Monday, July 11, 2005

Osamu Tezuka's Buddha

So, last week, I picked up Volume 6 of Osamu Tezuka's Buddha series. I've enjoyed the first five books in the series immensely, and this one is proving to be no different.

A few notes on the series, swiped from the Vertical website:

Osamu Tezuka (1928-89) is the godfather of Japanese manga comics. A genuine intellectual, deeply familiar with Western culture from the Bible to Goethe to Hollywood...

Osamu Tezuka’s vaunted storytelling genius, consummate skill at visual expression, and warm humanity blossom fully in his eight-volume epic of Siddhartha’s life and times. Tezuka evidences his profound grasp of the subject by contextualizing the Buddha’s ideas...

Tezuka himself was a humanist rather than a Buddhist, and his magnum opus is not an attempt at propaganda.

Definitely highly recommended. Check out the official site.

As a side note, I've also been reading Mike Allred's The Golden Plates. His comic book adaptation of the Book of Mormon, which -while more of a literally adaptation- is still interesting in its own right.

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