a bucket of infinite capacity. We all know what everyone else knows.
There is nothing left to covet.