JoJo's Araki Tells Manga Production Secrets in New Book
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Shueisha will publish a how-to manga guide by JoJo's Bizarre Adventure author Hirohiko Araki in Japan on April 17. The "Araki Hirohiko no Manga Jutsu" (Hirohiko Araki's Manga Technique) book will feature Araki's techniques for drawing manga and his trade secrets. Araki has said before that manga is the "strongest work of art," and his new book will provide concrete explanations on his methodology while also giving advice such as to study the story creation process of Ernest Hemingway.
The book will contain seven chapters starting with "How to Draw an Introduction," and will continue with chapters about creating a story, creating characters, what a "worldview" is in manga, and a final chapter titled "Tying Together the Theme of All the Parts." The book also contains two practice chapters titled "Until You Can Do Manga" and "How to Draw a Short Story."
The wraparound band on the book will feature a self-portrait of Araki alongside his JoJo's Bizarre Adventure character Rohan Kishibe.
The book will retail for 780 yen (about US$6.40).