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Whatever I’m Working On Is The Best Thing I’ve Done: An Interview With ‘Death Note’ Artist Takeshi Obata

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Takeshi Obata is an icon. His work on the horror manga phenomenon Death Note, with writer Tsugumi Ohba, defined horror for a generation of comic fans. The manga Hikaru no Go, with Yumi Hotta, spurred the ancient board game Go to sudden contemporary popularity in 1998. Another Ohba collaboration, Bakuman -- a manga about the creation of manga -- has over 15 million copies in circulation. Obata also illustrated the manga adaptation of All You Need is Kill, a military science fiction light novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka that was recently adapted for the screen as Edge of Tomorrow.

And Obata's art is gorgeous. He handles Gothic triptychs and domestic scenes alike with incredible skill, bringing sociopaths, pop singers and teen artists to vibrant life. I keep copies of Death Note and Bakuman on my shelf of manga for "people who think they don’t like manga," because his work transcends the boundaries of fandom. He is a master, and he isn't even close to being done.

ComicsAlliance was thrilled to have the chance to speak with him at New York Comic Con 2014 about his work, his influences, and international success.

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Link Ink: A ‘Bakuman’ Movie, Pugvengers And X-Men: Days Of Future Axe

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Link Ink: Epic Bootlegged Superhero Crossover, ‘Avengers’ Caps and Toy Soldiers

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Bootlegs: It may have been a bootleg, but Nagraj Vs. Shakoora The Magician's amazing team-up of Nagraj, Superman, Batman and Spider-Man is a crossover for the ages.

Movies: James Cameron says his live action adaptation of Yukito Kishiro's Battle Angel Alita manga is still a go after he finishes an Avatar sequel.

Manga: Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's Bakuman (the romanticized sho

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Link Ink: Lightsaber Attacks at Toys ‘R’ Us, Craig Thompson’s Upcoming Projects, 8-Bit X-Mas Tree

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Crime: Police arrested a 33-year-old man after he allegedly attacked shoppers at a Portland, Ore. Toys 'R' Us with a blue lightsaber toy. The dude apparently resisted arrest and managed to deflect a taser cable before getting tackled and taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation. I'm glad nobody

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Link Ink: ‘The Sandman’ Still Awake, Captain Action’s New Marvel Duds and Wolverine’s Cooking Skills

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Multimedia: An adaptation of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman may not be moving forward at this second, but according to DC's Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, the project is still "awake."

Creators: Perry Bible

Viz Media Launches Digital Manga App on the iPad

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At a time when manga sales are down, piracy is high and fans are fickle, Viz Media has taken a step in the digital direction with a new iPad app designed to at least partially address all of the above. Debuting today in the iTunes store, the new app comes loaded with free previews of some of the publisher's most high-p

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