北斎漫画 ペーパーバック – 2011/9/15
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Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) was a Japanese artist and ukiyo-e painter of the Edo period, and best-known as the author of the woodblock print series "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji".
Kazuya Takaoka was born in Kyoto in 1945. As a graphic designer, he has received many outstanding awards, including the Gold Medal at the Japan Graphic Design Exhibition and the Gourmond World Cookbook Award for Best Cookbook Design. Among his works include Noh: Classical Japanese Performing Art published by PIE BOOKS.
The best thing about this book is very minimal writing. As one studying to be a tattoo artist in the future, all of the refernce material is nicely uninterrupted by text. However, this will be a book where the reference is hard to find, as this book is unpaginated entirely. Also, images are organized my which of the 15 manga they belong to. With unpaginated pages, they should have just put everything in order by subject. The animals I'll use for reference are all over the place!
This book is over 600 pages, but it's really only about 400 in terms of material. This is why the book mainly gets three stars. I was hoping for over 600 pages in materials- this would amount to atleast 2/3 of the total manga. There was a 623 page version printed in Japan (not talking about the huge 900 page versions), and I was hoping this would be just like it. I was wrong. The red images are really nice, but they're just reproductions of other existing images in the book. They're like previews before the b & w images. This is one of my gripes as soon as I opened the book- pages where only one or two red images were reproduced could have been used for more material. It was kind of a waste. I'd recommend putting the big red reproductions as the main images in the book( since the originals are quite small), and using the remaining space for more Hokusai manga. You're not really getting a 623 page book. I'd recommend the Carlo edition (with the Wave of Kanagawa as the cover), which is 520 pages, and the black and white illustrations are much bigger than original size- that book is huge, but atleast the images are big enough to match it!
A great book that is a wonder to look through and will greatly help my tattoo ideas, but so much potential is wasted. I was really looking towards what seemed like the biggest English language edition of the mangas- without paying over $100 for an imported Japanese version- but looks like I'll be waiting.