Crime and Punishment has inspired a number of manga, including work from Osamu Tezuka and two currently running series. Naoyuki Ochiai's is retold through the eyes of a struggling Japanese writer, while Gatarou F Man has an obscene, punk version. Part of the gimmick of the latter is to invite guest cover artists, including fight manga legend Keisuke Itagaki for the new, third volume. Get a look after the jump.
If you've been following the Baki oedipal fight manga over the decades, you're apt to greet the news that it's ending with some incredulity. The 1991 series "ended" in 1999 when it changed its name from Grappler Baki to New Grappler Baki, then in 2006 when it became Baki Hanma: Son of the Ogre. But feel free to take Keisuke Itagaki at his word when he says it's over. More after the jump.
After hosting Gundam's artist Yoshikazu Yasuhiko and other luminaries, "Rieko Saibara's Manga Artist Showdown" has spawned a series of sketch charity auctions, the latest of which is inspired by the legendary works of Osamu Tezuka. Check them out after the jump.
Rieko Saibara (Kaasan - Mom's Life) is the organizer of a series of conference discussion/sketching challenges with manga greats that she appropriately calls "Rieko Saibara's Manga Artist Showdown." Some of the results of her mega-showdown with Gundam designer/manga artist Yoshikazu Yasuhiko and other luminaries are being auctioned on Yahoo with the proceeds going to quake relief charity. Details after the jump.
The new album from all girls hard rock band Show-Ya, Genuine Diamond, goes on sale March 7th, and they've collaborated with six artists (including Grappler Baki creator Keisuke Itagaki) for a series of initial run limited bonus posters. Hit the jump to see them all!
Keisuke Itagaki is still working on his oedipal fight manga series Grappler Baki. There are some hiatuses involved, but he's also working on Baki spin-off Scarface, and illustrating Garouden, Daku Jotaro and Dogesen. He also trains in martial arts himself. Amazingly, he's found time to start yet another manga series with Shaman. More after the jump.