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Kodansha's Morning 2 to Serialize Felipe Smith Comic

posted on by Mikhail Koulikov
Creator of Tokyopop's MBQ to create monthly manga for magazine

Starting with its June 21 issue, Kodansha's monthly Morning 2 magazine will be running a manga created by American artist Felipe Smith. He will also draw the issue's cover and contribute six color pages. New chapters of the story will come out each month.

Smith broke into the manga scene in 2004, when his short story Manga was published in Tokyopop's Rising Stars of Manga, Volume 3 anthology. Tokyopop then signed him to a three-book contract, the result of which was the semi-autobiographical MBQ (pictured at right). For its part, Morning 2 has been one of the only publications in Japan that have recently carried non-Japanese comics. In 2007, it published Kage no Matsuri, which was created by the American artist team of Bikkuri and Rem. Their short story was the grand prize winner of Kodansha's 1st Morning International Manga Competition. Like Smith's upcoming title, Kage no Matsuri also adorned the cover of Morning 2 magazine.

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