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Stan Lee, Frederik Schodt, Priest Helmer Interviewed

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins

The Comic Book Resources website posted an interview with American comic book pioneer Stan Lee about his Ultimo shōnen action collaboration with manga creator Hiroyuki Takei (Shaman King) on Tuesday. In the interview, Lee talked about his working relationship with Takei, the differences between Ultimo and his Marvel work, and his opinions on the Japanese manga and its impact on the rest of the world. Lee also express his hope that Ultimo may have an animated TV series or movie adaptation.

Publishers Weekly has published an interview with veteran manga translator and novelist Frederik L. Schodt (Astro Boy, Phoenix, Pluto, The Astro Boy Essays). In the interview, Schodt talked about what led him to write his pioneering book Manga! Manga! The World of Japanese Comics in 1983. Schodt also discussed his work on translating Naoki Urasawa's Pluto manga with Jared Cook, the pros and cons of flipped manga, and how manga in Japan has changed in the past 20 years and where it may go in the future. Schodt noted the popularity of manga and Japanese pop culture in the United States, Europe, and South Asia, and delved into what that means for the United States. He added his thoughts on how Japanese-to-English manga translation has changed over the past few decades.

MTV.com has posted an interview with Scott Charles Stewart, the director of the live-action film loosely inspired by Min-Woo Hyung's Priest horror manhwa. Stewart talked about Hyung's involvement with the movie, saying that representatives from Tokyopop brought Hyung over from Korea and "walked him through the art department, and we talked about the story a lot, and he talked about he wanted to continue his storyline and how essentially it could evolve [into] the storyline of the movie." Stewart also talked about the vampire mythology for the movie and the multiple changes in the release date, which is now set for January 14, 2011.

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