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Showa 1939-1944: A History of Japan

Shigeru Mizuki

Showa 1938-1944: A History of Japan continues award-winning author Shigeru Mizukiís autobiographical and historical account of Showa Era Japan. This volume covers the final moments of the lead-up to World War Two and the first few years of the Pacific War; it is a chilling reminder of the harshness of life in Japan during this highly militarized epoch.

In Showa 1938-1944, Mizuki writes affectingly about the impact on the Japanese populace of world-changing moments including the devastating Second Sino-Japanese War, the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the first half of the Pacific War. On a personal level, these years mark a dramatic transformation in Mizukiís life, too Ė his idyllic childhood in the countryside comes to a definitive end when heís drafted into the army and shipped off to the tiny island of Rabaul in Papua New Guinea. His life becomes a constant struggle for survival, not only against the constant Allied attacks but because he must face the harsh discipline of the Japanese army officers. During his time in Rabaul, Mizuki comes to understand the misery and beauty of the island itselfóa place that will permanently mark him and haunt him for the rest of his life.

May 2014 / $24.95 / 6.45" x 8.765" / 536 pages / b+w / paperback

ISBN: 9781770461512

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Showa: A history of Japan 1926-1939

Shigeru Mizuki

IN STORES IN OCTOBER

Showa: a History of Japan, 1926-1939 is the first volume of Shigeru Mizukiís meticulously researched historical portrait of twentieth century Japan. This volume deals with the period leading up to World War II, a time of high unemployment and other economic hardships caused by the Great Depression. Mizukiís photo-realist style effortlessly brings to life Japan of the 1920s and 1930s, depicting bustling city streets and abandoned graveyards with equal ease.

When the Showa Era began, Mizuki himself was just a few years old, so his earliest memories coincide with the earliest events of the Era. With his trusty narrator Rat Man, Mizuki brings history into the realm of the personal, making it palatable, and indeed compelling, for young audiences as well as more mature readers. As he describes the militarization that leads up to World War II, Mizukiís stance toward war is thoughtful and often downright critical Ė his portrayal of the Nanjing Massacre clearly paints the incident (a disputed topic within Japan) as an atrocity. Mizukiís Showa is a beautifully told history that tracks how technological developments and the countryís shifting economic stability had a role in shaping Japanís foreign policy in the early twentieth century.

October / $24.95 / 6.45 x 8.765 / 560 pages / b&w / paperback

ISBN: 9781770461352

$24.95 US / $24.95 CDN

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NonNonBa

Shigeru Mizuki

THE FIRST ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF MIZUKIíS BEST-LOVED WORK

IN STORES APRIL 2012

NonNonBa is the definitive work by acclaimed gekiga-ka Shigeru Mizuki, a poetic memoir detailing his interest in yokai (spirit monsters). Mizukiís childhood experiences with yokai influenced the course of his life and oeuvre; he is now known as the forefather of yokai manga. His spring 2011 book, Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, was featured on PRIís The World, where Marco Werman scored a coveted interview with one of the most famous visual artists working in Japan today.

Within the pages of NonNonBa, Mizuki explores the legacy left him by his childhood explorations of the spirit world, explorations encouraged by his grandmother, a grumpy old woman named NonNonBa. NonNonBa is a touching work about childhood and growing up, as well as a fascinating portrayal of Japan in a moment of transition. NonNonBa was the first manga to win the Angouleme Prize for Best Album. Much like its namesake, NonNonBa is at once funny and nostalgic, firmly grounded in a sociohistorical context and floating in the world of the supernatural.

Paperback ē B/W ē 6.45Ē X 8.75Ē ē 432 PAGES

ISBN: 9781770460720

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Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths

Shigeru Mizuki

A LANDMARK PUBLISHING EVENT OF ONE OF JAPAN'S MOST FAMOUS CARTOONISTS.

May 2011

Shigeru Mizuki is the preeminent figure of gekiga/manga and one of the most famous working cartoonists in Japan today -- a true living legend. Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, is his first book to be translated into English and is a semi-autobiographical account of the desperate final weeks of a Japanese infantry unit at the end of World War Two. The soldiers are instructed that they must go into battle and die for the honor of their country, with certain execution facing them if they return alive. Mizuki was a soldier himself (he was severely injured and lost an arm) and uses his experiences to convey the devastating consequences and moral depravity of the war.

Mizuki's list of accolades and achievements is long and detailed. Currently in Japan, the life of Mizuki and his wife has been made in an extremely popular television drama that airs daily. Mizuki is the recipient of many awards including Best Album award for his book NonNonBńĀ (to be published in 2012 by Drawn & Quarterly) and Heritage Essential award for Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, at the Angouleme International Comics Festival, the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize Special Award, Kyokujitsu ShŇć Decoration, Shiju HŇćshŇć Decoration and the Kodansha Manga Award. His hometown of Sakaiminato honored him with the Shigeru Mizuki Road, a street in his town decorated with bronze statues of his Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro characters and the Shigeru Mizuki International Cultural Center.

ISBN: 9781770460416

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Kitaro

Shigeru Mizuki

IN STORES APRIL 2013

MEET ONE OF JAPAN'S MOST POPULAR CHARACTERS OF ALL TIME--THE ONE-EYED MONSTER BOY

Meet Kitaro. He's just like any other boy, except for a few small differences: he only has one eye, his hair is as an antenna that senses paranormal activity, his geta sandals are jet-powered, and he can blend in to his surroundings like a chameleon. Oh, and he's a three hundred and fifty year old yokai (spirit monster). With all the offbeat humor of an Addams Family story, Kitaro is a light-hearted romp where the bad guys always get what's coming to them. Kitaro is bestselling manga-ka Shigeru Mizuki's most famous creation. The Kitaro series was inspired by a kamishibai or paper theatre entitled Kitaro of the Graveyard. Mizuki's series was created in 1959, and first appeared in Shonen comics magazine for boys, but quickly became a cultural landmark for young and old alike. Kitaro inspired half a dozen TV shows, plus numerous video games and films, and its cultural importance cannot be overstated. Presented to North American audiences for the first time in this lavish format, Mizuki's photo-realist landscapes and cartoony characters blend the eerie with the comic.

Paperback, 6.44" x 8.75", Partial Color

ISBN: 9781770461109

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