Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation

Artist writer director producer Hayao Miyazaki is often called the Walt Disney of Japan His animated theatrical features have been smash hits in Japan and many including i My Neighbor Totoro i and i Kiki s Delivery Service i are already familiar to American audiences Now with Disney Miramax s imminent release of i Princess Mononoke i Miyazaki s masterwork and one of the top grossing film in all Japanese history this animation master is about to take America and the world by storm br br Mixing first hand interview and personal insights with critical evaluations of art plot production qualities and literary themes McCarthy provides a film by film appraisal that examines technique as well as message She reveals Miyazaki to be not just a master of the art of animation but a meticulous craftsman who sees his work as a medium for shaping the humanistic and environmental concerns of our times br br An overview of the artist and his early career is followed by in depth examinations of seven major Miyazaki films i Nausica of the Valley of Wind Laputa Castle in the Sky Castle of Cagliostro My Neighbor Totoro Kiki s Delivery Service Porco Rosso i and i Princess Mononoke i Included are design and technical data story synopses and character sketches personnel and filmography data and critical evaluation Illustrations throughout in color and black and white show the detail and vigor of Miyazaki s art br br Written for anime fans as well as students of film literature and popular culture McCarthy s book raises animation criticism to a whole new level and is an essential guide to the work of a world class filmmaker br br London based b Helen McCarthy b is author of i Anime A Beginner s Guide to Japanese Animation The Anime Movie Guide i and with Jonathan Clements i The Erotic Anime Movie Guide i She appears frequently on radio and TV and at conferences around the world


The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga

Osamu Tezuka has often been called the god of manga and the Walt Disney of Japan but he was far more than that Tezuka was Walt Disney Stan Lee Jack Kirby Tim Burton and Carl Sagan all rolled into one incredibly prolific creator changing the face of Japanese culture forever Best known for Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion Tezuka was instrumental in developing Japanese animation and modern manga comics br br i i br br i The Art of Osamu Tezuka i is the first authorized biography celebrating his work and life and featuring over images many of which have never been seen outside of Japan With text by respected manga expert Helen McCarthy i The Art of Osamu Tezuka i i God of Manga i pays tribute to the work of an artist writer animator doctor entrepreneur and traveler whose curious mind spawned dozens of animated films and over pages of comics art in one astonishingly creative lifetime br br br i The Art of Osamu Tezuka God of i i Manga i also includes an exclusive minute DVD documentary covering Tezuka s prolific career from his early manga characters to his later animation work The package is out of the ordinary as well It is a hardcover with an onlay and a vinyl jacket br br


500 Essential Anime Movies: The Ultimate Guide

Anime Japanese animation is hugely popular throughout the world Essential Anime Movies reveals the huge range of titles available in English making them accessible to everyone from newcomers to anime experts


A Brief History of Manga

Manga is more than a genre in the comics field it is a vital creative medium in its own right with hundreds of millions of readers worldwide a host of graphic styles and a rich history now spanning seven decades br br Now for the first time that history is told by an award winning expert in the field Covering topics from Akira to Mazinger Z this book is fully illustrated throughout and photos of key creators accompany accessible sidebars and timelines The text is chronological telling the story of Manga from its early th century origins to its global dominance Timelines relate key publications to events in Japanese and World history and frequent sidebars give short biographies of key creative figures br br Answering the key questions of any fan where did my favourite manga come from and what should I read next this book will open doors to neophytes and experts alike br br Fans of manga and anime will br discover the stories behind their favorite manga creator br be inspired by the history of the medium and its genre br find new manga to read and fall in love with br br


The Anime Movie Guide: Movie-by-Movie Guide to Japanese Animation since 1983

This is the most complete film by film guide to anime with more than listings of films and videos


500 Manga Heroes and Villains

Fans of the Japanese cartoon art genre called manga and of its sister genre animeor manga style filmswill treasure this survey of an art form currently sweeping the world The book is an illustrated history of Japanese comics with separate chapters devoted to male and female heroes and villains non humanoid characters and even manga depictions of historical and literary characters Brief descriptive sketches of all characters accompany colorful illustrations of heroes and villains caught in moments of dramatic action Key figures include Astro Boy Akira Lupin III Pokemon and many others Just as fascinating are biographical sketches of several of the world s most successful manga artists including Motoko Kusanagi as well as Astro Boy s creator Osamu Tezuka and many others As the first illustrated book to show and evaluate sucha wide range of manga characters Manga Heroes and Villains is an essential basic reference source for both manga fans and popular culture historians Approximately memorable color illustrations


Manga Cross-Stitch: Make Your Own Graphic Art Needlework

br i Manga Cross Stitch Make Your Own Graphic Art Needlework i is a bold new contemporary approach to the time honored skills of needlework Readers and cross stitchers get a new twist on the old craft as they learn how to use the tricks of Japanese graphic art mixed with the skills of traditional needlecraft to make cute action packed stylish images p The book includes easy step by step instructions for cross stitch beginners and insightful information for manga novices Materials techniques and skills are clearly explained and help simplify the art form Patterns include school s out super robo happy birthday manga and many other cute and chibi characters p p Also included is a CD with hundreds of unique manga designs On the CD are charts for printing out and stitching Plus the software included lets artists create their own personalized manga designs by creating their own color palettes p p This isn t your grandma s needlework br p


The Erotic Anime Movie Guide

As interest in anime Japanese animation continues to soar with such phenomenally popular mainstream offshoots of anime like Power Rangers there s an increasing curiosity in exploring this exciting film genre more deeply Here for the first time leading anime expert Helen McCarthy and anime translator Jonathan Clements offer readers a detailed look at the myriad faces of erotic anime From the violent Legend of the Overfield the most renowned Japanese anime erotic title to hit the Western market to the arthouse refinement of The Sensualist these visually astonishing films have captured the imaginations of Western viewers For animation buffs and casual viewers alike this authoritative guide offers a detailed filmography with more than two hundred titles a complete bibliography and a glossary of Japanese terms


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Drawing basics made easy: essential for all traditional & digital artists

From Amazon com This brilliant new book shows you how to train your hand and eye with a series of features that guide the beginner and intermediate artist Packed with step by step guides from a range of exciting modern artists the book focuses on the basic drawing skills and shows you how to achieve results in whatever your chosen medium pencils pen and ink digital Perfect for web comic anime manga and any traditional field