The illustrator of extraordinary and beautiful women, creator of refined detective stories marked by a characteristic humor.
In 1981, Tsukasa Hojo, published the work that made him famous all over the world: Cat’s Eye, with a characteristic and involving story. His female protagonists, although falling whitin the typical rules of manga, find great inspiration in the western standards.
In his works script and illustration, go always hand in hand in the motion and the beauty. Hojo is a complet author, conscious of his art which led him to play continuously with his audience. He moves us, he amuses us, he overturns our expectations. Hojo often encourages us to support the “bad ones” such as the three beautiful sisters that steal to bring together the works of their missing father; we smile for the funny detective (at the same time serious person and devoted to his own mission) who is the fiancé of one of the three art thieves without knowing her real activity.
A few years after the release of Cat’s Eye, Hojo started to publish the work that definitively consecrated him among the Japanese and international audience, City Hunter. The series follows the exploits of Ryo Saeba, a "sweeper" who is always found chasing beautiful girls and a private detective who works to rid Tokyo of crime, along with his associate or partner, Hideyuki Makimura. Their "City Hunter" business is an underground jack-of-all-trades operation, contacted by writing the letters "XYZ" on a blackboard at Shinjuku Station. One day, Hideyuki is murdered, and Ryô must take care of Hideyuki's sister, Kaori, a tomboy who becomes his new partner in the process. However, Kaori is very susceptible and jealous, often hitting Ryô with a giant hammer when he does something perverted. The story also follows the behind-the-scenes romance between Ryo and Kaori and the way they cooperate throughout each mission. Also in this manga series we can find hints of great emotion and psychological depth of the characters, typical of hojo’s works.
Cat’s eye and and City Hunter soon became two Tv series which consecrated their author all around the world. Tsukasa Hojo, for the first time in Italy, is one of the most beloved Manga artist in our country, great guest at Romics in collaboration with Jungle.
Hojo loves to develop many subjects such as relationships, drama, comedy, nostalgia, adding however the right amount of humor, so that it becomes inevitable to get attached to his characters.
Family Compo is a new and important narrative challenge, in which he faces, always with his own style, the theme of transexuality, carried out with the typical traits of comedy of misunderstandings; Under the dapple shade is a wonderful and delicate story; Angel Heart, the spin off of City Hunter, a story related to the heart transplant of Kaori and to many new adventures.
Hojo Tsukasa is a long-time friend of creator Tetsuo Hara, together with Buronson author of Hokuto no Ken, for whom he illustrated the female character of Reina. Hojo was also teacher and mentor of Takehiko Inoue, author of the cult series Slam Dunk and Vagabond.
Hojo is co-founder of Coamix Inc, Japanese manga and anime production company, which publishes the monthly manga magazine Comic Zenon.
Tsukasa Hojo will be present at Romics thanks to the collaboration with Jungle and Coamix.
Events with the presence of Maestro Tsukasa Hojo at Romics
- - On Saturday 7 April Tsukasa Hojo will retrace all his career together with the fans.
- - On Sunday 8 April during the Golden Romics Awards ceremony.
- - From 5 to 8 April, many special initiatives to celebrate the presence of the artist.
- - on Saturday and Sunday, a signing session (limited number).
How to book a session?
Reservations will be possible exclusively online by using a special form available on this link: https://www.romics.it/it/iscrizione-sessione-firme-tsukasa-hojo running from Thursday 01 March (Saturday 7 April session) and Friday 2 March (Sunday 8 April session) from 19.00 until full capacity is reached ( 40 for each session).
The online reservation will require the follow information: name , surname, email, phone number and fiscal code. Later an e-mail will be send to certify the booking and to provide all session information.
It will be possible to subscribe for only one session and it will not be possible to transfer the booking to another person.
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