SF trilogy, long out
of print in English,
now available in a single volume!
now in English.
Was it America's
first graphic novel?
Plus an interactive translator cartoon. Click here for full bibliography.
07/22/2010: Michael Strickland (SFMike) provides a rave review to The Four Immigrants Manga in his blog, "Civic Center: San Francisco as seen through the Civic Center neighborhood: its politics, arts and characters."
06/20/2010: Holden V. Crick, in his blog "Hungry Robot," reviews The Four Immigrants Manga, and says, "The Four Immigrants Manga is recommended for those interested in comics history, history in general, and just exploring older works. I've yet to find anything else quite like it."
02/12/2010: On-line vendors of Yoshiyuki Tomino's Mobile Suit Gundam novel (the Stone Bridge Press version, in English translation, now temporarily out of print), start asking between $999.00 and $1999 for used copies.
08/04/2009: Viz Media publishes Hayao Miyazaki's Starting Point: 1979-1996, translated by Beth Cary and Frederik L. Schodt. Hard cover, 1.8 pounds, and 500 (count 'em!) pages.
05/05/2009: The blog, In Throbbing Technology--KURUTTA, has a post by Zytroop, who miraculously managed to get hold of a copy of Osamu Tezuka's 1953 manga version of Crime and Punishment, translated by Yours Truly back in 1990. It is reviewed here.
04/00/2009: Original, "Japanese" version of Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama's 1931 Manga Yonin Shosei (『漫画四人書生』) republished by Tokyo's Bunsei Shoin. Edited by Eizaburo Okuizumi, with copious maps, notes, and articles by Eizaburo Okuizumi, Kosei Ono, and Yours Truly. For information on English translation of same book, as published by Stone Bridge Press, click here. Tokyo publisher Hon no Tomo had been scheduled to republish the original Japanese edition (with foreword and notes by Yours Truly) in September 2005, but due to a sudden and tragic illness of the company president, plans had to be shelved. With help of Eizaburo Okuizumi and Yoshishige Onuma (Bunsei Shoin editor), the long-forgotten Japanese original is now finally available.
03/17/2009: The English version of Naoki Urasawa's fabulous Pluto manga series--published by Viz Media and translated by the veteran combo of Yours Truly and Jared Cook--is now shipping. It is a creative re-interpretation of a single episode of Osamu Tezuka's Tetsuwan Atomu ("Astro Boy") series, originally titled "The World's Greatest Robot." The first volume of the eight volume series was published in February, 2009. Last volume to appear in March, 2010.
09/10/2008: In the blog, Gundamn! @ MAHQ , Soul Bro Ryu reviews Mobile Suit Gundam: Awakening, Escalation, Confrontation. "Even if you just like science fiction and are not too big on anime or Gundam in general, you'll still love this book," he writes, quoting his friend Paul as saying, "should have been on the New York Bestseller list since it's release date."
07/17/2008: The website of Fashionista Piranha reviews The Four Immigrants Manga and calls it "e; a must-read for fans of manga (Japanese comics) for it is an excellent early example of a Japanese artist taking an art style popular at the time (American newspaper comic strips) and adapting it to tell his own, uniquely Japanese-American stories."e;
12/04/2007: Lisa Katayama's always fun site, TokyoMango, says of The Four Immigrants Manga, "Anyone interested in manga, Japanese humor, Asian-American history,or immigration should pick up a copy..."
07/2007. To celebrate its second birthday, Viz Media's popular Shojo Beat mag includes an excerpt from Osamu Tezuka's ground-breaking 1954 girl's manga--Princess Knight (『リボンの騎士、in its July edition. Translation by Yours Truly and Jared Cook. For a nice review, see MangaLife.com.
* Viz has now published ALL of Osamu Tezuka's classic manga series,THE PHOENIX. Definitely check out Karma, my fave! The first five volumes were originally translated by yours truly, along with Jared Cook and Shinji Sakamoto, as the pioneering manga translation group, Dadakai, in 1977-8, and finally published in San Francisco by Viz between 2002-2004. In September, 2005, Viz officially decided to publish the remaining seven volumes in the series, again translated by yours truly and Jared Cook. In March, 2008, the final volume, Phoenix: Early Works (Vol. 12) was published, meaning that THIRTY YEARS after we started this translation project, it is now finally complete. For a wonderful review of Karma (Vol. 4), see Andrew Arnold's piece in Time.com. Also check out Rob Vollmar's reviews of Phoenix, Vols 1, 2, 3, 4.
* Dark Horse Comics has released the paperback version of Masamune Shirow's long awaited Ghost in the Shell 1.5: Human-Error Processor !
* Osamu Tezuka's entire ASTRO BOY series of graphic novels (23 vols.) now published by Dark Horse Comics.
* Translation (with Toren Smith) of Shirow Masamune's long-awaited MAN-MACHINE INTERFACE (Ghost in the Shell 2) finally published in paperback by Dark Horse Comics. See review on page 8 of 2005 Kirkus Reviews Graphic Novel & Comics Spotlight
* Stone Bridge Press has republished my translation of Yoshiyuki Tomino's Mobile Suit GUNDAM trilogy of novels. This is a re-edited, single volume edition, with illustrations and a spiffy metallic-looking cover. The August, 2005 edition of Kansai Time Out calls it a "superb translation, the perfect companion to the Gundam exhibition now on at Suntory Museum." (alas, the exhibit's over, and I missed it...). Author Patrick Drazen has written an intelligent and thorough review of the Mobile Suit Gundam novels, titled "The Shock of the New Type," in the Vol. 1, 2006 issue of Mechademia, a new and exciting journal which covers the "Emerging Worlds of Anime and Manga."
* Dark Horse Comics has released Two Faces of Tomorrow as a giant-brick graphic novel. This is a visualization of James P. Hogan's science fiction novel of the same name, rendered in realistic format by SF manga master Yukinobu Hoshino, translated by Yours Truly and Toren Smith, lettering by Tomoko Saito. I recommend reading Bill Joy's April 2000 article, "Why the Future Doesn't Need Us" in Wired magazine along with this manga. At a price of $19.95 for 576 (!) pages,it's a true bargain.
* Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama's FOUR IMMIGRANTS MANGA republished!
Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama's FOUR IMMIGRANTS MANGA selected as finalist in Pen West USA translation award for year 2000. Also, comics critic Andrew D. Arnold gives the book a rave review in his February 19, 2005 column at TIME.COM.