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The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga Hardcover – October 1, 2009
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In 2010 she won a Harvey Award - the Oscars of the comics world - for her tenth book, 'The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga'. The book was also nominated for an Eisner Award. Helen's other awards include a Japan Foundation Award for furthering understanding of Japanese culture in the United Kingdom, and a Society of Authors/Sasakawa Foundation award.
She designs needlework, which led to the creation of "Manga Cross-Stitch", a book for those who want to use the energy of Japanese popular culture in their own embroidery. Combining a basic cross stitch course and a potted history of manga with a toolkit for designers and a wealth of fresh, enjoyable, easy-to-stitch charts, it has been welcomed by a host of stitchers.
She also writes poetry and tweets haiku and random nonsense daily. In her spare time, she studies and re-creates historic clothing and costume. She lives in London with an artist and a universe of toys.
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The author Helen McCarthy has compiled a rather in depth biography of Osamu Tezuka. The content is presented chronologically detailing the different characters, book titles and animation he has created. Over his career, he has created a staggering amount of over 170,000 pages of comic in over 700 titles. He's a prolific artist at the start who became even more so after using comic assistants, a system currently used today to create comics and animation.
In addition to the manga and anime art, there are also a lot of great photos of Osamu Tezuka, even from when he was a kid born in 1928, thanks to his father who's a photographer. The biography looks at his life of creating comics from when he was a kid, to studying medicine and to the post war period when he rose to fame with the numerous creation to his name.
Since he created so many titles, the book only list his key works and characters. But even so, there are quite a lot ranging from his 4-panel strips to Black Jack and later on animation titles. It's interesting to find out that many characters he created actually cross over to other titles making cameo appearances, sometimes even including Osamu Tezuka himself. Many themes in his comics are from his philosophy and influences from life.
On the DVD, the documentary shows us how he works when camera men are allowed, for the first time, into his personal studio. There's a section showing him rushing for a publication deadline while chasing a flight overseas at the same time.Read more ›
Those of a certain age might recall the splash that Christopher Finch's The Art of Walt Disney made back when it first appeared in the 1970s. Here was a comprehensive volume bursting not only with rich colors and impeccable design, but that gathered a wealth of material that otherwise was difficult to access. Moreover, Finch's book hit readers like a cultural ton of bricks: You could really see, firsthand, the impact that Disney had on imagination itself. Well, The Art of Osamu Tezuka does the same thing--times 10. And the nice thing is that it's lacking the hagiographical elements of The Art of Walt Disney--McCarthy's measured prose clearly reflects an admiration for its subject, but it never strays into fannish idolatry.
At risk of wearing out this analogy's welcome, I should point out that this book, unlike Finch's, actually showcases the art of, well, you know, the subject himself, not his production teams or staff animators. Indeed, the argument might be advanced that while Disney and Tezuka's status as pop-culture titans are frequently equated, Disney was a businessman with an artistic sensibility--and Tezuka was the opposite.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this for my daughter and she loves it. She is a manga freak and loves Astro and all of the other characters.Published 17 months ago by Fiona
A treat for fans of Tezuka. A revelation for anyone who doesn't know who he is. Tezuka truly is the Manga Master.Published on January 10, 2014 by Richard Rogers
Incredible book on Tezuka especially the DVD which shows you how driven he was as an artist and the conditions under which he drove himself. Read morePublished on November 27, 2013 by George Hagenauer
I bought this as text for my art class. The children love it and take it out and refer to it often. They were particularly impressed by the fact that Disney studios stole Tezuka's... Read morePublished on August 23, 2013 by Janet huderski
Impresionante libro, totalmente recomendado. Edición muy cuidada, materiales del libro de muy buena calidad, muy completo y a todo color. Incluye un dvd.Published on March 20, 2013 by Kysox
The book was in perfect condition and as a fan of his work I could not be happier.
The book has tons of his work and details of hisp lifestyle it is a musthave!
It's totally worth the bargain price I paid for it. Thank you for such a great price! It deserves the full marked price.Published on December 13, 2012 by P. PORTILLO