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Longest single-volume guide on this planet goes on sale – and is not possible to learn | Books

A restricted version single quantity of the long-running manga One Piece is being billed because the longest guide in existence.

At 21,450 pages, it’s bodily not possible to learn, making it much less of a guide and extra of a sculpture.

Priced at €1,900 (£1,640), the guide isn’t credited to Eiichiro Oda, the author and artist behind One Piece, which has been serialised in Japanese journal Shōnen Bounce each week since 1997. It’s being bought as an alternative because the work of Ilan Manouach, the multidisciplinary artist who has designed the restricted version quantity, which is titled ONEPIECE.

Manouach printed out the Japanese digital version of One Piece and certain it collectively, treating the comedian not as a guide however as “sculptural materials”, based on the guide/ art work’s French publisher JBE.

A spokesperson for JBE instructed the Guardian that ONEPIECE is an “unreadable sculpture that takes the form of a guide – the most important one so far in web page numbers and backbone width – that materialises the ecosystem of on-line dissemination of comics.” No matter it’s classed as, there actually appears to be a marketplace for ONEPIECE – the restricted version run of fifty copies bought out inside days of its launch on 7 September.

Manouach’s piece took place due to the “profusion of obtainable on-line content material and the rampant digitisation of the comics trade” which “challenges the state-of-the-art of comics craftsmanship”, based on his writer. “Ilan Manouach’s ONEPIECE proposes to shift the understanding of digital comics from a qualitative examination of the formal potentialities of digital comics to a quantitative reappraisal of ‘comics as Massive Knowledge’.”

‘Billed as the longest book in existence’ … ONEPIECE by Ilan Manouach.
‘Billed because the longest guide in existence’ … ONEPIECE by Ilan Manouach. {Photograph}: JBE

JBE additionally described comics as “twin objects”, having a “use worth” for readers and an “alternate worth” for collectors. In making a guide you can not learn, Manouach apparently needed to spotlight the way in which comics exist as each commodity and literature. It’s a idea that the comics trade itself has already embraced — one firm, CGC, provides a service the place it grades clients’ comics and encases them in protecting plastic.

When requested if Eiichiro Oda had been concerned or consulted concerning the creation of ONEPIECE, and if there have been any copyright concerns, JBE’s spokesperson mentioned: “This piece is about Manouach’s work round ecosystems of comics, right here as a sculptor who makes use of on-line dissemination as supply materials, not studying copyrighted content material.” There may very well be no infringement of copyright, the writer believes, as a result of it’s bodily not possible to learn the guide.

Keita Murano, a member of the worldwide rights workers at Shueisha, the Japanese writer of Oda’s manga, confirmed that his firm had not been consulted concerning the JBE guide. He mentioned: “The product you talked about is just not official. We don’t give permission to them. Our licensee in France which publishes One Piece is the writer Glénat.”

Eiichiro Oda will not be getting any royalties from the publication of ONEPIECE, however his comedian collection have already made him the richest manga creator of all time, with an estimated web value of round $200m. His unique One Piece manga is listed by the Guinness Guide of Data as having probably the most copies revealed for a similar comedian guide collection by a single creator, with greater than 416m copies printed so far.

The sale of the ONEPIECE sculpture isn’t the primary time that the artwork world has made a lot of cash from the comics world – pop artist Roy Lichtenstein constructed a profession on it, along with his monumental canvases copied instantly from present comics: Whaam! (1963), lifted from a panel in DC’s All-American Males of Battle from the earlier 12 months, whereas Sleeping Woman – which final bought for $44.8m 10 years in the past – was primarily based on an illustration from one other DC comedian, in subject 105 of Girls’ Romances.

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