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Pie International to Release Artbooks for Illustrators Katsuya Terada, Baron Yoshimoto

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Pie International announced on May 14 that it will release two artbooks in October from illustrators Katsuya Terada and Baron Yoshimoto. The artbooks will be available in both the United States and Europe, and will retail for US$49.95 each.

The Art of Baron Yoshimoto will be a bilingual (Japanese and English) hardbound artbook featuring 184 pages. The company describes the book:

From Baron Yoshimoto's vast collection of works from his 60-year career ranging from Gekiga (comics aimed at adult audiences with a dramatic and cinematic style and more mature themes) and illustrations to paintings on paper and canvas, this book introduces 120 artworks from his entire career. For the first time ever, this book collects Yoshimoto's works from the 1980s, when he spent time in the US. Works from exhibitions under the name “Ryu Manji” in the 1990s and works from Yoshimoto's live drawing event done in collaboration with Katsuya Terada are showcased, as well. As a Gekiga illustrator and a painter, readers will enjoy Baron Yoshimoto's life and work from various aspects. A rare and important interview with Katsuya Terada is included as a special feature.

Yoshimoto's collective works received the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's Award at this year's 48th Japan Cartoonists Association Awards in April.

Katsuya Terada Real Size will be a bilingual (Japanese and English) hardbound artbook featuring 202 pages, and it will ship on October 1. The company describes the book:

This is the definitive collection of Katsuya Terada's black marker artworks, which have been displayed at his exhibitions both domestically and internationally, and of course including illustrations from his live drawing events. Containing over 150 illustrations, each work is displayed at 16% of the original to show the whole artwork, along with the original size (real size) showing part of the artwork but revealing the detail and sensitivity of Terada's work. The variety and the scale of these works are overwhelming. One illustration was so huge it had to be put in a gate fold page in order to make sense of what the drawing might be showing. All the artworks were drawn with a black marker and in one shot without any rough drafts, an unbelievable fact that proves Terada's exceptional talent. Detailed information for each illustration (artwork title, size, exhibition name, etc.) is listed at the back. The cover illustration was newly drawn for this book.

Terada is known for his work as the original character designer for Blood: The Last vampire, and as the creator of The Monkey King manga series. He has also worked as a designer on such anime projects as Space Dandy, Yona Yona Penguin, and Silk Road Kids, and has also produced designs for the live-action Devilman and Cutie Honey films.

Terada will attend this year's Comic-Con International: San Diego event from July 18-21, and will sign books at the "Giant Robot" booth.

Pie International recently released the A Bouquet of a Thousand Flowers: Art of Senbon Umishima book on May 1. Other upcoming releases for the company include ETERNAL: Ilya Kuvshinov Illustration Works in November, and B: The Beginning Artworks and PERSONA 5 the Animation Material Book in February 2020.

Sources: Email correspondence, Pie International (link 2)


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