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.
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.