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In 1989, two very important Japanese people passed away; Emperor Hirohito and comic book author and animator Osamu Tezuka, best known for creating Astro Boy, a sort of cybernetic Pinnocchio. Anecdotally it has been said that Tezuka’s death was considered a much larger and more tragic event. While relatively unknown in the US, Osamu Tezuka has been dubbed “the god of manga” for his contribution to the sequential arts and animation. His body of work ranges wildly and includes adventure stories for kids (Metropolis), psychological thrillers (Message to Adolf), religous epics (Buddha), and even blending animation with live action footage decades before Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Vampire).
On November 7, 2013, the Japan Society (333 east 47th St.) will be looking back on Tezuka’s illustrious career. The Life & Words of Osamu Tezuka, conducted by The New Yorker contributing writer and author of Japanimerica, Roland Kelts, and moderated by cartoonist Katie Skelly ,author of Nurse Nurse, covers Tezuka’s unique creations and analyzes them in a modern cultural context.
Along with the lecture will be a reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres, and a raffle for books by Tezuka, Skelly, and Kelts.
To learn more, go to: https://www.japansociety.org/
The Life & Works of Osamu TezukaNovember 7, 2013
The Japan Society333 East 47th St.New York, NY 10017
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