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MUSICA NOSTRA (ムジカ・ノストラ) #12

Published in Shueisha's GRAND JUMP (グランドジャンプ) magazine in 2015-XII-16.
2 pages | B/W.


Publisher: Shueisha (集英社)
Release date: 2015-XII-16
Issue date: 2016-I-10
Language: Japanese
Size:: 25.4 x 17.2 x 1.8 cm
Retail price: ¥350

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As is it usual, the artist who receives the Grand Prix in the Angoulême  Bande Dessinée International Festival one year,  designs the graphic key for next year's festival. So Otomo created this illustration for next year's event.

Katsuhiro ‪Otomo‬, who was in january granted with the Grand prix du Festival d’Angoulême will occupy the place of honor at next year's festival that will take place from january 28 to 31 in the french city of Angoulême. Otomo himself will held an special meeting at the theatre of angoulême during which he will talk about the genesis of his master work Akira. The mayor french publisher of his works Éditions Glénat BD, will also curate an exposition where forty cartoonists from all over the world will deliver an original creation inspired by Otomo and his work that will be released as a book too.

Stay tunned to the official channels of the 'Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d’Angoulême':
Website: http://www.bdangouleme.com/
Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/festivalBDangouleme
Twitter: @actudufauve


Katsuhiro Otomo has drawn the key visual for this year's MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL JAPAN「モントルー・ジャズ・フェスティバル・ジャパン」that will take place in Tokyo from October 1st to the 25th. The illustration will be used to promote the festival in posters flyers and more.

Official site: http://www.montreuxjazz.jp


MUSICA NOSTRA (ムジカ・ノストラ) #5

Published in Shueisha's GRAND JUMP (グランドジャンプ) magazine in 2015-IX-2.
2 pages | B&W.


Publisher: Shueisha (集英社)
Release date: 2015-IX-2
Issue date: 2015-IX-16
Language: Japanese
Size:: 25.4 x 17.2 x 2.2 cm
Retail price: ¥340

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MANGA TO UNDERSTAND POSTWAR JAPAN is a book collects a variety of short stories that show the vision of the world that various Japanese manga artist have had of Japan after World War II. The book comes out on time to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the war. Katsuhiro Otomo's UE O MUITEARUKOU (上を向いて歩こう) story is collected in this book. This story was first collected in a book for the first time in Kodansha's SINGING COMICS Kayō manga Taizenshū (歌謡漫画 大全集) and later in the anthology book SOS TAITOKYO TANKENTAI / OTOMO KATSUHIRO ANTHOLOGY 2.


Publisher: Futabasha (双葉社)
Release date: 2015-VII-24
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 472
Size: 18.8 x 12.8 x 2.5 cm
Retail price: ¥1,512
ISBN-10: 4575309206
ISBN-13: 978-4575309201


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KAMI NO TORI DE「紙の砦」by Osamu Tezuka (手塚治虫)
KOKUSAI GYANGU-DAN「国際ギャング団」by Shigeru Mizuki (水木しげる)
ŌBA MEKKI DENKI KŌGYŌ-SHO「大場鍍金電気工業所」by Yoshiharu Tsuge (つげ義春)
RIKIDŌZAN GA YATTEKIRA「力道山がやってきた」by Eruki Etsumi (はるき悦巳)
KAZE NO YŌNI「風のように」by Tetsuya Chiba (ちばてつや)
MIZETTO TO DENKI-TEN「ミゼットと電気店」by Katsushi Katsukawa (勝川克志)
TANZAWA NO TŌRYŌ「丹沢の棟梁」by Ryōhei Saigan (西岸良平)
FUAN NO RITSUZŌ「不安の立像」by Daijirō Moroboshi (諸星大二郎)
DAKISHIMETAI「抱きしめたい」by Kaiji Kawaguchi (かわぐちかいじ)
AKI NO HI HA TSURUBEOTOSHI「秋の日は釣瓶落とし」by Kyōko Okazaki (岡崎京子)
INUWOKAU「犬を飼う」by Jirō Taniguchi (谷口ジロー)
ANATA WO WASURENAI「あなたを忘れない」by Motoka Murakami (村上もとか)


Shueisha has published a book that collects the illustrated essays by Katsuhiro Otomo and many other manga artist that were originally published in the monthly Jump X magazine from 2011 to 2014. Katsuhiro Otomo collaborated in a total of 25 issues, each time with a doble page illustrated essay.


Publisher: Shueisha (集英社)
Release date: 2015-VII-17
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 250
Size: 25.6 x 17.8 x 2 cm
Retail price: ¥2,268
ISBN-10: 4087927075
ISBN-13: 978-4087927078


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MUSICA NOSTRA (ムジカ・ノストラ) #1

Published in Shueisha's GRAND JUMP (グランドジャンプ) magazine in 2015-VII-1. 
2 pages | B&W.

Katsuhiro Otomo has collaborated with a two page illustrated essay in the first number of MUSICA NOSTRA (ムジカ・ノストラ), a collaborative series were various manga authors will deal with their love for music. The series will be published in Sueisha's Grand Jump (グランドジャンプ) magazine tha is released on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month.


Publisher: Shueisha (集英社)
Release date: 2015-VII-1
Issue date: 2015-VII-15
Language: Japanese
Size:: 25.4 x 17.2 x 2.2 cm
Retail price: ¥340

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Katsuhiro Otomo has drawn the cover illustration of the novel TEN NO CHASUKE (天の茶助) written by SABU. The book was recently adapted to a live action film directed by SABU himself.


Publisher: Gentōsha (幻冬舎)
Release date: 2015-V-27
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 277
Size: 15 x 10 x 1.6 cm
Retail price: ¥648
ISBN-10: 4344423364
ISBN-13: 978-4344423367


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●BOOK● MIX-UP by Kosuke Kawamura

This book collects the works of collage artist Kosuke Kawamura (河村康輔) who created Katsuhiro Otomo's Genga-Ten Exhibition promotional poster. Kawamura has collaborated with his work with artist such as:  Katsuhiro Otomo (大友克洋) / Winston Smith / SKATETHING(C.E) / Keiichi Tanaami (田名網敬一) / Katsuya Terada (寺田克也) / Kazuo Kamimura (上村一夫) / キングジョー / Kazumichi Maruoka (丸岡和吾) / Yoshimitsu Umekawa (梅川良満) / KILLER-BONG / NADA / HAMADARAKA / ANI(スチャダラパー) / Masaya Nakahara (中原昌也) / Hanayo (花代) / ICHASU / レイジ(OKAMOTO'S) / SHOHEI / Masami Sano (佐野方美) / Takashi Nemoto (根本敬) / Masafumi kamei (亀井雅文) / Hiroyuki Asada (浅田弘幸) / Atsushi Kamijo (上條淳士) / Koji Morimoto (森本晃司) / Maya Nukumizu (抜水摩耶) / Chim↑Pom / ENDON / MARUOSA / Oki-chu (沖冲.) / Daido Moriyama (森山大道) / Hanako yamada (山田花子) / BiS / Keiji Ito (伊藤桂司)


Publisher: Wanimagazine (ワニマガジン社)
Release date: 2015-IV-18
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 236
Size: 31 x 22.8 x 2.8 cm (A4)
Retail price: ¥4,600
ISBN-10: 486269344X
ISBN-13: 978-4862693440

●MAGAZINE● Pen(ペン) No.380

Katsuhiro Otomo features in the last number of PEN magazine. An special issue about the 100 people from Japan to be proud of in the world [世界に誇るべきニッポンの100人]. The illustration presented is was previously published in the cover of  Young Magazine in 1990 and it was included in pages 37 and 38 of the book AKIRA CLUB

Official website: http://www.pen-online.jp/magazine/pen/pen-380-nippon/


Publisher: CCC Media House (CCCメディアハウス)
Release date: 2015-IV-1
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: -
Size: 28 x 21.4 x 1.2 cm
Retail price: ¥650



The unveiling ceremony of the ceramic relief designed by Katsuhiro Otomo, “Kinka Doji Riding the Waves Accompanied by Fujin and Raijin” (キンカドウジフウジンライジンヲシタガエテハトウヲコユルノズ) installed in the Sendai Airport took place today. A special website in Japanese, English and French was launched where the work is described:
Katsuhiro Otomo, the world-renowned manga artist whose works include the seminal AKIRA, was born in Tome City, Miyagi Prefecture. This relief, which was designed by Otomo, depicts Kinka Doji astride a mechanized goldfish, flanked by Fujin and Raijin—the gods of wind and lightning—rising above the billows and beckoning the auspicious clouds. The artwork represents our children—on whom the future rests—armed with twin pillars of knowledge and understanding, opposing the mighty powers of nature and moving bravely forwards in the face of intense difficulties. It is hoped that Kinka Doji will come to be cherished as a guardian deity of the region.


Dimensions: 8.7m x 2.8m (approx.)
Design and Supervision: Katsuhiro Otomo (大友克洋)
Production: Creare Atami Yugawara Kobo (クレアーレ熱海ゆがわら工房)

To mark the completion of the relief Otomo's original design has been reproduced as a 250 limited-edition, hand-signed, commemorative artwork, complete with edition number, through a unique method of art printing. 200 copies will be available for sale in Sendai Airport on a first-come first-served basis from march 12 to april 11, 2015. On April 13 the rest of the copies will be available online for international customers. A percentage of the profits made from the sale of the of this pieces will be donated to support the regeneration of areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.


Number of artworks: 200 + 50
Dimensions: Frame—952x416mm; Artwork—758x270mm
Sales Price: ¥129,600


The mural designed by Katsuhiro Otomo for the first floor lobby of Sendai Airport Terminal Building is already concluded and will be installed on location on march.

Asahi News has recollected Otomo's comments on the work:

●AWARD● Grand prix du Festival d’Angoulême

Katsuhiro Otomo was awarded with the the 'Grand prix du Festival international de la bande dessinée d’Angoulême'. This is one of the most prestigious international comics convention that takes place every year in the city of Angoulême in France. The other finalist were Hermann, Alan Moore. Otomo, who was also nominated last year is the first Japanese and the fifth non european artist that receives this award.

Katsuhiro Otomo's message:  
Hello, I'm Otomo. I want to thank you, profoundly, for this extraordinary price. For me, the bande desinée universe has opened my eyes. My work has been strongly influenced. To receive a price from France, from Angouleme, it's still hard to believe. Lately I don't draw as much so I'm even more surprised to receive this price. I'm truly thankful. This price serves as a motivation and I intend to get to work. Again, a big thank you.