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Art comix publisher PictureBox has announced a new line: Ten Cent Manga, which will be curated by manga exert Ryan Holmberg (you can read some of his insightful manga writing at The Comics Journal.) We're told the line will include "famous titles by superstars, as well as single-artist volumes and anthologies of comics by forgotten geniuses."
I try to shy away from posting about contests, but this one is pretty fun, and requires minimal work. Knopf and Vertical Press book designer Peter Mendelsund (previously) wants some help choosing the colour scheme for the next volume of Osamu Tezuka’s Black Jack.
Visit Black Jacket Mechanical for the full details. Entries due September 9th, and the winner will get a full set of the Black Jack series.
Today is what would have been the 82nd birthday of Osamu Tezuka, the creator of Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion. Fittingly, a book I’d ordered from Amazon just arrived in the mail: The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga by Helen McCarthy. The book is deeply discounted on Amazon right now—only $16.59—and includes a dvd with a rare 1985 Japanese documentary about the artist. It’s a classy looking package and the most comprehensive overview of Tezuka’s life I’ve seen in English. The book doesn’t appear to focus as much on his animation work as I would have liked, but that’s understandable given that it’s an overview of Tezuka’s entire career, the greater portion of which took place in the realm of comics.
This past week, my teenage son and I had the chance to visit the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum located in Takarazuka city. Osamu Tezuka is often referred to as the ‘father of manga’ and is highly revered by manga artists in Japan. His most famous works include Astro Boy, Black Jack and Jungle Emperor Leo.
The museum was opened in 1994 and contains items from Tezuka’s life like his numerous sketchbooks and writings, as well as an animation studio in the basement, and a screening room for films. There is also a library, shop and cafe on the upper floor. On our visit, the exhibition hall was filled with panels from Tezuka’s manga series Buddha, which is about to debut as a full-length animated film this May.
My son and I enjoyed touring the museum. In the animation studio, we drew our own little two panel animations where we could see our drawings in action on backdrops of our own design. I think my son’s favorite part of the museum was the library where there were multilingual editions of Tezuka’s most famous manga.
While he read, I watched an interactive media program about Tezuka’s life. Born in 1928, the oldest of three sons, he took to drawing at an early age. As a youngster, he was often bullied and took much solace in his imagination. In particular, he was inspired by the world of nature, especially insect life. In fact, Tezuka took his pen-name from an insect called the osamushi. He continued with his obsession of drawing cartoons, even during the war years, when such activity was considered frivolous and unpatriotic. While young, Tezuka had a serious swelling in his arm which was cured by a doctor; Tezuka then wanted to become a doctor himself and pursued medical studies in university. However, he continued with his drawing of manga, and eventually, on the advice of his mother, pursued his one true passion as his sole profession even though, at the time, such a career was considered precariously unstable. And the rest, they say, is history!
700 manga later, with Tezuka immortalized by the Japanese as the god of manga, it is unfortunate that so few of Tezuka’s work are available in English. Hopefully that will change in the years to come.
Greeting card sent to famed Donald Duck illustrator Carl Barks by Astro Boy creator Osamu Tezuka :: year unknown :: via comicartfans.com
In commemoration of Osamu Tezuka’s 80th anniversary, a group of 35 artists are presenting works inspired by Tezuka’s manga at the Parco Factory art gallery in Shibuya, Tokyo through Nivember 10th.
From the Daily Yomiuri:
“Tezuka (1928-1989) had his own distinctive style, but the early influence of Walt Disney animation remained clearly visible in it. Even when his material was dark and sinister, his characters were cute.
Present-day artist Kyotaro Aoki has taken Black Jack and characters from Tezuka’s Dororo, MW, Ode to Kirihito and other manga and changed their cartoon faces into lifelike pencil portraits, showing what they might look like in the real world.
While Aoki adds detail, Akihiro Soma (Concorde), strips it away, presenting Black Jack in a minimalist torn-paper collage resembling the work of American illustrator Eric Carle (known for his kids picture books such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar).
An art collective known as Enlightenment takes the liberty of making Black Jack a woman, in a large painting in which the outlaw surgeon is partly hidden by drugs, money and other symbolic objects flying out of her billowing cape.”
Some photos of the artwork are available here.