There’s a huge Tezuka exhibit going on in Australia, and we couldn’t be more jealous. Luckily it means lot of press coverage of Tezuka like this one. :
Tezuka, who died in 1989, devised many of manga’s most distinctive forms and images, including the big eyes and long narratives, in the 1950s. Familiar yet strange, European yet Asian, kitsch yet elegant, his work affords the viewer an insight into the perplexing formal mutations and weird narrative contortions that typify post-war Japanese culture, says Philip Brophy, Melbourne-based film-maker, artist and author, and curator of both shows.
“His manga combines seemingly cute characters with powerful post-nuclear sentiments. Already the most frequent comment from the exhibition is: ‘My god, I didn’t realise that a comic could do that’, while Japan has known that a comic could do that for years and years.”
Once you get past the Gosh! Wow! Comics can do things! There’s a lot of solid information on tezuka’s career, including a reference to the opening pages of TREASURE ISLAND, probably the single most important sequence in the history of comics, and I’m not joking.
[Link via Dirk]