“Slam Dunk – 10 Days After” was a unique manga project undertaken by Inoue Takehiko ( Slam Dunk, Vagabond ) in late 2004 as a token of appreciation and thanks to Slam Dunk readers. The ever popular comic had achieved a monumental feat of sales totally more than a hundred million copies – that’s a lot of Slam Dunk comics.
Choice of medium – Chalk on blackboard.
(above ) “Ten days after -” An austere portable blackboard transformed into a giant manga panel awaits visitors to the exhibition. Slam Dunk fans will recall at the end of book 31 after the triumphant match against Sanno that the various team members of Shohoku went on their own separate ways – this is well, the continuation of their stories ten days after.
Those who have had the experience of painting large scale murals will understand the challenges of upscaling; facial features are especially tricky because you are working on a much bigger scale and one’s sense of porportion is easily skewed. With this in mind Inoue-san spent only a total of four days to complete 23 panels – perhaps this was just a warm up session for his Last Manga Exhibition.
(above ) Inoue-san at work. The exhibition venue was an old and idyllic high school campus located in Kanagawa Prefecture – each blackboard represented a page worth of manga and visitors had to work their way through quite a few classrooms.
(below) A classroom stocked up with Slam Dunk comics for those who need a quick recap on the story.
I must have been too caught up with my Japanese language studies back in 2004 to know of this exhibition, or I would have visited it for sure – which Slam Dunk fan won’t ?
(below) The pictures in this post were taken from the 2005 Febuary issue of SWITCH ( a popular Japanese lifestyle magazine. ) that ran an in depth article on the exhibition and Inoue-san.
(above) A making of dvd on the exhibition is also available, containing an insightful documentary ( with english and Japanese subtitles ) that charts the exhibition’s progress from preproduction to end, and best of all, all 23 panels of the exhibition comic that you can view in leisure on your television.
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