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D&Q Adds Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, NonNonBa (Updated)

posted on 2010-07-24 20:05 EDT
Manga about war, childhood by GeGeGe no Kitarō's Shigeru Mizuki

The North American comic publisher Drawn & Quarterly has announced on Saturday that it acquired the English-language rights to the Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths (Soin Gyokusai Seyo!) and NonNonBâ (Nonnonba to Ore) manga by GeGeGe no Kitarō creator Shigeru Mizuki. Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths is a "semi-autobiographical account of the desperate final weeks of a Japanese infantry unit at the end of World War II." Mizuki drew from his own experiences as a soldier in that war to depict the horrors of battle.

Mizuki takes another chapter from his life to create NonNonBâ, a story about a boy in the 1930s who is introduced to the world of Japanese folklore by a old neighbor woman. The manga won the award for "Best Comic Book" at the largest Comic Festival in Europe, the Angoulême International Comics Festival, in 2007.

Source: The Comics Reporter via Ain't It Cool News


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