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Osamu Tezuka's Daughter to Hold Discussion with Black Jack Parody Artist

posted on by Eric Stimson
Artist has been hired by Tezuka Production

Drawing parodies of famous works is a risky business, since the original creators or their estate might not appreciate the joke. On the other hand, it might propel you to fame and acclaim, as was the case with Tsunogai, artist of the Black Jack parody manga #Konna Black Jack wa Iya Da ("This Black Jack is Bad"). She will be the subject of a discussion event at The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum on March 11, interviewed by none other than Rumiko Tezuka, Osamu's oldest daughter, herself.



Rumiko Tezuka and "Tsunogai"

Tsunogai originally posted #Konna Black Jack wa Iya Da on Twitter, where its humor and uncanny imitation of Osamu's style caught his daughter's attention. As a result, she was hired as a writer by Tezuka Production in 2016. The manga was also published in book form on January 27 with a sash carrying Rumiko's comments: "Compensation? That's right, she's paying them with her body (as our official writer)!" The book also includes an extra 40 pages of content and altered artwork.


Black Jack puts out a bug trap and catches Rock instead.

Rumiko will ask Tsunogai about how she got into drawing manga and why Osamu's works are such popular targets for dōjinshi (fan works); Rumiko will also explain her own thoughts on Tsunogai's parody and how she was hired by Tezuka Production. While seating for the discussion event is already full, fans can still attend an autograph session on the same day. Tickets will be distributed on-site to those who have bought the manga as well as Rumiko's memoir Osamu-shi ni Tsutaete ("Tell It to Mr. Osamu"), a reflection on her father which will be re-published with extra content on February 20.

Older anime and manga are ripe targets for parody given their tendency for melodrama and exaggeration, as the anime The Glass Mask Year 3 Class D and Fist of the North Star: Strawberry Flavor can attest. Sometimes manga artists even parody their own manga.


Kiriko's face is unusually lengthened as a result of photo booths' leg-lengthening filters. Black Jack tries to fix the problem by "erasing" the chin, which only makes it worse, so then he turns the splotch into a cat... The title is "In Tokyo, Everyone Has a Cat on Their Chin."

Sources: Comic Natalie (2) and Da Vinci News; Images from Amazon.co.jp


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