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  1. #1
    I had so much fun posting my favorite Frank Miller images, I decided to start a thread for my favorite artist of all time. Like my name implies, I am a huge fan of Katsuhiro Otomo. AKIRA is one of the greatest science fiction comic books of all time. The anime is definitely one of the most visually impressive animated films in history. Otomo has also done amazing illustrations over the years, in comic books, album covers, posters, and many more. He has a sense of graphic design and an eye for architecture far superior to his contemporaries in Japan and around the world.

    Let's start with AKIRA, his most well known work.

    Here are some covers from YOUNG Magazine, the weekly comic book where AKIRA was initially serialized.

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    Each of the 6 volumes of the manga had a big frontispiece made up of images from the books. I really like these, and I'm not entirely sure, but I think Otomo may have colored these himself.

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    AKIRA is almost 2000 pages long. Here's just a few of my very favorite images.

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    Here is the lobby poster for the movie for its initial American release by Streamline pictures. I don't think Otomo actually drew this image himself, but it's one of my favorites cause it just takes me back to 1990, when I saw the movie for the first time at my local arthouse theater.

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    The cover for the laserdisc, painted by Otomo:

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    The cover for the first Japanese DVD release, also painted by Otomo, around 2001.

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    The most recent picture of Kaneda and the bike, from early 2016:

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    Otomo's most well-known manga after AKIRA is "Domu."

    I first read it when Dark Horse released the English language version in the mid 90s. A few years later, I came to Japan for the first time, and my jaw just dropped when I saw these huge apartment building complexes in and around Tokyo for the first time. They look exactly like this in real life. His drawings were so real, it was like I had already been there.

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    Otomo also drew dozens of short stories for manga magazines over the years. Unfortunately, almost none of these were ever released outside of Japan. I'll include a bunch of images spanning his entire career.

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    I have always loved the dark humor in Otomo's art. Here we see a ballistic missile on its way to it's target, and the next page is a happy couple that think they're seeing a beautiful shooting star.

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  3. #3
    Here are some illustrations he's done over the years for record covers, event posters, and some of his self-portraits.

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    beautiful line-work and compossition

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    My favourite artist by a good distance. Takes everything I love about European comics, and everything I love about Japanese comics, and melds them together in a beautiful fusion of styles and cultures.

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    Awesome art, thanks for sharing Otomofan! Happy that many of these come in the Akira Club book.

    If possible could you share some Steamboy art? That movie's artbook is one of my printed grails, but damn if the second hand prices are off the chart!
    "Men are ruled by toys." - Napoleon Bonaparte.

  10. #10
    The only Steamboy item I have is the hardcover of the storyboards, all hand drawn by Otomo himself. Also, a few painted pieces he did that were reprinted in some of his art books.

    Confession time: I love Otomo. He's a true genius. BUT....I don't like Steamboy and I never have. I've forced myself to watch it several times but I just find it dreadfully dull, I don't like how "brown" all the color pallet seems, the characters aren't great, and I think the story is dumb. I know it's blasphemous, but I just plain can't get into Steamboy no matter how I try.

    I don't have any clean scans of Steamboy stuff like the AKIRA stuff above, but I'll try to take some pics with my phone of the storyboards and posters...but it won't be as nice and clear....sorry!

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