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Akira Club (Hardback)

Author: Katsuhiro Otomo
Titan Books
RRP: 24.99, US $29.95
ISBN-13: 978 1 8457 6612 2
ISBN-10: 1 84576 612 1
Available 24 August 2007


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...

Available 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.

This 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 fans salivating.

Akira Club is 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.

Darren Rea

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