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Yoshitaka Amano's Mateki: The Magic Flute
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 098023350X, Hardcover)Famous Japanese artist Yoshitaka Amano serves as both writer and artist for his project, Mateki: The Magic Flute, based on the opera, The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Which tells the story of a prince battling evil forces to rescue a princess. Note - "Mateki" (magic flute) is the Japanese name given to a particular make of flute that is extremely responsive to the artists personal playing style.
An Interview with Yoshitaka Amano by Manolis Vamvounis
Few Japanese artists have managed to captivate audiences and critics alike with their vision and imagination as Yoshitaka Amano has. He first attracted the interest of manga and anime fans with his character designs for Gatchaman (also known to Western audiences as either Battle of the Planets or G-Force), as well as his designs and artwork for Hideyuki Kikuchi's Vampire Hunter D novel series. His character work for the latter's original video animation and the long-running RPG series Final Fantasy cemented Amano's popularity world-wide. American comic book readers came to appreciate Yoshitaka Amano's astounding talent from his collaboration with Neil Gaiman on Sandman: The Dream Hunters, which went on to win several industry awards including an Eisner award and was nominated for a Hugo Award.
In June of 2008, Radical Books released Amano's latest work, Mateki: The Magic Flute, a masterful interpretation of Mozart’s famous opera with 128 full-page illustrations by Amano. It is a beautiful and dark tale of a young man who must put away his flute and become a warrior to save his lover from the lord of darkness.
The story of the Magic Flute is a famous one. Why is this story important and special to you to adapt to a graphic novel?
Which characters in the story were the most fun to adapt?
Which sequence gave you the hardest time conceiving and illustrating?
Mateki is based on Mozart's opera. Do you remember your first contact with this play?
How faithful have you stayed to the original plot and characters from the opera in your handling of the story?
Here you have merged the classic western opera of Mozart with the elements of traditional Japanese culture. Which elements from your culture have you infused the story with?
The publisher of this work and your next American publication is Radical Books, a very fresh and new publisher. What does Radical Books offer to you as a creator to make you prefer to publish your books through them as opposed to going through some of the established companies you've worked with in the past?
When are you having most fun: creating gallery artwork, working on character designs for videogames and movies or working on illustrated books?
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:02 -0400)
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