The creator of the renowned manga series, Attack on Titan, Hajime Isayama, has put up four of his work desks for auction at the 50th Angoulême International Comics Festival in France. The desks were specially made by Isayama’s father, a furniture designer, to help the manga artist concentrate while creating his masterpiece.
The desks have been used extensively for approximately four years and are now being put up for auction with the proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders.
Each desk measures 112 x 120 cm and weighs around 100 kg. The desks contain Isayama’s signature and one of four original illustrations, including Eren and Mikasa, Eren and Levi, Eren and Armin, and the Colossal Titan.
The starting bid for each desk was 500 Euros, with estimated final bids expected to range from 2,000 to 4,000 Euros. The online auction, handled by the French art auction house, Drouot, is open until February 11 and is available in several languages including English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Chinese.
In a video comment streaming on the festival’s YouTube channel, Isayama explains that due to advancements in digital art, large desks like these are no longer a necessity for creating manga. However, he has a sentimental attachment to the desks and hopes that they will make someone happy. He also expressed his wish for a more peaceful world.
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Hajime Isayama received the Fauve Spécial de la 50e édition award at the Angoulême Festival, which ran from January 26 to January 29. The festival was launched in 1974 as an event celebrating comics from countries all over the world. Other honorees at the event included Ryoichi Ikegami, the creator of Crying Freeman, and Junji Ito, the creator of Tomie and Gyo.
Source – Mainichi Shimbun’s Mantan Web via Drouot