Black Jack

| Mar 21, 2015

Black Jack

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Although he is best known internationally for creating “Astro Boy,” Osamu Tezuka’s most popular work for adults in Japan is “Black Jack,” a series of short stand-alone stories from the 1970s, documenting the renegade antics of the unconventional title doctor whose mercenary facade masks ...

Star Belgian choreographer celebrates manga and more

Jan 7, 2015

Star Belgian choreographer celebrates manga and more

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“Tokyo, my brother, my protector” was the tweet posted by Belgian-born Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui — often dubbed “the busiest choreographer in the world” — straight after he arrived here two months ago. Explaining in a recent interview with this writer what had prompted so ...

'Babel' dance speaks volumes

Aug 20, 2014

'Babel' dance speaks volumes

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Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet have lots in common. Both are 38 and grew up in Belgium with a foreign parent — one from Morocco in Cherkaoui’s case and one from France in Jalet’s. Both are also globetrotting choreographers and dancers who share ...

Monster Volume 1

Aug 2, 2014

Monster Volume 1

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Naoki Urasawa is one of the giants of modern manga and is perhaps best known outside Japan for his epic series “Nijuseiki Shonen (20th Century Boys)” and “Pluto,” his reinterpretation of Osamu Tezuka’s “Tetsuwan Atom (Astro Boy).” In “Monster,” too, it could be argued ...

Spreading the word through manga

Aug 21, 2013

Spreading the word through manga

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Videos of anime conventions in America greet visitors to Tokyo’s Museum of Contemporary Art at this summer’s “The Power of Manga — Osamu Tezuka and Shotaro Ishinomori” exhibition. Looped footage of attendants in cosplay at the Los Angeles Anime Expo and other similar events ...

Burying the truth to survive in postwar, modern Japan

Aug 17, 2013

Burying the truth to survive in postwar, modern Japan

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It is hardly necessary to note that comics and manga are capable of conveying just about anything. Philosophy? See Ryan Dunlavey and Fred Van Lente’s Action Philosophers series. Travel? Try Guy Delisle’s accounts of his sojourns in tourist hot spots such as Pyongyang and ...

Unpublished Tezuka cartoon sheets shown

May 19, 2013

Unpublished Tezuka cartoon sheets shown

A cartoonist has acquired nine unpublished comic strip sheets created by the late artist Osamu Tezuka, who gained fame for his “Astro Boy” and “Black Jack” series. The sheets were created for four works, including “Metropolis” and “Yubijin” (“Man with a Tail”), which were ...