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This graphic-format biography of Osamu Tezuka—Japan's "God of Manga"—looks at one of the twentieth century's great creative artists (Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, Black Jack). It is also an anecdotal study of the evolution of Japan's early manga and anime business and its heroes. Toshio Ban joined Tezuka Productions in 1974 as one of Tezuka's assistants, emulating Tezuka's style. Thus this is like an autobiography in Tezuka's own style. Wonderfully detailed intro by Frederik Schodt.
Toshio Ban left Tezuka for a brief time, working for a period as a free-lancer, then re-joined Tezuka Productions in 1978 as the sub-chief of manga production for magazines, supporting Tezuka's creative work until the end.
A never-before-seen popular culture history of postwar Japan, it is sure to fascinate fans and anyone interested in manga, anime, and the potential of the graphic storytelling medium.
Tezuka Productions Co., Ltd., is the now-legendary company founded by Osamu Tezuka in 1968 to produce his own manga and anime. In the wake of Tezuka's death in 1989, it has continued as a family enterprise, responsible for the development, production, merchandising, licensing, and distribution of his many manga and anime creations, including books, films, and characters.
Frederik L. Schodt is a translator, conference interpreter, and award-winning author of books on Japanese history and pop culture. He often served as Osamu Tezuka’s English interpreter and was a consultant on one of his animated features and a TV series. Schodt wrote some of the earliest books on the first days of the manga invasion of the U.S., and he ably puts this all in perspective in light of today's massive influx of Japanese comics. He also knew Tezuka personally, and his anecdotal history reveals a man who deeply loved what he was doing, as well as an eccentric and delightful man who was beloved by his acquantances.
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Item Code OSAM Publisher Stone Bridge Publish Date 2016 ISBN 9781611720259 Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 7x9 # Pages 914pg Color b&w