I don’t know if this is ruining the surprise or just making sure you don’t miss it… Eyeshield 21 Vol 19 hits comics shops everywhere tomorrow, and it features a chapter in full colour! Mirroring the Japanese release of the series, this volume features a chapter that ran in full colour in Japanese Shonen Jump, in what looks like a marker/paint combo by series artist Yusuke Murata. It looks great too, crisp and bright and immaculately produced. I kind of want anything I do in colour to show up on matte/uncoated stock I think? Anyway.
While many manga publishers had begun to print the first few introductory pages of a manga in colour on a special insert, it’s very rare indeed to include a full-colour chapter… Other than some of the recent prestige releases like Tekkon Kinkreet, and a very notable sequence at the end of Yotsuba Volume 3, I can’t think of too many other North American manga that have gone to such lengths to preserve the integrity of the original release. Very cool stuff.
Thanks to Derek for the pic.