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Contents Announced for 1st TezuComi Tribute Magazine

posted on by Karen Ressler
Atsushi Kaneko, Enokids, more pen tributes to Osamu Tezuka

The Micro Magazine Publishing Company revealed the cover and contents for the upcoming first issue of its TezuComi magazine, a tribute to the work of manga artist Osamu Tezuka, on Tuesday. Mikado Muramasa illustrated the cover, pictured right.

The magazine will include the following tribute manga by Japanese artists:

Brazilian cartoonist Mauricio de Sousa will also contribute a comic titled "Princess Knight," while American writer Joe Kelly is collaborating with Spanish artist Ken Niimura for "Heartless," based on Black Jack.

In addition, the magazine will publish the prose story "Aoi Ribbon to Gin no Kami" (Blue Ribbon and Silver Hair) by writer Fū Furuse (Tokyo 7th Sisters) and Ringo Takanashi (Mizuiro no Idea). Livedoor founder Takafumi Horie will contribute an essay titled "Manga no Kamisama ga Oshietekureta Koto." (Things the God of Manga Taught Me), and Rumiko Tezuka, the daughter of Osamu Tezuka, will contribute a conversation column.

Finally, the magazine will include selections from Tezuka's original work, including The Phoenix: Chapter of Ho-o, Atom Konjaku Monogatarishū, and Black Jack.

The first issue will ship in Japan on October 5. The magazine celebrates the 90th anniversary since the pioneering manga creator Osamu Tezuka's birth in 1928. It will run monthly for 18 issues.

The magazine was originally slated to launch in April under the title Tezuka Mix in April, but it was delayed due to "production advancement circumstances." Other creators who were listed for Tezuka Mix (but have not been confirmed for TezuComi) include Hiroyuki Takei (Shaman King, Ultimo, Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai), Gengoroh Tagame (My Brother’s Husband), and Ayako Ishiguro (Ōki Neko to Chiisana Neko).

Source: TezuComi's website

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