Live from Seattle—lots of exciting announcements from our Emerald City Comicon panel today! Here's the recap:
The Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network
A new anthology project from Kodansha Comics in the vein of the groundbreaking Attack on Titan Anthology. The international collaboration between The Ghost in the Shell creator Shirow Masamune and an all-star cast of Western comics creators will be available as a single volume, hardcover, full-color edition Spring 2018.
The Mondo X Kodansha Comics The Ghost in the Shell exclusive poster
High-end collectibles maker Mondo and Kodansha Comics are proud to present The Ghost in the Shell exclusive poster, illustrated by none other than the great Becky Cloonan. 250 standard and 125 variant editions of these posters will be available on March 14, starting at the free Ghost in the Shell screening event of the original animated classic in Austin, TX and on mondotees.com.
March digital debuts
Keeping up our 2017 ramp-up of digital titles, we've got more series making their Volume 1 digital debuts in March. Next up is the holy trinity of fan-requested sports manga: Ace of the Diamond, All-Rounder Meguru, and Giant Killing. Volume 1s of all 3 titles will go on sale March 7 on all of Kodansha’s digital retail channels. Click on covers/links for free Chapter 1 previews.
Yuji Terajima’s Ace of the Diamond, a hot-blooded, epic-length bestseller in Japan about the travails of a gifted left-handed pitcher who comes to the big city to play premier-level high-school baseball, was the basis of the hit anime series that streamed on Crunchyroll.
All-Rounder Meguru, a stirring drama about a determined young man looking to escape the bleak prospects of home by making it in the brutal world of Shooto MMA (mixed martial arts), is the latest work from acclaimed creator Hiroki Endo (Eden: It’s an Endless World!).
Masaya Tsunamoto and Tsujitomo’s Giant Killing, about an eccentric-genius soccer coach who returns from abroad to bring success to an underdog team, is one of the all-time-favorite and long-running (still ongoing in Japan) manga about the beautiful game. It was also adapted into a hit anime series.
There's more! The ECCC panel also announced Natsumi Eguchi’s Hozuki’s Coolheadedness (adapted into the anime available from Sentai Filmworks), Kotono Kato’s Altair: A Record of Battles, and Ryosuke Tomoe’s Museum, which will see digital publication on March 21.
Volume 1s of Ace of the Diamond, All-Rounder Meguru, Giant Killing, Hozuki’s Coolheadedness, Altair: A Record of Battles, and Museum will be available for sale or preorder across all Kodansha Comics digital book channels: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook.
Media: read our press release here.