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HIROHIKO ARAKI WORKS 1981-2012 is an exhibition catalog featuring artwork from the Hirohiko Araki JoJo Exhibition 2012. Created as part of the celebration of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's 25th Anniversary, the book acts as a full-color artbook containing over 500 of Hirohiko Araki's illustrations.


The book is a catalog filled with artwork from each part, separated into multiple sections. Each section is categorized by the years the art in it was created, ranging from 1981 to 2012. Aside from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, the catalog features art from Araki's previous works (such as Gorgeous Irene and Baoh the Visitor), spin-offs, tributes and contributions to various other publications. The artbook also includes copies of the original pages of Chapter 263: DIO's World, Part 17.

The margin of each page is partially colored. Depending on which way the book is bent, either the Stand Cries "ORA ORA ORA ORA" or "MUDA MUDA MUDA MUDA" appear.

In addition, there are special columns reviewing JoJo's Bizarre Adventure by Ryosuke Kabashima, Akiya Takahashi, Yoshihiro Togashi, Otsuichi, Medicos Entertainment's Figure Prototype Team, Tamaki Saito, Noriko Narumi, Mitsuru Kobayashi, and Banana Yoshimoto.

Commentary from Hirohiko Araki

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The manuscript of a manga is something that is printed, made into a book, and then delivered to the readers for them to appraise. In the printing process, lines sometimes get blurred, other times they're printed too fine, or the printing paper and manuscript paper differ, or if a part that was colored orange somehow comes out red. Even if I put in a request to print it as close to the manuscript as possible, there are limits to what they can do. This is the fate, and rule, of manga manuscripts. (On occasion, lines that got blurred during printing actually created a neat effect.) Some may think that a pro should take the printing process into account when drawing the manuscript, but I wonder if other mangaka have the luxury of doing such a thing. At the very least, I don't. I consider it a rule to treat a manuscript as a manuscript, and a book as a book when I draw.

Regardless, these manuscripts are typically stored in my file book, which is put away in a cabinet. But I'm very happy that for this occasion, they return to the open air and light of day, as if awakening from a years-long sleep, in the form of this original art exhibition for you to enjoy. It also feels like a grandiose feat to me. But, I'm sincerely thankful to the fans, who have read JoJo's Bizarre Adventure for 25 years, for giving me this opportunity.

You may try to find the differences between the originals and the printed versions as you read this book, or recall the feel of the original art once you return home. At any rate, nothing would make me happier than if you enjoyed your time here.





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