Posts Tagged ‘Osamu Tezuka’

Ayako by Osamu Tezuka

Posted by on February 24th, 2011 at 12:01 AM
Of the darker, more adult-oriented manga of Osamu Tezuka that Vertical Inc. have recently translated and lavishly reprinted for the English-speaking armchair reader, Ayako stands out as the most consistently enigmatic and sophisticated. Originally published in three volumes from 1972-1973, Ayako is Tezuka’s attempt at creating a realist epic by way of a spy drama.

THE PANELISTS: Alphabetical Ayako

Posted by on January 28th, 2011 at 6:56 AM

The Panelists are closing out the week with the ABCs of incest, desire, and brutality. Craig takes an alphabetical approach to reading Osamu Tezuka's Ayako.

The Moto Hagio Interview conducted by Matt Thorn (Part Two of Four)

Posted by on March 10th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Hagio on what she read as a child and teenager, her influences, breaking in and the O-izumi Salon. Part One.

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Dynamically Grimm: Dororo as Tezuka’s Illusively Moving Fairy Tale

Posted by on January 25th, 2010 at 9:00 AM
Osamu Tezuka’s manga do not look like manga. He presents narratives as a series of dynamic fragments that mirror his characters’ restless momentum. Almost every collective action is purposefully arranged via montage juxtaposition, piecing together slivers of motion rather than using their various parts to form a singular cogent image. That’s not unusual for the medium, but what’s so remarkable about it in the case of Dororo is how consistently Tezuka’s breakdowns feel like freeze frames of cell animation, more than likely a product of the influence Disney cartoons had on his work. Panels break down into component images, like a storyboard or a flipbook expressively but fastidiously rearranged to fit all on one page. As a result, Tezuka’s obsessively detailed draftsmanship overwhelms the reader with its unswerving dedication to abstracted motion.

Chris Mautner reviews Pluto Vols. 1-3 By Naoki Urasawa

Posted by on December 29th, 2009 at 9:00 AM
Monster, 20th Century Boys and Pluto are obsessed with memory and attempting to correct the mistakes of the past.

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