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    OTACOOL 4 - Worldwide Illustrators

    A look into how rich design based on anime/manga culture has flourished...

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    Kotobukiya presents the fourth installment of the OTACOOL series, OTACOOL 4: WORLD WIDE ILLUSTRATORS. In keeping with the same concept of "Otaku is cool," the next volume of OTACOOL will spotlight illustrators from around the world.

    OTACOOL 4 embraces the CGM (Consumer Generated Media) style where content is collected through the Internet by fan submissions. This time Kotobukiya has teamed up with Pixiv; Japan's premier illustration communication site to bring you the hottest talent of today's character illustration world.

    In collaboration with Pixiv, Kotobukiya held a contest on their website. From over 1200 submissions, they have selected the best up-and-coming and forefront of illustrators. With entries from more than 30 countries, readers will get a look into how rich design based on anime/manga culture has flourished, transcending continents with re-interpretation, originality, and advancement.

    As a special feature, interviews with popular manga artists such as Okya Hiroya (creator of GANTZ), illustrator Kazuki Yone (of the fan favorite Hakuouki series), Chinatsu Kurahana, Kunihiko Tanaka, Shunya Yamashita and Redjuice will also be included. Ever wonder what it is like to be a professional illustrator? Now you can know with exclusive images of each illustrator's room, workspace, resources and preferred tools of the trade. OTACOOL 4 captures a rare glimpse into their daily work routine along with answering personal questions regarding tastes and preferences.

    To fully appreciate these wonderful illustrations, the volume and size of this book has been enlarged to B5 size/160 pages. OTACOOL 4: Worldwide Illustrators is scheduled for release in Japan this December with an international release in February. It will be priced at $34.99.

    Source: Edited Koto PR

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