Tezuka's Swallowing the Earth & AX Samples Posted
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Digital Manga Publishing (DMP) has announced that the first 25 pages of Osamu Tezuka's Swallowing the Earth manga is now available for free browsing at the TezukaInEnglish.com website (via the TezukaEnFrancais website). Originally published from April 1968 to July 1969 in Shogakukan's Big Comic magazine, the manga is one of first stories that this pioneering creator aimed explicitly at an older audience. The main character of this tale, Zephyrus, is rumored to be a woman of such beauty that everyone who sees her immediately falls in love. Zephyrus is bent on exacting revenge on men around the world for the sins of the entire male gender, until she meets a drunkard named Gohonmatsu Seki who may undermine her plans.
DMP will release the manga in one English-language volume in North America next month. Dark Horse Comics, Vertical, and Viz Media have all also released Tezuka's manga in North America. IMAGI's computer-animated film adaptation of the Astro Boy manga is slated to open in North America on October 23.
Another North American publisher, Top Shelf, has posted the "Love's Bride" story from Yoshihiro Tatsumi, one of the leading figures in the alternative manga movement of gekiga. This story and dozens of others will appear in AX Volume 1, the 400-page anthology of alternative manga that Top Shelf will publish this December. Drawn & Quarterly has released many of Tatsumi's other works, including his acclaimed autobiographical tome, A Drifting Life.
Source: Same Hat! Same Hat! blog