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Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Mark your calendars, Mizuki fans: Kitaro is (almost) here!

What's that you see on this fine 3rd of July? NBD, just an unbound copy of the new North American face of Shigeru Mizuki's beloved GeGeGe no Kitaro series, the one and only Kitaro.

This is a collection of the earliest short stories Mizuki wrote about his famed half-yokai boy Kitaro (created between 1967 and 1969), and boy does it look good. Kitaro is jampacked with more than 350 pages of stories, in which Kitaro takes down a bunch of cats with a flea army, plays a ghostly baseball game in the cemetery, and visits with a Mizukian Dracula.

With the help of Showa translator Zach Davisson, we've added an index of all the different monsters who appear in the book and their various supernatural powers / fearsome countenances / malevolent traits. The book also features an introduction from Matt Alt that does a brilliant job of contextualizing GeGeGe no Kitaro's importance within Japanese pop culture and wider society.

Finally, this blog post, the existence of an unbound copy of Kitaro and the official publication details for the book, happen to mark the end of our two-month reduxed time with Awesome Former Intern Malcolm Macrae-Gibson. Malcolm was a huge help in getting Kitaro ready for print; he edited, proofread, fixed sound effects, designed endpapers, and was generally The Best.  I suspect Mizuki fans across North America have Malcolm to thank for the fact that they'll be able to get their paws on this bad boy this time next month. I guess what I'm saying is, somebody buy this man a drink! (And also, thank you, Malcolm, for two more months of sporadic, wryly funny remarks and tons of help! And for picking us over French class!)

Kitaro will be debuting at San Diego Comic-Con later this month (July 18 to 21), where a limited quantity will be available from us at booth 1629. The rest will be available to the world as of August 6th, 2013. We apologize once more for the long delay, and all I can say is that I think it's well worth the wait!


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