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Digital Manga Publishing, Tezuka Productions Strike Deal to Release Tezuka Library in English

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At Anime Expo on Thursday, Digital Manga Publishing announced that it has reached an agreement with Tezuka Productions to distribute the library of Japanese comics by the late Osamu Tezuka digitally. Tezuka is remembered for such manga titles as Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, Princess Knight, Black Jack, Phoenix, Message to Adolf and Buddha, […]

Tezuka Productions Goes Forward With Second "Buddha" Anime Film

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During a press conference on January 25th, Tezuka Productions President Takayuki Matsutani announced that the second part of the Buddha film trilogy would enter production this year. The films are inspired by Osamu Tezuka’s Buddha manga, which mixed supernatural elements with historical fact to depict the young Prince Siddhartha’s personal journey to ultimately become  Gautama Buddha and founder of […]

"Ayako": Osamu Tezuka Plumbs the Depths of Familial Depravity

Ayako is a graphic novel that is defined by acts of betrayal and moral degeneracy, with one of its major inciting incidents being an act that is spiritually if not literally incestuous. By the time this massive tome by master mangaka Osamu Tezuka is finished, even that taboo has been broken, along with all 10 […]

Newsarama Talks to Frederick Schodt about Osamu Tezuka and the "Astro Boy Essays"

Newsarama has interviewed author Fredrick Schodt about his book The Astro Boy Essays, which examines the tremendous impact that Osamu Tezuka has had on the manga and anime industries and on Japanese culture as a whole. Schodt discusses how he became connected with Tezuka and Tezuka Productions, what it was like to work with Tezuka, […]

Philip Brophy on the Marvel of Osamu Tezuka's Manga

Philip Brophy’s resume makes him out as a multi-media renaissance man, with a variety of critically acclaimed and intellectually challenging projects in music, film, analytical texts, and museum curatorship. He has done several exhibitions so far on the work of Osamu Tezuka, often regarded as the artist who built the foundations of Japanese anime and […]

Osamu Tezuka Exhibit Opens in Australia

An exhibit showcasing the artwork of Osamu Tezuka will be opening soon in Sydney, Australia, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Tezuka: The Marvel of Manga will run at the Gallery from February 23 to April 29, 2007, before coming to San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum. Read Toon Zone News’ prior coverage of […]

Vertical to Publish Tezuka's "Apollo's Song" in June 2007; "To Terra..." in Feb 2007

Independent publisher Vertical, Inc. has announced that they will be publishing a translation of Osamu Tezuka’s Apollo’s Song (Apollo no Uta) in June of 2007. The 500-page graphic novel tells the tale of a young man named Shogo, who is condemned to an eternity of heartbreak by the Goddess of Love because of his own […]

"Ode to Kirihito": 2.3 Pounds of Comic Book Masterpiece

Before he began the work that would establish him as the God of Manga and the father of the anime industry, Osamu Tezuka was trained as a medical doctor. No doubt his experiences in that prior life informed Ode to Kirihito, a grand-scale work from 1970 that has just been released in English by Vertical, […]

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