Baron Yoshimoto

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Baron Yoshimoto
バロン吉元
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Born (1940-11-11) November 11, 1940 (age 80)
Shenyang, Northeast China
NationalityJapanese
CitizenshipJapan
Occupation
  • Painter
  • Manga artist
Years active1985-2014
AwardsJapan Cartoonist Association Award (2019)

Baron Yoshimoto (バロン吉元, born in November 11, 1940) is a Japanese manga artist and painter. [1]

Early life

Baron Yoshimoto was born to Japanese parents in Mukden (now Shenyang), in northeast China, in the former Japanese colony of Manchukuo.

He moved with his family to Japan after the war, and was raised in Ibusuki, in Kagoshima prefecture. As a boy, he discovered a 10-cent "Batman" comic book in a boarding house for American occupying forces near his parents' home, and it affected him greatly.[2]

Career

Early work and success 1959–1980

He made his debut as a manga artist in 1959.

Though both were still young, he and Monkey Punch became the pillar artists of the new, young adult “Gekiga” magazine Weekly Manga Action upon its inauguration in 1967. Incorporating influences from American comics and French and Belgian bande dessinee, Baron was a leading pioneer in the late ‘60s of so-called “Nouvelle Comics,” at a time when strong influences from foreign comics were rare. Katsuhiro Otomo and Yoshito Usui would later debut in the same magazine.

As one of the architects of the gekiga boom, Baron created such famous series as Jukyōden (1970-80, Weekly Manga Action), Dongame Yarō (1972-74, Big Comic Original), and Seventeen (1970-74), among many others. [3]

Moved to The United States, Early 1980s

In the late 70s, he went to the San Diego Comic-Con International with Osamu Tezuka, Monkey Punch, Go Nagai and others.

In 1980, at the height of this fame, Baron wrapped up all of his series and moved alone to the United States. He met Stan Lee and Jim Shooter, then he became the first Japanese artist to draw for Marvel Comics. Also he deepened his friendship with Larry Hama and Rocky Aoki. [2]

Return to Japan and Begin his career as a painter 1985-2014

After returning to Japan, he continued drawing manga, though spent most of his energy painting, using a different pen name "Manji Ryu".[4]

2015-present

Only in 2015 did he begin using “Baron Yoshimoto” for both practices. He has continued creating new works in both media to the present day.

In 2019, commemorating sixty years of artistic activity, Baron was awarded the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's Award through the Japan Cartoonist Association Award. In recent years, book collections of his paintings and drawings and new editions of his manga have been published not only in Japan, but also in the United States and Europe, as a part of a general reevaluation and increased appreciation of his achievements as an artist.[5]

Exhibitions

2016

2017

  • Baron Yoshimoto / Katsuya Terada [BATEIRA], Atsukobarouh Arts Drinks Talk, Tokyo, Japan[7]
  • Solo Exhibition "Gakyo-ten", Kodai-ji Temple, Kyoto, Japan[8]

2018

  • Baron Yoshimoto / Katsuya Terada [BATEIRA], Kodai-ji Temple, Kyoto, Japan[9]

2019

  • The Birth of Baron Yoshimoto, a celebration of 60 years as an Artist, Yayoi Museum, Tokyo, Japan[10]
  • Solo Exhibition, Ginza TSUTAYA Books, Tokyo, Japan[11]
  • Tribute Exhibition "Baron Yoshimoto's Imoni Party: 60th Anniversary Celebration", Void, Tokyo, Japan[12]
    • Artists: Toshinao Aoki/[Sekaiichi Asakura/Hitoshi Odazima/Shinichi Sugimura/Katsuya Terada/Noriko Nagano/Yusaku Hanakuma/Hiroko Matsuda&Satoshi Seita/Suehiro Maruo/Hiromi Morishita/Sansuke Yamada/Naito Yamada/Baron Yoshimoto

Recent books

  • Yoshimoto, Baron/Editor:Yamada, Sansuke/Director:Yoshimoto, Emily "Baron Yoshimoto GAKYODEN Artwork Archives" (2018) ISBN 978-4845851331
  • Yoshimoto, Baron/Director:Yoshimoto, Emily "The Art of Baron Yoshimoto" (2019) ISBN 978-4756251718
  • Yoshimoto, Baron "Jukyoden" Special Edition,(2019) Vol.1 ISBN 978-4845860142 Vol.2 ISBN 978-4845860159

Awards

  • 2019: Won the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's Award through the Japan Cartoonist Association Award.[13]

In the media

              

References

  1. "バロン吉元 OFFICIAL WEB SITE". www.baron-yoshimoto.jp. Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Baron Yoshimoto,. The art of Baron Yoshimoto. Tokyo. ISBN 4-7562-5171-4. OCLC 1090370137.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  3. Yoshimoto, Kōji, 1973-; 吉本浩二, 1973-. Rūzāzu : Nihon-hatsu no shūkan seinen mangashi no tanjō. Tōkyō-to Shinjuku-ku. ISBN 978-4-575-85142-7. OCLC 1123177316.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. Baron Yoshimoto,. The art of Baron Yoshimoto. Tokyo. ISBN 4-7562-5171-4. OCLC 1090370137.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  5. Baron Yoshimoto,. The art of Baron Yoshimoto. Tokyo. ISBN 4-7562-5171-4. OCLC 1090370137.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  6. "Baron Yoshimoto: Pulse! Pulse! Pulse! | Exhibitions / Performances | Archives | Tokyo Arts and Space". www.tokyoartsandspace.jp. Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  7. Inc, Natasha. "バロン吉元と寺田克也が合同展「バッテラ」開催、公開制作やトークイベントも". コミックナタリー (in 日本語). Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  8. Inc, Natasha. "バロン吉元50周年展が京都・高台寺で開催、襖絵や掛け軸も公開". コミックナタリー (in 日本語). Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  9. "バロン吉元×寺田克也の「バッテラ展」が京都巡回中! 5月2日には東京銀座でスペシャルトークショーも! | マンバ通信". マンバ (in 日本語). Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  10. "バロン吉元☆元年(弥生美術館)". 美術手帖 (in 日本語). Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  11. "【フェア】バロン吉元 画業60年還暦祭『男爵』". 銀座 蔦屋書店. Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  12. "Baron Yoshimoto 60th Anniversary Celebration". Tokyo Art Beat. Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  13. "2019年度 第48回日本漫画家協会賞 発表". www.nihonmangakakyokai.or.jp (in jp). Retrieved 2020-06-25.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)

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