Judge it by its cover: 2. Ayako



Design is one of the most important aspects that defines the attractiveness of the book and how it communicates its content to the reader. In this project we wish to share with you wonderful books that should be in everyone’s library because of their attractiveness and thoughtful design. In our second article, we take on the Osamu Tezuka’s classic story, Ayako (published by Vertical Inc.). Continue reading


Time Machine Made of Ink: A Historical Perspective on Osamu Tezuka’s MW



The good old times“. This well-known sentence is used by everyday folk and public figures to inspire nostalgia and dedication to tradition; in our era of economic instability such is the thinking that rules public debate. In Greece, our prime minister talks about how we should go back to traditional Greece, to the *glorious* way we were before the crisis. Most of the other parties follow the same doctrine with little change of language. (1) But was there ever such a bright and shinny “good old” time?

To study this subject I picked up an era relatively close to ours, the mid-20th century. I decided to take Osamu Tezuka‘s MW as reference point to the historical conflicts of the post-WWII era.

*This article contains spoilers to MW‘s story. For those of you who have not read the book, we strongly recommend that you do so* Continue reading