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Japan Expo (day one) and "CLAMP : Les Reines du Manga à Paris"

July 3rd, 2009 (12:09 am)
jubilant

current mood :: jubilant
Current lullaby :: Yuzurenai Negai, Tamura Naomi


What a day! I'm totally exhausted but we really had fun!! 


   

First, we went to Japan Expo in the afternoon. It was as crowded as ever, and we were only Thursday!! I immediately went to buy the shikishi :

  

In fact, as we discovered very soon on the booth entirely dedicated to the CLAMP, there were two others illustrations : one with Shaolan, Watanuki and the Mokona, and another one with Shaolan, Chii and Yuuko. From our discussion with the staff, there’ll be another as a consolation price for those who won’t have the chance to get a ticket for a signature tomorrow and Saturday. There were some interesting goodies, for example giant posters of X and TRC, but everything was very expensive. There were also a lot of advertisement for Code Geass, which is going to be published in French in September. After going to the C&M booth, where I spent all my money for their beautiful art, and a little cosplay show, we went back to Paris.      

 

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   At 7 PM, we were queuing in front of the Gallerie des Bibliothèques.

 

Fifteen minutes later, a black van passed and a moment later, Shii-chan told me they were coming. We could take a few pictures while they were shaking hands with all the important people from the town hall, which was organizing the event.

 

  
  



 

It was only after I took these pictures that I realized I had actually seen the CLAMP themselves… My friend told me I had the silliest smile she had ever seen! So as you can see, they were all smiling and they waved a bit at the crowd before entering. We had to wait some more time to do so.



 

The exhibition was very interesting. There were plenty original drawings, some in color and other in black and white. You could see all the small details! It was very impressive!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



At some point, a guy arrived saying we were not allowed to take pictures, but French people always like to rebel, so everyone continued more or less discreetly – including me XD. That’s why the first pictures are quite good, while the last ones are a bit of a mess, and I could'nt take any good one in the second part of the exhibition. It’s a pity, because it was about CLAMP’s working process. We could see the evolution the black and white drawings were going through, from the sketches to the inking.


At the very end, there was a short movie showing the CLAMP working in their studio (the one from Angoulême I presume) while answering some questions. From what I remember :

-          Ohkawa-sensei always knows what will happen at the end of the story she creates.

-          Igarashi-sensei complained about nobody

-          Mokona-sensei had difficulties drawing Yuuko, because the lines were really smooth, like a Japanese engraving. She also said she was proud of the design of the female characters in Chobits. She was also listening to some music while working at some point.

-          Nekoi-sensei said she liked working in small place, so she could get everything from where she sat.

After we finished our visit, we went to small party they had in the courtyard of a nearby “hôtel particulier” (we were in one of the oldest district of Paris after all). There, as in the exhibition hall, there was a bit of everyone : officials, professionals, and some fans. We met two boys that managed to get an invitation a few minutes before the beginning of the event, and one took really great pictures, so I hope he’ll publish them soon. We were told by them and other fans that the CLAMP were inside, answering to television interviews but also signing autographs. A bit later, a woman came out of the building saying that only four autographs were given to children selected in a contest, which was obviously a lie : some kind lady let me take a picture of the signatures she got on her invitation.



The CLAMP finally came out, still smiling but looking a bit tired and very much amazed by the number of people around. They said a few words that their interpreter translated, and that could be sum up as “thank you for coming, we hope you’ve enjoyed our work”. They waved at everyone and a moment later, they disappeared in the black van again.

 Ohkawa-sensei makes such a weird face on this one XD she must have been surprised by the crowd!

 

  

  

My friend was told by one of the Pika staff who was acting pretty much like a body guard that the CLAMP were very tired and a bit afraid of the crowd. That seems quite logical when you know they spend most of their in their studio, but I wonder how they’ll react tomorrow to the thousands of people at the Japan Expo… 
 


EDIT :  chibiyuuto-san also posted some great report with VIDEOS!! Go see them!!

Comments

Posted by: Noir (la_vie_noire)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 01:11 am (UTC)
KuroFay

Wow. They are, like, human. XD

Thank you for posting this!

Posted by: kei_san77 (kei_san77)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 06:44 am (UTC)
Sake makes the world goes round

LOL
They breath, they walk, they even talk!
No, you're right, it's always amazing to actually meet people like these!

Posted by: clampholickyou (clampholickyou)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 01:45 am (UTC)

Thanks sooooo much for posting ^o^ They seem quite surprised XD (It reminds me about an earlier news that Ohkawa-sensei don't like travelling abroad XD)

The drawings are as great as ever. You are so lucky, I wish I were there too = v =

>>>Nekoi-sensei said she liked working in small place, so she could get everything from where she sat.
haha...as lazy as I am XP

Posted by: kei_san77 (kei_san77)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 06:47 am (UTC)
Watanuki & Mugetsu

You're welcome!
Yep, it seems they were not expecting to see so many people!
Yep, seeing the real drawings was quite something....

Posted by: Outou (outou)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 02:38 am (UTC)

Thank you for the photographs and commentary! I think I understand Ms. Ohkawa's fear of traveling, considering how different the crowds must be from their normally secluded environment.

Posted by: kei_san77 (kei_san77)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 06:40 am (UTC)

You're welcome!
Yeah, it must be hard for them, suddenly be in front of so many people whose language you don't even understand...

Posted by: ロッティ (radiantdove)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)
eh?

Thanks for sharing these! You took some great HQ pictures /o/ seems like you had fun! :D

Posted by: kei_san77 (kei_san77)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 06:41 am (UTC)
SakuxSyao

You're totally welcome!
Yep, I had an amazing day! I think I don't even realise what happend yet! lol

Posted by: devi devi (cutey_ne)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 05:27 am (UTC)

Thanks for posting this.
I wish to go there.

Posted by: kei_san77 (kei_san77)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 06:41 am (UTC)
Watanuki Bunny

You're welcome ^^
It's true we're lucky...

Posted by: Chair-chan (canon_4_life)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 05:53 am (UTC)

thanks for posting =DDDDD

Posted by: kei_san77 (kei_san77)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 06:42 am (UTC)
Shizuka's smirk

You're welcome XD

Posted by: romanchan (romanchan)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 06:05 am (UTC)

Thanks for the info and pics, it's nice to see some recent pictures of CLAMP.
BTW can i use some of your pics for my spanish anime/manga web(sugee.org)?, i would give you total credit, thank you :D

Posted by: kei_san77 (kei_san77)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 06:49 am (UTC)
Fye&Kurogane -  Cat's Eye

You're welcome!
Of course you can! Let's spread CLAMP love!! XD

Posted by: romanchan (romanchan)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 08:23 pm (UTC)

Posted by: carlen01 (carlen01)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 07:05 am (UTC)
Syaoran

This was an interesting read. Thanks for sharing♥

Posted by: kei_san77 (kei_san77)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 07:09 am (UTC)
SakuxSyao

You're welcome! ^^

Posted by: らつくしゅみ (rakkushimi_yt)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 08:18 am (UTC)

OMG, thank you for posting! :D

Posted by: kei_san77 (kei_san77)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
Fye&Kurogane -  Cat's Eye

You're totally welcome ^^

Posted by: naru-kyou (naru_kyou)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 08:40 am (UTC)

Oh man, you're right. Ohkawa's face in the third last picture is hilarious. And Igarashi looks so young...! -They all do, really.
Thanks for posting all of this; I can feel like I was part of it just a little bit now :D

Posted by: kei_san77 (kei_san77)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 09:59 pm (UTC)
Sake makes the world goes round

You're right, they do look a lot younger than they are! But I think that's because of one thing Ohkawa said in an interview : they sometimes still act like kids XD

>>I can feel like I was part of it just a little bit now :D
Then I'm happy, because I wanted everyone to enjoy the event!

Posted by: fumasakurazuka (fumasakurazuka)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 09:35 am (UTC)

ogg i bet you they have no idea how popular they are.were there any cosplayers?Thaks you for the report(i love your design)

Posted by: kei_san77 (kei_san77)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)

They.no.idea.at.all!!
This was quite an "official" event, so there was no cosplayer, but today, in the con, they had organised a special cosplay contest, with only CLAMP characters cosplayers and with the CLAMP as the jury!!
I'll post everything about it in my next post!

Posted by: M (mairenn_k)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 10:22 am (UTC)

Thanks a lot for the report!

Posted by: kei_san77 (kei_san77)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
Watanuki & Mugetsu

You're welcome!

Posted by: Maye (mayezinha)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
SeiseiXFuuma

Such a wonderful experience!
Thanks for your report!

Posted by: kei_san77 (kei_san77)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
Fye&Kurogane - Behind you

Sure it was!
You're welcome ^^

Posted by: Rache (anafase)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
vampire!fye

WOAH!! must have been such an experience! ^^ thanks for sharing it ;)

*sigh*.. CLAMP <3

Edited at 2009-07-03 08:10 pm (UTC)

Posted by: kei_san77 (kei_san77)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
Fye First Smile

You're totally welcome!!
Yeah, I was totally out of it for a good 10 minutes after seeing them for the first time!

Posted by: Tilja of the Deep Lake (tiljaunique)
Posted at: July 12th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC)

Thank you so much for the pictures and the info! I wish I had been there, it looked awesome to see them in person!

They do look so much younger than their age! And so friendly, even if Ohkawa has a weird expression. I can't think how they'll react to a bigger crowd.

Posted by: kei_san77 (kei_san77)
Posted at: July 14th, 2009 12:22 pm (UTC)

Well during the conference they were all a bit intimidated but after some questions they were all laughing ^^

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