Katsuhiro Otomo's epic manga, Akira, is widely considered
to be a pinnacle of the form - a work of astonishing power
and visionary scope, with unsurpassed artistry. Akira
Club is the ultimate companion to Otomo's masterpiece.
Now available for the first time in English, and featuring
more than 100 full-colour, full-size title-page illustrations
not included in the original manga reprints, as well as rarely
seen alternate art, preliminary sketches, production drawings
and a variety of posters, advertisements and products - all
accompanied by commentary from Otomo himself...
for the first time in an English-language edition, Akira
Club is an essential companion to Akira (whether
you are a fan of the manga series, movie
or both). This book includes over 100 title-page illustrations
created for the original serialisation but not included with
the published collections of Akira. The book also features
rarely seen alternate art, preliminary drawings, production
sketches and a variety of Akira posters, advertisements
and products, all accompanied by fascinating commentary by
the artist himself.
book has been lovingly reprinted by Titan Books in a hardback
format with plenty of artwork that Akira fans will
not have seen before. There are even some rejected pages -
or outtakes - at the back of this collection, which will have
a beautifully presented coffee-table edition that no self-respecting
Akira fan should be without. My only complaint is that
the UK edition seems a little over priced when you consider
that the retail price in America is almost 50% cheaper.