Japanese comics godfather Osamu Tezuka tells the story of Buddhaís life like itís never been told before. Entertaining, visually spectacular, and warm, Buddha (an 8-volume work to be published in gorgeous hardcovers designed by Chip Kidd) is the ultimate example of Tezuka's artistic mastery. His consummate skill at visual expression and warm humanity blossom fully in this epic of Siddharthaís life and times. The masterpiece is one that all ages and persuasions can enjoy.
Osamu Tezuka (1928-89) is the undisputed father of manga comics. Without him, the medium may never have acquired its capacity for seriousness and depth. Though many have followed his example, it is still Tezuka who elicits the deepest awe with his vision and his commitment to human dignity and the sanctity of life.
'Osamu Tezuka invented a whole new grammar of comics storytelling and his place in the history of Japanese comics is about as central as Siddharthaís place in the history of Buddhism.'
ñArt Spiegelman (MAUS)
'The books are all Iíd hoped theyíd be. Tezukaís dramatic skills make the pages fly by.'
ñChester Brown (LOUIS RIEL)
'Buddha is a vast and fulfilling masterpice of epic proportions executed with religious devotion. It stands as the opus of Japanís greatest cartoonist, and a high watermark for the medium.'
ñCraig Thompson (BLANKETS)
'I have been, and continue to be an ardent admirer of Osamu Tezuka, so I am especially pleased to have a chance to study his brilliant storytelling and narrative art that rises above the casual style of Tezukaís imitators.'
ñWill Eisner (A CONTRACT WITH GOD)