Kodansha Comics is pleased to announce the spring 2017 release of a collaborative art book commemorating veteran manga author Katsuhiro Otomo, OTOMO: A Tribute to the Mind Behind Akira.
OTOMO was originally published in France as a limited-edition book given at the prestigious Angoulême International Comics Festival, where Otomo was recipient of the Grand Prize in 2015. Now, this tribute is available to readers and collectors in Japanese, French, and English, with added contributors and contents for its wider release. OTOMO includes art from more than 80 world-renowned fine artists, illustrators, and comic legends. Contributors include Stan Sakai, Range Murata, Tomer and Asaf Hanuka, Sara Pichelli, Aleksi Briclot, and more.
The 168-page hardcover collection will be published in full color at a large size in March, leading up to the 35th anniversary of Akira, one of Kodansha Comics’ first titles to be published in the US.