VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced an exclusive interview with manga pioneer Keiko Takemiya featured in the April 2006 issue of SHOJO BEAT Magazine, which went on sale nationwide on March 21. The interview launches a series of Takemiya coverage where she will offer rare insight into her own inspirations and interests, followed by a three-month tutorial beginning in the June issue where she will answer reader questions and provide artistic instruction and techniques.
Takemiya is internationally renowned for her profound contributions to the manga genre. Since the 1970s, she has produced many popular titles that range from science fiction to historical drama. Her most revered works include Poem of Wind and Trees and To Earth. Takemiya’s wildly imaginative style has influenced nearly every manga artist that followed and she is credited with helping to define what has become the sh?´jo genre. In 2000, she became a professor for Kyoto Seika University’s noted four-year manga program, and her most recent work, A Horse Traveling Time, began serialization in the Japanese manga anthology Flowers in 2005. While her works still have yet to appear on North American shores, this SHOJO BEAT interview will give audiences a comprehensive introduction to the works of this manga titan.
As an extension of her desire to nurture the next generation of artists, Takemiya will also begin offering instructional techniques and advice to SHOJO BEAT readers and hopeful manga artists, beginning in the June issue. This instruction will be augmented by additional artistic instruction from Hiroyuki Iizuka and Yuu Watase, another sh?´jo superstar and the creator of popular titles like ABSOLUTE BOYFRIEND, FUSHIGI Y?›GI: GENBU KAIDEN and CERES (all published by VIZ Media). Their Drawing with Yuu series launches in July.
‘VIZ Media is very excited to feature a rare interview with Keiko Takemiya in our April issue,’ says Yumi Hoashi, Editor-in-Chief of SHOJO BEAT and vice president of VIZ Media’s magazine division. ‘SHOJO BEAT is committed to offering useful educational content that will help instruct tomorrow’s generation of artists. Our ‘How to Draw’ series has become a reader favorite and the inclusion of Yuu Watase and Takemiya’s instruction will prove invaluable to many hopeful artists and manga fans.’