From the Fragments of Tezuka Osamu
The series of Tezuka Osamu’s digital mosaic art NFT comes under the hammer.
From the Fragments of Tezuka Osamu
Tezuka Osamu was a pioneer who established the base of manga now known as one of the most influential pop cultures. So far manga has contributed to the development of cultures all over the world, and infiltrated into a wide range of industries as well. In 1946, Tezuka made a debut as a manga artist though he had a medical degree. He continued to create manga works through his life to establish the realm of so-called Story Manga in postwar Japan. Furthermore, he conveyed his thoughts for universal but serious themes, such as importance of life, warnings on the destruction of nature, and criticisms against war, to the readers by means of manga, as an accessible and easy way to public. He was also a productive manga artist. Through his career, he drew 150,000 sheets of manuscripts for 700 manga titles. Such his works are still appealing to a lot of his fans. Now, Tezuka Osamu’s digital mosaic art, consisting of his numerous manga manuscripts, has finally been completed as the form of NFT works officially authorized by Tezuka Productions. The first work is a digital mosaic art NFT of "Astro Boy," which will be auctioned in the fall of 2021. After that, we plan to sequentially release art NFT works based on various Tezuka works.
NFT (non-fungible token), developed based on blockchain technologies emerging around 2017, certifies the authenticity of "one-of-a-kind data". Now digital art authenticated with NFT became transferable to third parson readily and freely.
Digital Mosaic Art
Digital mosaic art : Background
For the creation of the art pieces, massive numbers of Tezuka’s manuscripts were exploited. Most of them were in black and white while about five percent of them were in color. In terms of the backgrounds, not only well-known scenes but also frontispieces not contained in the comic books as well as rare manuscripts hard to obtain were selected, and a total of 840 color manuscripts with another layer consisting of eight color frontispieces unique to each comic were arranged. No excess adjustment was made in order to keep the taste of the original manuscripts and to avoid ruining his brushwork. What’s seen on the background is a variety of his works and characters, from heroes to heart-warming scenes to seductive women.
frontispiece, The Hot Dog Corps, Astro Boy, Shonen (magazine) (1961)
frontispiece, Meeva, Astro Boy, Shonen (magazine) (1966)
cover art, Astro Boy, vol.1, Kobunsha (1956)
cover art, The Greatest Robot on Earth, Astro Boy, vol. 18, Kappa comics (1965)
cover art, The White-Hot Being, Astro Boy, vol.10, Kappa comics (1964)
frontispiece, Zolomon’s Jewels, Astro Boy, Shonen (magazine) (1967)
frontispiece, Crucifix Island, Astro Boy, Shonen (magazine) (1958)
cover art, Shootout in the Alps, Astro Boy, Appendix of Shonen (magazine) (1956)
Digital mosaic art : Character
Over 4000 sheets of black and white manuscripts excerpt from the manga: Astro Boy were used to form Astro Boy as the motif. All manuscripts were cut into more than 40,000 fragments, and over 6000 of them were placed as mosaic materials. The tone of the character was set based on the original colors of the magazine pages used then. To realize the original tone, the engineers manually adjusted the tone piece by piece. Literally, this art piece can be enjoyed in various ways. Seen from distance, it appeals to audience as a powerful integrated picture. Seen up close, each tiny piece gives off Tezuka’s exceptional enthusiasm for manga creation. This is one and only one art piece in the world. Only the owner can experience the overwhelming world of Tezuka Osamu.
* We are still working on the date of sale and the auction site. We will let you know as soon as it is confirmed.
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- From the Fragments of Tezuka Osamu Digital mosaic art "Astro Boy"
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- The NFT is for image data only. - The purchaser of the NFT is granted rights to exploit and/or dispose the NFT that contains information of the image data, including, but not limited to, the URL, provided, however that the purchaser is not granted any intellectual property rights, including copyright, trademarks, or the like, in and to the image data. - The NFT is for private use only. It shall not be offered to any third person beyond the scope of the private use or exploited for commercial purposes. - The author of the image data is not liable for any damage or loss the purchaser, the transferee or any other third person or party suffer in connection with the purchase or the sale of the NFT, regardless of reasons.