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The Dam Keeper

Based on the Oscar-nominated animated short film of the same name, The Dam Keeper is a lush, vibrantly drawn graphic novel series by animation studio Tonko House cofounders Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi.

Life in Sunrise Valley is tranquil, but beyond its borders lies certain death. A dangerous black fog looms outside the village, but its inhabitants are kept safe by an ingenious machine known as the dam. Pig’s father built the dam and taught him how to maintain it. And then this brilliant inventor did the unthinkable: he walked into the fog and was never seen again.

And if Pig fails in his job as dam keeper, the inhabitants of Sunrise Valley could fall victim to the world on the other side…

“With a startling sincerity and an almost alchemical use of light, The Dam Keeper manages to believably place very cute animals in an incredibly dark and complex world. I’ve never seen anything quite like it before.”—Brian Selznick, Caldecott Medal-winning author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret

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    • The Dam Keeper, Book 3

    • The Dam Keeper (Volume 3)
      Written and illustrated by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi
      First Second

    • Based on an Oscar-nominated animated short by former Pixar directors, Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi's The Dam Keeper: Return to the Shadows is the third and final volume in a breath-taking...

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    • The Dam Keeper, Book 2

    • The Dam Keeper (Volume 2)
      Written and illustrated by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi
      First Second

    • Based on the Oscar-nominated animated short film of the same name, The Dam Keeper is a lush, vibrantly drawn graphic novel trilogy by Tonko House cofounders Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi. World...

      • Available in:

      • eBook
  • The Dam Keeper, Book 1
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    • The Dam Keeper, Book 1

    • The Dam Keeper (Volume 1)
      written and illustrated by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi
      First Second

    • Life in Sunrise Valley is tranquil, but beyond its borders lies certain death. A dangerous black fog looms outside the village, but its inhabitants are kept safe by an ingenious machine known as...

      • Available in:

      • eBook

Robert Kondo

Originally from Southern California, Robert Kondo graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and has worked at Oblique Strategies and Angel Studios. Robert's film credits include Sets Art Director for Ratatouille, Toy Story 3, and Monsters University. He is the co-director (along with Dice Tsutsumi) of the award-winning animated film The Dam Keeper.

© 2015 by Tonko House Inc. Photo by Zen Miyake

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Dice Tsutsumi

Dice Tsutsumi, originally from Japan, is a celebrated illustrator, painter, and philanthropist. Dice's paintings have exhibited around the world, and in 2009, his first children's book I Can Hear was published in Japan. A graduate from The School of Visual Arts in New York, Dice has worked as a visual development/color key artist at Blue Sky Studios on Ice Age, Robots and Horton Hears a Who! His credits at Pixar Animation include Lighting Art Director forToy Story 3 and Monsters University. Dice is passionate about charity work and spearheaded both The Totoro Forest Project and Sketchtravel. He is the co-director (along with Robert Kondo) of the award-wining animated filmThe Dam Keeper.

© 2015 by Tonko House Inc. Photo by Zen Miyake