Akira Club Hardcover – 26 Sep 2007
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About the Author
Katsuhiro Otomo is one of the most respected and influential Japanese storytellers in the history of modern comics, and - apart from Akira - his work includes Domu (also available from Titan Books) and The Legend of Mother Sarah. He has also worked extensively in anime; from his own, hugely successful adaptation of Akira to 2004's ten-years-in-the-making Steamboy. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
If you're a fan of Otomo's artwork (and I'd like to think that every Akira devotee finds his art a big part of the draw) then having these pieces is a must have. There's just enough text to offer some interesting insights too but primarily this is a picture book giving you the chance to own what was lost when Akira was collected into the books.
If you are a real Akira fan then you NEED this book ASAP.
this book is a must have for akira fans...buy it....buy it now...
I feel that the previous review is a bit misleading as to the contents of the book, so here is a full description of the contents:
The book is split into 4 sections;
'Akira Illustrations' containing artwork used for covers of Japan's 'Young Magazine' where Akira first appeared, the covers for the various collected editions and preliminary sketches, complete with commentary from Otomo.
'Title Page Collection' contains all 120 title pages from Akira's run in 'Young Magazine', which were omitted from publication as they disrupted the flow of the story, as well as inner cover artwork from the collected editions.
'Memorial Gallery' features promotional artwork including posters and photos of t-shirts and toys from around the world.
'Unpublished Works' is exactly as it says - unpublished segments of the story that were cut from either the original publication or when the series was transferred to collected editions. Again, Otomo provides commentary on the pieces, as well as discussing his art style and his techniques. The book also features a questionnaire with Otomo and a chronology of Akira's publication.
The book itself is a very good quality hardback and is a must for any big Akira fans out there. Highly recommended. A+
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Akira Club is actually the English version of the Japanese edition Akira club: The memory of Akira lives on in our hearts that was published in 1995.
This English edition is translated and published by Dark Horse in 2007. It's a 256 page hardcover.
The book is all on the Akira manga. There's nothing on the animated movie except for some designs drawn for the laserdisc release.
It collects illustrations, preliminary sketches, all the title pages from the manga, promotional art and rejected art that were unpublished. It's pretty cool looking back at the works that were published in 1982. They were still using halftone dots to create grays. The art is great, and you can see that Otomo is amazing at drawing rubble and scenes of urban destruction.
If you have the manga editions, then you've seen all the title pages. This book includes a few unpublished ones. Majority are in black and white, some of them are coloured but not sure if they were coloured by Steve Oliff or Otomo. The commentary that goes with the title pages aren't related in any way, but just short musings of Otomo on what was happening to him that day, like his birthday or attending a friend's wedding.
What I enjoyed reading is the design commentary, talking about why sequences are arranged in a certain way, why some scenes don't work and have to be redrawn, what's difficult to draw. Most are just afterthoughts. There wasn't any information on his drawing techniques or production process though. And since the book doesn't include the animated movie, it doesn't talk about the differences between the manga and the movie.
This book is more for the Akira manga fans and those who like Otomo's art.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is absolutely must-have for every Akira-fan. What was odd, was the Q&A section. The questions have nothing to do with the Akira.Published on 3 Feb. 2014 by Mikko Koljonen
My son-in-law absolutely loved this book. He said the drawings are amazing. He looks forward to reading the whole thing. Read morePublished on 19 Jan. 2014 by S. Bernal
Beautiful hardback book full of colour images from the production of Akira the film, the orignal manga and also images of fans from around the worldPublished on 1 Nov. 2013 by Anthony Gelatka
In truth this book is very cool and the illustrations and presentation are much more than I can expected. I have enjoy it very much...Published on 2 April 2013 by Jaime Gracia Mendoza
This Akira book presents you with art taken directly from the Akira comic book and although for fans it won't be nothing new if you have all the original volumes of Akira, but... Read morePublished on 18 Sept. 2011 by Wayne Tully
A beautiful coffee table book, excellent stills and it shows the films beauty, but it lacks any major new information. Read morePublished on 17 July 2010 by The worst vice...
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