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●BOOK● KANOJO NO OMOIDE / OTOMO KATSUHIRO ANTHOLOGY 1 (彼女の想いで…/大友克洋短編集 1)



This book collects some of the short stories by Katsuhiro Otomo published in different manga magazines in the late 70's and early 80's.


BOOK DETAILS

Publisher: Kodansha (講談社)
Publishing Date: 1990-IV-23
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 255
Size: 23.6 x 18 x 1.6 cm (A5)
Retail price: ¥1,575
ISBN: 4-06-313145-9
ISBN: 978-4-06-313145-1


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Otomo's note from books postface

I had not published short sto­ries for quite a while. It's been so long ! It's just that Akira has kept me pretty busy. I should have published this collection before starting Akira... Reading one's creation again is a rather painful experience. You can clearly see the failures. The moment I really enjoy is just before the writing, when I'm imagining an interesting story. When my mind is overflowing with imagination... What upsets me is that when I start to draw, all the exuberant images I had in mind become skimpy. Anyway, I'll stop complaining and give you some explanations about this collection's short stories. 


COLLECTED STORIES


FLOWER
SF Hooseki (SF宝石) 1979-X
6 pages | Color


KANOJO NO OMOIDE (彼女の想いで… )
Young Magazine (ヤングマガジン) 1980-IX-17
30 pages | B/W


SOUND OF SAND
Kisōtengai (奇想天外) 1979-IX
8 pages | B/W


BUKI YO SARABA (武器よさらば)
Young Magazine (ヤングマガジン) 1981-XI-16
25 pages | Color & B/W


ELECTRIC BIRD LAND
SF Adventure (SFアドベンチャー) 1980-VII
16 pages | B/W


HAIR
Young Comics (ヤングコミック) 1979-II-28
25 pages | B/W



Weekly Manga Action (漫画アクション増刊) 1977-VIII-24
23 pages | B/W

SF Adventure (SFアドベンチャー) 1981-III
16 pages | B/W

Takarajima (宝島) 1982-II
10 pages | B/W

Action Draks(アクションデラックス) 1979-I-27
52 pages | B/W

Just Comic (ジャストコミッ) 1981-VI
5 pages | B/W

Just Comic (ジャストコミッ) 1981-VIII
5 pages

Just Comic (ジャストコミッ) 1981-IX
5 pages | B/W

Just Comic (ジャストコミッ) 1981-XI
5 pages | B/W





US EDITION



    BOOK DETAILS
    Publisher: Epic
    Publishing Date: 1992
    Language: English
    Number of pages: 32
    Size: -
    Retail price: $2.25
    ISBN-10: -
    ISBN-13: -

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UK EDITION


    BOOK DETAILS
    Publisher: Random House Australia
    Publishing Date: 1995-I-16
    Language: English
    Number of pages: 256 (hardcover)
    Size: 10.2 x 7.1 x 0.9 inches (A5)
    Retail price: 
    £ 8.99
    ISBN-10: 0749396873
    ISBN-13: 978-0749396879






FRENCH EDITION

BOOK DETAILS
Publisher: Kana
Publishing Date: 2008-XI-14
Language: French
Number of pages: 260
Size: 18 x 2,1 x 23,5 cm (A5)
Retail price: 18€
ISBN-10: 2505004390
ISBN-13: 978-2505004394


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ITALIAN EDITION

BOOK DETAILS
Publisher: Star Comics
Publishing Date: 1994-V
Language: Italian
Number of pages: 260
Size: -
Retail price: €5,20

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SPANISH EDITION

This edition includes just some of the stories collected in the original Japanese book. Translator: Eugènia Bigas Teixidor



BOOK DETAILS
    Publisher: Ediciones La Cúpula
    Publishing Date: 1993-V
    Language: Spanish

    Number of pages: 126
    Size: 24x17cm 
    Retail price: 5
    ,75€
    ISBN 13: 978-84-7833-118-5
    ISBN 10: 84-7833-118-2



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SPANISH EDITION


This two volume edition collects all the stories contained in the original japanese book. Translator: Eugènia Bigas Teixidor

BOOK 1 DETAILS
Publisher: Ediciones La Cúpula
Publishing Date: 2003-V
Language: Spanish
Number of pages: 88
Size: 24x17cm
Retail price: 7,64€
ISBN 13: 978-84-7833-468-1
ISBN 10: 84-7833-468-8


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BOOK 2 DETAILS
Publisher: Ediciones La Cúpula
Publishing Date: 2004-VII
Language: Spanish
Number of pages: 128
Size: 24x17cm
Retail price: 7,21€
ISBN 13: 978-84-7833-572-5
ISBN 10: 84-7833-572-2

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SPANISH EDITION


BOOK DETAILS
Publisher: Norma Editorial
Publishing Date: 2009-XI-20
Language: Spanish
Number of pages: 210
Size: 10.2 x 7.1 x 0.9 inches (A5)
Retail price: 18€
ISBN-10: 8498477913
ISBN-13: 978-8498477917


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●INTERVIEW● MTV & Katsuhiro Otomo



Katsuhiro Otomo was interviewed for the American MTV while they where following Madonna's Blond Ambition World Tour though Japan in April, 1990. Here Otomo's thoughts transcribed from the interview.


●On the popularity of Manga in Japan
"One of the reasons comics are so popular in Japan is that most stories are closely related to Japanese daily life."

●On the Manga industry
"There is a great demand for comic book artist in Japan, but in fact the aren't enough artist to fill the magazines. What they do is they pick up some high school graduates and they train them for a couple of months and let them do the work and their work is most likely to be pornographic because those are the easy stories and they sell well."

●On his work
"I don't only intend to express my thoughts or theories to what I write, but I do intend to think together through this medium what we can do to improve the situation"

●On the animation of Akira
"The process is totally different but I worked closely with enthusiastic animators and it worked really well."

●On his ideas 
"I find more freedom right wherever I like to write. There are not regulations in Japan on what to do and what not to do in terms of comic writing. I am more influenced by American movies, which I think are more violent than anything I see in japan."

●On America
"I envy artist in America because they have much better recognitions. If I had the opportunity I'll like to do something for the American market and work with the American people.

●MANGA● AKIRA part 116



AKIRA part 116

Published in Young Magazine (ヤングマガジン) in 1990-IV-2
21 pages | B/W

This episode is collected in the books:
AKIRA 6 in original black & white
All Color AKIRA 12 colored by Steve Oliff
True Color AKIRA 6 colored by Steve Oliff


●BOOK ENGLISH EDITION● AKIRA #17 EMPEROR OF CHAOS



Seventeenth issue of Katsuhiro Otomo's AKIRA colored edition published by Marvel Epic Comics in English language in the USA. This book was collected in Japan in a box set:  ŌRU KARĀ KOKUSAI BAN AKIRA 6 (オールカラー国際版 AKIRA 6).


COMIC BOOK DETAILS

Publisher: Marvel Epic Comics
Release date: 1990-IV
Language: English
Number of pages: 64
Size: 10x7 in
Retail price: $3.95
ISBN-10: 087135618X
ISBN-13: 9780871356185

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OTHER EDITIONS


FRENCH EDITION ● AKIRA #17 Empereur du chaos

BOOK DETAILS
Publisher: Glénat
Release date: 1990-XII
Number of pages: 64
Language: French
Size: 19x28 cm
Retail price: 16FF

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ITALIAN EDITION ● AKIRA #17 L'imperio del caos

BOOK DETAILS
Publisher: Glénat
Release date: 1991-VIII
Number of pages: 64
Language: Italian
Size: 19x28 cm
Retail price: L 4.500

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SPANISH EDITION ● AKIRA #17 Emperador del caos

BOOK DETAILS
Publisher: Dragón | Glénat
Release date: 1991-VII
Number of pages: 64
Language: Spanish

Size: 19x28 cm
Retail price: 450ptas
ISBN 10: 84-406-1576-0
ISBN 13: 978-84-406-1576-3

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●ARTICLE● THE MAKING OF AKIRA THE EPIC COMIC PART IV



This month's AKIRA issue #17 released in the US by EPIC and collected in OORU KARAA KOKUSAI BAN AKIRA 5 (オールカラー国際版 AKIRA 6), includes a three page article, the last of a four part series, about the making of the colored version of AKIRA.


THE MAKING OF AKIRA THE EPIC COMIC PART IV - WORKING ON AKIRA AT EPIC

Over the past few months, we've examined the art, coloring, and scripting of the Epic version of Akira. These three elements are combined by the staff at the Epic editorial offices to form each issue of Akira. In our fourth and final article on The Making of Akira, we will explain the role of editorial, as well as the duties of the staff involved.

Editor Margaret Clark and Assistant Editor Marie Javins are in charge of producing Akira for Epic. They traffic the various elements, create mechanical representations of the final product, make necessary script or art corrections, and design covers and text pages.




The most apparent role of editorial is in trafficking. Tokyo's Kodansha Ltd sends the original "mirror" proofs, as well as the script translation, to Epic. Epic in tum sends the script to Jo Duffy, who then "westernizes" the script and returns the new version to Epic. The editors then send the script to Kodansha for approval. Upon approval, the script is sent to Michael Higgins, who letters the word balloons and returns the lettering to Epic. The "mirror" proofs and the lettering is given to the Marvel "Bullpen", where graphic artists diligently paste the words down onto the art, and return the proofs to Margaret Clark. She carefully checks the pasted-up proofs, and makes necessary corrections. 

The Epic intern then photocopies the proofs, and copies are again mailed to Kodansha for approval. Ms. Yuka Ando sends her comments, and the proofs are put back into the Bullpen for the necessary corrections.

Simultaneously, Margaret Clark and Marie Javins work on other aspects of the book. They choose scenes from each issue for the cover and back cover; as well as the frontispiece and text pages, and have photostats made of the chosen scenes. The artwork is then sent to Steve Oliff and Olyoptics for coloring, while the stats are pasted down onto mechanicals and marked that they are "For Position Only." This indicates to the printer that the mechanicals are only a representation, and the actual art is to be shot separately from the cover. The Epic staff also chooses the colors for the cover. Clark says that she attempts to choose colors that look attractive when put next to each other; since in Japan, the Epic Akira's are sold in boxed sets of three. 

Margaret Clark writes the teaser for the back cover; and edits the "What Has Gone Before" summary, while her assistant works on the text pages that appear at the end of Akira. Together they spec the type for the three text items as well as the indicia. credits, price and cover information. They also spec type for any signs that appear within the artwork for the issue, and for the computer-like speech of the caretaker robots. 

After the type is generated, it is given back to the Bullpen along with the cover mechanical and interior art pages for pasteup. The proofs and mechanicals are sent to the printer, as are Steve Oliff's color-coding disks. The Epic staff waits for the return of chromalins. as detailed in the last article.

After the chromalins are marked-up and returned to the separator; the separator makes the detailed corrections and, as discussed last month, the printer pulls "blues" on the book. The blues are also marked-up or given the go ahead, and Akira is printed.