François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters visited several cities in Japan in November 2012 to celebrate the release of the second volume of Obscure Cities albums translated in Japanese. The attended several conferences and met several anime comic artists.
At November 17, there was a conference at the University of Gakushuin, Tokyo about the “perception of the body in comics”. Benoît Peeters held a presentation about Töpffer and François Schuiten, Benoît Peeters and Katsuhiro Otomo had a public discussion together.
Visit with Katsuhiro Otomo at the University of Gakushuin, Tokyo. Katsuhiro Otomo is a Japanese manga artist, screenwriter and film director. He is best known as the creator of the manga Akira and its animated film adaptation. Otomo has also directed several live-action films, such as the 2006 feature film adaptation of the manga Mushishi. Katsuhiro Otomo used a vehicle in his manga Steamboy that looked liked a Alaxian Velocipede.
How do we imagine the ideal city? How do we expand the possibilities of the city?
Toyo Ito joins Yokohama urban planner Masaharu Nakahara in a discussion with François Schuiten and Benoît Peeters, authors of the Belgian comic book series “Cities of the Fantastic.” Moderated by architect and author of Tokyo Portraits & Fictions Manuel Tardits 4).
This discussion on Utopian Cities took place in the Institut Français in Tokyo.5)
Images of the discussion and reception at the Institut Français, with the Japanese editors and Sekizumi Kaoru, who is responsible for the graphical adaption of the Obscure Cities albums in Japan. Images by Sekizumi Kaoru
Last interviews with journalists of the magazines “Eureka” and “SF”.
Photos op the last night in Japan.
Images by Sekizumi Kaoru