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Monthly Tezuka Mix Manga Magazine to Launch in April

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Shaman King's Hiroyuki Takei among the contributing Japanese, Western artists

Tezuka Productions announced on February 1 that it will launch a new monthly manga magazine titled Tezuka Mix. The company opened a website for the magazine. The magazine celebrates the 90th anniversary since the pioneering manga creator Osamu Tezuka's birth in 1928. The first issue will ship on April 30, and it will run monthly for 18 issues.

The magazine will include works from manga creators in Japan as well as artists from the West, and they will contribute remakes or homages of Tezuka's work.

The website previously listed several contributing manga creators, including Hiroyuki Takei (Shaman King, Ultimo, Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai), Atsushi Kaneko (Bambi and her Pink Gun, Deathco, SOIL), and Yūko Higuchi (Gustave). Takei's manga for the magazine is teased with an illustration below.

The website also listed the Western artists who will publish works in the magazine. Each issue will feature a one-shot spinoff of a Tezuka manga from these artists. The spinoff works, and their contributing artists, include: Message to Adolf by Juan Diaz Canales, Jungle Emperor by Reno Lemaire, Black Jack by Ken Niimura & Joe Kelly, Son-Goku the Monkey by Kenny Ruiz, Princess Knight by elsa Brants, Metropolis by Mathieu Bablet, Dororo by Philippe Cardona & Florence Torta, and Apollo's Song by Luis NCT.

Each issue of the magazine will have a theme, and will republish a Tezuka work based on that theme.

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