This year’s 12th issue of Shogakukan’s Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine has announced Naoki Urasawa’s Renzoku Manga Shōsetsu Asadora! (Serial Manga Novel Asadora!) manga will return in the magazine’s 19th issue on April 8, 2019.
Urasawa published the final chapter of the manga’s “first arc” in January 2019 in the magazine’s ninth issue, and the manga went on hiatus starting in the 10th issue.
Urasawa launched the manga in the same magazine in October 2018. The manga is Urasawa’s first new series for the magazine since 21st Century Boys ended 11 years ago.
This year’s ninth issue of Shogakukan’s Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine has published the final chapter in the “first arc” of Naoki Urasawa’s Renzoku Manga Shōsetsu Asadora! (Serial Manga Novel Asadora!) manga. The magazine also stated that the manga is going on hiatus.
Urasawa launched the manga in Weekly Big Comic Spirits in October 2018. The manga is Urasawa’s first new series for the magazine since 21st Century Boys ended 11 years ago.
The manga is also the first of Urasawa’s works to have a digital version. Shogakukan publishes the digital version through the digital version of Weekly Big Comic Spirits.
Comic-Con International has announced that the Eisner Awards judges have nominated manga creators Akira Toriyama and Naoki Urasawa for the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame for 2019. They are part of a selection of 16 nominees, four of whom will be selected by vote to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Creative professionals working in the comics or related industries, publishers, editors, retailers (comics store owner or manager), graphic novels librarians, and comics historians/educators can vote online now for four nominees, and the vote will continue until March 15, 2019.
Other nominees for this year include Brian Bolland, Kevin Eastman, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Lynn Johnston, Jenette Kahn, Paul Levitz, Alex Niño, Lily Renée Wilhelm Peters Phillips, Wendy and Richard Pini, P. Craig Russell, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Don and Maggie Thompson. The judges also picked four creators to be automatically inducted: Jim Aparo, June Tarpé Mills, Dave Stevens, and Morrie Turner.
The previous Japanese inductees of the Eisner Hall of Fame were Osamu Tezuka (2002), Kazuo Koike (2004), Goseki Kojima (2004), Katsuhiro Otomo (2012), and Rumiko Takahashi (2018).
Manga creator Naoki Urasawa has launched his new Renzoku Manga Shōsetsu Asadora! (Serial Manga Novel Asadora!) manga in the 45th issue of Shogakukan’s Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine. The manga is Urasawa’s first new series for the magazine since 21st Century Boys ended 11 years ago.
The new manga will have a digital version through the digital version of the magazine. This marks the first time that a manga by Urasawa will have a digital version. Urasawa is well known for not having digital versions of his manga.
Renzoku Manga Shōsetsu Asadora! follows a woman from the postwar period to the present who lives a poor but sturdy life. The first chapter features eight colored pages.
The combined 42nd and 43rd issue of Shogakukan’s Weekly Big Comic Spirits has announced that Naoki Urasawa will begin a new series in the magazine’s 45th issue on October 6, 2018. It will be Urasawa’s first new series for the magazine since 21st Century Boys ended 11 years ago.
VIZ Media has published Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys, 21st Century Boys, Monster, and Pluto manga.
Monster inspired a television anime series in 2004-2005. Urasawa’s Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl manga also inspired an anime series in 1989-1992, an anime film in 1992, and an anime special in 1996. An anime project based on Pluto is in the works.
The October 2018 issue of Shogakukan’s Monthly Spirits has announced that Naoki Urasawa is drawing a new manga one-shot titled “It’s a Beautiful Day.” Late musician Kenji Endō is also listed as a creator for the manga, and the magazine says its an adaptation of a “treasured episode.”
Endō was the inspiration for the main character of Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys manga. He passed away in October 2017.
The one-shot will be Urasawa’s first title for Monthly Spirits.
VIZ Media announces the release of Naoki Urasawa’s award-winning manga 20th Century Boys in a deluxe new omnibus edition on September 18, 2018.
20th Century Boys: The Perfect Edition Volume 1 will be published exclusively in print and includes two complete volumes of the original 22-volume epic manga series in a deluxe omnibus edition featuring new cover art and select pages in their original color presentation. A final volume titled 21st Century Boys: The Perfect Edition concludes the two-time Eisner winning story. Volume 1 will carry a print MSRP of $19.99 U.S. / $26.99 CAN. Future Perfect Edition releases of the series will be published by VIZ Media on a quarterly basis.
As 20th Century Boys begins, humanity, having faced extinction at the end of the 20th century, would not have entered the new millennium if it weren’t for them. In 1969, during their youth, they created a symbol. In 1997, as the coming disaster slowly starts to unfold, that symbol returns. This is the story of a group of boys who try to save the world.
“20th Century Boys is one of Naoki Urasawa’s best known and most beloved works,” says Mark de Vera, Editor. “Urasawa has become one of the most respected creators not only among manga fans but also among a widespread comics and graphic novel fanbase around the world. We invite new and longstanding fans to enjoy the Perfect Editions of this extraordinary manga series.”
Naoki Urasawa’s career as a manga artist spans more than twenty years and has firmly established him as one of the true manga masters of Japan. Born in Tokyo in 1960, Urasawa debuted with Beta! in 1983 and hasn’t stopped his impressive output since. Well-versed in a variety of genres, Urasawa’s oeuvre encompasses a multitude of different subjects, such as a romantic comedy (Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl), a suspenseful human drama about a former mercenary (Pineapple ARMY; story by Kazuya Kudo), a captivating psychological suspense story (Monster), a sci-fi adventure manga (20th Century Boys), and a modern reinterpretation of the work of the God of Manga, Osamu Tezuka (Pluto: Urasawa X Tezuka; co-authored with Takashi Nagasaki, supervised by Macoto Tezka, and with the cooperation of Tezuka Productions). Many of his books have spawned popular animated and live-action TV programs and films, and 2008 saw the theatrical release of the first of three live-action Japanese films based on 20th Century Boys.
This year’s fourth issue of Shogakukan’s Big Comic Original magazine has announced that Naoki Urasawa’s Mujirushi – Le signe des rêves (The Sign of Dreams) manga will end in the fifth issue on February 20, 2018.
The manga mini-series is a collaboration project with Paris’ Louvre Museum, and launched in the magazine’s 21st issue in October 2017.
The 45th Angoulême International Comics Festival awarded manga creator Naoki Urasawa with the Fauve Special Award and the Fauve Polar SNCF Special Award for mystery works.
The festival held an exhibit of Urasawa’s work, and the exhibit will continue from February 13-March 31, 2018 at Paris Rendez-Vous at the Hôtel de Ville in Paris.
Urasawa previously received Angoulême’s grand prize for long-form work award for 20th Century Boys in 2004 and an Intergenerational Award for Pluto in 2011.
The Angoulême Festival ran from January 25-28, 2018.
This year’s 19th issue of Shogakukan’s Big Comic Original magazine has announced that manga creator Naoki Urasawa will launch a new series in the 21st issue on October 20, 2017. The title and other details on the new series have not yet been revealed.
Shogakukan’s Weekly Big Comic Spirits magazine announced in 2016 that it would debut a new manga by Urasawa in 2017, but it has not updated the news.
Urasawa and Takashi Nagasaki ended their Billy Bat manga in Kodansha’s Morning magazine in August 2016.