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Watch CNN’s profile of Slam Dunk creator Takehiko Inoue

As part of its “Human to Hero” series, CNN profiles celebrated artist Takehiko Inoue, creator of the hit manga series Vagabond, Slam Dunk and Real. “If you can have vivid characters, they will make the story themselves. By putting them in certain situations or having one meet another, they naturally make stories by reacting to each other,” he says. “It sounds like a very easy thing. I wish it was.”

Watch the video segment below.



It’s always great when an artist, who may otherwise be working in isolation or not in the spotlight, is allowed to talk about their work.

Oh my God, I love you so much for sharing this. He’s my hero.

Vagabond is truly one of the most beautiful graphic works ever created. It’s amazing to see the evolution of his style from Slam Dunk to Vagabond and Real. It’s one of the things that I think is lacking in many American comic artists, this transformation into something better. I give credit to Skottie Young, who went from someone who’s style I found horrible, into something that I find very pleasing.

Takehiko Inoue is perhaps the greatest genius that this art form has ever produced! While I never cared much for Slam Dunk and have only a passing familiarity with Real, to read each page of Vagabond is a breath taking moment filled of awesome somewhat gritty and realistic artwork and great characterization. His characters can transmit so much just through their eyes, you can literally feel the heart pounding action flowing from one panel to another.

To those of you that refuse to read manga for whatever reason, do yourselves a favor and pick up Vagabond. You won’t regret it one bit.

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