Monday, March 26, 2012

Katsuhiro Otomo update

2012 is being a great year for Otomo fans. On January Kodansha published KABA2 The recompilation of Katsuhiro Otomo illustrations from 1989 to 2011. More than 20 after the first KABA.  Then Otomo Katsuhiro GENGATEN expo with original artwork by Otomo will take place in Arts Chiyoda from April 9 to May 30. And whats more important for people abroad, The catalogue is available on Amazon Japan. 

And there is still more, the 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 from the official site:

And last but not least. In an interview featured in the magazine Otomo said that he is working on a new shonen manga due to be serialized soon. And finally 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  page:

If you like Otomo's artwork you have reasons to be happy. But you better start to save some money because just ordering (from Europe via Amazon Japan) both books, KABA 2 and the Gengaten Catalogue cost 140€ (shipping included). Of course that's nothing compared with the amount of money you need if you want to travel to Tokyo and see the exhibition in person or want to go to the Annecy festival. Thanks we have Internet and even it's not the same, we can still taste or smell what's going on in the industry.

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

KABA Otomo Katsuhiro Art Work 1971-1989
Publisher: Kodansha
Language: Japanese & English
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

First Printing 2012/4/23
ISBN-10: 4756242731
ISBN-13: 978-4756242730
size 36.1 x 2 x 25.7 cm


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