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French Tezuka editions nominated for Angouleme awards
Dec 12, 2009 by Tezuka in English

Three manga have been nominated to compete in the Official Selection category of next year's Festival International de la Bande Dessinée, which opens in the city of Angouleme, France on January 28. Motoro Mase's Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit Volume 1 (right), Hiroshi Motomiya's Mada, Ikiteru… (left), and Takashi Fukutani's Legend Dokudamisō Densetsu (below right) are among the 58 graphic novels from around the world that are competing for the festival's grand prize, six "Angouleme Essentials" designations, and the honor for best new comic. ...Read more>>

New York International Children's Film Festival to screen rare Tezuka Films
Nov 17, 2009 by Tezuka in English

The New York International Children's Film Festival will be screening four works by Osamu Tezuka in November as part of its Fall/Winter film series.

The film festival's retrospective on Tezuka will be split into two parts. Part one will show episodes from both Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion on November 28 and 29. Part two will show the short films "Legend of the Forest," "Tales of the Street Corner," and "Jumping" on November 28. Both parts will run at the Symphony Space in New York City.

The film festival will also screen Isao Takahata and Studio Ghibli's Pom Poko on December 12 and 13 at the IFC Center. On January 30, the festival will screen Animal Treasure Island, Hiroshi Ikeda and Toei Animation's 1971 film with key animation by future Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, at the Symphony Space. ...Read more>>

"Film is Alive: the Manga Roots of Osamu Tezuka's Anime Obsession".
Nov 10, 2009 by Tezuka in English

The “God of Manga” did not have to be an animator.
During the war, the young medical student Osamu Tezuka had no other outlet for his pent-up creativity than four-panel gag strips drawn in secret on toilet paper and posted in the munitions factory lavatory.
When 1946 saw the end of the wartime ban on “frivolous” publications, the floodgate opened and the characters he had sketched since childhood became dozens, later hundreds of stories which he poured out with a speed and diversity no other comics artist has ever matched.
The manga market (Japanese comics) was more than ready for him. Traumatized and malnourished child readers, who came out of the war hungry for hope and distraction, latched at once onto the “red books” (akahon) whose bright covers and escapist adventure stories transported them, however briefly, out of the ashes and starvation which dominated their post-war reality. ...Read more>>

Article by Fred Schodt in Japan Foundation's Breeze issue #39
Nov 9, 2009 by Tezuka in English

David Bowers began his career in animation as an in-between artist* on Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. He went on to be an animator and storyboard artist for varied projects ranging from Count Duckula and Danger Mouse to The Road To El Dorado and Ferngully: The Last Rainforest.
He moved up in the ranks to supervising animator and storyboard supervisor on films like Chicken Run and Balto. He directed his first animated feature in 2006, the much underrated Flushed Away, which featured voice performances from Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet and Ian McKellan, to name a few. Bowers is no stranger to the field and process of animation and clearly used to working with top talent; his latest film is Astro Boy. ...Read more>>

Astro Boy 2009 CG Movie Review
Oct 23, 2009 by Tezuka in English

It is always enlightening encountering a foreign nation's stereotype of one's own. The composite Japanese stereotype of an American is a tall, overweight blue-eyed blonde with a McBurger in one hand, a gun in the other and several more guns lovingly stashed at home.
He or she is loud, rude, casual about touching and hugging, and litigious, ever-poised in readiness to sue over a too-hot cup of coffee, a sideways glance interpreted as sexual harassment, or any violation of what is "politically correct". It is in some small sense a compliment to have an international reputation for being sensitive about racial and sexual discrimination, especially in the eyes of a Japan which has not had as much success with women's equality, but the real focus in the Japanese popular and corporate consciousness is the constant threat of backlash should they threaten our unforgiving and alien American sensibilities. ...Read more>>
By A.S. on Dec 25, 2009
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