Mangoulême 2011

November 17, 2010

It doesn’t feel like there are as many Japanese titles nominated as usual in the various categories for the upcoming Festival International de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême, but it’s always worth a look:

Sélection Officielle:

  • Pluto, by Naoki Urasawa, inspired by Osamu Tezuka, published by Kana
  • La Chenille, by Suehiro Mauro and Edogawa Rampo, published by Le Lezard Noir
  • Sélection Patrimoine:

  • Sabu & Ichi, by Shotaro Ishinomori, published by Kana
  • La fille du bureau de tabac et autres nouvelles, by Masahiko Matsumoto, published by Cambourakis
  • Ashita no Joe, by Asao Takamori and Tetsuya Chiba, published by Glénat
  • Sélection Jeunesse:

  • Naruto, by Masashi Kishimoto, published by Kana
  • Détective Conan, by Gosho Aoyama, published by Kana
  • (Links courtesy of The Comics Reporter, found via Deb Aoki, who just posted her own Best Manga of 2010 list.)

    The Seinen Alphabet: Q

    November 17, 2010

    “Q” is for…

    The Quest for the Missing Girl (Fanfare/Ponent Mon), written and illustrated by Jiro Taniguchi. It’s great to see Taniguchi fuse two of his frequent interests – burly outdoorsman activity and gritty detective pulp. It originally ran in Shogakukan’s Big Comic.

    Q-Ko-Chan: Earth Invader Girl (Del Rey), written and illustrated by Hajime Ueda. It looks great, but it’s almost completely incomprehensible to me. It’s a sort of meta-mecha thing that originally ran in Kodansha’s Magazine Z.

    Qwan (Tokyopop), written and illustrated by Aki Shimizu. This fantasy series ran in Media Factory’s Comic Flapper.

    I’m not quite sure if La Quinta Camera, written and illustrated by Natsume Ono, counts as seinen. It ran in Penguin Shoubou’s Comic SEED!, which seemed to straddle the shônen/seinen border. But I’ve seen Quinta most often referred to as seinen, and I like mentioning it, so there you go. Danielle Leigh was telling me that all of the characters are gay, so this will be like stealth yaoi from Viz.

    And while it’s kind of a cheat, I’ll mention Q Hayashida in this letter, since I think I forgot her in “H.” She’s the creator of Dorohedoro (Viz).

    What starts with “Q” in your seinen alphabet?