Japanese Foreign Ministry announced on December 2 that they appointed Japanese manga artist Takehiko Inoue, who is well known internationally for his manga works Slam Dunk and Vagabond, as a Japan-Spain goodwill ambassador to promote the 400th anniversary of diplomatic exchanges between the two countries. Hit the jump for more.
"Slam Dunk" manga author Takehiko Inoue donated 1 million yen worth of manga books, magazines, and DVDs to the schools in his hometown, Isa-city of Kagoshima Prefecture. The city will set up the Takehiko Inoue library in the course of the month. Hit the jump for more details.
This week, CNN's "Human to Hero" series features one of the most popular manga artists in Japan today, Takehiko Inoue (Slam Dunk, Vagabond, Real). In his first interview with CNN, Inoue talks about the meaning of drawing for him, his childhood memory, and his passion for the characters. Hit the jump for more details.
Viz mixed the popular with the critically acclaimed in their New York Comic Con announcements. Action fans have Mizuki Sakakibara's Tiger & Bunny and Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration to look forward to, while artistically minded audiences can anticipate Taiyo Matsumoto's Sunny and Pepita: Takehiko Inoue Meets Antonio Gaudi. More after the jump.
Manga greats Hirohiko Araki (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure), Takehiko Inoue (Vagabond, Slam Dunk), and Hiroshi Motomiya (Salaryman Kitaro) will be teaming up with other pro and amateur authors via Twitter and Facebook in an attempt to set the Guinness World Record for “Manga Written by the Most People.” Get the details after the jump.
In November, Takehiko Inoue announced that he started preparing new chapters of his award-winning manga series Vagabond, which has been on hiatus since 2010. Now, the time frame for the manga's return has been set. More after the jump.