Makoto Kobayashi Draws What's Michael? Manga's Cat for 1st Time in 29 Years

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Cat comedy manga What's Michael?'s creator Makoto Kobayashi released a special illustration of the series' title character for the first time in 29 years on Thursday. The illustration features on the front covers of this year's 26th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Morning magazine and Weekly D Morning digital magazine.

The illustration is part of manga creator Jōkura Kōji's (also known as Yūji Moritaka) Morning o Tsukutta Manga-tachi (Manga That Made Morning) project to mark the magazine's 35th anniversary. The first part, which is available to read for free online, debuted on March 23 to honor Kenshi Hirokane's Section Chief Kosaku Shima. The second part celebrated Kaiji Kawaguchi's The Silent Service manga.

In addition to Kobayashi's illustration, the magazine cover features other Morning manga artists' illustrations of What's Michael?'s characters in the style of Japan's famous Chōjū-giga animal picture scrolls. Kōji's illustrated tribute to What's Michael? appears inside the issue.

Kobayashi's What's Michael? manga serialized in Weekly Morning from 1984 to 1989, and Kodansha released nine compiled book volumes. Dark Horse Comics released the series in North America. The episodic stories about the lives of cats inspired an original video anime (OVA) in 1985, a television anime in 1988, and a second OVA in 1988.

Source: Comic Natalie

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