Fanboy Entertainment signs Yoshitoshi ABe

posted on 2001-01-04 12:26 EST
Serial Experiments Lain Creator To Produce Two New Comics

Fanboy Entertainment has announced today that it has signed Yoshitoshi ABe, creator of Lain, to produce two new comic projects.

Excerpts from press release:

Tokyo, Japan - Fanboy Entertainment is pleased to announce that award-winning Japanese illustrator Yoshitoshi ABe has joined the ranks of their growing lineup of creators. Mr. ABe, the designer of the hit anime series Serial Experiment LAIN, will be producing two new comic projects with Fanboy in 2001.

April will see the release of ESSENCE: The Art of Yoshitoshi Abe. ESSENCE is a 72 page perfect bound, prestige format collection spotlighting the best of Yoshitoshi ABe's manga, game and anime artwork. ESSENCE will feature new manga short stories, character designs, figure studies, rejected anime and game ideas and designs as well a few surprises ABe has chosen to include for his Western fans. ESSENCE will feature black and white interiors with full color front back and inside covers. It will be printed on high quality #80 Smooth Offset paper and feature glossy UV coated card stock covers at Yoshitoshi ABe's request and he will be personally overseeing the entire design and production of ESSENCE.

Following ESSENCE in May will be Yoshitoshi ABe's new one-shot manga WHITE RAIN. WHITE RAIN will be a self-contained 48 page perfect bound comic that tells the tale of two twin girls living in a post-apocalyptic world. It will be written and drawn by ABe himself and combine his unique writing style and detailed artwork in a gorgeous sequential story.

"We couldn't be happier that Yoshitoshi ABe has tapped Fanboy to publish his beautiful manga work here in the United States.", commented Fanboy Entertainment publisher C.B. Cebulski"Renowned for his work on LAIN, ABe-sensei is one of Japan's top illustrators and we are honored we will be able to bring more of his art to manga and anime fans across the globe. The back-to-back publication of ESSENCE and WHITE RAIN will serve as a one-two punch. ESSENCE will introduce readers to the many styles and facets of Abe-sensei's art and leave them wanting more. Then they will pick up WHITE RAIN and be blown away by how he puts it all together. I just wish we didn't have to wait three months. I want to publish these books NOW!!"

Fanboy has posted a copy of the cover art for Essence on their webpage, here.

The upcoming issue of Wizard (#114, on sale January 31st) will be providing some more insight into ABe's artwork, as well as an interview.

Yoshitoshi ABe will be attending Anime Central in Chicago from May 11th to 13th in support of these two projects. Visit the Anime Central Webpage for more information.

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