JBE Books has published fifty books of what it calls the world largest book, one volume containing every issue of the manga. Called ONEPIECE and credited to artist Ilan Manouach rather than the comic book creator Eiichiro Oda, the complete editions are numbered and signed by Manouach as if it were a completely distinct piece of art to the comic book. This, given the fact that it is too expensive to actually read, might seem to be justified.
In total, it is 21,450 long. In comparison that is four complete or. Its pages are 12cm x 18.5cm x 80 cm, it has 16.5kg of weight and has been sold out for $1900 each, plus shipping.
One Piece by Eiichiro Oda and his studio has been serialised in Shueisha''s Weekly Shonen Jump manga magazine for 23 years in total, with the Guinness World Records for the most copies of the same comic book series by a single author, with 516.5 million copies in circulation across 61 countries and regions worldwide.
Digital comics are at the forefront of a global entertainment industry. Unlike professional, established expertise, with new and disruptive forms of entrepreneurial fan culture, the medium''s own online presence has intensified. Readers scan, translate and distribute their favorite manga series. ONEPIECE is a product of this expanded digital production belt.
The spread of available internet content and the rapid digitization of the comics industry are causing problems for the state-of-the-art of comics craftsmanship. Ilan Manouach''s ONEPIECE proposes to shift the understanding of digital comics from a qualitative examination of the formalities of digital comics to a quantitative reappraisal of "comics as Big Data." ONEPIECE initiates a "computational turn" in comics, expanding the artistic toolbox, allowing
Comics are two types of objects, each having a use value for readers and an exchange value for collectors. However, these two functions aren''t working along a clear-cut divide, but they sometimes run opposite to each other. ONEPIECE is accelerating this duality, which is characterized by the very nature of digital society. ONEPIECE is only an object of pure speculation.
Ilan Manouach developed a Japanese digital copy of Tintin Akei Kongo, an official Congolese language, to create Peanuts minus Schulz, a conceptual novel based on a variety of computerized models, as well as a catalogue of photographs. He is also the director of Futures of Comics, an international research program that "explores how comics are evolving in the face of increasingly financialized globalization affordances." He is also an expert in experimental comics for the Belgian
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