Naoki Urasawa is somewhat of a phenomenon. Throughout his career – he’s still 56, I might add – Urasawa has sold over 120 million manga and his works, which include Master Keaton, Monster and 20th Century Boys, have been adapted into anime and movies. His works are known for their dense, multi-layered narratives that often involve thrilling suspense and mystery. Earlier this year the Setagaya Literary Museum hosted a two and a half-month long exhibition on Urasawa titled “A Life in Drawings.” Although the exhibition ended in March, images are now available for those who didn’t get a change to see how Urasawa breathes life into his many works.
The exhibition is comprised of “a large collection of original drawings and manuscripts, including drafts, conceptual story notes, storyboards, prized illustrations and sketches, and even manga notebooks from the artist’s childhood,” say Torafu Architects, who were responsible for designing the venue. The intent was to create an “exhibition space where visitors can go beyond the page and get a sense of the amount of materials that went into the production of these works.”