Manga Masterpieces: Recent Illustrations from Japan

Posted by Michael Pinto on Aug 8, 2010 in Comic Books |

Gen iron Arisawa 'Hoshikawa Ginza 4-Chome' Volume 1

One of my joys is to walk through a Japanese bookstore and to gawk at all of the beautiful cover illustrations — they’re always so inspiring as a designer. Although I should note that with this collection that these these illustrations aren’t all covers for comic books — but sometimes covers for books that are done in a manga style. Shown above is Hoshikawa Ginza 4-Chome which caught my eye due the wonderful use of pastel colors. What follows are ten illustrations from Japan that recently caught my eye:

Sleepy Yoko Pandora

Sleepy Yoko “Pandora” short story collection

Yoshitomi Masashi Aki 'Izu Shima Show details' Volume 1

Yoshitomi Masashi Aki “Izu Shima Show details”, Volume 1

anan magazine 1720

Cover illustration for Anan magazine

Noguti Tomoko 'Raburijin' in Young Feel magazine

Noguti Tomoko “Raburijin” in Feel Young magazine

The Seriously Mojiruru Volume 6

The Seriously Mojiruru Volume 6

Nita Yumi Yu drop "Rabbit", Volume 07

Nita Yumi Yu drop “Rabbit”, Volume 07

Business Jump No. 17: Otome empire

Otome Empire from Business Jump magazine #17

God knows Sekai Volume 9

God Knows Sekai Volume 9

Papurion Theater Actor! Harasan Water Volume 2

Papurion Theater Actor! Harasan Water Volume 2

Mori's Morning Glory Volume 07

Mori’s Morning Glory Volume 07
Note: This stark book cover illustrates a story of a friendship on prison row.

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