Celebrating his 30th anniversary, Ito teamed up with Japan’s Nemuki+ Comics to release his first ever official art book. The book contains 133 assorted artworks and manuscripts in both vibrant full color and daunting black and white, many of which had been previously unseen by the public, leaving us to wonder if we’ll find crumbs of not-yet expanded upon story pieces. Included are an exclusive interview with the man himself and brief commentary on the artworks in the book. It covers everything from previously mentioned masterpieces such asTomie, Uzumaki,Gyo, all the way to his latest works.
Texts in Japanese
Released in March 2019. His book launch exhibit was held at Span Art Gallery, Tokyo from 3/23-4/9/19.
Below was the flier.
Junji Ito (Born in 1963)
A MANGA ARTIST BORN IN GIFU PREFECTURE
Horror manga king Junji Ito first began writing and drawing manga as a hobby while working as a dental technician in the early 1990s and has been in the spooky story game since then. He was inspired from a young age by both his older sister's drawings and the work of Kazuo Umezu. Now our dear veteran mangaka is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down any time soon. Impressively, some of Ito’s recent achievements include a smartphone VR puzzle game released in Taipei, overseas comic convention appearances, English novelization of his mangaUzumaki, and many other exciting exhibits and interactive media. Ito is known best for his worksTomie andGyo, both of which have received live-action and anime adaptations respectively, and recently many of his works have been translated into an anime,Junji Ito Collection, produced by Studio Deen.