Monday, March 26, 2012

Katsuhiro Otomo update




2012 is being a great year for Otomo fans. On January Kodansha published KABA 2, the second collection of Katsuhiro Otomo illustrations from 1989 to 2011. More than 20 years after the first KABA. In a few months, Otomo Katsuhiro GENGA-TEN expo with original artwork by Otomo will take place in Arts Chiyoda from April 9 to May 30. And what's more important for people abroad, the catalog will be available on Amazon Japan. 

If this were not enough, Japanese magazine GEIJUTSU SHINCHO is covering the exposition and a 8 page full color manga called DJ Teck no Morning Attack drawn by Otomo himself was published in its April issue. Here a preview:




In this same magazine, Otomo said that he is working on a new shonen manga due to be serialized soon. And last but not least, an animation short directed by Otomo, Hi-no-youjin, will premiere on this years Annecy Animation Festival. Here the first picture as show in the festival website.





If you like Otomo's artwork you have reasons to be happy but you better start to saving some money because just ordering (from Europe via Amazon Japan) both books, KABA 2 and GENGA-TEN Catalog ascends to 140€ (shipping incl.) we can still taste or smell what's going on in the industry those who don't have the means to travel to Tokyo and see the exhibition in person or attend the Annecy festival. 

Otomo Katsuhiro Comic works are available on many languages all over the world. Take a look on Amazon US / ES / JP. The illustration books are more hard to find and are only available on Amazon Japan

KABA Otomo Katsuhiro Art Work 1971-1989
Publisher: Kodansha
Language: Japanese & English
178pages
First Printing: 1989/9/1
ISBN-10: 4063050041
ISBN-13: 978-4063050042
size 28.6 x 28.2 x 2.2 cm

KABA 2 Otomo Katsuhiro Art Work 1989-2011
Publisher: Kodansha
Language: Japanese
204 pages
First Printing: 2012/1/31
ISBN-10: 4063648818
ISBN-13: 978-4063648812
size 29 x 29 x 2.6 cm


GENGA - OTOMO KATSUHIRO ORIGINAL PICTURES
256pages
First Printing 2012/4/23
ISBN-10: 4756242731
ISBN-13: 978-4756242730
size 36.1 x 2 x 25.7 cm