Publisher/retailer PictureBox Books has listed three innovative works of manga now planned for English release this fall. Osamu Tezuka's The Mysterious Underground Men is a 1947, pre-Astro Boy work from the pioneering "God of Manga." Seiichi Hayashis's Gold Pollen and Other Stories collects "gorgeous and searing" late-1960s short stories from pivotal alternative magazine Garo. More after the jump.
In the year in which revolutionary anime Astro Boy commemorates its 50th anniversary, high end fashion label Lacoste will be paying tribute to series' creator and "God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka. More after the jump.
February 9th is known to be Day of Manga to remember Osamu Tezuka, who many consider to be the "god of manga" in Japan. Not only has he produced many masterpieces in his time, his work continues to inspire many of today's artists and authors. Read on for tribute art found across Twitter.
At the press conference for the musical adaptation of the Buddha manga in Tokyo on January 25th, Takayuki Matsutani, president of Tezuka Productions, announced that they will start production of the second part of Osamu Tezuka's Buddha anime film trilogy in this year. Hit the jump for more details.
Diamond Comic, the primary distributor of comics, manga and related goods to specialty comic shops has announced that Tezuka Productions has named them its "preferred partner" for distribution of its products worldwide outside of Japan. As a result, Diamond will distribute products based on the works of Osamu Tezuka, including, but not limited to Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, and Black Jack to North American retailers. More after the jump.
We've seen plenty of crossover games recently, and now even "God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka's extensive gallery of heroes and villains are getting into the action. Don't expect a brawler, though, because Great Battle! Tezuka All Stars is a card-based battle game. Pics and more past the break!
"God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka launched boy robot Astro Boy in 1952. "Dirty Uncle of Manga" Go Nagai created the pioneer cockpit-piloted robot Mazinger Z, as well as Devilman, in 1972. The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum will hold a special exhibition from Oct. 26 honoring these anniversaries. More after the jump.
North American publisher of Japanese printed media Vertical Inc announced at New York Comic Con that they have added two new manga licenses to their catalog - "God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka's Princess Knight follow up Twin Knight and influential josei author Kyoko Okazaki's award winning intense examination of beauty, Helter Skelter. More after the jump.
Animation festivals have an under discussed role in the ecosystem of anime, allowing artists to showcase more experimental and less commercial short works. This year, Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo is presenting some of his new "Short Peace." More after the jump.
The "osamu moet moso" exhibit, aiming "to extract and embody Akiba-like elements contained in Osamu Tezuka’s works through the imaginations" of a host of artists, toured Japan in 2010, with art books made for doujinshi events. See the latest 2.0 Concept Book, prepared for Comiket 82, after the jump.
Michael Angelakos, frontman for American electropop band Passion Pit, was sick of music videos looking like commercials for the songs. "From now on I want every music video to be like its own small short film." So, working with British director David Wilson, they created one inspired by Osamu Tezuka's 1984 late career experimental anime short "Jumping." See the results after the jump.
Following a successful effort to raise funds to publish "God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka's dark, mature audience work Barbara, Digital Manga Publishing has gone to the other end of the spectrum with a new Kickstarter for the release of the Astro Boy creator's Sanrio collaboration, Unico. See a sample after the jump.