Saturday, November 22, 2008

CHILDREN OF THE SEA, LICENSED BY VIZ MEDIA!























Great news for fans of Daisuke Igarashi's... according to SimonSays,
Viz Media have are releasing the first volume of Children of the Sea in June next year! If anything, this'll be a great step for the English-language Seinen market. Whether this'll gain an audience outside of Igarashi's relatively small circle of fans is yet unknown, but at least its his most accessible work to date that they've licensed (rather than Witches or Hanashippanashi, which are brilliant as well)...

Also, this would make it the second legally-translated English work of his;
Fanfare released a short story of his in the outstanding anthology Japan - As Viewed By 17 Creators (info here on that)

For now, enjoy this lovely watercolour volume cover from the Japanese editions!

Friday, November 21, 2008

SURREAL MANGA, SHINTARO KAGO & MORE























Wow... I haven't updated in quite the while, heheh!
I'm a bit bogged down with certain things in life, but I'll try to post as often as I can 'round here.
Anyways; manga!

Pink Tentacle posts the entirety of a short surreal story from Garo, by Maki Sasaki titled A Dream To Have In Heaven. Its well-worth a look, for the artwork at least (considering there's no real plot to begin with). Maki has some killer inking going on, and he's clearly influenced by European comics (4th panel on pg. 155 is a good example), judging by the sense of spacing in some of the many beautiful panels. Reminds me of Nishioka Kyodai (of The Journey To the End of the World fame) in a way...
There are only a few words in the story, and they're mostly FX sounds, so don't feel as if you're missing out. (the guy in on pg. 144 with the pick-axe is saying "Ro ro ro ro", the phantom says "ke!" when he floats over the barbed wire...)
Read it here!
(thanks to Connie of Manga Blog for mentioning this again, I'd have never found it otherwise!)

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Over at Same Hat, Ryan Sands (with the help of Tokyo correspondant Nate) are having a very Shintaro Kago-filled month, including; a special report on a Halloween event with Kago (including a photo of Kago himself, looking So Damn Awesome), a poster of his recently created for Design Festa 28, and pimps a new short story released by Wanted : Cheap Manga! with the help of Anonymous K!

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Not really news, but I've decided to off-put any talk on this Bat-Manga & Chip Kidd hullabaloo. I haven't bothered delving too deep into the affair myself, but it appears things have cleared up, so...

* Triple Black Jack bill! Deb Aoki reviews Black Jack volume 2, David Welsh offers five lucky winners some BJ manga sets, and Vertical hosts another free chapter on their website, this time a gritty tale of love and booze from volume 3!
* The New York Magazine posts an excerpt from Yuichi Yokoyama's gorgeous-looking train-journey based manga; Travel
* Ed Chavez has a spot-on review of Seiichi Hayashi's Red Colored Elegy over at the Mangacast
* The Mainichi Daily News has a moving interview with Keiji Nakazawa, author of Barefoot Gen and survivor of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima
* Sean Michael Wilson (co-editor of the upcoming anthology AX) is scripting the comic (and film) Buskers, with art by the spectacular Michiru Morikawa (whose short story "Advent" from Ilya's New Manga Anthology was absolutely terrific!). Read more here...

Coming up soon : my first manga review; Hideshi Hino's Lullabies From Hell, some exclusive pages from Japanese Katsuhiro Otomo anthologies, overlooked scanlation gems, and more of the usual (or un-usual) cuppa...

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

OSAMU TEZUKA; 1928 – 1989


As of yesterday, it has been 80 years since Osamu Tezuka was born. I dedicate this post in his memory, and in honour of his legacy and impact on Japanese comics and animation. As celebration, Tezuka Productions are planning on releasing 700 volumes of his manga online for free (and 100 episodes/films of anime he created, though they will be pay-per-view)), starting as of this week. I'd imagine they will be in Japanese, but recently TP updated their website to include links to the foreign publishers of Tezuka manga, so there may yet be a chance.
Also, the Ikeda Elementary School, which Tezuka attended as a child, recently unveiled a touchingly beautiful statue of his most famous creation, Astro Boy, in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of his birth.

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Let's Fall Asleep posts an interesting account of some of Taiyo Matsumoto's European artistic influences (including Jean Moebius Giraud, Hugo Pratt and others), and questions just how faithful Michael Arias' anime adaptation was to the original story, design-wise.
I'm tempted to scour Taiyo's manga for the various other artists names he's scribbled as grafitti in his works, especially Blue Spring and Tekkon. I recall spotting Francoise Schuiten on a cubicle wall in Ping Pong, anyway...

Let me know if anyone remembers any others...

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  • Deb Aoki reviews Inio Asano's Solanin and recommends it to fans of American indie/underground comics
  • Sean T. Collins posts up a review of PictureBox's newest release in their line of extremely unique manga, Monster Men Bureiko Lullaby, by heta-uma legend Takashi Nemoto, and doesn't know what to think of it!
  • PictureBox-related again, as Yuichi Yokoyama's Travel makes it into the comics category of Publisher's Weekly's "Best Books of the Year", alongside Takehiko Inoue's Slam Dunk
  • Comics Village reviews volume one of Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi's Oldboy

Saturday, November 1, 2008

FREE BLACK JACK CHAPTER; AX ANTHOLOGY ARTISTS & MORE




















Well, happy one-day late Halloween to anyone who bothered celebrating it! Here's a round-up of the latest news;

Heidi McDonald over at The Beat has a special Halloween gift for Tezuka fans; a complete chapter available to read from volume 1, titled "Teratoid Cystoma"!
Its a great example of how Tezuka applied his medical training to his storytelling, and also introduces BJ's well-known aide, Pinoko!

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In other news, Sean Michael Wilson (co-editor of Top Shelf's new AX anthology) has released an official list of some of the artists we can expect to feature in the anthology;
Akino Kondoh
Minami Shinbo
Shinichi Abe
Namie Fujieda
Mitsuhiko Yoshida
Yuichi Kiriyama
Osamu Kanno
Shigehiro Okada
Yunosuke Saito
Yeong Choi
Kazuichi Hanawa
Yoshihiro Tatsumi























Above is a teaser page from the anthology, beautifully drawn by Shinichi Abe.


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  • Over at Same Hat; a short taste of Electric Ant Zine's exclusive interview with author of legendary Manga! Manga!, Frederik Schodt
  • The gorgeous covers for the first two volumes of Naoki Urasawa's madly popular 20st Century Boys are revealed over at Comics 212
  • Kodansha America release their first English-language book this week, Akiba Manga Guide To Akihabara
  • Connie begins to favour Umezu over Hino in her review of Cat-Eyed Boy
  • A Japanese otaku gets over a 1000 signatures in his petition for the allowance of marriage between humans and 2d, fictional anime characters. Let's hope that interest doesn't catch on outside of Japan...