1. Manga Monday ~ Takehiko Inoue


    Takehiko Inoue is possibly best known for his hugely successful basketball manga Slam Dunk. Released in 1990, to date it has sold in excess of 120 million copies, spawning an anime series adaptation, four feature length animations, and numerous video games. Following Slam Dunk, Takehiko Inoue went on to create Eisner-nominated Vagabond. A manga adaptation of the feats of renowned swordsman Miyamoto Musashi. In 2001 Inoue started another basketball-themed manga title, Real. Both series are currently ongoing.

    An absolute master of the brush you can see Inoue at work in various videos online, like this amazing one of him creating a large ink piece for the entrance of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. To get into some of Takehiko Inoue’s work, I strongly recommend picking up a copy of Slam Dunk or one of his very beautiful art books.