Akira creator Otomo Katsuhiro’s Genga Exhibition was a big manga/cultural event in Japan and received a whole lot of press and media coverage, with feature articles appearing in many magazines. Amongst these publications Brutus ( review coming up soon ) and Geijutsu Shincho contain good material and I wanted to share with you guys. ( Please retweet/Like to help me share this article. Thanks ! )
The contents of the magazine include many reproductions of his illustrations and comic strips, in depth articles including interviews, discussions of his work, future projects and more, over 100 pages of great stuff. Even if you can’t read Japanese, the images are still of great value.
(above left) A rare glimpse of Otomo-san’s first comic strip “The Sound of Gunshot” published in the anthology Action Manga way back in 1973, when he was just 19 years old.
(above & below) An eight page spread of Otomo’s new comic strip “Morning Attack of DJ Tech”, which was also on display at his Genga Exhibition. I don’t believe this strip is included in his fantastic exhibition catalogue or Kaba 2, but it’s sure worth the price of this magazine I think.
(above and below) Great pictures of Otomo’s home and atelier where he does most of his work these days. There are a couple more good ones in this magazine special a few years ago. Back when I was still working on Freedom in Sunrise Ogikubo Otomo had an office, but he was seldom in the studio.
(above and below) Layout boards and a production still from Otomo’s latest anime short “Hinoyoujin” ( Short Piece ). There were special screenings held during the opening of the Genga Exhibition and will also be screening at this year’s Annecy. I haven’t seen it, but I need to !
Definitely a must have for Otomo fans. :]
“Geijutsu Shincho Otomo Katsuhiro Special” magazine details :
Dimensions – 28.2 x 20.6 x 1 cm
Soft cover, 180 pages ( Otomo Special about 100 pages total )
Color, Black & White, in Japanese
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