Mark Nagata

Mark Nagata is a Sansei artist, toy designer, and creator of Max Toy Company. He has worked as a freelance commercial illustrator including over 40 cover paintings for R.L. Stine's Goosebumps book series, Give Yourself Goosebumps. He owns the world’s largest collection of Ultraman toys, has created and curated the Toy Karma toy show, and is featured in the exhibition Beyond Ultraman: Seven Artists Explore the Vinyl Frontier. Both his toys and artwork appear in Full Vinyl, Dot Dot Dash, Hi Fructose Magazine, and Eiji Tsuburaya: Master of Monsters. In addition, Mark writes about Japanese toys and is the toy editor for the bi-monthly magazine called Otaku USA.

Visit his Web sites for more information about his various passions: www.maxtoyco.com, www.ultramantoys.com, and www.marknagata.com.

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Beyond Ultraman

The opening night of the new museum exhibition called Beyond Ultraman: Seven Artists Explore the Vinyl Frontier was exciting for me, but also surreal. To see my artwork and some of my Ultraman and Japanese toy collection outside of my home made me look at them in a new light—these toys really do represent more than a child’s playthings. In my case, what started as a gift during childhood had spawned a hobby and now a full time career.

To give you some sense of my childhood, I am a Sansei—a third generation Japanese-American. I have lived ...

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