Stone Bridge Press to Publish English Book on Satoshi Kon

posted on by Mikhail Koulikov
Andrew Osmond's Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist due out in August

Stone Bridge Press, the Berkeley, California-based publisher that specializes in Asian culture and media, will be releasing Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist, the first English, book-length profile of the director of Perfect Blue, Paprika, and Paranoia Agent. The 96-page book, due out on August 1, will be an analysis of the films and television series that Kon has worked on. Its author, Andrew Osmond, is a freelance writer who has been published in Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, the film magazine Sight & Sound, and Viz Media's Animerica.

The Illusionist will be the latest addition to Stone Bridge's line of titles on anime and manga, which includes Fred Schodt's now-classic Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga, his more recent Astro Boy Essays, and Helen McCarthy's Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation. Besides Miyazaki and Kon, the only other anime director who is the subject of an English-language book is Mamoru Oshii, whose career is described in Brian Ruh's Stray Dog of Anime (Palgrave Macmillan).

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