Buddha, Volume 1: Kapilavastuby Osamu Tezuka
Japanese comics godfather Osamu Tezuka's vaunted storytelling genius, consummate skill at visual expression, and warm humanity blossom fully in his eight-volume epic of Siddharta's life and times. Tezuka evidences his profound grasp of the subject by contextualizing the Buddha's ideas. The master entertainer's emphasis is on movement, action, emotion, and conflict as the price Siddharta runs away from home, travels across India, and questions Hindu practices such as escetic self-mutilation and caste oppression. Tezuka's approach is slightly irreverent and incorporates something that Western commentators often eschew--humor.
"Buddha is an engrossing tale. The armchair philosopher, the devout Buddhist, the casual manga fan - this book satisfies all with its tale of humanism through sequential art, and definitely earns its place on a bibliophile's bookshelf." -Anime Insider"This is one of the greatest acheivements of the comics medium, a masterpiece by one of the greats." -Artbomb.net"In Tezuka's world, the exquisite collapses into the goofy in a New York minute, the goofy into the melodramatic, the melodramatic into the brutal, and the brutal into the sincerely touching. The suprising result is a work wholly unique and downright fun." -Time Out NY"Tezuka's Buddha is a striking and memorable confluence of ancient wisdom and contemporary popular art." -Yoga Journal
Meet the Author
Osamu Tezuka (1928-89) is the godfather of Japanese manga comics. He originally intended to become a doctor and earned his degree before turning to what was then a medium for children. His many early masterpieces include the series known in the U.S. as Astro Boy. With his sweeping vision, deftly interwined plots, feel for the workings of power, and indefatigable commitment to human dignity, Tezuka elevated manga to an art form. The later Tezuka, when he authored Buddha, often had in mind the mature readership that manga gained in the sixties and that had only grown ever since. The Kurosawa of Japanese pop culture, Osamu Tezuka is a twentieth century classic.
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I first found this book at a library while looking for anything that caught my eye, and wow what a book it turned out to be, the art alone is worth buying it, let alone the story, which is up there with the best of them.
This book is an excellent semi-historical account of the Buddha's life by the legendary Osama Tezuka. I'm a bit biased since I've been a huge fan of his for over 30 years, but this work is excellent and I can NOT wait for the rest of this series to be printed in English (I've had it in Japanese for over 10 years and the translation is really helping me out !)
This is seriously the best manga I've seen translated and published in American-English ever. It doesn't forget manga-master Tezuka, and the classic Japanese look he created, but the design is informed by the savvy American comix market. Also, as a part-time Buddhist =), I have to say that the messages in this book will resound well to others like me. I cannot wait for the next volumes!