Apple has released a fully digital new work by manga artist Moto Hagio, Galileo's Universe.
The full-color manga, Galileo's Universe is now available for free on the Today tab of the App Store. In addition to the artwork, the Today tab also features a behind-the-scenes interview with Moto Hagio where she talks about the devices and apps he used to create her work, such as the iPad and Adobe Fresco, as well as her creative themes.
Moto Hagio is a legend manga artist, celebrating 50 years of painting in 2019. Her most famous works include The Poe Clan, which was the first new story released in 40 years and became a hot topic of conversation, The Heart of Thomas, They Were Eleven, Ten Billion Days and One Hundred Billion Nights (adapted from a novel by Ryu Mitsuse), Hanshin, Iguana Girl, which was made into a TV drama, A Cruel God Reigns, Otherworld Barbara (winner of the Japan Science Fiction Grand Prize), and the historical drama, Queen Margot, which ended this year.
Many of the manga artists who have established a generation of their own work have been retired or have gone their separate ways, but Hagio Moto has continued to evolve from the 1970s to the present, and she is one of the pioneers and most current artists who have opened up the possibilities of shōjo manga with a wide range of works. Many of her works have been made into movies, dramas, and stages. In 2012, she was awarded the Medal with Purple Ribbon and in 2019, she was the first female manga artist to be selected as a recipient of the Cultural Merit Award.
Galileo's Universe is her new piece of work for Today on the App Store, the first time she has created a full digital comic in its entirety on the iPad.
Hagio used iPad Pro, Adobe Fresco, Photoshop, and Adobe Capture to create this work. She also used the astronomy app Star Walk 2 to re-experience the starry skies that Galileo Galilei would have seen in 1633, when he was ordered to report to the Ministry of Inspection, for inspiration.
Galileo's Universe is a work about the life of Galileo Galilei, who was put on trial as a heretic for his geocentric theory. It is a short story in two parts, but it is also unusually long for a full-color work by Moto Hagio.
While Moto Hagio is an artist who excels in the use of frame layout and eye-guiding, Galileo's Universe has a fresh style of vertical scrolling, in which the reader scrolls vertically rather than turning the pages on a vertical screen, such as a smartphone.
Engadget took the opportunity to talk to Hagio-sensei about drawing and painting on the iPad, Adobe apps as tools for artwork, creating in the digital age, her new work, Galileo's Universe, and her current life in the coronavirus disaster. We'll have more details of the interview in a separate post.
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