Happy Goku Day 2024!

With the passing of Akira Toriyama, this year’s #GokuDay seems especially bittersweet. Established in 2015, Goku Day commemorates Toriyama’s profound influence on the medium and global culture, with Goku emerging as a celebrated pop icon.

Saturday AM is the World’s Most Diverse Manga Publisher, we have creators from all over the world who grew up with Toriyama’s series, and some even being directly inspired by it.  Recently Jey Odin has been dropping some amazing recreations of iconic Dragonball volume covers.  CHECK EM OUT

 

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But wait, there’s more! Our head writer, Alexis Stokes, the person behind the incredible articles and interviews featured in our digital magazines, has penned a piece paying tribute to the late Toriyama. The article delves into his impact on some of the creators within Saturday AM! HERE’S A SNIPPET

Frederick Jones (Ceo/Creator of Clock Striker):

“1st time I saw it — I was in Japan at age 15 or 16 as a student for the Sister Cities program. The family I stayed with had it on TV one evening (it was the earlier DB– not Z) and I remember thinking how amazing it was that anime even aired on TV – which was only a thing in America for works that had been tweaked like ROBOTECH or American toy brands like Transformers and GI JOE. I was more impressed by that fact than I was about the actual show.

I’ve always respected Dragonball for its’ incredible fanbase but me, as I had discovered manga and anime before my trip to Japan — I was far more into series like GUNDAM, FIST OF THE NORTH STAR, LUM, and SPACE COBRA which all just seemed to me to be more mature and serious even in their humor.”

Raymond Brown (Creator of Bully Eater):

“I was first exposed to DBZ when I was in middle school. I used to buy these video game magazines called “Tips and Tricks,” and in the back of those books ere ads for DBZ toys, posters, and more. I had no clue who these spiky-haired characters were, but I knew they were the dopest thing I’d seen up to that point. Years later, the show came to Toonami, and I became a lifelong fan.”

Jeyodin (Creator of Hammer):

“Yeah, the first time I ever saw Dragon Ball Z was when I was 9. My brother and I were staying at my dad’s for the weekend, and when we got home one evening we turned Cartoon Network on and to our surprise, a show we had never seen was on. We only caught the last 5 minutes, but I’ll never forget the first scene I saw was Vegeta screaming and flying SUPER fast because he just discovered Gohan had taken his Dragon Ball. I immediately wanted to know what was happening and eventually saw the entire series on Toonami. After finding out that this series started as a comic/manga, I knew from then on “THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO DO”

 

You can check out the other responses in our most recent issue of Saturday AM HERE

 

What was your first experience with the Dragon Ball Series? tell us in the comment section below!

Till next time guys have a wonderful #GokuDay!

Check out our Shonen series from creators inspired by Akira Toriyama – CLICK THAT LINK BELOW

 

 

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