Sam Gilbey just flagged this up as some of his inspiration for today, and it reminded me how amazing the graphic novel of Akira is. I have the first volume in lovely hardback, and the other volumes in paperback. It’s fascinating how a relatively sparse story can be told in so much detail through the drawings. The anime is of course worth a look too…
More extraordinarily complex draughtsmanship from Katushiro Otomo’s 2182-page manga masterpiece “Akira”.
The above images are taken from the end of Akira book 3 published by Dark Horse comics, I used to have the colourised version compiled by Epic Comics but alas, it’s long since vanished! For those of you perhaps more familiar with the 1988 animated movie but not the Manga, I’d thoroughly recommend checking it out, the story is massively more complex, intertwining a multitude of characters and many recurring, explicitly described locations…
The reason I chose to feature this set was I still vividly remember how much of an effect these illustrations had on me as an aspiring artist/designer, the detail is beyond phenomenal. Of particular interest is not just the superb architectural designs but the way the building are crowned with differing mix of signage, communication arrays, air conditioning systems, water towers etc….
Akira volume 01 is available over on Amazon http://is.gd/dxk1Q and all good bookshops!
** Edit – Also check http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/ a good place to pick up all the volumes at retail – cheers for the tip DQN
More on Katsuhiro Otomo here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katsuhiro_Otom