You have to say 25 years – a quarter of a century – is a very long time to be working on a single story telling project. Well, that’s exactly how long manga artist Hirohiko Araki has been producing the series “JoJo no Kimyo na Boken – or JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure”, commonly referred to as “JoJo” by fans.

Not surprisingly, after 25 years in the making, the comic has a huge following of loyal fans of varying ages. The story line, which revolves around battles of good vs. evil fought between characters with supernatural powers spanning over several generations, is certainly unique, but the comic is also loved for Araki’s distinctive sense of graphic style and color, which leaves quite an impression and which once seen, is not easily forgotten.

Fans of the comic will be delighted to hear that a special exhibition of original JoJo artwork by Araki will be held later this year in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture and in Tokyo to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the series.

Sendai, the capital city of Miyagi Prefecture, is a place that has special meaning for Araki: it is his home city and parts of the area were badly damaged in the tragic 2011 East Japan Earthquake. The latest part of the JoJo series actually takes place in a fictional town in the suburbs of a major Japanese city supposedly modeled after Sendai.

A large scale art exhibit is nothing new for Araki, whose work has been displayed in locations such as the Gucci store in Shinjuku, Tokyo during its grand re-opening last year, and even in the Louvre Mueum in Paris, France as part of the special exhibit “Cartoons – The Louvre Invites Comic-Strip Art” in 2009.

The 25th anniversary exhibit is scheduled to be held in Sendai in July and in Tokyo in October, but specific dates and locations have not yet been announced. However, it has been revealed that 2 different exhibits will be held in Sendai and Tokyo, which means fans will have 2 events to be excited about.

So, JoJo fans, stay tuned for more information on details of this special exhibit, which is certain to be a feast for the eyes.

Source: Hirohiko Araki JoJo Exhibition 2012 Announcement site