As a young child, Urasawa’s parents were often busy and, for some reason or another, he was not allowed to play with the neighborhood kids so he spent a lot of time inside with his grandmother drawing and reading manga.
The above is an autobiographical drawing he drew for NHK’s 仕事の流儀, a program which chronicles the lives of professionals.
little baby urasawa
you’re gonna be big one day, kid
just gets scarier and scarier
A piece of manga history is soon to be replaced.
Shogakukan’s HQ Building, which has been “home” to many of Japan’s most popular manga titles (which in turn have been made into classic anime) for 46 years, is set to be demolished & rebuilt into a shiny new HQ building soon. And to celebrate this, some of Shogakukan’s manga artists were given permission to go nuts and draw ANYWHERE and EVERYWHERE all over Shogakukan’s 1st Floor Lobby. They held an event for only 2 days called “Graffiti Tournament! Thank you Shogakukan building!”, where fans could buy tickets and come see these drawings before the building gets torn down.
It’s an amazing display, featuring art by Naoki Urusawa (Yawara!, 20th Century Boys, Monster, Pluto), Fujiko Fujio A (Ninja Hattori-Kun, Manga Michi) Masami Yuki (Birdy the Mighty, Patlabor), Mine Yoshizaki (Versus Knight Lamune & 40 Fire, Sgt. Frog), Kazuhiko Shimamoto (Kamen Rider ZO, SkullMan), Rumiko Takahashi (Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku, Ranma 1/2), Riyoko Ikeda (The Rose of Versailles, Oniisama E), Shinohara Chie (Red River), Shigeru Mizuki (Gegege no Kitaro) and many others. See if you can spot their art and messages! You can see even more photos of art here.
Wow my dream
color meme: monster + yellow asked by (me)
Every character is good.
The 20th Century Boys FRIEND FIVE (listed from left to right in the first picture) made a lot of great new friends at Otakon this year! We were super psyched that so many more people (MORE THAN ELEVEN!!!) recognized our shirts this year, even though we unfortunately couldn’t get pictures with every single one.
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR, OTAKON. WE’LL BE BACK TO RECRUIT MORE FRIENDS.
You going to Otakon? You like Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys?
A true friend.
The Harvey Awards, which honors outstanding work in comics and sequential art, has announced its nominees for 2013. The 22nd volume of the 20th Century Boys manga series has been nominated in the “…
Look at these two, forever doomed to gossip at university
Urasawa’s just been developing his own Star System secretly all these years.