Author(s): PHOENIX WOODROW
In "Plastic Culture", British comics artist and illustrator Woodrow Phoenix explores our relationship to toys in the twenty-first century, with particular emphasis on Japan - an exporter of both merchandise and ideas. Plastic Toys based on comics, movies and TV shows from "Astro Boy", "Godzilla" and "Gatchaman", to "Power Rangers", "Sailor Moon" and "Pokemon" have had a powerful effect on the West, and have kick-started trends in design and pop culture that have crossed from Japan to the West and back East again. With its blend of incisive analysis and stylish photography, this is a book that will appeal to a wide range of readers: from those interested in the latest trends in contemporary art, to toy collectors young and old, and to anyone with an interest in Japan's influence on contemporary pop culture.
"This might be one of the better toy surveys around. Less hipster and more substantial, I think this might be the smartest book on toys." - iant Robot
Woodrow Phoenix is an illustrator and designer based in London. He has published a number of comic books and strips, including 'The Sumo Family', which appeared in the Independent on Sunday and 'The Liberty Cat', published in Japan by Kodansha in Morning magazine. His critical essays on comics have appeared in catalogues for exhibitions at the ICA in London and at the University of Sussex.