Buddha, Volume 4: The Forest of Uruvela by Osamu Tezuka

By Osamu Tezuka

The Eisner and Harvey WinnerIn this fourth quantity of the award-winning image novel biography, Buddha slowly discovers that his future lies in a direction no longer available to him. With fellow ascetics Dhepa who has entire religion within the purifying caliber of painful actual ordeals, and Assaji, who can expect everyone's loss of life to the hour, Buddha travels in the course of the country of Magadha into the woodland of Uruvela, the place the center course and Enlightenment wait past a chain of death-defying trials.Awake below the Pippala tree...

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We have gifts of the Spirit, our natural talents, and the fruits of the Spirit to aid us in our quests. But just like superheroes, we must choose whether we will use these gifts and abilities to do good deeds or whether we will allow them to go unused. In Fantastic Four #1 (November 1961), once Reed, Sue, Ben, and Johnny overcame their shock at gaining their powers, they immediately committed themselves to using those powers to help humankind. The challenge before us is to Ànd ways to use our own abilities to do good things in the real world.

I’ve had people tell me at shows about particular issues they read. Not only the Hulk. You know, former readers are coming back now, and they have families. They’re in their 40s and 50s. Some are younger, but they’ve still got their collections. They still reminisce about individual stories. I had one person tell me that one of the Hulk issues actually saved their life. So it’s very difÀcult to know how to respond to something like that, especially when working in the business where you have your own family and you have your own interests and you have deadlines and the check is paying for the mortgage and the food.

Because we didn’t pay that much attention to what we were doing because we were all meeting deadlines. 34 Introduction 15 Trimpe went on to make clear that, as far as he was concerned, there was no conscious intent to inspire readers or to impose certain moral values on them. He simply wanted to entertain them. At the same time, he recognized that his values, and those of the writers with whom he worked, inÁuenced the way they told their stories, which, in turn, may have had an impact on readers.

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