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Vinland Saga Creator Makoto Yukimura Offers Used Pen Nibs

posted on by Jennifer Sherman

To celebrate the Vinland Saga manga being published in Kodansha's Afternoon magazine more than 150 times, a campaign is offering fans a chance to win one of 150 of creator Makoto Yukimura's used pen nibs. Fans can enter for a chance to win from May 25 to June 24.

Yukimura explained in a comment about the campaign that he uses G-pens to write the manga. After writing only four or five pages, the G-pen nibs become unusable, and he has to change them. The campaign is offering a total of 150 of Yukimura's used pen nibs in cases.

Fans can use a link on Afternoon's website to enter the contest. The used pen nibs will go out to winners in late July.

Kodansha Comics began publishing the series in North America in 2013, and the 10th omnibus volume will ship on June 5. The company describes the story:

Thorfinn is son to one of the Vikings' greatest warriors, but when his father is killed in battle by the mercenary leader Askeladd, he swears to have his revenge. Thorfinn joins Askeladd's band in order to challenge him to a duel, and ends up caught in the middle of a war for the crown of England. From the creator of the classic Planetes manga comes this epic, highly-anticipated tale.

Yukimura launched the series in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine in 2005, but Kodansha moved the series to Afternoon later that year. Kodansha published the manga's 20th compiled book volume on November 22. The series has more than 5 million copies in print. The manga received the Best General Manga award in Kodansha's 36th Annual Manga Awards in 2012. The series won the Grand Prize in the manga division in the Ministry of Cultural Affairs' 13th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards in 2009.

Wit Studio (Attack on Titan, Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, The Ancient Magus' Bride) is producing a television anime adaptation of the manga.

Sources: Afternoon's Website, Comic Natalie


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