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TekkonKinkreet wins the Eisner!


More Matsumoto!

GO GO MONSTER anyone? Ask Viz to make It happen…

EDIT: August 1st 2008: Here’s the official VIZ PR.





Edgy Series About Two Miscreant Boys’ Adventures In A Surreal Metropolis Is The Only Japanese Manga Title To Win This Year


San Francisco, CA, August 1, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced that its manga, TEKKONKINKREET: BLACK & WHITE, by acclaimed creator Taiyo Matsumoto, won a 2008 Eisner Comic Industry Award for the Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Japan. Named for pioneering writer and comic artist Will Eisner, the awards recognize exemplary comics, graphic novels and other pop writings and are given each year as part of the annual Comic-Con International convention.


The manga, which is published by VIZ Media under its Signature imprint, was also the inspiration behind the Tekkonkinkreet animated feature film from Sony Pictures directed by noted visual effects artist and producer Michael Arias (The Abyss, Princess Mononoke, The Animatrix).


TEKKONKINKREET: BLACK & WHITE presents a gritty depiction of urban and social chaos surrounding a pair of outcast kids. Orphaned on the mean streets of Treasure Town, Black and White steal and fight to survive but remain fiercely loyal to each other. The result? The citizens of Treasure Town are afraid of them, the police are afraid of them, and even the local yakuza gangsters are afraid of them…and when a crime boss known as the “Rat” returns to Treasure Town, a confrontation is set to occur.


VIZ Media released TEKKONKINKREET: BLACK & WHITE in August 2007 and bundled all three volumes of the original series into a new, premium omnibus edition that includes a color poster insert and 12 additional full-color manga pages – the first time these pages were published in the U.S. An insightful interview with Michael Arias and screenwriter Anthony Weintraub is also featured in the foreword. TEKKONKINKREET: BLACK & WHITE is rated “M” for Mature Audiences and has a Suggested Retail Price of $29.95. In addition to TEKKONKINKREET: BLACK & WHITE, Matsumoto’s other notable works include BLUE SPRING and NO. 5 (both published by VIZ Media) and PING PONG, which was also adapted into an award-winning live action film that is available domestically from VIZ Pictures.


“We are extremely honored to have TEKKONKINKREET: BLACK & WHITE recognized by the comics industry with this notable award,” says Alvin Lu, Vice President, Publishing, VIZ Media. “Taiyo Matsumoto has won international critical acclaim for his honest and unflinching depictions of young peoples’ lives and for his unique, immediately recognizable art style that blends both Japanese and European influences. We invite everyone to explore this award-winning series now available in a gorgeous omnibus edition from VIZ Media!”


About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages. Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone  (415) 546-7073 ; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at



San Diego observations

Blogging from the handheld here but wanted to write this while. I thought about it. The worst part about Comicon is that everyone here is afraid to leave the building for any reason. The idea that you might miss something is both omnipresent and terrifying. Because, why would you come all this way and not squeeze every last dollar out of your convention badge? Why waste time at a pool or having a really good lunch 10 minutes walk away when you can pay 10 bucks for crappy con pizza and Still Be In The Building. Why take time to enjoy yourself at all? When you can wait in a line for 4 hours to catch a panel…

I think this is the same reason that antholigies do so poorly in North America–people can’t conceive of paying for something if they don’t love every single story in it.

Anyway, this came up because I just missed the SPACED panel that I wanted to see because I got caught up talking with a friend, and I started to feel awful… Until I realized that my conversation was worthwhile and enjoyable and I would have missed THAT if I’d made it to the panel on time. It was a nice little reminder that things are what we make them.

Anyway! I’m enjoying the hell out of the show, hope you are too.

– Christopher

san diego blogging

Hey there. San Diego is going well so far, we’re currently kicking it on a patio and having a beer after a long day of walking around. Fun times. I bought a Phil Bond original for 125 DOLLARS, which is amazing… Page one of Kill your boyfriend… Life is good! I’ve posted tons of photos to the flickr, hope you’re enjoying them. More posts l8r.

Shipping December 19th, 2007

dramazombies-webcard.jpgHere’s the list of comics scheduled to ship to The Beguiling in Toronto, Canada on Wednesday December 19th, 2007. Please note that not all books ship to all stores at the same time, but if you see something on this list it’s probably at least worth asking about.

ALSO: The Beguiling is having a signing on December 19th! Hopefully you can drop by to meet Svetlana Chmakova and Faith Erin Hicks as they sign their new graphic novels, DRAMACON 3 and ZOMBIES CALLING. For full info visit The Beguiling’s website.

I have to say that not a lot is jumping out at me from the Shipping List this week… Considering how much product dropped on us this past week? I’m kinda happy for the break. I mean, Julie Doucet’s beautiful new diary comic 365 DAYS is shipping this week, but we’ve had that for a little while now. You should still pick it up of course 🙂
Full list after the cut:

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Shipping November 28th, 2007

ageofbronze_vol3_sm.jpgHappy Turkey Day, AMERICANS. Thanks to your little holiday, it seems as though we got The Beguiling’s shipping list a day early. Since everyone has taken the day off, that means I’m probably THE ONLY PERSON UPDATING, and it’s about next week’s comics, which no one can resist! I’ve got 100% marketshare! Quick, bid on my Project: Wonderful ads while they’re only 20 cents!


There’s a fucking ton of comics coming next week. Floppies, manga, graphic novels… Something for everyone and then some. Here are some of the highlights:

Man, I haven’t read this since half-way through the second trade. It’s gorgeous, but it’s so dense and detailed it takes me forever to get through a volume. That’s not a complaint, it’s more like intellectually psyching yourself up to read a real book after you’ve subsisted entirely on PEOPLE Magazine for 4 months… Age Of Bronze is an under-appreciated gem of a book, do your part by picking it up today!

I just don’t understand how people don’t like this.

SEP071981 CASANOVA #11 (MR) 1.99
This story-arc has been excellent. I’ve finally settled in to the Acid-Blue tones of the book, and all of the characters (new and old) are delicious. I hope you’re reading this… it’s only two bucks!

SEP074035 DAN DARE #1 (OF 7) 2.99
I’m really, really curious to see Ennis’ take on this character. I really enjoyed his two WAR STORIES mini-series from Vertigo a few years back, and this feels very similar…

This whole line has been powerfully depressing, because these books are SO GOOD and they dribble out at no pace at all. Still, I’m happy to see a new issue at least.

icewanderer.jpgJUL073549 ICE WANDERER GN (RES) (C: 0-1-2) 21.99
Holy shit, a new Jiro Taniguchi book! Fucking yes. Thank you, Fanfare/Ponent-Mon, for continuing to translate this wonderful nouvelle manga. I wish it sold well enough that we could have a new book every single week. By the way, whether-or-not your local comic book store ordered this book is how you tell a poor-to-average store from a great store. This book, this publisher? They’re the dividing line. Now you know.

From the Fanfare Website (with assistance by Jason Azzopardi:

Lost in the Great North, two men are saved by the appearance of an old hunter who divulges a strange legend to them…Surrounded by wolves and fighting for their survival, two explorers head for Alaska to bury their companion…A marine biologist begins a quest to fi nd the mythical graveyard of whales.

In total six shorts with as many stories of men confronted by savage nature which is sometimes cruel, sometimes forgiving but always vast. Through tales filled with respect for animal life, this splendid collection, which lies at the crossroads of poetry and adventure, shows master storyimager Taniguchi at his award-winning best.


From the Sunday Press Books website:

Before his remarkable Litttle Nemo in Slumberland, Winsor McCay created two strips starring young children. This book features all of the Little Sammy Sneeze color pages (1904-05) plus Hungry Henrietta, McCay’s other comic, which appeared on the back of Sammy in the Sunday New York Herald. The unique style of this book presents two other “flipside” comics of 1904: The Woozlebeasts and The Upside Downs, along with the complete 27-chapter saga of Hungry Henrietta. All digitally restored in the original size and colors.

Sounds pretty great…

That’s weird, usually the Ignatz books ship three to a week. Still, don’t go looking a gift horse in the mouth…
Full shipping list behind the cut:

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Shipping November 21st, 2007

The following comics and graphic novels are scheduled to ship to The Beguiling Books & Art in Toronto, Canada this week. Not all books make it to all retailers at the same time, but if you see something on the list below and not in your local store, it’s probably at least worth asking about.

The big book this week is Angel: After The Fall, the comics-format sequel to the cancelled ‘Angel’ television show, a spin-off of the popular ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’. Originally it was going to be titled “Angel Season Six” but… I dunno, someone somewhere is a jerk. Anyway, this one is also written by original creator Joss Whedon and answers a pretty major cliffhanger for a lot of fans, so I expect sales will be quite brisk. Will they be Buffy #1 brisk? I don’t see it happening myself, but that Joss Whedon does seem to have the magic touch, lately. Speaking of which, it looks like retailers who ordered Buffy #1 are getting a Limited Edition “Thank You” Buffy Hard Cover this week. Can you say “instant, expensive collectible”. I’m sure you can…

Also of note in the floppies are new issues of Powers and Walking Dead, showing that those books might just eventually get back on schedule yet. The new Hawaiian Dick ongoing series launches, written by B. Clay Moore and featuring the lovely art of Canadian (and good buddy) Scott Chantler. I’ve had a chance to read the first issue and it’s really good, I hope everyone out there will give it a shot this time out.

Finally, my friends at UDON are releasing STREET FIGHTER: BONUS STAGE, a collection of all of the back-up stories from the first two volumes of Street Fighter comics. Whether you’re a fan or not, they assembled a pretty stellar array of mainstream and international comics artists, including Joe Mad, J. Scott Campbell, Adam Warren, and I think all of Corey Lewis’ ‘Cheap Shots’ comics are in there too. Very cool. Apparently I get a thank-you in the book because I sorta came up with the idea for it, which is nice of the guys. I’m just happy to have all the work.

Full shipping list is after the jump:

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Shipping November 14th, 2007

The following comics and graphic novels (and things) are scheduled to ship to The Beguiling Books & Art in Toronto, Canada. All items may not arrive at all retailers at the same time, but if you see an item you want listed below, it’s probably at least worth asking about.

Speaking of which, Diamond is not filling our LOEG order, as anticipated. Will we have copies Wednesday? Who can say. 🙂

Scott Pilgrim Volume 4 Cover

Chris’s Highlights:

That’s pretty awesome. Even though it’s a June code, I wasn’t expecting another All Star Superman for a long time. That last storyline with Bizarro was fantastic, and I can’t wait to see how Morrison and Quitely wrap the whole thing up over the next four issues.

AUG073995 ASIAN BEAT GN (MR) 9.99
“A negligent mother, an affair, a broken family, domestic abuse, and drugs are among the subjects in these Goth short stories that revolve around the lives of teenagers with complicated problems.” – This sounds pretty great in a car-crash sort of way. The title just makes it so much better/worse as well.

Yay! As much as I appreciate Ted Naifeh as a diverse and multi-talented creator (with bills to pay), I kind of wish someone would drop a pile of money on him to just come up with new Courtney Crumrin stories for the next four or five years. Build up a nice library of fantastic, spooky material for kids (that adults enjoy too!).

AUG073984 FRUITS BASKET VOL 18 GN (OF 22) 9.99
I feel kind of bad that I stopped reading this after the second volume. It’s so popular I feel like I should at least know what’s going on, and reading it through Wiki feels like cheating.

Was this any good? It sold really well for us but I never really read any of it.

APR073696 PALESTINE HC 29.95
One of the weird things about working at a comic store, or having worked at a comic store for 13 years now, is that you’re always kind of surprised by what you DON’T own, rather than what you do. I’ve read Palestine at least twice, met Mr. Sacco a few times, and have hand-sold at least a couple hundred of these books. But I went to go and grab it from my bookshelf the other day and it turns out I don’t have it. I’ll be remedying that this week with this HC, which looks absolutely gorgeous, is stuffed to the gills with new material, and is really an essential for any bookshelf, being one of the first long-form journalistic works in the comics medium.

I turned down the Advance Reader Copy, I haven’t read any of the reviews or interviews, and except for a 4 or 5 page sequence that I actually performed live one day (that was a lot of fun) I have no idea what to expect, more or less, with this one. I can’t wait. 🙂

AUG072225 WORLD WAR HULK #5 (OF 5) WWH 3.99
I can’t get over how good this series is, when so much of what Marvel publishes these days is so terrible. Here’s hoping that they don’t cop-out on the ending.

zombiescalling.jpgSEP073317 ZOMBIES CALLING GN 9.95
Canadian Faith Erin Hicks releases her first original graphic novel this week, and sure, it’s about zombies, but there are actually lots of good zombie books coming out right now, even if you’re not one of those hardcore WWZ-types. I like Faith Hicks’ work a lot, she’s been doing this great webcomic called ICE online for (I think…) a few years now, and she’s been around ‘the scene’ longer still. I read a preview of this one somewhere and the dialogue, humour, pacing, and especially the art are all really excellent. If you get a chance, give this one a look because I think it’s going to be something of a sleeper hit, and I’m sure that the author and the publisher (Slave Labor Graphics) would rather it was an out-and-out spectacular hit, you know what I’m saying? Anyway, if you’re a Scott Pilgrim type looking for something else to pick-up this week, this is my pick for you.

Alright, like I said, League is also shipping this week, but only to U.S. Stores. I hope that as customers outside of the U.S. that you won’t be pissed off at your local comic book guy or gal, the situation really is out of their hands. If Scott Dunbier, arguably the most beloved guy at Wildstorm, lost his job over defending this one and trying to get it into the U.K. and Canada, then believe me, there’s nothing that the poor schmuck behind the counter at your local shop can do. Just try and be happy and understanding, make the world a better place, etc.

And with that, the full shipping list is behind the cut: Continue reading Shipping November 14th, 2007

Shipping November 7th, 2007

Hi there folks, the following comics and graphic novels are scheduled to ship to The Beguiling Books & Art in Toronto, Canada, on Wednesday November 7th from Diamond Comics Distributors. Not all books on this list will show up at all stores on the same week, but if you see it here, it’s probably at least worth asking your local retailer about.

So it looks like the much, much-anticipated 4th volume of Scott Pilgrim has been bumped to November 14th. Which, with the release of the third League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and at least one other major book I’m forgetting, means that you better start saving your pennies. This week is no slouch either, it’ll pummel your pocketbook if you let it.


I was fortunate enough to pick up Chris Ware’s lovely Acme Novelty Library 18 1/2 Portfolio a few weeks back, beautifully reprinting the “Thanksgiving” covers he produced for “The New Yorker” last year at poster size, a totally essential purchase. They’re really well printed and produced, and the short ‘follow-up’ strip that’s included is excellent as well. I don’t know how anyone can dismiss his work, and I’m not going to beat around the bush here, Ware created three outstanding ‘characters’ in these 6 short comics pieces, breathed life into them and let them interact, not a one of whom could be considered a stand-in for Ware. $32 is a steep admission to six comics, admittedly, but for five archival art prints (and a slightly lesser-printed sixth strip) it’s kind of a deal.
JUN072192    ASTONISHING X-MEN #23    2.99
SEP070077    BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #8    2.99

Big week for fans of television-scribe-turned-comics-impressario Joss Whedon.
I feel like I should be watching these Omnibus editions really carefully, because I think we’re going to see a truckload of them in the next few years, and they’ll start to push the per-volume price of manga down into the “$3-$6” range you see in Japan, even though the total buy-in is higher. I also wonder how long bookstore buyers will bite… It’s nice to have one SKU to track instead of four, but this is also taking up the space of four books on the racks and only charging as much as 2 and a half. Can it earn its shelf-space starting at a disadvantage?

JUL070292    CAIRO HARDCOVER (MR)    24.99
I want to pick up and take a look at the Cairo hard cover from Vertigo, because the preview they released was fairly interesting… I’m also curious to see if they’re doing anything in here that couldn’t be done in a mini-series, anything intrinsic to the OGN format… other than the black and white.
JUN073852    CHARLEYS WAR VOL 4 BLUES STORY HC (C: 0-1-2)    19.95
New Charley’s War is always worth noting. I still haven’t read any of them, sadly, but my friend Jason swears by them so they’re always sort of ‘on the list’ of things to read, if I could.
Better retailers will be giving away this 11×17 broadsheet promoting great classic comics reprint collections from Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly, Checker, and IDW.
AUG072277    CRIMINAL #10 (MR)    2.99
Brubaker and Philips wrap up another excellent collaboration with Criminal #10, the end of the “Lawless” arc. Man, that last issue was a near-perfect comic book. This series is really phenomenal, I wish everyone read it.
Thanks for releasing my Dad’s Christmas gift in time for Christmas, Marvel!
SEP074025    DOROTHY OF OZ VOL 1 GN    11.95
AUG074038    STAR PROJECT CHIRO VOL 1 TP    11.95

I’m curious to see how Toronto’s UDON Studios do with their first manwha titles which are all released this week, Dorothy of OZ and Star Project Chiro. I kind of helped out on these, at least conceptually, and I wonder what the public reaction will be? I think a VERY manga-style ‘Wizard of Oz’ is kind of a no-brainer, and Chiro is by the same creator as the manwha Bring It On! which I kinda-liked. Interesting times.
JUL074019    GIANT ROBOT #50 (C: 0-1-2)    4.99
Congratulations to GR on their golden anniversary! You’re my favourite magazine.
JUL070018    GROO HELL ON EARTH #1 (OF 4)    2.99
There’s a new Groo series from Aragones and Evanier, and those are always fun reads.
JUL078015    HEROES HC JIM LEE COVER    29.99
Man, I hope this doesn’t suck. We’ve got a lot of these coming in…

AUG074063    NARUTO VOL 22 TP (C: 1-0-0)    7.95
AUG074064    NARUTO VOL 23 TP (C: 1-0-0)    7.95
AUG074065    NARUTO VOL 24 TP (C: 1-0-0)    7.95
There are at least 50 new manga shipping this week including the next three Naruto volumes, though it doesn’t look like anything I’m reading regularly is coming out. I always find that a little shocking.
Actually, we got Nausicaa: Watercolour Impressions in early through our book distributor. That thing is gorgeous, printed larger than even the original Ghibli art books and featuring a wealth of rare and (I think) important full-colour art by Hayao Miyazaki. Ghibli fans: Bring the BIG bag to carry your purchases home, this week.
Full shipping list behind the cut:
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Shipping August 1st, 2007

Hi there folks, here are a few of the more interesting comics and graphic novels scheduled to ship to The beguiling Books & Art in Toronto, Canada this week. The full list of books is behind the cut below. Now, these books may not show up at all retailers at the same time, but if you see something here it’s probably at least worth asking your retailer about…

…actually, I haven’t really got the time this week. Sorry about that. I did want to point out that the second issue of Jordan Crane’s UPTIGHT (MAY073466 UPTIGHT #2 2.50) is shipping tomorrow. He had preview copies at San Diego this weekend and it was quite enjoyable, standing nicely on its own and full of solid comics. If you’ve got $2.50 to spare this week, pick this one up. You won’t regret it.

Full list behind the cut:

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Shipping July 18th, 2007

Flight Volume 4 - Wraparound Cover 

Hi there folks, here are a few of the more interesting books scheduled to ship to the Beguiling Books & Art in Toronto, Canada this week. The full list is behind the cut below. Now, these books may not show up at all retailers at the same time, but if you see something listed here, it’s probably worth asking your local comic book retailer about…

MAY070162 ALL FLASH #1 2.99
This is replacing the previously-solicited FLASH #14, and I have a feeling that it probably wasn’t ordered as high as it should have been (see: Green Lantern Sinestro Corps, the second printing of which is shipping this week). I dunno, are people gonna care about the return of Wally West (and family)? I guess we’ll find out…

MAY073311 BONE VOL 6 OLD MANS CAVE COLOR ED HC (C: 1-0-0) 18.99
MAY073310 BONE VOL 6 OLD MANS CAVE COLOR ED SC (C: 1-0-0) 9.99
Can you imagine if the original series had come out with this much regularity? 😉

Flight Volume 4APR073468 FLIGHT VOL 4 GN (C: 0-1-2) 24.95
It looks like the west coast are getting their copies of FLIGHT this week. I keep seeing all of my friends talking about how pretty this is, and it’s killing me. Hopefully the extra copies we ordered will show up before next Wednesday, but if I gotta wait, I gotta wait. It certainly looks like it’s worth waiting for.

NOV064107 GANZFELD 5 JAPANADA TP (C: 0-1-2) 29.95
This newest issue of THE GANZFELD features a dual focus on cartoonists from Japan and Canada, hence the title. Sounds right up my alley.

It’s the newest two books from Jim Ottaviani and G.T. Labs. Called “G.T. Labs first books on the science of the unscientific”, WIRE MOTHERS is about experiements done to determine the nature of love, and LEVITATION is about… well, stage magic, sort of. They both sound really neat, and with collaborators including Dylan Meconis on WIRE MOTHERS and Janine Johnston on LEVITATION, they should look great too.

Has anyone seen this yet? Is it as nice as I’m expecting?

The final issue of Jeff Smith’s stamp on the character, and it’s being released in the midst of other… interpretations… of the character and mythos that could not be more opposed to the best-selling, feel-good version. Oh, comics.

…the rest of the shipping list is behind the cut: Continue reading Shipping July 18th, 2007