- Publisher: Vertical Inc.
- Format: Paperback | 322 pages
- Dimensions: 150mm x 201mm x 25mm | 476g
- Publication date: 5 September 2006
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 1932234586
- ISBN 13: 9781932234589
- Sales rank: 56,685
The Eisner and Harvey Winner The third volume of this epic graphic novel send Siddhartha further into a world mired in pain and suffering. The journey to peace and enlightenment looms far but bright. Prince Siddhartha quickly learns that the monk's path is covered in thorns and self-abuses much more profound than shaving your head. His new companions Dhepa and Assaji accompany him to plague-ridden town, ruled by the ravashing Visakha. On a different path filled with as many vararies is Devadatta, an orphan who learns only that bad almost always gets worse. To strange cities, and dire prophecies...
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Osamu Tezuka (1928-89) is the godfather of Japanese manga comics. He originally intended to become a doctor and earned his degree before turning to what was then a medium for children. His many early masterpieces include the series known in the U.S. as "Astro Boy." With his sweeping vision, deftly interwined plots, feel for the workings of power, and indefatigable commitment to human dignity, Tezuka elevated manga to an art form. The later Tezuka, when he authored Buddha, often had in mind the mature readership that manga gained in the sixties and that had only grown ever since. The Kurosawa of Japanese pop culture, Osamu Tezuka is a twentieth century classic.
"Infused with humor and history, the epic of Siddhartha is perhaps Osamu Tezuka's crowning acheivement and illustrates why, without irony, Tezuka is referred to as 'The King of Japanese Comics'." -" LA Weekly " "Buddha is one of Tezuka's true masterpieces. We're lucky to have this excellent new edition in English." - "Scott McCloud," author of "Understanding Comics ""A relentless page-turner boasting a cast of hundreds, "Buddha: Volume 3: Devadatta" concerns Siddhartha's earliest ordeals after he forswears his kingdom to lead a life of ascetic purity...Siddhartha's comtemplative life becomes a swashbuckling adventure." - "Newsday ""In handsome volumes designed by Chip Kidd, the Vertical books present Tezuka at his best." - "National Post"