Tuesday, November 4, 2008

OSAMU TEZUKA; 1928 – 1989


As of yesterday, it has been 80 years since Osamu Tezuka was born. I dedicate this post in his memory, and in honour of his legacy and impact on Japanese comics and animation. As celebration, Tezuka Productions are planning on releasing 700 volumes of his manga online for free (and 100 episodes/films of anime he created, though they will be pay-per-view)), starting as of this week. I'd imagine they will be in Japanese, but recently TP updated their website to include links to the foreign publishers of Tezuka manga, so there may yet be a chance.
Also, the Ikeda Elementary School, which Tezuka attended as a child, recently unveiled a touchingly beautiful statue of his most famous creation, Astro Boy, in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of his birth.

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Let's Fall Asleep posts an interesting account of some of Taiyo Matsumoto's European artistic influences (including Jean Moebius Giraud, Hugo Pratt and others), and questions just how faithful Michael Arias' anime adaptation was to the original story, design-wise.
I'm tempted to scour Taiyo's manga for the various other artists names he's scribbled as grafitti in his works, especially Blue Spring and Tekkon. I recall spotting Francoise Schuiten on a cubicle wall in Ping Pong, anyway...

Let me know if anyone remembers any others...

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  • Deb Aoki reviews Inio Asano's Solanin and recommends it to fans of American indie/underground comics
  • Sean T. Collins posts up a review of PictureBox's newest release in their line of extremely unique manga, Monster Men Bureiko Lullaby, by heta-uma legend Takashi Nemoto, and doesn't know what to think of it!
  • PictureBox-related again, as Yuichi Yokoyama's Travel makes it into the comics category of Publisher's Weekly's "Best Books of the Year", alongside Takehiko Inoue's Slam Dunk
  • Comics Village reviews volume one of Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi's Oldboy

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