by Chris MaGee
2008 would have been the 80th birthday of manga and anime god Osamu Tezuka and there have been a slew of events to commemorate the occasion. We’ve already reported on the retrospective of Tezuka films that took place in London in September as well as a statue of Tezuka’s most famous creation Astro Boy that was erected at his old elementary school, but there’s an event running currently at the Logos Gallery at the Shibuya Parco Part One store titled “Tezuka Gene: Light in the Darkness” that I find really interesting. Instead of featuring work by Tezuka himself the show features paintings and drawings inspired by his creations. For example above you not only have a couple of interpretations of Astro Boy by contemporary Japanese artists, but also a painting inspired by Tezuka’s manga/ anime “Black Jack”.
Check out a full gallery of pics from the exhibit that runs until November 10th care of Mainichi Daily News here.