I nag because I love

It’s a breezy trip through this week’s ComicList, with only two entries really catching my eye, but what entries they are.

David Petersen’s surprise hit Mouse Guard (Archaia) concludes with its sixth issue. It’s been a lot of fun watching this beautifully drawn adventure story earn critical praise and go into multiple printings, because it absolutely deserves both. And I notice on the Archaia page that a hardcover collection is in the works, which should be gorgeous and make librarians very, very happy.

Hiroki Endo has been wowing me with the complex science fiction of Eden: It’s an Endless World! (Dark Horse), so I’m really looking forward to his collection of shorter pieces, Tanpenshu. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book from people like Christopher Butcher, so even if I wasn’t already Endo-inclined, I would be giving it a serious look.

Speaking of the Torontonian retailer, Chris does a much better job than I did of highlighting the licensed Japanese goodness on display in this year’s Angoulême short list, including this comment about Daisuke Igarashi’s Sorcières, which I can only second:

“Absolutely beautiful, and I could totally see Dark Horse picking this up and fitting it seamlessly into their current slate of releases. YOU HEAR ME, CARL?”

Dark Horse has been doing a great job of delivering manga that I really, really like (Eden, The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, Mail). Maybe I should start nagging them about launching a josei line.

(Edited due to a spelling flame-out.)

5 Responses to I nag because I love

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  2. ChunHyang72 says:

    Dark Horse has been doing a great job of delivering manga that I really, really like (Eden, The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, Mail). Maybe I should start nagging them about launching a josei line.

    I love Dark Horse’s manga offerings, too, but I’m a little leery of them venturing into josei. The Harlequin stuff they did was really awful…

  3. davidpwelsh says:

    Oh, I agree, but I always wondered if there was that much good Harlequin manga to pick from in the first place. It struck me as an interesting novelty project, even if it was completely incongruous with the rest of Dark Horse’s manga output, and it didn’t really susprise me when Harlequin took over marketing and distribution.

    The reason I made the Dark Horse-josei connection is that they’ve been doing such a good job picking and producing non-genre seinen stuff that I’m thinking the skills and tastes in evidence might be portable. I could be horribly wrong though, and the halls of Dark Horse Tower could be ringing with laughter at my expense. 😉

  4. Ed says:

    Well see that’s where you have been tricked once again!!! Technically if you are asking Carl and Simon for josei they have tried it out. And I don’t mean Harlequin either.

    One example is Reiko the Zombie-shop. It is easy to forget that Reiko is a josei title because of the source material. It is horror and it can be a little gory. However this is generally a horror comedy, which is at the center of the very popular josei horror scene. Actually a lot of horror is written for women nowadays in Japan. Bunkasha, Reiko’s publisher, has a magazine dedicated specifically to it Honto ni Keiken Kowai Hanashi (translated: Really Experienced Scary Stories). Most of the stories in that magazine are scary stories that the readership provides the publisher but there are a handful of original horror stories like Reiko (no longer runnin) or the latest series from the same mangaka Satanister.

    I remember introducing Reiko to Jarred. After he read one of these books he emailed me about the fan art the end of the book. Most of the art was from the children of the housewives that read the manga! ^_^ Now that is josei!!

    Now I might be stretching things a bit but if Saitou-sensei’s LEED publishing had a josei imprint I would think Octopus Girl would have gone into it. Instead it falls into the generic SP Comic line. Episodic stories with humor, heartbreak and some dark story-telling… yup yup yup add that art-style that looks extremely clean and cute 90% of the time and then turns into serious gore the other 10% and you have something that should appeal to mature readers josei or hardboile Golgo reading seinen (SP Comics also releases Golgo 13).

  5. Huff says:

    Interesting info Ed. I remember hearing that Reiko was aimed at a female audience but it must have slipped my mind. I almost want to check it out more now than if it was just another generic horror manga aimed at teenaged boys. In a perfect world I could see Darkhorse licencing dark stuff from people like Kyoko Okazaki (Helter Skelter would be a great release), but the art is pretty much impossible to sell to most readers.
    But like I mentioned at Chris’ blog, I can’t see Darkorse getting the rights to a Shogakukan manga anytime soon, and I really wouldn’t hold my breath on Viz releasing Witches, though it would be perfect in the phonebook format they used for Sexy Voice (same magazine, same volume count, the beautiful art would benefit from the large format).

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