Katsuhiro Otomo, the artist best known as the creator of the Akira sci-fi manga and anime, has won France's Angoulême International Comics Festival’s Grand Prix. Otomo topped British comic writer Alan Moore and Belgian artist Hermann in the final round of the annual election honoring the lifetime work of a living comic creator. He succeeds last year's winner, Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson.
For the first time since working with Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra in 1996, manga and anime luminary Katsuhiro Otomo has illustrated jacket art for an album. The Akira creator has illustrated the cover of singer Aya Nakano's "Warui Kuse," set to be released September 3rd. Get a look after the jump.
Garage kit artist ODEYA is on a Katsuhiro Otomo/Akira kick as they prepare for the Summer Wonder Festival figure event. He has Etsuko, the psychic girl from Otomo's early horror Domu, Kaneda from Akira, and an especially creative Kill La Kill Ryuko on an Akira throne. Get a look after the jump.
Following Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno's illustration of Space Battleship Yamato for the cover of the Anime Busience' first issue and Evangelion original character designer and manga author Yoshiyuki Sadamoto's Akira cover on the second, Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo is the latest luminary to cover the business journal with an Astro Boy cover on the third. More after the jump.