Plans to demolish a building in Tokyo have been met with plenty of smiles and a whole lot of creativity. A building belonging to Shogakukan, a manga publisher in Japan that prints popular magazine, Weekly Shonen Sunday, received a makeover right before the walls come crumbling down at the “Big Graffiti Rally” held on August 9. The publisher invited its own artists to draw on the soon-to-be demolished walls of the worn-out “Over Q Building.” The event was attended by a large number of manga artists who showed off their skills on the oversized blank canvases.
▼ Noted manga artist, Kazukiho Shimamoto, working on his wall piece.
▼ No area was off limits.
▼ Here’s one by Moto Hagio, the “founding mother” of modern shojo manga.
▼ The work of several different manga artists in one place. Awesome.
▼ Dr. Tenma is ready to leave this graffiti rally.
▼ 009 series ready for action.
▼ Drawn by Naoki Urasawa, three time winner of the Shogakukan Manga Award.
All of these works are so impressive! Seasoned manga veterans and up-and-coming artists have literally made their mark on the walls of the Shougakukan building. Too bad they’ll all be gone once the wrecking ball comes in September.