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.
Between 1978 and 2008, the official mascot of Japan's pro-baseball Pacific League's Saitama Seibu Lions was Panja (Caesar in English versions), the father of Osamu Tezuka's Jungle Emperor Leo (aka Kimba the White Lion of Lion King plagiarism accusations fame). The team has now begun offering fans who miss Panja and Leo a new set of t-shirts. Check them out after the jump.
Back in January, Digital Manga Publisher launched a campaign on crowd-funding site Kickstarter to fund the release of legendary manga author Osamu Tezuka's mature work Barbara. Fans responded by pledging almost three times its $6,500 goal. Now, the publisher has shown off the shirt and poster to be offered with the book. Check them out 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.
From Astro Boy's sister Uran to influential shoujo star Princess Sapphire and alien-turned-rabbit Bokko, Visualog has released a collection of colorful iPhone cases featuring classic heroines and more created by "God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka. Get a look after the jump.
In April 1952, Osamu Tezuka launched the manga adventures of child robot hero Astro Boy. Post war manga landmark would prove to be so popular, launch the whole industry of televised anime with the seminal 1963 series. ZCgirl's ZC World line is marking the character's 60th anniversary with a new PVC figure. Check it out after the jump.
While promoting his movie Sunset Stories ahead of the South by Southwest film festival, writer/director Ernesto Foronda (writer on the critically acclaimed Asian American movie Better Luck Tomorrow) let it slip that he is working on an adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's demon fighting action manga Dororo. More after the jump.
Japanese newspaper The Asahi Shimbun has announced the 2011 manga works nominated for its annual Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize. Asahi Shimbun describes the award as "honoring the late Osamu Tezuka, an artist who left an indelible mark on the nation's manga culture." It has been awarded annually since 1997. See the nominees after the jump.
Discotek Media has announced spring release dates for Panda! Go Panda! (directed by Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, with concept, script and animation by the renowned Hayao Miyazaki), Unico, and Lupin the 3rd: The Complete First Series. Check out the details after the jump.
As part of its effort to accelerate the licensing and publishing of high-quality niche and classic manga in the United States, Digital Manga, Inc. launched a campaign on crowd-funding site Kickstarter to translate Barbara by Osamu Tezuka, an adult drama never before published in English. More after the jump.
For months, Eisner and Harvey Award-winning comic writer/artist Kyle Baker has been tweeting teasers for a Kevin McCarthy collaboration that he has described as "an homage to Osamu Tezuka" and "KAWAII!" Now, the cover for the upcoming Hotwire has been revealed. Check out the previews after the jump.