Creator Spotlight: Chuya Koyama (Space Brothers)
Manga doesn't only take place in worlds of fantasy. Instead, manga can take you to worlds that seem rather familiar to us, or worlds we know exist in real life but rarely get a chance to experience ourselves. Have you ever wanted to go to space one day? Or was that a dream you had and forgot long ago? Space Brothers will take you to outer space, and prove anything is possible in the world of manga.
How exactly does that work? We asked plenty of questions about it to Chuya Koyama, the creator of Space Brothers in our exclusive interview.
Creator Interview: Chuya Koyama on Space Brothers
About Chuya Koyama
Born in Kyoto, Japan in 1978. Debut short story, GGG, won Seizou Watase Award for 14th Annual Manga Open. Following year, his next piece Gekidan Jets won the Grand Prize for the same award. In 2006, he started his first manga series about ski jumping, Harujan, in Morning magazine. Then he also turned his debut piece, GGG, into a series in the same magazine. In 2007 he started his first weekly series, Space Brothers, which was adapted into an anime series and live-action movie in 2012.
・The Martian x Space Brothers: Watch Chuya Koyama Draw His Version of the Movie Poster
There's plenty of science fiction about outer space out there in other media than manga, like film. Remember the recent Ridley Scott movie The Martian, starring Matt Damon? In collaboration with the movie, Koyama-sensei worked on a special poster art starring Mutta from Space Brothers for the Japanese theaters. Read More…
• And yes, we've also got a footage of Koyama-sensei drawing Mutta and Apo from Space Brothers for Kodansha Comics' YouTube series, These Hands Make Manga.
• And we're giving away the sketch that you saw in the video, autographed and personalized by Koyama-sensei.
All you have to do is take a quick survey.
But hurry—this sweepstakes ends on March 30, 2016. Click here to find out the contest rules.
Space Brothers volumes 1 through 19 are available from Kodansha Comics.
You can also read the latest chapter of Space Brothers streaming on Crunchyroll.
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