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Dream Fossil: The Complete Stories of Satoshi Kon Paperback – May 19, 2015
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Satoshi Kon was born on October 12, 1963. While in college, at the Musashino Art University, Kon made his debut as a manga artist with the short manga Toriko (1984) and earned a runner-up spot in Kodansha's 10th Annual Tetsuya Chiba Awards. Afterward, he found work as Katsuhiro Otomo's assistant. Kon is credited by some, including TIME Magazine, as one of the faces most responsible for bringing Japanese pop-culture to America. His feature length films Perfect Blue, Paprika, Millennium Actress and Tokyo Godfathers We're all distributed in theaters across the States and saw critical acclaim worldwide earning a number of awards in the process. Satoshi Kon was listed as one of TIME Magazine's 2010 People of the Year. Winner of the Festival Internacional de Cinema de Catalunya 2003 - Best Animated Film Academy Award submission 2003 for Millennium Queen Winner of the Public's Choice Award 35th Montreal New Cinema Award for Paprika Winner of the Best Feature Film Award at the 8th Newport Beach Film Festival Kon died on August 24, 2010 at the age of 46.
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Vertical's recent release "Dream Fossil- The complete stories of Satoshi Kon" is a gorgeous work of love. This 500+ collection compiles short stories that were published in various magazines throughout his career. Satoshi Kon fans will of course want to get it however there is quite a bit of variety in these tales that would appeal to anyone with an interest in anime, Manga or Japanese culture.
Praise goes to Vertical who have put together a beautiful book. It isn't often consumers think about the small decision publishers make that determine a books total look. Here though Vertical have selected a nice paper stock and the binding for this book allows the pages to breath without putting to much stress on the spine (which results in the cracks or breaks in the book spine). Usually with omnibus or larger collection over 400 pages the spines is glued and the books are uncomfortable to hold. The margins for manga are wide which allows the reader to see more art. Color pages are presented if the story had them (most published manga typically does not). And finally the cover has a nice matte finish.
Overall Vertical continues to publish gorgeous manga titles and this one is perhaps one of their most gorgeous and entertaining releases yet.
If you're looking for other stories by Kon, there they are and they are all highly recommended.