Keinojo Mizutama Wonder Festival Artwork Compiled in New Book
“Wanda-Chan @ Wonder Festival: Collected Works of Miztama Keinojo” by Keinojo Mizutama (edited by Yoshiko Saito). B5 size, 160 pages (48 color), 2,315 yen, plus tax.
A new book compiles illustrations done by artist Keinojo Mizutama for semiannual garage kit convention Wonder Festival.
Operated by hobby company Kaiyodo, Wonder Festival is the biggest garage kit and DIY convention in Japan. Ranked alongside Comiket as one of otaku culture’s most important events, the summer 2016 installment of Wonder Festival was held this past weekend.
The cover artwork for Wonder Festival’s catalogs, handed out to attendees upon entering the convention, had been created by artist Keinojo Mizutama for most of its existence until her death in 2014. Mizutama’s work was primarily in the realm of science fiction, illustrating numerous books and contributing a column to Hayakawa’s SF Magazine.
One of Mizutama’s most recognizable creations was the official Wonder Festival mascot, Wanda-chan, a character that can be seen throughout the festival’s promotional materials and at the event itself. A new book to be released by publishing company Hon no Zasshisha on August 2nd will compile Mizutama’s Wanda-chan artwork and other Wonder Festival creations in their entirety.
The book, titled “Wanda-Chan @ Wonder Festival: Collected Works of Miztama Keinojo”, includes color illustrations of Wonder Festival guidebook covers from 1997 through 2014, event reports from hobby magazine Model Graphix, article illustrations, and more. Spanning anime to science fiction, the book covers a wide range of Mizutama’s artwork and provides a look back at Wonder Festival’s history.
Wanda-Chan @ Wonder Festival: Collected Works of Miztama Keinojo