Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Comic Book History of Comics

It's a comic book, about comic books! That's right, The Comic Book History of Comics tells the story of how comic books became what they are and features some of the medium's most influential figures.

It was created by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey and originally released in 6 issues by IDW. Now, a volume collecting the entire series is being released and Comics Alliance has a preview featuring the chapter on the the life of Osamu Tezuka and the rise of manga in Japanese culture. Check it out!

You can purchase a copy of this book here on Amazon and help support AstroBoy World in the process. You will also find even more pages to preview there.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Don Dracula, Leo, Melmo, & more now on Viki.

Not too long ago I reported on, the free streaming site that presents international video with crowd sourced subtitles. They had added 80's Astro Boy and Black Jack anime to their service, and it looks like they are not stopping there!

Another huge batch of classic Tezuka anime has been added to Viki, and there is an incredible selection! Not everything is available with English subtitles yet, but you can now watch the following list anime from Tezuka Productions.
All of this is 100% free and legal!

(The Ambassador Magma anime is not very good, but hey, it's the thought that counts!)

Let's hope that the streaming rights for more shows can be acquired and that the offerings continue to expand. Princess Knight would be a fantastic addition. Let them know what else you want to see!

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Tezuka Museum Tourism Video

The Hyogo Tourism Association and the Let's JAPAN Channel have put together this video look into the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum in Takarazuka, Japan. It's a very detailed look on what spending a day at this museum must be like. Give it a watch!

One day, I will be there! It will be my pilgrimage.

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