CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF MANGA - Dark Horse Comics 2002: When Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy comes out, Dark page 1

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  • www.DarkHorse.com/Manga — TRIGUN © YASUHIRO Nightow 2013. Originally published in Japan in 2000 by SHONEN GAHOSHA Co., Ltd., TOKYO. English translation rights arranged with SHONEN GAHOSHA Co., Ltd., TOKYO through TOHAN CORPORATION, TOKYO. BERSERK by Kentaro Miura © 2013 Kentaro Miura. All rights reserved. First published in Japan by HAKUSENSHA, INC., Tokyo English language translation rights in the United States of America and Canada arranged with HAKUSENSHA, INC., Tokyo through TOHAN CORPORATION, Tokyo. HELLSING © KOHTA HIRANO 2013. Originally published in Japan by SHONEN GAHOSHA Co., Ltd., TOKYO. English translation rights arranged with SHONEN GAHOSHA Co., Ltd., TOKYO through TOHAN CORPORATION, TOKYO. BLOOD+ ADAGIO © Kumiko SUEKANE 2006 © 2005 Production I.G. • Aniplex • MBS • HAKUHODO. First published in Japan by KADOKAWA SHOTEN PUBLISHING Co., Ltd., Tokyo. English Translation rights arranged with KADOKAWA SHOTEN PUBLISHING Co., Ltd., Tokyo through TOHAN CORPORATION, Tokyo. NEON GENESIS EVANGELION GAKUEN DATENROKU © Mingming 2009 © GAINAX • Khara. First published in Japan by KADOKAWA SHOTEN Publishing Co., Ltd., Tokyo. English translation rights arranged with KADOKAWA SHOTEN Publishing Co., Ltd., Tokyo, through TOHAN CORPORATION, Tokyo. NEON GENESIS EVANGELION: COMIC TRIBUTE © khara • GAINAX. English translation rights arranged with KADOKAWA SHOTEN Publishing Co., Ltd., Tokyo, through TOHAN CORPORATION, Tokyo. Oh My Goddess! Copyright © 2013 by Kosuke Fujishima. All rights reserved. Blade of the Immortal Copyright © 2013 by Hiroaki Samura. All rights reserved. Gunsmith Cats Copyright © 2013 by Kenichi Sonoda. All rights reserved. MPD-PSYCHO © OTSUKA Eiji Jimusyo. Sho-u TAJIMA 2006. First published in Japan by KADOKAWA SHOTEN Publishing Co., Ltd., Tokyo. English translation rights arranged with KADOKAWA SHOTEN Publishing Co., Ltd., through TOHAN CORPORATION, Tokyo. Eden © 2013 Hiroki Endo. All rights reserved. First published in Japan by Kodansha Ltd., Tokyo. Publication rights for this English edition arranged through Kodansha Ltd. Gantz © 2013 by Hiroya Oku. All Rights reserved. First published by SHUEISHA Inc., Tokyo. Lone Wolf & Cub © 2013 KOIKE KAZUO & KOJIMA GOSEKI. All rights reserved. First Published in Japan in 1995 by KOIKE SHOIN PUBLISHING CO., LTD., TOKYO. English translation rights arranged with KOIKE SHOIN PUBLISHING CO., LTD. TETSUWAN ATOM by Osamu Tezuka © 2013 by Tezuka Productions. All rights reserved. English translation rights arranged with Tezuka Productions. Appleseed original art and story copyright © 2013 Shirow Masamune and Seishinsha. Appleseed, its characters and their distinctive likenesses TM and © 2013 Shirow Masamune and Seishinsha. Oreno Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii wakeganai © TSUKASA FUSHIMI / SAKURA IKEDA 2013. Originally published in Japan by ASCII MEDIA WORKS Inc., Tokyo. English translation rights arranged with ASCII. Cardcaptor Sakura © 2013 by CLAMP. All rights reserved. Original Japanese edition published by Kodansha Co., Ltd., Tokyo. English translation rights arranged with PYROTECHNIST CO. LTD., Tokyo. Chobits © 2012 by CLAMP. All rights reserved. Original Japanese edition published by Kodansha Co., Ltd., Tokyo. English translation rights arranged with PYROTECHNIST CO. LTD., Tokyo. Angelic Layer © 2013 CLAMP. All rights reserved. Original Japanese edition published by Kodansha Co., Ltd., Tokyo. English translation rights arranged with PYROTECHNIST CO. LTD., Tokyo. Dark Horse Manga is a trademark of Dark Horse Comics, Inc.

    1988: Dark Horse releases its first manga, Kazuhisa Iwata’s Godzilla, as a six-issue comics series. 1988: Studio Proteus begins a long association with Dark Horse, begin-

    ning with the sci-fi comics series Outlanders. In conjunction with Studio Proteus, Dark Horse would later publish such notable titles as Akira and Ghost in the Shell.

    1989: Dark Horse releases its first manga trade paperback collec- tion, Outlanders Volume 1. No ISBN or BISAC codes are needed, as graphic novels aren’t sold in bookstores yet! 1993: Weekly Super Comic Maker, a weekly comic collecting the

    best Dark Horse offerings, is released in Japan. Dark Horse is the only American publisher to have done this.

    1993: Adam Warren’s The Dirty Pair, a licensed American adaptation of the original Japanese series, comes out. Warren later does an American adaptation of Bubblegum Crisis with creator Kenichi Sonoda’s approval. 1994: Kosuke Fujishima’s Oh My Goddess! series is released. Still

    published to this day, Oh My Goddess! is the longest-running ongoing manga series in English.

    1995: Masamune Shirow’s epic science fiction tale Ghost in the Shell is released as an eight-part comics series.

    1996: Hiroaki Samura’s Blade of the Immortal series is first published.

    1999: Star Wars by Hisao Tamaki wins Dark Horse its first Eisner Award for manga.

    2000: Super Manga Blast! begins, a bimonthly serialized magazine dedicated solely to manga (titles include What’s Michael?, Cannon God Exaxxion, and Shadow Star).

    2000: Kazuo Koike’s Lone Wolf and Cub launches in a bunko for- mat (4 x 6 inches) and sets a land-speed record, with twenty-eight volumes published in twenty-eight months. As well as being a multiple Eisner and Harvey Award winner, it becomes one of Dark Horse’s best-selling series.

    2000: Regarded by many as the finest manga series ever pro- duced, Katsuhiro Otomo’s stunning science-fiction masterpiece Akira is published.

    2002: When Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy comes out, Dark Horse becomes the first American publisher to release the lighter side of Tezuka, with other titles showcasing Tezuka’s earlier manga history to follow, includ- ing Metropolis, Lost World, and Nextworld.

    2003: Yasuhiro Nightow’s Trigun, Kentaro Miura’s Berserk, and Kohta Hirano’s Hellsing launch, with all three quickly ascending to the best- seller list; to date they have sold almost two million copies. Dark Horse’s first books in tankobon size (5 x 7 inches), these titles are also formatted as the publisher’s first non-Westernized manga (right-to- left reading).

    2005: Dark Horse leads the charge of publishing anime-related novels with the best-selling Vampire Hunter D (which will become its most popular prose novel series of all time) and follows it up with the anime spinoff novel Blood: The Last Vampire.

    2006: Dark Horse publishes the anime art book Gungrave Archives, by creator Yasuhiro Nightow, which is soon followed by another art book, Roman Album: Samurai Champloo, based on the popular anime.

    2007: Dark Horse forges a relationship with renowned artist Yoshitaka Amano with the publication of Worlds of Amano. The publisher would later print over a half dozen of Amano’s art books, including The Sky: The Art of Final Fantasy.

    2007: The most controversial manga of all time, the multivolume series MPD-Psycho, comes to America.

    2007: Dark Horse wins an Eisner Award for Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi’s gritty revenge series Old Boy.

    2007: The last comic issue of Blade of the Immortal (#131) is printed. Blade is not only Dark Horse’s longest-running manga series in comic book format, but also the last manga to be published in this format.

    2008: The most-demanded sci-fi/action manga of all time, Hiroya Oku’s Gantz, is released.

    2009: The first volume of New York Times graphic novel bestseller Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project comes out. It is followed by another hit series spinoff, Neon Genesis Evangelion: Campus Apocalypse.

    2012: Dark Horse releases Tsukasa Fushimi’s Oreimo, a contemporary title based on the Japanese light-novel phenomenon.

    2013: Yoshitaka Amano’s original fantasy novel, Deva Zan, is printed. It is released in America before being released in Japan or elsewhere.

    CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF MANGA

    2009: The wildly successful CLAMP omnibus program begins with Clover, followed by Chobits, Cardcaptor Sakura, Magic Knight Rayearth, Angelic Layer, and Tokyo Babylon.