Last week I went to see the Black Butler manuscripts exhibit.
Color illustrations included tankobon works (front/back covers and frontispieces), magazine covers, chapter covers and color manuscript pages from the beginning of chapters. Most color illustrations were displayed side-by-side with their
A number of illustrations with overlapping characters consisted of more than one b&w drafts. For example, there was a draft each of Sebastian, Ciel, and the entire background for a work featuring the two with an intricate background.
B&W manuscripts included the very beginning of the series, Sebastian seducing Beast in the circus arc, and Grelle and Sebastian battling in the Madam Red arc.
Four costumes from the stage version were on display, including Ciel’s pink dress. Other items on display were props Toboso-sensei had bought as research material, such as Charles Grey’s rapier, a cricket bat, and Baldo’s goggles.
Last were a number of scene drawings such as the exterior of the manor house, how the tents are placed on the circus ground, and the inner structure of the Campania.
Manuscripts of the work that won a Square Enix prize, the debut one-shot and RustBlaster were on display as well.
I’d bought an advance ticket and got a set of buttons on entry. Ciel and Sebastian’s drawings are watercolor works drawn for this exhibit.
The 32-page exhibit pamphet contains a number of exhibited manga/anime/stage manuscripts with Toboso-sensei’s comments. There’s also a “how the cover illustration was created” article showing how the color illustration was drawn, broken down in 27 steps.
A Sebastian bookmark with a black ribbon came with the pamphlet. (I’ll probably never use it though.)
The exhibit will be held in Osaka and Fukuoka as well. Here’s the official exhibit blog.