publishing of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira in the United States requires much more
time and effort than a standard comic book reprint. Before American audiences
see the final product, it has gone through a complex "Westernization"
Japan, Akira is first serialized in 20 page black-and-white installments in
Kodansha Ltd.'s Young Magazine. Young Magazine is a 300-page weekly aimed at
high school and college students.
serialized installments are collected into volumes of 300 to 400 pages each. A
fifth and final volume is forthcoming, bringing the total number of pages in Akira
up to 1800. The sales of these volumes in Japan have been phenomenal. The
completed Akira saga will have a total of three and a half million copies in
Goodwin, former Editor-in-Chief of Epic Comics together with the staff of
Kodansha, divided the volumes into 64 page sections for publication. Kodansha
then provided "clean proofs" of the artwork. Japanese comics are
designed for lettering that reads vertically. Before sending the artwork to
Epic. Mash•Room Co., Ltd., Otomo's own studio, removes all Japanese lettering, sound
effects, and dialogue balloons. The artwork is reversed through a camera
process, so that Akira will reproduce from left to right. New artwork replaces the
dialogue and sound effect balloons and eventually new balloons will be drawn to
hold horizontal lettering. The clean "mirror" proofs are then sent to
Epic, along with the script translation.
This is the fourth of twelve box sets that collects the the INTERNATIONAL EDITION of AKIRA that was released by Marvel | Epic Comics in the US. Each box set includes three of the US released original paperback comic books plus a booklet with the english-japanese translation. The coloring was in charge of Steve Oliff and the lettering was done by Michael Higgins.
Katsuhiro Otomo's manga AKIRA started its serialization in black and white in Young Magazine on December 20, 1982 and is the longest lasting manga series by Katsuhiro Otomo. It ran for eight years and 120 parts. AKIRA was also adapted as a full length animation movie directed by Otomo himself in 1988.
This is the first retrospective artbook by katsuhiro Otomo. It covers ilustrations from it's mayor manga work AKIRA as well as other works for commercials and television. In adition to all the ilustrations and sketches, two short stories previously released in Young Magazine are contained in this book:
■SUIKA MESHIA (スイカメシア) Published in Young magazine (ヤングマガジン) in 1981-IV-14 8 pages. Color. ■BUKI YO SARABA (武器よさらば) [Farewell To Weapons] American colored version Published in Young Magazine (ヤングマガジン)in 1981-XI-16 25 pages Color.
Publisher: Kodansha (講談社) Release date: 1989-IX-1 Language: Bilingual Japanese & English Number of pages: 178 Size: 28x28cm Retail price: ￥3,500 (First edition ) | ￥4,000 (2000 edition) | ￥4,200 (2012 edition)