I will admit that I am a total sucker for science fiction folk art, probably thanks to a childhood spent perusing my mother's Grandma Moses books while watching episodes of Deep Space Nine. And Motohiro Hayakawa has created a veritable Bayeux Tapestry of pyramid-faced warriors, headless executioners, raygun marksmen and swords that far outweigh their wielders.

Looking at Hayakawa's illustrations feels a lot like playing with action figures. We're invited to invent stories about these myriad scenes and determine the victor of each battle. Plus, there are occasional appearances by characters who don't quite fit the scenes, as if your aunt's doll stumbled into an epic fight between frogmen and mutants, adding an expected richness to the tableaux. You can see more of Hayakawa's art at the Tokyo Illustrators Society or follow him on Flickr.

 

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