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Hirohiko Araki JoJo Exhibition 2012 (荒木 飛呂彦 ジョジョ展 Araki Hirohiko Jojo Ten?) was a special event first held in Sendai, Japan from July 28 to August 14, where JoJo's Bizarre Adventure creator, Hirohiko Araki, presented various works of art to celebrate the 25th anniversary of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.

After the initial showing, the exhibition reopened at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Tokyo from October 6 to November 4.

Summary

The exhibition included several original illustrations from the series and was live-streamed through the internet in an augmented first-person perspective. Araki designed a new Stand named Remote Romance, with the ability to project live-streams of distant locations; as a way to explain how people might see it from an in-universe perspective.

In the press conference of this event held on July 5th, a new PS3 game and anime adaptation were revealed.

Thoughts from Araki

The manuscript of a manga is something that is printed, made into a book, and then delivered to the readers for them to appraise. In the printing process, lines sometimes get blurred, other times they're printed too fine, or the printing paper and manuscript paper differ, or if a part that was colored orange somehow comes out red. Even if I put in a request to print it as close to the manuscript as possible, there are limits to what they can do. This is the fate, and rule, of manga manuscripts. (On occasion, lines that got blurred during printing actually created a neat effect.) Some may think that a pro should take the printing process into account when drawing the manuscript, but I wonder if other mangaka have the luxury of doing such a thing. At the very least, I don't. I consider it a rule to treat a manuscript as a manuscript, and a book as a book when I draw.

Regardless, these manuscripts are typically stored in my file book, which is put away in a cabinet. But I'm very happy that for this occasion, they return to the open air and light of day, as if awakening from a years-long sleep, in the form of this original art exhibition for you to enjoy. It also feels like a grandiose feat to me. But, I'm sincerely thankful to the fans, who have read JoJo's Bizarre Adventure for 25 years, for giving me this opportunity. You may try to find the differences between the originals and the printed versions as you read this book, or recall the feel of the original art once you return home. At any rate, nothing would make me happier than if you enjoyed your time here.

—Hirohiko Araki (HIROHIKO ARAKI WORKS)

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References

  1. http://www.araki-jojo.com/264/

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