Below is a list of all the notes that Boichi and Riichiro Inagaki have written for each volume.

Volume 1

Boichi
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Ah, so happy... Ahh, so very happy... This book makes me so happy!

This story's got everything! Life in the great outdoors, a postapocalyptic setting, a scientist boy, primeval visuals and characters with the courage and conviction not to yield to an unfamiliar world. I seriously love it all, and drawing it is super fun!

Riichiro Inagaki
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What do you imagine when you think of scientist? Glasses, introverts, maybe a little mad...?

But in truth there can be scientist who are charmers and those who can be muscly too.

Our protagonist, Senku is also be a bit different from the scientist we're used to imagining. He's one hot blooded guy!

Get ready to cheer for him and his friends as they face this unprecedented challenge head-on!!


Volume 2

Boichi
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Nothing makes me happier than the rough drafts I receive from Inagaki Sensei each week. Getting to draw all these nature scenes is such a joy.

Every week I think about giant trees, vines and mosses. I think about Senku, living amongst all that. He's a man striking out on his own in the grandeur of this world. As someone trying to make his way in the big bad world of Japanese manga, I have an inkling of what he must be going through.

Senku!! Life is all about that trade-off! Loneliness for grandeur!

Riichiro Inagaki
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A writer is different than a mangaka in that he or she has no staff. The stalwart author sits silently in the office, always toiling alone.

How lonely! Solo work all day every day would get lonely as heck!

Working themselves to the bone just like Senku, alone in the world... If it ever comes to that for me, I don't think I could stand it. You're one impressive guy, Senku!


Volume 3

Boichi
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When I was little, I'd wake up every morning, run to the calendar and wait for my mom. We never had enough paper, so when mom would rip each day's page off the calendar, I'd use it to draw. One day of each month was marked by an extra-large page, which meant a jumbo-sized drawing!

I have a series in Jump getting a graphic novel release. But I don't credit for that— I chalk it up to the power of manga. To that five-year-old with nothing more than calendar pages to draw on, Jump shone bright as a beacon telling me that I too could become a mangaka someday.

Riichiro Inagaki
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I may be the writer, but I can't do any of this on my own. This series is the product of a lot of hard work from a lot of people.

Senku starts gathering his own group of friends in this volume, and with their help, he's able to create all sorts of things.

The picture above is my attempt to make a certain one of those things. It tasted, let's just say... interesting!


Volume 4

Boichi
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I stress about a lot of things while drawing and one of them is lids. Senku stores a bunch of science stuff in bottles and pots, but I often don't know what to do about the lids...

I also altered the way Senku's rocket operated by matching it to his age and technical capabilities.

Wood and stone tools and the way the characters use them are drawn differently depending on their time periods. The same is true of the village's details.

I always think hard about this stuff so I don't ruin Inagaki Sensei's amazing story but there are plenty of times where I end up feeling disappointed because I don't have the time or talent.

I've drawn sci-fi manga, studied physics and read about a thousand books on science, yet I'm always blown away by Dr. Stone's faithful portrayal of science. It fills me with a sense of wonder and reminds me of my own inadequacy.

Riichiro Inagaki
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I went to a glass workshop to try crafting some glassware! Basically it's like super soft clay and really fun!

It filled me with this feeling, like I could make anything and everything, once I got the hang of it.

I have no doubt that if a genuine artisan saw glass for the first time, he or she would would love to get their hands on some.

Therefore, Kaseki's reaction felt really natural to me.


Volume 5

Boichi
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I reference photos from a number of different locations when drawing Kohaku's village. Mostly it's just the Izu Peninsula woods and assorted nature shots, but I also use photos from my two-month research trip in Hokkaido, the picturesque scenery of Toyama, the rocky mountains of Karuizawa, landscape images of Yamanashi and the rocky islands and seaside cliffs of Pusan, Korea.

I really wanted to make it out to Yakushima for some prime shots, but preparing for serialization took a whole month. Plus I had two weekly series, so my trip never happened. It's a good thing that I already had a stockpile of reference photos!

Riichiro Inagaki
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With Senku's lab finally up and running, he's able to concoct some high-level science creations. Actually it's getting harder and harder for me as the writer to keep pace!

For the particularly tricky calculations, I have our science consultant and other experts to help fact check. But in the stone world, Senku's doing it all in his head... That's just Baaaad!


Volume 6

Boichi
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For chapters 42-44, I used over 1,070 reference photos. It was brutal work for several weeks, but my staff and I poured out hearts into it. Why? I have special feelings for the Soyuz rockets and Baikonur base since one of my past series was set in Russia. In order to learn about the country's history, literature, food and mafia, I read Russian books, listened to Russian music and even tried cooking Russian food. After all, I know that I need to cultivate a certain love for a culture if I want to portray it. With that series, I tried to convey Russia's passion, loneliness and solemnity.

In a way, doing this part of Dr. Stone revived my passion for Russia. I still haven't traveled there in person, but I hope to someday!

Riichiro Inagaki
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I visited a spear dojo for research!

This picture's small and it's hard to tell, but the spear on the left is blurry. The "pipe spear" has the spear itself going through a pipe and just like Hyoga's it spins around. There's no blocking that!

They even let me try it out. I got it to spin just fine, but pulling off an actual attack was another story. I need more training!


Volume 7

Boichi
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Somebody sent me this very cute Suika figure made of modeling clay, as a gift.

It makes me happy, incredibly happy. It's decorating my office now.

I'll keep working hard on Dr. Stone! Thank You.

Riichiro Inagaki
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What's the mysterious scientific apparatus in the photo above? It's the same piece of glasswork that appears in this book, made by incredibly skilled human hands and not by machine. I got my hands on one for research, and I still can't believe this thing exists.

When I went to the glass workshop (mentioned in volume 4), I struggled to make a single vase.

Artisans are incredible...


Volume 8

Boichi
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I finally managed to go on a research trip to Russia that I've been dying to do. I regretted not having enough prep time or resources when drawing the Soyuz rocket in the story, so on my trip, I was sure to visit the house where Tsiolkovsky was born, go to Star City, see an actual Soyuz rocket and hear a talk about astronauts.

Tsiolkovsky's old house actually had some of the research tools he once used while conceiving of the possibilities of multistage rockets, space stations and the like! I couldn't help but think about Senku.

Next time I get a chance to draw space and Senku together, it'll be so much better than before!

Riichiro Inagaki
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Dr. Stone is getting an anime. We did it! Get excited!!


Volume 9

Boichi
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From the bottom of my heart, I'd like to thank all the fans who send in letters and gifts. I'm sorry that I can't send individual responses back.

I spend my days drawing Dr. Stone and thinking about Senku's inventions and the future world he lives in.

Sometimes I go on research trips and sometimes I discuss the science, the world building and Senku's feelings with my supervising editor. I do all that so I can pour my heart into every single drawing so that I can create more color pages, etc.

I want every line of every drawing to communicate just how much love I have for the fans.

There's a tale told by these drawings, a tale of gratitude and thanks.

Riichiro Inagaki
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The Jump staff had the creators write some calligraphy about their upcoming plans for the new year. Like aspirations, ambitions and so on.

For this meaningless embarrassing exercise, I gripped the brush with a trembling hand that's never really written calligraphy before, and thought, "Why not shill for the anime adaption while I'm at it?"

On that note, the Dr. Stone anime starts in July 2019. I hope you watch!!


Volume 10

Boichi
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Dr. Stone received the Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shonen category. Thank you, Inagaki Sensei. My other series, Origin, won the Grand Prize in the Manga division at the Japan Media Arts Festival. Thank you everyone, truly. I'll keep doing all I can to live up to these honors.

(Meaning, I'll keep on drawing!)

Riichiro Inagaki
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For research purposes, I took a ride in a hot-air balloon! In the lower left of the picture above, you can see a rope tying the balloon down, but during the actual flight we were soaring really high.

The basket was much shorter than I expected, so you really feel like it's just your body that's up in the clouds. It's a bizarre sensation. I recommend it.


Volume 11

Boichi
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I love thinking about Ishigami Village. The fact that it's been around for 3,700 years makes it the longest-lasting civilization in history. I'm gradually trying to imbue the village and its people with that sense of history. I have a lot of respect for them.

The ropes around their waists mark them as villagers, and even animals can become official members of the village if they wear a piece of rope.

Red string is woven into those ropes to symbolize that person's role in the village. I believe Senku will receive his own rope someday.

The image above is a gift of "rope" I've gotten from fans. I don't think I'm worthy of that sort of love and respect, but I'll keep working hard!

When I receive these gifts, it feels like we're all part of the same village.

Riichiro Inagaki
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I attended a bread-making class where we got to knead our own dough and bake it ourselves. It was probably the tastiest bread I've ever had!

Since I now have the ability to make bread at home, I'm already thinking about how much fun it'll be to think up my own special flavors for my Inagaki-brand bread!

It seems like a great hobby to have, since you end up with a practical, edible product in the end.


Volume 12

Boichi
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I think a lot about the designs of Senku's inventions. Depending on the level of technology available to him, the materials and finishing touches can change quite a bit. (If you're curious, Senku's at level 3 in this volume, which would be early industrial revolution.) But the most important factor is Senku's heart. What's he thinking? How much consideration does he give the villagers and their lives? I try to imagine his feelings and put them into the designs.

For instance, take Tsukasa's freezer apparatus shown above.

No matter how long the voyage takes— despite the passing seasons and earthquakes and changes to the waterfall— Tsukasa's device has to maintain a constant temperature, so that's how I designed it.

"Even while I'm away, Tsukasa will remain safe."

That sentiment of Senku's went into this design.

Riichiro Inagaki
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The Dr. Stone anime has begun! And it's all thanks to your support. The anime is so fun that I find myself watching it over and over and over.

The image above shows an ad from the city streets back when the anime was screened in the U.S.

I guess you never know where Senku is going to pop up at this point.

Get excited!


Volume 13

Boichi
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As an artist, watching an anime based on my own series can be very educational because artists much more talented than me work on the anime and use their expertise to make Dr. Stone even more beautiful!

Every time I watch, I find myself wishing I had drawn the manga differently! They alter the drawings and portrayals in certain ways to accommodate the fact that it's animated.

If my own drawings improve, I suppose that improvement would also be reflected in the anime.

I feel like I'll keep growing as long as the anime continues. At least, I hope so!

I can't wait to watch this week's episode and learn something new!

Riichiro Inagaki
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In light of the Perseus appearing in the story, I did some research about motorized sailing ships. The one in the picture is the Meiji-Maru, which was once an actual operational ship.

That one wasn't the model for the Perseus, but I did get to ask lots of questions and learn interesting things about real ships.

To sum up my impression, I'd say, "Sailing ships are just the thing to fire up your shonen spirit!"


Volume 14

Boichi
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I went to New York. It's hard to express the various intense emotions I experienced there, but I did get the chance to discuss the manga industry with the professionals trying to spread manga outside of Japan.

Five years ago, I saw a news report about a South American cosplay event where about 400 fans showed up. There is no manga industry in their country, but they still had events like this. That got me thinking. Surely, there must be at least 400 people there who want to become manga artists. Something about that got to me— the thought that people might not have a viable way to achieve their dreams. If I were to turn my back on these potential creators, could I really call myself an ardent supporter of the industry? When I went to New York and had all those talks, I was doing it for those people. For anyone out there who's working hard to become a manga artist, I have nothing but love for you.

Riichiro Inagaki
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I went to an anime convention in New York! I got to participate on panels where I blabbed about the behind-the-scenes production stuff. The whole experience was really moving and exciting.

The photo above shows a giant Dr. Stone banner that was hung right over the entrance, like BAM! Even overseas, lots of people are watching the anime.

I also got to meet lots of Senku, Kohaku and Suika cosplayers!


Volume 15

Boichi
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I came to a certain decision when drawing Japanese landscapes untouched by man for 3,700 years. I shouldn't draw flat forests filled with Japanese cedar trees growing straight up. There can't be a lot of cedar trees because, in real life, people have developed the land. They can't grow straight up because that requires careful pruning and engineering. And the forests can't be level because it's an easy cop-out for someone who's lived on the flat plains of Kanto. For 13 years I lived there, and the first image of a forest that comes to mind is a flat one with cedar trees— manicured to uniform average height. That's why I draw as few cedars as possible, and I never make them straight. The trees have been growing freely for hundreds or even thousands of years.

I won't draw level forests. I modeled the plains of Kanto that appear in the story after Russian airspace images of the tundra. I'm always striving to impart these scenes with a sense of majesty, showing the power of nature in all its glory.

But even with all that thought put into it, I still haven't quite pulled it off. The problem lies in my abilities, I'm only capable of so much...

Riichiro Inagaki
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They came out with a Dr. Stone-themed escape room! You use science experiments to solve puzzles, making it an experience pretty much unlike any other. They let me try it out as a test run, and I managed to clear the game (after receiving some hints)! It was lots of fun! If you get the chance, definitely give it a shot.

There's also a Dr. Stone stamp rally event, a special Dr. Stone skin for train cars, a Dr. Stone science exhibit... I'm thrilled that the series is inspiring all these events!


Volume 16

Boichi
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As the artist behind Dr. Stone, my original goal was to draw a fascinating, science-based story while sticking to the core principles of manga creation. However, I recently realized that in an era of human crises when we must believe in the power of science and human intellect, Dr. Stone is an allegory about people saving humanity. Senku never submits despite facing countless desperate situations. He's a character who keeps hoping and smiling, staying true to himself while striving to use science and reason to protect humanity.

Dr. Stone feels like the only series that keeps the whole world in mind.

Therefore, I'm grateful to Inagaki Sensei for entrusting me with this series. I'll continue to work hard to portray the noble human spirit embodied by this story.

No matter how long and difficult the scientific road map is, I know that humanity, like Senku, is going to triumph. No matter what obstacles lie ahead, failure is not an option.

Riichiro Inagaki
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Most manga is in black and white, and I don't believe that's a flaw of the medium. One of manga's key aspects is how information is abbreviated, exaggerated and managed. That said, while black and white is all well and good, there are times I wish I could show you all something in color! The drinks pictured above are real-life samples of the ones that Senku and crew have on their global voyage in the upcoming volume 17. Please pick up the next book to find out what those drinks are!

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