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Kodansha Comics to Publish Original Attack on Titan Anthology Comic Book

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Single book from western artists to ship in fall 2016

North American manga publisher Kodansha Comics announced at its "The Biggest Attack on Titan Manga Announcement Ever" panel at New York Comic Con on Thursday that it is working on the Attack on Titan Anthology, an original western comics project set in the world of Attack on Titan. The project will consist of a 250-page, full-color book that is slated for fall 2016.

The book will feature short stories from western comic artists, including:

  • Tomer and Asaf Hanuka (The Divine) -Art pictured right
  • Cameron Stewart (Bat Girl) -First illustration pictured below
  • Micael Avon Oeming (Victories) -Second illustration pictured below
  • Brenden Fletcher (Bat Girl)
  • Babs Tarr (Bat Girl)
  • Faith Erin Hicks (Superhero Girl)
  • Kate Leth (Kate or Die!) and Jeremy Lambert
  • Afua Richardson (Genius)
  • Gail Simone (Red Sonja)
  • Scott Snyder (Batman)
  • Paolo Rivera (Daredevil)
  • Damion Scott (Ghost Rider)
  • Genevieve Valentine (Batman & Robin)
  • Kevin Wada (She Hulk)
  • Ronald Wimberly (Prince of Cats)

The panelists added that there will be two more "big names" who are participating.

The creators will be able to create their own characters for the stories. Kodansha USA director of publishing Ben Applegate commented on the anthology's content:

We're trying to create a book with a wide variety of stories, so I want to start with what the creators are interested in doing and go from there. So far, we've got a few serious stories in the Titan continuity, a few stories involving Titans in new settings, and a few completely off-the-wall comedy pieces.

There are currently no plans to publish the book in Japan.

Tony Moore (The Walking Dead co-creator, artist for Fear Agent) previously drew a variant cover for the manga's 16th volume in English.

Additionally, Magazine House's Brutus magazine published a one-shot crossover comic (pictured below) last November featuring The Avengers and Guardians of Galaxy as they battle the Female Titan, Colossal Titan, Armored Titan, and others in New York City. The original publication featured English dialogue, but included a Japanese translation guide. Original manga creator Hajime Isayama himself created the plot for the comic.

The full staff lineup for the one-shot included:

Scenario: Hajime Isayama
Breakdown: C.B. Cebulski
Line Artist: Gerardo Sandoval
Color Artist: Dono Sanchez Almara
Assistant Editor: JAKE Thomas
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Editor in Chief: Axel Alonso
Chief Creative Officer: Joe Quesada
Publisher: Dan Buckley
Executive Producer: Alan Fine

Marvel then published the one-shot in the United States for free as part of Free Comic Book Day in May.

Isayama's original Attack on Titan manga has inspired four spinoff manga, a 25-episode television anime version that aired in 2013, and two compilation anime films. Additionally, a second season of the television anime series is slated to air in 2016. The manga has also inspired two live-action films, a live-action TV series, and several spinoff novel series. The Attack on Titan: Junior High spinoff manga series also inspired a TV anime series that premiered earlier this month.

Isayama launched the original manga in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in 2009.

Project details via Comic Book Resources.

Thanks, Deb Aoki.

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