The inspiration for the anime masterpiece Princess Mononoke, Princess Mononoke: The First Story is an ecological fable written and illustrated, in gorgeous watercolors, by the legendary director, Hayao Miyazaki.
Published in North America by VIZ Media, the oversized (11¾ x 11¾ inch) hardcover – which also features an afterword by Miyazaki – is released under its Studio Ghibli Library imprint – and is in stores today. For further details, follow the jump.
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Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke was a revelation to North American audiences when it premiered in 1997 – captivating mainstream audiences who had never heard the word anime. Its theme of nature versus technology was – and remains – topical, and is considered to be a genuine masterpiece.
VIZ Media’s Studio Ghibli imprint is releasing a new edition of The Art of Princess Mononoke, a comprehensive look at the creation of the film, on August 26th. This new hardcover edition contains interviews, concept sketches, character art and finished animation cels as it details the creation of the film from conception to screen. For further details, follow the jump.
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A washed-up wrestler goes toe to toe with a strange new foe. A young lad’s eleventh birthday heralds the arrival of his bizarre new entourage. A suicidal diva just can’t seem to die. These stories and thirteen more are featured in Nightmare Carnival, a new anthology coming from Hugo and Bram Stoker Award-winning editor, Ellen Datlow.
Ellen Datlow is probably best known for her annual The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror anthologies, which never disappoint. Nightmare Carnival will be unleashed on September 24th. The press release follows the jump.
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VIZ Media is releasing Turning Point: 1997-2008, a new memoir by Hayao Miyazaki and The Art of The Wind Rises. A paperback edition of Starting Point: 1979-1996, the first volume of Miyazaki’s memoirs will complement the release of Turning Point.
Turning Point: 1997-2008 covers the period when Miyazaki’s films – Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo and 2003’s Best Animated Feature Oscar®-winner, Spirited Away – began to garner widespread international recognition. The Art of The Wind Rises commemorates Miyazaki’s final film as director – a work as wondrous as anything he’s ever done. For more details, follow the jump to the press releases. All three titles will be available on April 8th.
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I know this may come as a shock to some of you, but I do know how to read, and sometimes I read books. Go figure! BBC Books just announced a brand new Doctor Who ebook called Tales of Trenzalore which tells 4 stories based on The Doctor’s 900 year stay protecting the town of Christmas, as seen in last month’s Christmas episode “The Time of the Doctor”. I don’t know, as much as I love, LOVED The Day of the Doctors, but felt really let down by the recent Christmas special. This ebook will hopefully shed some light on everything. It is available now for pre-order and streets February 27th. I don’t understand this idea of pre-ordering digital content. Continue reading Tales of Trenzalore: New Doctor Who Ebook from BBC Books
Apparitions: Ghosts of Old Edo is a collection of nine stories that range from vaguely disquieting to definitely unnerving to outright chilling. Author Miyuki Miyabe is among the first Asian horror writers whose writing is influenced by Western horror (Lovecraft is an influence) and it really shows. Her stories might be about Japanese people, settings and creatures, but they build feelings of disquiet and dread in ways that also invoke something more western.
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I’m a big fan of Applause Theatre and their FAQ series. I have checked out their very detailed Horror and Armageddon Films FAQs, so I’m kind of intrigued to see what they do with their newly announced Saturday Night Live FAQ. Since its debut on Saturday, October 11, 1975, Saturday Night Live has become a cultural landmark.
With a total of 745 episodes over its first thirty-eight seasons, the show is a veritable treasure trove of recurring characters, catchphrases, and memorable comedic and musical moments. Over the years, SNL has also provided a running commentary on American culture, politics, and society.
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As someone whose favorite Hayao Miyazaki movie is, in fact, My Neighbor Totoro, I am pleased to note that in celebration the 25th Anniversary of the release of Miyazaki’s anime masterpiece, VIZ Media is announcing the release of My Neighbor Totoro: The Novel – with illustrations by Miyazaki – as well as a brand new edition of the My Neighbor Totoro Picture Book. Both titles will be in stores on October 1st.
Check out the press release, after the jump, for details.
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The Melancholy of Mechagirl is a remarkable collection of stories and poems that are (mostly) in some way connected with/to Japan. The writer, Catherynne M. Valente, could well be this generation’s Ray Bradbury.
The Melancholy of Mechagirl by Catherynne M. Valente; 224 pages; Haikasoru (VIZ Media)
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Remember that weird trailer from Bad Robot (J.J. Abrams) that we posted a while back? Well, it was the first half of a trailer for a novel called S. The second half of the trailer was released today (check it out after the jump) and it is every bit as peculiar as the first half.
I’ve included the plot description from amazon.ca – it sounds like a unique experience.
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Haikasoru’s Melancholy of Mechagirl, by Catherynne M. Valente, is the imprint’s first from a non-Japanese author – but between the book’s Japan-inspired stories and poems, and the author’s award-winning pedigree, it seems a natural choice.
With subjects like a woman who dreams of machines; a paper lantern that falls in love and the most compelling videogame that you’ve never played – and that nobody can play twice, Melancholy of Mechagirl definitely fits the profile of Haikasoru, the first U.S.-based imprint to dedicated to publishing translations of fine Japanese science fiction and fantasy. The book includes stories that were nominated for Hugo and Locus Awards – and Valente is a three-time Locus Award winner.
Melancholy of Mechagirl is available now. Valente has also been nomineted (twice) for World Fantasy Awards. Haikaoru is an imprint of VIZ Media.
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