NBM to Release Hirohiko Araki's Rohan at the Louvre Manga
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
The North American graphic novel publisher NBM Publishing will release Hirohiko Araki's (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure) 128-page Rohan at the Louvre manga in February. NBM is currently hosting a preview of the full color work.
NBM describes Rohan at the Louvre as follows:
Rohan, a young mangaka, meets a beautiful mysterious young woman with a dramatic story. Seeing him draw, she tells him of a cursed 200 year old painting using the blackest ink ever known from a 1000 year old tree the painter had brought down without approval from the Emperor who had him executed for doing so. The painting meanwhile had been saved from destruction by a curator of the Louvre. Rohan forgets this story as he becomes famous but ten years later, visiting Paris, he takes the occasion to try and locate the painting. Little does he know how violently powerful the curse of it is until he has the museum unearth it from deep within its archival bowels…
Araki originally created the manga for the "Le Louvre invite la bande dessinée" ("Cartoons - The Louvre Invites Comic-Strip Art") exhibition at France's famed Louvre art museum in 2009.
Rohan Kishibe is a fictional manga creator who appeared in the fourth part of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and other Araki works. More recently, Araki drew a full-color one-shot manga featuring Rohan for Shueisha's women's fashion magazine Spur earlier this year. In September, the Shinjuku Gucci store in Tokyo hosted an exhibition featuring art from Araki and a life-size figure of Rohan.