With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Saturday, May 23, 2009

ACF 306: VIZ announces beta launch of IKKI - a new online manga magazine

VIZ has launched a web-only English version of the manga magazine IKKI.

Here's the info provided by VIZ:

VIZ Media invites you to visit http://www.sigikki.com/ and test out the beta launch of a brand new collaboration to bring comics the likes of which American audiences have never seen to these shores.

IKKI is a monthly magazine published in Japan that has established itself as the home of some of the most innovative, bold, and compelling series in the world of contemporary manga. Since its launch in 2003 IKKI has built a catalog of titles notable for its diversity. From action to comedy to drama, from slice-of-life stories to surrealist fantasies, the one common thing these works share is an uncommon emphasis on creative quality and on pushing the boundaries of the norm.

In partnership with VIZ Media and its “VIZ Signature” line of graphic novels, IKKI is bringing the works of some of its top creators to the English-language audience via a groundbreaking online monthly manga magazine.

The first series featured in this launch is CHILDREN OF THE SEA by Daisuke Igarashi. Each month, new chapters will be offered online in their entirety, for free. After the completion of the online serialization of the first volume, CHILDREN OF THE SEA volume one will become available as a VIZ Signature graphic novel.

The list of future series to be serialized includes:
BOKURANO: OURS, by Mohiro Kitoh
DOROHEDORO, by Q Hayashida

Also, each month, new content—such as creator interviews, feature articles, news, and giveaways—will be posted on the site.

About CHILDREN OF THE SEA by Daisuke Igarashi:
When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad works. Now she feels drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora. They were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange calls from the sea as she does.

Ruka's dad and the other adults who work at the aquarium are only distantly aware of what the children are experiencing as they get caught up in the mystery of the worldwide disappearance of the oceans' fish.

Daisuke Igarashi is an award-winning manga creator who began his career in 1993. His series Majo received the Excellence Prize at the 2004 Japan Media Arts Festival and was nominated for the Fauve d’Or Best Comic Book Prize at the 2007 Festival International de la Bande Dessin√©e d'Angoul√™me. Little Forest was nominated for the 2006 Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize. His current series Children of the Sea is the winner of the 38th Japan Cartoonist Award and runs in IKKI magazine.

Here's the link again: www.sigikki.com . GO CHECK IT OUT NOW!!!

Same Hat! Same Hat! recently ran a related posting that includes links to a Publishers Weekly article and an interview with Daisuke Igarashi.

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