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Katsuhiro Otomo
Kaneda, 2015
Felt pen, China ink and acrylic on paper
9.84 x 13.78 inches
Courtesy of Jacques Glénat

Press Release

Hugues Micol 
Tribute to Otomo from Hugues Micol, 2015
Watercolor and gouache on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

Good for Health - Bad for Education: A Tribute to Otomo

On view: April 8 - May 8, 2021
Philippe Labaune Gallery is pleased to present the inaugural exhibition, Good for Health - Bad for Education: A Tribute to Otomo. The exhibition showcases illustrations by 29 international artists in homage to Japanese artist Katsuhiro Otomo’s seminal 1982 manga series: “Akira.” Featuring a selection of new work, the exhibition builds upon the 2016 tribute curated by Julien Brugeas at the Angoulême Festival hosted by France’s Ministry of Culture and Galerie Glénat, which honored Otomo’s distinct aesthetic contribution to the genre. 

Set during the third world war in a post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo, Otomo’s lauded cyper-punk series “Akira” follows a biker gang and its leader, Kaneda, as they try to prevent the antagonist Tetsuo, a powerful yet troubled former gang member, from awakening the mysterious Akira, who was responsible for Tokyo’s destruction. 

The austere narrative rendered in Otomo’s groundbreaking, hyper-detailed style garnered “Akira” immediate success. The manga series won several awards including the Kondusha Manga and Harvey Awards; It is regarded by many as the finest work of graphic fiction ever created. Translated into over a dozen languages, “Akira” has sold over seven million copies, making it a critical contributor to the acceptance of manga worldwide. In 1988 Otomo supervised the creation of a film under the same name, further expanding the series' cult following. As one of the first manga series to be widely published, “Akira” opened the door for many artists working within the style.

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LRNZ
Tribute to Otomo from LRNZ, 2015
Mixed media on Rhodoid
16.5 x 11.8 inches

The works in the exhibition reflect and build upon the singular style and iconographic symbolism found in the famed dystopian series. In addition to a selection of artworks from the 2016 exhibition, Philippe Labaune Gallery offers an expansion and celebration of Otomo’s legacy by including work from top emerging artists such as Mathieu Bablet, who was nominated twice for the Grand Prix at Angoulême before reaching the age of 32, preeminent science fiction artist Ian Bertram, as well as established artists including Paul Pope, whose graphic novel Battling Boy debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list. An original Otomo illustration will accompany the exhibition. 

Featured artists include Dominique Bertail, Mathieu Bablet, Ian Bertram, Matthieu Bonhomme, François Boucq, Boulet, Francesco Cattani, Simone D'Armini, Adrien Demont, Jean-Jacques Dzialowski, Benoit Féroumont, Manuele Fior, Joel Jurion, Kalonji, Viktor Kalvachev, Nicolas Keramidas, Li-An, LRNZ, Dilraj Mann, Laureline Mattiussi, Hugues Micol, Giannis Milonogiannis, Marion Mousse, Katsuhiro Otomo, Paul Pope, Vincent Perriot, Sara Pichelli, Victor Santos, Olivier Vatine, and Vince

A Tribute to Otomo marks the first exhibition for the new Philippe Labaune Gallery located in Chelsea, New York City. As an expert and longtime collector of original comic art and illustration, Labaune aims to bring historic and contemporary comic art to a wider audience. The gallery launch follows his immensely successful survey of European comic art, Line and Frame: A Survey of European Comic Art, at the former Danese/Corey Gallery last year, which was supported by the French Cultural Services and Belgium Consulate.  

About Katsuhiro Otomo
Katsuhiro Otomo was born in 1954, in the province of Miyagi, Japan. Otomo grew up watching American movies, often traveling hours to visit the nearest movie theater. He moved to Tokyo in 1973. His first venture into manga was “Jyu-Sei,” a graphic adaptation of the 1829 novella Mateo Falcone by Prosper Merimée. In 1979, Otomo created a longer publication titled “Fireball,”  followed soon after by “Domu: A Child’s Dream,” which became a best-seller and won Japan’s Science Fiction Grand Prix award. In 1982, Otomo created the series “Akira,” which was published first in the magazine Young. Otomo received the prestigious Grand Prix of the Angoulême Festival in 2015 and served as the Jury President in 2016.

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails

Mathieu Bablet
Tribute to Otomo from Mathieu Bablet, 2021
Inactinic neutral pen, China ink and watercolor on paper
15 x 21.5 inches
 

Dominique Bertail
Tribute to Otomo from Dominique Bertail, 2015
Felt pen, China ink, and acrylic on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

 

Ian Bertram
Tribute to Otomo from Ian Bertram, 2021
China ink on paper
30 x 22.75 inches

 Matthieu Bonhomme
Tribute to Otomo from Matthieu Bonhomme, 2015
Watercolor and hard ink on Arches paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

 

François Boucq 
Tribute to Otomo from François Boucq, 2015
China ink on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

Boulet
Tribute to Otomo from Boulet, 2015
Mixed media on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

 

 

Francesco ​Cattani 
Tribute to Otomo from Francesco ​Cattani, 2015
China ink on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

Simone D'Armini 
Tribute to Otomo from Simone D'Armini, 2015
China ink on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

 

 

Adrien Demont 
Tribute to Otomo from Adrien Demont, 2015
Mixed media on paper
15.75 x 11.8 inches

 

Jean-Jacques Dzialowski
Tribute to Otomo from Jean-Jacques Dzialowski, 2015
China ink and acrylic on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

Benoit Féroumont 
Tribute to Otomo from Benoit Féroumont, 2015
China ink on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

Manuele Fior 
Tribute to Otomo from Manuele Fior, 2015
Gouache on paper
15.35 x 11 inches

 

Joel Jurion 
Tribute to Otomo from Joel Jurion, 2015
China ink and watercolor on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

 

Kalonji
Tribute to Otomo from Kalonji, 2015
China ink and watercolor on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

Viktor Kalvachev 
Tribute to Otomo from Viktor Kalvachev, 2015
Graphite on paper 
16.5 x 11.8 inches 

Nicolas Keramidas
Tribute to Otomo from Nicolas Keramidas, 2015
Felt pen on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

Li-An
Tribute to Otomo from Li-An, 2015
Watercolor on paper
22.83 x 16.53 inches

LRNZ
Tribute to Otomo from LRNZ, 2015
Mixed media on Rhodoid
16.5 x 11.8 inches

Dilraj Mann 
Tribute to Otomo from Dilraj Mann, 2015
China ink on paper
 26 x 17.32 inches 

Laureline Mattiussi 
Tribute to Otomo from Laureline Mattiussi, 2015
China ink on paper 
16.5 x 11.8 inches

Hugues Micol 
Tribute to Otomo from Hugues Micol, 2015
Watercolor and gouache on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches
 

Giannis Milonogiannis 
Tribute to Otomo from Giannis Milonogiannis, 2015
China ink on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches
 

Marion Mousse 
Tribute to Otomo from Marion Mousse, 2015
Acrylic on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

Katsuhiro Otomo 
Kaneda, 2015
 Felt pen, China ink and acrylic on paper
9.84 x 13.78 inches

Vincent Perriot
Tribute to Otomo from Vincent Perriot, 2015
China ink on paper
16.53 x 11.8 inches

Sara Pichelli
Tribute to Otomo from Sara Pichelli, 2015
China ink on paper
 16.53 x 11.8 inches

Paul Pope
A Tribute to Otomo from Paul Pope, 2021
Mixed media on paper
23 x 29 inches
 

 

Victor Santos
Tribute to Otomo from Victor Santos, 2015
China ink on paper
 16.53 x 11.8 inches

Olivier Vatine
Tribute to Otomo from Olivier Vatine, 2021
China ink and acrylic on paper
16.5 x 11.7 inches
 

 

Mathieu Bablet
Tribute to Otomo from Mathieu Bablet, 2021
Inactinic neutral pen, China ink and watercolor on paper
15 x 21.5 inches
 

Dominique Bertail
Tribute to Otomo from Dominique Bertail, 2015
Felt pen, China ink, and acrylic on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

 

Ian Bertram
Tribute to Otomo from Ian Bertram, 2021
China ink on paper
30 x 22.75 inches

 Matthieu Bonhomme
Tribute to Otomo from Matthieu Bonhomme, 2015
Watercolor and hard ink on Arches paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

 

François Boucq 
Tribute to Otomo from François Boucq, 2015
China ink on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

Boulet
Tribute to Otomo from Boulet, 2015
Mixed media on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

 

 

Francesco ​Cattani 
Tribute to Otomo from Francesco ​Cattani, 2015
China ink on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

Simone D'Armini 
Tribute to Otomo from Simone D'Armini, 2015
China ink on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

 

 

Adrien Demont 
Tribute to Otomo from Adrien Demont, 2015
Mixed media on paper
15.75 x 11.8 inches

 

Jean-Jacques Dzialowski
Tribute to Otomo from Jean-Jacques Dzialowski, 2015
China ink and acrylic on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

Benoit Féroumont 
Tribute to Otomo from Benoit Féroumont, 2015
China ink on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

Manuele Fior 
Tribute to Otomo from Manuele Fior, 2015
Gouache on paper
15.35 x 11 inches

 

Joel Jurion 
Tribute to Otomo from Joel Jurion, 2015
China ink and watercolor on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

 

Kalonji
Tribute to Otomo from Kalonji, 2015
China ink and watercolor on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

Viktor Kalvachev 
Tribute to Otomo from Viktor Kalvachev, 2015
Graphite on paper 
16.5 x 11.8 inches 

Nicolas Keramidas
Tribute to Otomo from Nicolas Keramidas, 2015
Felt pen on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

Li-An
Tribute to Otomo from Li-An, 2015
Watercolor on paper
22.83 x 16.53 inches

LRNZ
Tribute to Otomo from LRNZ, 2015
Mixed media on Rhodoid
16.5 x 11.8 inches

Dilraj Mann 
Tribute to Otomo from Dilraj Mann, 2015
China ink on paper
 26 x 17.32 inches 

Laureline Mattiussi 
Tribute to Otomo from Laureline Mattiussi, 2015
China ink on paper 
16.5 x 11.8 inches

Hugues Micol 
Tribute to Otomo from Hugues Micol, 2015
Watercolor and gouache on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches
 

Giannis Milonogiannis 
Tribute to Otomo from Giannis Milonogiannis, 2015
China ink on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches
 

Marion Mousse 
Tribute to Otomo from Marion Mousse, 2015
Acrylic on paper
16.5 x 11.8 inches

Katsuhiro Otomo 
Kaneda, 2015
 Felt pen, China ink and acrylic on paper
9.84 x 13.78 inches

Vincent Perriot
Tribute to Otomo from Vincent Perriot, 2015
China ink on paper
16.53 x 11.8 inches

Sara Pichelli
Tribute to Otomo from Sara Pichelli, 2015
China ink on paper
 16.53 x 11.8 inches

Paul Pope
A Tribute to Otomo from Paul Pope, 2021
Mixed media on paper
23 x 29 inches
 

 

Victor Santos
Tribute to Otomo from Victor Santos, 2015
China ink on paper
 16.53 x 11.8 inches

Olivier Vatine
Tribute to Otomo from Olivier Vatine, 2021
China ink and acrylic on paper
16.5 x 11.7 inches