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Land Stander



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2016 7:58 am Reply with quote
If I might change the topic, I wonder what is on your list of Forthcoming manga to buy.. Horseradish mentioned the soon to be released Osamu Tezuka Story.

Besides the next volume of whatever series you are following, what's forthcoming new NEW, that you will likely buy as soon as it is released?

Almost a year away, I am looking forward to;
Ichi-F: A Worker's Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant by Kazuto Tatsuta
I'm a big fan of true stories in manga, and I am still quite shocked by the disaster up north. Ichi-F sound like an attempt to give a real inside story.
I am also (obviously) quite interested in Fukushima Devil Fish: Anti-Nuclear Manga by Katsumata Susumu... but I am not sure what kind of work it is going to be

Beyond that, I am excited about Wandering Island by Kenji Tsuruta.
Love the premise (and the cat).


How about you all?

LS


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2016 12:56 pm Reply with quote
I will respond to our last conversation along with the latest post:

I also have a large pile to read someday. Didn't know about Samurai Son of Death, since it was published by Eclipse in 1987. I will pick up a copy soon and I look forward to reading the title!

I do appreciate the Manga offer along with the Baa-san volume in a prior post, but I feel indebted to others when given a gift and like to return favors. Helping each other find things for reasonable prices and maybe trading (don't think I have much if anything interesting) is fine with me, but getting things for free? Not even shipping? For a stranger like me? You're too kind. Anime smile + sweatdrop

This is perhaps gauche for me to say, but I bought Tales of Shigeru Mizuki through a Yahoo Japan auction today. That picture was an item image from the auction. At first glance, I thought the auction was an expired listing from 2008 and didn't think much about the webpage. Later on when you asked where the picture was from, I checked back and realized to my astonishment that the auction was actually open since last Sunday (June 26th) for a week. Keeping quiet for a few days feels underhanded and self-serving to me, but I was so excited after talking about the book and was surprised that there was a picture online at all...I can not thank you enough for telling me about the book, because this was probably my only chance to own a copy. It was good fortune to have the discussion with you...this was a crazy coincidence.

I also didn't know about Tokion and the 2000 L'Association Comix. Based on the Wikipedia article, I wouldn't have thought that Tokion had comics within its pages. The magazine seems strange in general. I'm curious to see the other topics covered and the overall layout as well. There was an experimental short called Cat Soup based on Nekojiru's work notably with Tatsuo Sato as director and Masaaki Yuasa working on storyboards and animation production. The show Nekojiru Gekijō is very mean-spirited and has less interesting animation compared to the short, so I did not enjoy it as much. I haven't read the comics. Here are two informative and sad articles about Nekojiru. I will look for past issues of the magazine. WOW, yeah I don't know how else to describe the latter other than badass. The anthology is certainly impressive at almost six pounds with about 2000 pages! Even if there weren't any Japanese comics, I'd still want to own a copy! Gonna keep an eye out for the Comix 2000 for sure. Anime dazed

Ichi-F: A Worker's Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant will be released on March 7, 2017 and sounds very promising in the news article about Kodansha's Anime Expo announcements.
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A worker assigned to the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant (designated "1-F") in the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami wrote and drew this memoir, depicting his part in the dangerous and unprecedented cleanup effort. This frank depiction is a unique, firsthand look inside the consequences and long road back from the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.
I ought to get this on a pre-order, because Fukushima Devil Fish is already out of print?! It was released about half a month ago on June 16th, but Amazon only has marketplace listings and I do not see the title in the Breakdown Press store. That sure was fast. Well, at least there is a detailed TCJ article about nuclear energy in Japan and related manga.

I watched the anime adaptation for Spirit of Wonder: Miss China's Ring, which was very mediocre to me. It was short at about 40 minutes and I didn't feel invested in the story or characters. Perhaps the manga was better. I do like his art style, so I will give Wandering Island a try.

---Releases---

Along with Osamu Tezuka Story mentioned earlier,

A Distant Neighborhood by Jiro Taniguchi is being re-released in a large hardcover omnibus. It is currently available for pre-order and will be out on September 15, 2016. It would be very nice if Ponet Mon re-released A Zoo in Winter as well, since it has been out-of-print for some time.

Guardians of the Louvre by Jiro Taniguchi was recently released a month ago on May 13, 2016 in hardcover. With Rohan at the Louvre by Hirohiko Araki published in 2010, it is the second title from a manga-ka in The Louvre Collection. If I recall correctly, the rest are by French artists.
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Land Stander



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2016 7:15 pm Reply with quote
First, kudos in finding The Tales of MS. What a joyous coincidence. I was embarrassed to say it before but I recall when I first found the book... and carried it to the counter. My hand was trembling as I bought it.. hahah~ I'm such a bibliophile. I just can not get into digital books. I read 2 non fiction books on my pdf reader when I could not find them elsewhere... or actually I could not find them fast enough for my interest. But I LoVe books.. lol

I recoiled afterwards at my own enigmatic description of TOKION, but then having read your own link I see I was rather spot on. As far as I know it was only about the first 10 issues with manga but I'll check and post later. After they stopped putting in manga I lost interest.
Now that I see the article and one of the names associated with TOKION is Adam Glickman, And I recall too that was the force behind Fantagraphics slim Sake Jock. IIRC it came before the other manga.alt anthologies that have become our roadmaps.

And not coincidentally at all, Nekojiru appears in both. I think I once counted 5 Nekojiru English appearances. My desire for order wanted to put them all together in one place. sigh~. I hope someday there is a fine collection. Again, your amazing link had me stunned and I had to stop reading for a while. I recall early when I heard of her death. From my first encounter I tasted genius - but maybe also pain and struggle... apparently. I sincerely hope someone can resurrect her works and present to an English audience. F'in' awesome.

A week ago I ordered A Distant Neighbourhood from the Potent website,.. actually I was surprised to find Blue by Kiriko Nananan was still available there. Ordered both, and should arrive any day.

And lest I leave you with nothing new to chew on, I'm sure you will love the story Japan’s Junglest Day by Michio Hisauchi. It appeared in a Japanese fiction anthology called Monkey Brain Sushi. Old but still available. If you don't mind your manga sandwiched between non- picture stories it is a great one. Though you mentioned (didn't you?) a dis-taste for post WWII war-themed stories... Tell me about that... if you geta chance


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 1:18 am Reply with quote
I don't believe Fukushima Devil Fish is actually gone out of stock. I think it has not been released yet, Amazon's robotic mechanism seems to intuit that not having equals sold out. After all the Breakdown Press website shows all their publications even those gone. Fukushima Devil Fish is not yet listed.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2016 7:01 am Reply with quote
alright, I wrote this out a while back but lost the file so put together again... There may be some errors but I am getting this from the comics in front of me so fairly accurate, Sometimes was hard to find the issue number, title of comics, etc. Let's call the list 95% reliable. lol

Tokion Magazine

#1 The Power Plus Issue
Seal Rolls by Nekojiru Udon, 8 pages
Take Care Little Mami! by Junko Mizuno, 8 pages plus 1 page illustration
The Hunter by Kazuichi Hanawa, 4 pages

#2 The Sex Issue
Paint in Water Color by Kiriko Nananan, 16 pages
Stain on the Brain by Yusaku Hanakuma, 4 pages
Pervert’s Shangri-La by Kotaro Ohkosi, 1 page

#3 The Happy Issue
Through the looking Chest by Mimiyo Tomozawa, 8 pgs, plus 2 pages illus
Got Little, Got Big by Touyou Kataoka, 4 pages
Submarine Familiy by Jiro Ishikawa, 7 pages

#4 The Crazy Issue
Palepoli by Usamaru Furuya, 8 pages
The Mystery of the Victor Dog by Hiromi Tanaka, 2 pages
Mutant Hanako by Makoto Aida, 12 pages

#5 The Family Issue
Lucha Death by Yoshiharu Mitsumoto, 16 pages

#6 The Sound Issue
un-named story, Imiri Sakabashira, 29 pages

#7 The Free Fashion Issue
un-named story, Imiri Sakabashira, 23 pages

#8 The Horror Issue
A Nap Time Story by Nekojiru Udon, 12 pages
The Tail of the Beatle by Nekojiru Udon, 10 pages

#9 - no comics -

#10, The Dreams Issue
Dream Fight by Katsuhito Ishii, 17 pages

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These are all bilingual. Paper covers. Pull-outs from the magazine. The title theme is the theme of the magazine, not necessarily related to the comics.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:59 pm Reply with quote
Haha, I figured you'd be jittery after your search, because I'd certainly have an adrenaline rush and think "There it is there it is no way gonna get it better grab it now before someone else notices within the next ten seconds!!!" Laughing Online auctions are very stressful since a mysterious stranger might suddenly pop out and try to snipe within the last ten seconds.

I usually prefer reading a physical copy rather than a digital copy. If I read digital books late at night, I have a harder time falling asleep due to the bright screen whereas I tend to dose off with a physical book. It is also nice to get the tactile sensation with flipping actual pages compared to rubbing a finger on a flat surface. Books can also be dropped on the floor with few functional problems. However, I worry about physical storage and books going out-of-print. I would rather display things on a shelf than putting them in a storage box. I tend to read most titles once, so I typically sell or donate my manga copies after finishing them. If a title has expensive out-of-print volumes, I am more inclined to get the cheap digital version if I think the title has a low chance of getting a reprint. Even if the volumes are still in stock, I may get the digital version if it is cheaper depending on the quality and appearance of the physical copy. If the digital copy is almost the same price for a physical copy, I will get the physical copy due to preference mentioned earlier. For example, the digital and physical copies for Thermae Romae were about the same price, so I bought the nice oversized hardcovers with the acetate dust jacket. I personally don't consider myself a bibliophile or book collector. I would have a hard time collecting books, especially rare books, because I'd worry about maintaining the book's condition and treating them with care.

Wow that cover design for Sake Jock though...not sure what to expect. Other than Viz, most manga published before Tokyopop transitioned from Mixx Entertainment seemed to be small tentative steps towards gauging interest in the the US market. I wonder if UK publishers were also cautiously scattering their own magazines and anthologies during the 1980s-1990s. If I recall correctly after reading some older posts in the thread from people in the UK, no one seemed to mention similar developments taking place across the Atlantic Ocean. If someone from the UK has been following our discussion and knows something, it would be pretty interesting to learn more.


There is a collection of Nekojiru's work in Japanese. A green first volume and a pink second volume called The Complete Works of Nekojiru. Perhaps the collection will be published in English someday.

I am rather surprised that copies can still be ordered through their website. Shocked The site looked outdated with a copyright of 2002-2011 and there's not much current news posted on the English side. I assumed business was very slow, so they've been neglecting to update their store.

There really is manga in all sorts of strange publications that people would least suspect. Monkey Brain Sushi: New Tastes in Japanese Fiction at first glance does not seem like a publication that contains any pictures at all. Wow, the celebrated Haruki Murakami has some work in this too. Based on this quote from Publisher's Weekly according to the Amazon page,
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in a piece by Masahiko Shimada, described as ``a parody for which there is no original,'' the narrator announces early on, ``My genitals were made for masturbation. Masturbation, my genitals, and my room form a fatal triangle.''

who'd want to pass over this book? Laughing

In an earlier post I mentioned that I am cautious about reading works created after the Meiji period, but I forgot to cut off the time frame. To clarify, I am cautious about works that are set after the Meiji period and before the end of WWII. I don't mind post-WWII stories but WWII remains as a delicate and complicated event in human history. So when reading anything that roughly takes place between 1912-1945, around the World Wars, I am more skeptical about the content than usual. I generally don't have a strong aversion to works about WWII or the military, so I would be willing to check out a title that is informative and at least somewhat realistic. For example, I have been slowly reading and enjoying Showa by Mizuki and have read his Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths. I think Mizuki is a strong storyteller, so even if he wrote something that I would personally disagree with or question, I would still be interested in hearing his thoughts and opinions about the subject.

Hmm, the Amazon listing has updated the release date for Fukushima Devil Fish to July 28, 2016. That is good news! I did think it was odd that they had out-of-print titles still listed on the Breakdown Press website, but Fukushima Devil Fish was not there. Hope there are no further delays in the release.

Thanks for taking the time to list the comics in Tokion! Didn't think that there would be this much work published in the magazine by interesting people. I assume the magazine sold decently for having at least ten issues.

----------Releases----------
Fantagraphics is releasing Otherworld Barbara by Moto Hagio on August 9. It is currently available for pre-order at $39.99. I enjoyed reading the her short stories in A Drunken Dream, especially Iguana Girl and Hanshin, and more work from a highly influential manga-ka is great news!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 11:46 pm Reply with quote
Ponent Mon is an odd little publisher... But relative to size they have had lots of awards. They seem to have an exclusive line on Jiro Taniguchi - which is amazing. And though their back catalog is not very large; there is no way around saying that Blue, Disappearance Diary and Doing Time are not works of genius.

Yeah! The big surprise is that they still have Blue. (Though I don't know how many copies.) Going for a mint now on Amazon.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2016 11:52 pm Reply with quote
I had always assumed that the UK did not have any additional manga that was not already available in English in the US. (Perhaps the reverse is not true.)
But knowing the odd and end bits that I have seen in Japan, it should be no surprise if there were UK translated manga artifacts, not available elsewhere.

If any sleeping logs got the skinny, would love to hear about it
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 2:02 pm Reply with quote
Land Stander wrote:
I had always assumed that the UK did not have any additional manga that was not already available in English in the US. (Perhaps the reverse is not true.)
But knowing the odd and end bits that I have seen in Japan, it should be no surprise if there were UK translated manga artifacts, not available elsewhere.

If any sleeping logs got the skinny, would love to hear about it


As far as I am aware, there have never been any UK based manga publishers, certainly nothing the size of Viz/Tokyopop. All we get are US imports. There /may/ be a couple of indie comics publishers which /might/ have released one or two very niche volumes each but I'm not 100% sure.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2016 9:35 pm Reply with quote
Though it was my own question, one title suddenly comes to mind;

Kung Fu Boy or Iron Fist Chinmi by Takeshi Maekawa was published by Bloomsbury UK in English but never published in US afaik. There must have been 12 or so small paperback books.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 10:44 pm Reply with quote
I just learned about a 2013 English edition of Yoshihiro Tatsumi called; Midnight Fishermen: Gekiga of the 1970's, published in Singapore.

Anybody got their hands on it, especially that can compare with D&Q editions?

(And if you bought it, where did you get it?)

thanks, LS
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2016 5:58 pm Reply with quote
There is an article from The Japan Times about the title, which notes that the nine short stories received exclusive English publication through Landmark Books. As far as I know, D&Q have yet to publish any of the nine short stories in their releases. The stories in no particular order are The Lantern Angler, Midnight Fishermen, Run with the Midnight Train, Welcome Home Daddy, The Dawn of Porn, Misappropriation, Hometown, My Boobs, and The Woman’s Palace. According to Amazon UK, it will have a 2016 release on September 28.

I found articles that mention it was first released in 2013, but looking up the ISBN number returns the 2016 edition? One article mentions that it was available through the Singapore Kinokuniya online store back in 2013...The writer notes that "the translation is occasionally wobbly" and "the title has been misprinted on the flyleaf", so the 2016 edition may be revised to address these former potential issues.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2016 9:59 pm Reply with quote
It is a curious project. Looking forward to any more gekiga in general and more Tatsumi in particular.

These last few years seem to have brought us to a wonderful tipping point where the bookshelves now are packed with delicious alternative manga, like never before: amazing amounts of Tezuka, and other classic manga, manga biographies, gekiga, alternative works, and edgy mainstream manga.

LS
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2016 8:05 pm Reply with quote
I tend to forget about DMP unless ANN reports a new Kickstarter campaign, because they seem to keep a low profile otherwise and have cut off major retailers for recent releases. Besides supporting the Kickstarter campaigns, there are some Tezuka works available that are exclusive to their Akadot online store: Storm Fairy, Crime and Punishment, Clockwork Apple, Brave Dan, Alabaster, and Unico (2nd Edition).

There has been a good deal of alternative manga and other works that would perhaps lack American mainstream reception! Some do chart on the New York Times Bestseller List, which hopefully encourages releases. Lots more informative writing about those works as well. Many interesting releases for the next few years that include Blame! from Vertical and The Rose of Versailles from Udon. Very exciting so far. Anime smile
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:59 pm Reply with quote
I caught up with all my Tezuka titles through the DMP website. I kicked in on the previous failed Tezuka kickstarter... since then it seems to have been a while. However, there is no downplaying the amazing line of Tezuka they have put out so far. Hopefully they will continue after a little more break.

It has seemed like DMP has gone low profile - - I notice they haven't answered messages on their Facebook in a long time or kept it updated. Could be a staffing issue. I am not interested in most of their other recent BL etc. titles, but i notice on my shelves a lot of older DMP stuff that I have been delighted to have read... and others I am searching for/

With D&Q going ALL Mizuki Shigeru for the foreseeable future, I'd be most pleased if another publisher (like the few that have dipped their toes in - Breakdown Press, Top Shelf, Last Gasp) will go all out for a steady stream of classic manga and gekiga.
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