The Art of Junji Ito: Twisted Visions

The Art of Junji Ito: Twisted Visions
Author: Junji Ito
Rating: 4.68
Bestsellers Rate: 4746
Publisher: Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc
Book Format: Hardback
Binding: None
Pages: 150
Hours of reading: 2.5 hours
Publication Date: 2021
Languages: | English |
Price: 27,60 €

About the book

Enter the world of Junji Ito's art--an abyss of horror and sublime beauty. A first-ever collection of Junji Ito's artworks, featuring over 130 images from his bestselling manga titles along with rare works. This sublime collection includes all of Ito's unforgettable illustrations in both black-and-white and color, from Tomie's dreadful beauty to the inhuman spirals of Uzumaki. Includes an interview focused on Ito's art technique as well as commentary from the artist on each work.





Junji Ito Biography

Junji Ito (Japanese: 伊藤 潤二, Hepburn: Itō Junji, born July 31, 1963) is a Japanese horror mangaka. Some of his most notable works include Tomie, a series chronicling an immortal girl who drives her stricken admirers to madness; Uzumaki, a three-volume series about a town obsessed with spirals; and Gyo, a two-volume story in which fish are controlled by a strain of sentient bacteria called "the death stench." His other works include The Junji Ito Horror Comic Collection, a collection of his many short stories, and Junji Ito's Cat Diary: Yon & Mu, a self-parody about him and his wife living in a house with two cats. Ito's work has developed a substantial cult following, with some deeming him a significant figure in recent horror iconography.

Life and career

Junji Ito was born on July 31, 1963 in Sakashita, now a part of Nakatsugawa, Gifu. He began his experience in the horror world at a very young age, with his first manga being Mummy Teacher by Kazuo Umezu; his two older sisters read Umezu and Shinichi Koga in magazines, and consequently, he began reading them too. He grew up in the countryside, in a small city next to Nagano. In the house where he lived, the bathroom was at the end of an underground tunnel, where there were spider crickets; such experiences were later reflected in his works.Ito began to draw manga at the age of 4, taking inspiration from the works he read in magazines. He continued to draw as a hobby until he became a dental technician in 1984, where he struggled to find a balance between the two.In 1987, he submitted a short story to Monthly Halloween that won an honorable mention in the Kazuo Umezu Prize (with Umezu himself as one of the judges). This story ran for 13 years and was later serialized as Tomie.Ito drew the cover of Mucc's 2002 album Hōmura Uta. He collaborated with the band again in 2020, for the cover of their made-to-order single "Shōfu 2020". Ito teamed up with Takashi Nagasaki and former diplomat Masaru Sato to create Yūkoku no Rasputin (2010–2012), based on Sato's personal experiences in Russia, for Big Comic.Film director Guillermo del Toro cited on his official Twitter account that Ito was originally a collaborator for the video game Silent Hills, of which both Del Toro and game designer Hideo Kojima were the main directors. However, a year after its announcement, the project was canceled by Konami, the IP's owner. Itō and Del Toro would later lend their likenesses to Kojima's next project, Death Stranding.


Ito's work Uzumaki was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2003 and 2009.In 2019, Ito received his first Eisner Award for his manga adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein for "Best Adaptation from Another Medium".In 2021, Ito received two more Eisner Awards for his works Remina and Venus in the Blind Spot, receiving "Best U.S. Edition of International Material - Asia" and "Best Writer/Artist".

Personal life

In 2006, Junji married Ayako Ishiguro (石黒亜矢子), a picture ... Read full biography

Authors: Junji Ito
Publisher: Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc
Languages: | English |
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ISBN13: 9781974713004
ISBN10: 1974713008
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Book Format: Hardback
Book Binding: None
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Pages: 150
Book Weight: 1043
Book Dimensions: 210x298x20
Circulation: None
Publication date: May 14, 2020
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Publication City/Country: San Francisco, United States

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