The Montreux Jazz Festival Japan has unveiled the main visual for its 2015 event, created by none other that acclaimed Akira artist Katsuhiro Otomo.
“I really don’t want to explain my work,” he said, “but since it is going to be held in Tokyo, I was strongly aware of the image of Japan.” The art will appear on posters and merchandise for the festival, held for 12 days in October in Tokyo; it’s tied to the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the second-largest jazz festival in the world.
Best known for his influential cyberpunk manga Akira, and for directing its acclaimed 1988 anime adaptation, the 61-year-old Otomo won the Angoulême International Comics Festival’s Grand Prix earlier this year, making him the first Japanese artist to do so. He also Otomo wrote and directed the films Steamboy and Mushishi.
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