Astro Boy and the God of Comics

Performance Dates
A highly visual, retro-sci-fi performance about Astro Boy and its creator Osamu Tezuka. Tezuka is admired as “the God of Manga” in his native Japan for inventing modern manga comics. Initially created in Japan’s post-war era, the robot Astro Boy was an embodiment of a peaceful use of nuclear energy, an eternal boy with the optimism and innocence to face down any adventures that face him. Onoda Power’s play combines Tezuka’s life, the history of Japanese animation, and the fictional world of Astro Boy. Astro Boy’s quirky visual style slams against post-WWII fascination with technology and destruction, and the relationship between creator and his work. It is a high /low-tech multimedia extravaganza, featuring on-stage drawing, interactive video, and 1960s-style animation.

Production Information

Approximate Running Time
70 minutes



Creative Team

Set Designer
Costume Designer
Sound Designer
Lighting Designer
Jared Mezzocchi, Projections Designer