Anime and manga fandom came out in full force at New York Comic Con last weekend, with a record 116,000 fans visiting the Jacob K. Javits Center for the annual event. Sunday (Oct. 14) hosted special guest artist Moyoco Anno of Sugar Sugar Rune and Sakuran fame.
A professional mangaka (manga artist and author) and one of the most respected names in Japanese comics today for her josei (ladiesâ€™) comics, Anno was in town to promote the recently released English-language edition of Sakuran, a starkly drawn tale of Japanese courtesans in the Edo period.
â€œWeâ€™d been thinking about publishing Sakuran for a few years now, and were finally able to convince [our] CEO to take the plunge,â€ said Ed Chavez, marketing director of Vertical Inc., the bookâ€™s North American publisher, which had its own booth at Comic Con. Based in New York, Vertical translates Japanese works of fiction and non-fiction that are considered good reads with universal themes from its vibrant book market.
Standouts of Verticalâ€™s manga stable include Osamu Tezukaâ€™s Buddha, Usamaru Furuyaâ€™s No Longer Human and Kanata Konamiâ€™s Chiâ€™s Sweet Home.
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