Zipang's Kawaguchi, Suppli's Okazaki Launch New Manga
posted on by Egan Loo
Manga creator Kaiji Kawaguchi (Zipang, Eagle, The Silent Service) and Tetsuo Fujii, the grand prize winner of the 25th Manga Open contest for new artists, will launch a manga series called Boku wa Beatles (We Are The Beatles) in this year's 15th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine on Thursday. Fujii created the original concept for the manga, and Kawaguchi is drawing it. Kawaguchi had just ended his time-travelling naval manga Zipang in the same magazine last November, but he was already planning his next manga for this year. Viz published the Eagle manga in North America, Central Park Media released The Silent Service anime special, and Geneon Entertainment (USA) released the Zipang television anime.
Mari Okazaki (Suppli) will also launch a new manga, tentatively titled & (And), in the May issue of Shodensha's Feel Young magazine on April 8. Like Kawaguchi, Okazaki ended her last manga (the Suppli workplace romance story) last November in the same magazine her new series is launching. Tokyopop revealed at an online "webinar" panel that it will resume publishing Suppli from the fourth volume in North America this year.
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