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Viz to Release Cinderella TPB

posted on 2002-04-10 20:11 EDT
Viz will be releasing Junko Mizuno's "Cinderella", currently featured in Pulp, in graphic novel format

Excerpts from Viz Press Release:

Viz Communications, Inc. today announced the July graphic novel release of Cinderalla by Junko Mizuno, marking her English-language book debut. With lettering and coloring by the author herself, Mizuno recreates the tones for her own work—-in effect creating an original work for her American readers—-and demonstrates why sheis the fastest rising comics star of Japan. Cinderalla features 120 full-color pages for $15.95 U.S. ($26.50 Canada).

Currently featured in PULP: The Manga Magazine, where it is serialized on a monthly basis, Cinderalla is twisted turn on the classic fairy tale—-her dad and the stepsisters are zombies, her family runs a yakitori restaurant and the sickly Prince is a pop star on permanent IV support! Mizuno turns this classic story about class, labor and the social role of women, on its head with a distinctly post-pop, post-feminist consciousness with delirious color illustrations, elements of grotesquerie and politically sharp black humor. Brimming with psychedelic soul, Cinderalla is the latest brilliant pop object from cutting-edge Japan. To see a black-and-white preview for yourself, visit www.pulp-mag.com/manga/cinderalla/.

Cute but deadly. Powerpuff Girls on acid. Girl power with a grotesque edge. These are some of the ways to describe the utterly unique world of author and artist Junko Mizuno. Born in 1973 in Tokyo, Japan, Mizuno is one of the most promising young artists in Japan's fast-moving manga scene. Her instantly recognizable illustrations blending the cute and grotesque, grace everything in Tokyo from T-shirts to handbags to skateboards to CD covers to nightclub décor.

Mizuno first came to prominence with Pure Trance (1998), which was originally serialized as booklets released with CDs by the techno-pop label Avex Trax. Her most recent book is a collection of illustrations called Hell Babies (2001). In English, Mizuno's comics have appeared in Tokion magazine, Secret Comics Japan (Viz, 2000) and PULP: The Manga Magazine, where she illustrated the “Vulgarity Drifting Diary” column.

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