California Gallery Holds Official Tezuka 70th/Unico 40th Celebration

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, California will hold an official exhibition to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the late Osamu Tezuka's career debut and the 40th anniversary of his work Unico. The event is in its planning stages. The exhibition will show tribute artwork from 30 different artists, display rare memorabilia, sell exclusive licensed Tezuka merchandise, offer themed refreshments and host a raffle and giveaways.

The exhibition will open on October 8 and last until October 23.

Osamu Tezuka was a prolific manga creator with a career spanning over 40 years before his death in 1989. He created characters that remain beloved today including Unico, Black Jack, Astro Boy, Princess Knight, and Kimba the White Lion.

The story of Unico centers on a unicorn who has a power to help those who love him. The titular character travels through time and to different countries to make new friends. Tezuka first launched the manga in Sanrio's Ririka magazine in 1976. Digital Manga funded the English-language release via Kickstarter in 2012 and then crowdfunded a reprint last year.

Gallery Nucleus has previously hosted the art of manga creator Junko Mizuno, an exhibit centering on Square Enix's Final Fantasy X/X-2 video game and a tribute gallery dedicated to Hatsune Miku.

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