Formula 1 merges with the artistry of manga by Inko Ai Takita

The high-octane world of Formula 1 merges with the artistry of manga in a groundbreaking collaboration, revealing an intimate journey into the life of racing Formula sensation, Yuki Tsunoda.

Today, Illo Agency, M&C Saatchi Sports & Entertainment and Catawiki, the leading online marketplace for special objects, is returning to its foundational comics roots, presenting an exclusive limited-edition comic art series titled "The Yuki Trilogy", chronicling the life and adventures of the Scuderia AlphaTauri driving star, from his unexpected race beginnings to deeply personal off-grid moments.

The exclusive comic series, signed by the driver, is available from September 20th until October 1st in a special auction on Catawiki. Crafted with precision and passion by Illo’s very own award-winning manga artist Inko Ai Takita, under Tsunoda's own narration, the trilogy offers fans fresh insights and a look at Yuki Tsunoda’s illustrious career and private life - from his unexpected race beginnings to heartfelt off-grid moments.

The first comic reveals that Tsunoda never expected to be a racing driver, until he got behind the wheel. The second one showcases his deep national pride, which he wears close to his heart (and head), with a unique helmet design, adorned with a Japanese maple leaf. The third comic ventures off the track with Tsunoda, putting his passions centre stage: he's an avid sauna enthusiast and has a particular fondness for his mother's chicken recipe.

About Inko Ai Takita

Inko Ai Takita, is a distinguished manga artist from Kyoto, Japan. She currently resides in the UK after honing her craft at Kyoto University of Art & Design and later at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design.

Her works have graced esteemed institutions such as the British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum, delivering manga workshops to avid audiences. Additionally, Takita has collaborated with British artist David Blandy on captivating projects, such as manga posters for the London Underground's Embankment station.

Her published manga has been critically acclaimed, and includes the titles "Manga Yokai stories" (Tuttle) and the award-winning "Portrait of Violence" (New International). Her illustrative contributions to the online theatre "Flight Paths'' earned recognition at the Superfest Disability Film Festival 2021.

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