Upcoming 10/28/2009

I’m not crazy about Diamond’s “and the rest” listing format, but the usual sources are being a little wonky, so let’s pop over to its roster of the week’s releases.

redsnowDrawn & Quarterly returns to the gekiga well for Susumu Katsumata’s Red Snow, a collection of short stories set in “the pre-modern Japanese countryside of the author’s youth, a slightly magical world where ancestral traditions hold sway over a people in the full vigor of life, struggling to survive the harsh seasons and the difficult life of manual laborers and farmers.” The setting alone is enough to intrigue me, as is the fact that Red Snow sounds like it explores gekiga’s softer side. The stories were originally published in the late but legendary Garo, published from 1964 to 2002.

It was published in French as Neige Rouge in 2008 by Editions Cornélius, whose web site is adorable but virtually impossible to navigate if you want to do anything so prosaic as find information about their books, so I’ll simply point you to the Amazon.Fr listing for the title. I was hoping to find some sample pages, but none seem to be available. It doesn’t even seem to have been pirated yet, but please don’t feel compelled to disabuse me of that happy notion.

marveldivas4In an entirely different category altogether, Marvel releases the fourth and final issues of its Marvel Divas mini-series, which I’ve enjoyed. Here’s the summary: Firestar’s got cancer, the Black Cat can’t get a start-up loan, Photon is being wooed by a booty call who won’t take the hint, and Hellcat is chronicling it all for her next book when not fending off unwelcome visits from her ex-husband, the Son of Satan. The series isn’t everything it could be, but it takes its cast more seriously than they might have reasonably expected, and the chances of any last-act evisceration seem promisingly slim.

aria5And in a belated but welcome development, Tokyopop releases the fifth volume of Kozue Amano’s elegant fantasy travelogue, Aria. (They published the fourth volume last December.) So either rail at the delay or revel in the return, your choice. I’m inclined toward cautious revelry, just because it seems like another small sign of Tokyopop’s stabilization after a very, very bad year or so.

Update: In the comments, Travis McGee notes that one can find the catalog of Editions Cornélius “by clicking on the pig in the doghouse in the bottom right corner.”

5 Responses to Upcoming 10/28/2009

  1. What a strong week — looking forward to all three! But I think it’s finally getting more ARIA that jazzes me the most, perhaps because of the wait.

  2. James Moar says:

    Well, Tokyopop could always spin it that the delayed release of Aria is a lesson in slowing down and taking life as it comes….

  3. davidpwelsh says:

    A year ago, that wouldn’t have surprised me, James, but their ludicrous PR language seem to have mercifully dried up a bit.

  4. Travis McGee says:

    David-

    Admittedly, it isn’t user friendly at all – and a bit bug-ridden – but the catalog information for Cornelius can be found by clicking on the pig in the doghouse in the bottom right corner (“Bouquins”). Then you can navigate sections of the catalog by clicking on the pig, then clicking on the section you’d like to view. You can find a number of downloadable pdf previews that way, including Neige Rouge (the pdfs are always on the third page of the ‘extraits’).

    Looking around myself, there’s quite a bit of interesting stuff to be found here, including an extract from a Tatsumi story that isn’t in any English edition, and some Tezuka I’ve never heard of (one of which has a strange storybook like approach to it, mixing large text segments with comics panels and images).

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