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Author Biography: Like fine literature and cinema, the medium of comic books can be a powerful vehicle for storytelling when it's done right. As Louis L'Amour depicts the adventures of the American West with fluid prose, and John Woo stages gorgeously choreographed shootouts in films chronicling a mythical Asian crime underground, so does Japanese writer/artist Hiroaki Samura elegantly and boldly tell the story of an angry young orphan who, in ancient Edo, seeks an immortal samurai's help avenging her murdered parents in his amazing comics series, Blade of the Immortal. Samura has been recognized by a wide variety of organizations - from the Japanese Government's Ministry of the Arts to the comics industry's annual Harvey Award Committee - for his groundbreaking contributions to graphicstorytelling. Publications from The Washington Times to U.S. News and World Report have included Blade of the Immortal on their recommended-reading lists. Samura's art is instantly recognizable and without peer in his native Japan - from his expositional development of subtle plot features, to the gorgeous, and often graphic, details of brutal fight scenes between honorable ronin and renegade sword students. For storytellers like Hiroaki Samura, art is a striking and powerful tool, and the gut-wrenching drama it depicts inspires a great range of emotions - most typically, heart-rending empathy for the young heroine, Rin, as she struggles between wanting to be a good person and wanting a rogue band of killers to suffer as her parents did.
Posted May 28, 2009
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