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Godfather of Manga
Leonardo Meets Disney
We honor manga master Osamu Tezuka as more and more of his extraordinary work becomes available for English readers. Enjoy the exclusive clip of Tezuka's "motion-manga" generously provided by VIZ MEDIA.
Osamu Tezuka and Phoenix
Prolific author and artist Osamu Tezuka is generally regarded as the single figure responsible for developing Japan's massive manga and anime industries. His cinematic art style and novelistic narratives have made his work as universally accessible and relevant now as when first published in Japan. A list of his well-known and universally loved work includes the classic Kinba the White Lion, Black Jack, Adoft, Astroy Boy, and Metropolis..
Tezuka continued creating comics until his death in 1989. He often referred to Phoenix as his “life work,” and it is considered by many to be the peak of his artistic achievement. The Barnes & Noble Studio is proud to present an exclusive video presentation based upon Volume 4 of Phoenix. Beautifully set against the religious and political upheavals of 8th-century Japan, this “motion manga” highlights the story of a disfigured killer and a talented woodcarver who find their destinies inextricably linked and their spirits tested in a series of personal and professional trials.
Death and Rebirth
Phoenix, Volume 1by Osamu Tezuka, Osamu Tezuka, Osamu Tezuka (Paperback)
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All 12 episodes of Phoenix are linked by the presence of the mythical bird, an immortal guardian of the universal life force. Beginning in A.D. 270, Phoenix: Dawn follows the ambitions of Queen Himiko, capturing with precise period detail the early phase of Japanese civilization.
A Buddha like No Other
Buddha, Volume 1by Osamu Tezuka, Osamu Tezuka, Vertical Inc. (Paperback)
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Filled with drama, philophical depth, and lightly borne ethical insight, coupled with an amazing grasp of the essense of the life and teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, Tezuka's eight-volume Buddha series is a spiritual and aesthetic odyssey without paralell in world literature.
Nobody Is Born Whole
Black Jack, Volume 1by Osamu Tezuka, Osamu Tezuka (Paperback)
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More and more of Tezuka's key works have recently become available, joining the early translations of Astroboy, from important series like Black Jack and Dororo to the incomparable Ode to Kirihito and Apollo's Song.
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Tezuka in Context
The Astro Boy Essaysby Frederik L. Schodt, Frederik L. Schodt (Paperback)
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Manga has deep roots in the visual culture of Japan while at the same borrowing freely from the same sources as comic book art coming from the West. Like Western comics, manga is filled with stock characters and formulas, but it has also served the unique personal vision of great writers and artists like Osamu Tezuka.
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