Photographs from last months exhibition IKKI TO THE NEXT STAGE!! which was held at the Yokote Masuda Manga Museum. The exhibition features work from artists who have featured in Ikki magazine, of which Taiyo Matsumoto has been a regular contributor (No. 5 was serialized in Ikki, along with Sunny, which is still on-going).

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cynicalbuster asked: The second pull-out poster on the Viz release of Tekkonkinkreet doesn't seem like a poster. It doesn't have a rip line so I'm kinda scared to pull it out. What should I do to remove it safely?

Hi there! You’re right, it doesn’t look like it can be removed so easily. I thought it was intended to be a poster given the paper quality and size - definitely a weird decision not to include a tear line. I would suggest sliding a chopping board or a thin (but firm) piece of wood underneath, then using a craft knife and ruler to cut as close as you can to the binding. You’ll probably have to lose the text at the top, but at least the rest won’t be damaged.


Anonymous asked: hello! I am looking for a poster drawn by Taiyo Matsumoto. Do you know where I could buy one ?

Hello there! The Viz release of Tekkonkinkreet comes with two posters featuring artwork by Taiyo Matsumoto; one on the opposite side of the dust jacket and a pull-out one inside. I took some pictures for you.



Viz were also giving out Sunny prints to everyone who bought a copy of the manga at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, and Taiyo Matsumoto designed the actual poster for TCAF 2013 (which was for sale at the time), but unfortunately they seem impossible to come by now. Outside of Japan, the Tekkonkinkreet posters are probably the closest you’ll be able to come to official merchandise, but if they’re not what you’re after, there are a variety of websites that offer printing services (type ‘poster printing’ into Google). I’ve used a couple in the past and have been very pleased with the results.

Ping Pong, Peco vs. Dragon. Comparison between Taiyo Matsumoto’s manga and Fumihiko Sori’s 2002 live-action film adaptation.