11. Emma Vol. 10
After falling in love and overcoming numerous obstacles to their romance, William Jones, a gentlemen of the gentry is marrying Emma, a maid. While they have numerous friends and allies on their side, William and Emma must still overcome William's father's objections and the disapproval of English high society.
After 9 volumes of exquisitely-drawn historical detail and thoughtfully-told romance, the final volume of Emma will be out in December. If you've been following this series, this is a bittersweet moment -- but if you haven't read it yet, what are you waiting for?
Amberground is a land cloaked in perpetual darkness, where only the very rich get to live in (artificial) sunlight, and the only communication is conveyed by letters that are hand-delivered by letter bees. Gauche Suede is a letter bee sent to pick up and deliver a parcel, only to discover that it's not a package, but a little boy named Lag Seeing, who has a special gift of his own.
Currently featured in Shonen Jump magazine, Tegami Bachi features a mix of fantasy, action and steampunk-flavored sci-fi, all wrapped up in a beautifully drawn package.
Stan Sakai's rabbit ronin for hire has faced enemies that are cunning, fierce and powerful -- but can he prevail against an army of yokai (spirits and demons)?
Created to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Usagi Yojimbo, Usagi Yojimbo: Yokai is a stand-alone graphic novel presented with dazzling full-color artwork, all painstakingly painted in watercolors.
The Official xxxHolic Guide provides fans with a companion guide to this supernatural manga series. Discover the secrets of the magical world of Yuko, Kimihiro, Dômeki, learn about the origins of the series, meet the characters, the creators and see sketches and full-color illustrations created by this super-star manga-ka collective.
Author and Artist: Inio Asano
Publisher: VIZ Signature / VIZ Media
Release Date: October 20, 2009
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A college dropout gets shaken out of her twenty-something ennui as a series of strange and wonderful events occur around her. Mysterious, humorous, magical and tragic all at the same time, What A Wonderful World offers a series of short stories that remind us that living can be the greatest adventure of all.
This two-volume series by the creator of Eisner Award-nominated Solanin is being released by VIZ Signature in a one-two punch in October 2009 for double the fun, and double the reading pleasure.
From the creator of Fullmetal Alchemist comes a new tale of a young man with a magical quest -- but this time the setting is ancient China, and the cast of characters have celestial origins.
Stubborn and a little rough around the edges, Taitou is the last of his peers to complete his coming of age ceremony -- and for his troubles, he is presented with an ancient sword that he'll only be able to unsheathe if he becomes a true hero. He'll get his chance as he encounters seven celestial beings who hold the balance of peace and chaos in their hands.
From the creator of the wildly popular shojo series Kitchen Princess and Zodiac P.I. comes a new romance that’s sure to hit her fans' sweet spot..
The story puts a shojo manga spin on "me Tarzan, you Jane" romance, as its teen heroine, Chino finds herself stuck with Hyou, a child her father brought home from the jungle. Wild child Hyou turns Chino's city gal life upside down, as she has to explain the ways of the urban jungle to him, and try not to die of embarrassment as Hyou creates numerous mishaps and misunderstandings in his wake.
Author and Artist: Keiji Nakazawa
Publisher: Last Gasp
Release Date: November 1, 2009
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Waaay back in the day, manga was a strange novelty in an odd language from a land far, far away. But there was one manga that was considered too important to be only read by Japanese people, and it was translated into many languages, including English. That comic was Barefoot Gen, Keiji Nakazawa's harrowing first-person account of the horrors of World War II and the bombing of Hiroshima. Now Last Gasp is publishing the last two installments of Nakazawa's critically acclaimed series to complete the 10-volume tale.
19. Cigarette Kisses
Yusuke and Soji have been pals since junior high -- but what Soji doesn't know is that Yusuke is in love with him. When Soji announces his marriage, Yusuke is crushed and the pair part ways. Cut to years later, as these two young men discover that they both work at the same company. As they rekindle their friendship over smoke breaks, things get complicated when a new (male) rival for Soji's affections appears.
Once licensed by now-defunct Broccoli Books, Cigarette Kisses is back on the release schedule, and boys love fans everywhere are sighing.
Author and Artist: Jiro Taniguchi
Publisher: Fanfare - Ponent Mon
Release Date: September 30, 2009
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A few lucky souls got their hands on the first volume of A Distant Neighborhood earlier this summer -- now the second and last part of this graphic novel is due out in time for Small Press Expo 2009 at the end of September.
A middle-aged business man finds himself transported back to his middle-school days, with all of his adult memories intact. As he relives his past, he discovers new information about his family, his classmates and himself that just might change his future.