D&Q Licenses GeGeGe no Kitaro
In case you hadn’t heard, Drawn & Quarterly has licensed Shigeru Mizuki’s GeGeGe no Kitaro. Look for the first volume in 2013.
yokai illustrations by Shigeru Mizuki as featured in the book Yokai Jiten
“Mizuki’s best-known comic, GeGeGe no Kitaro, traces its roots back to the Golden Age of paper theater, when storytellers around Japan performed Hakaba no Kitaro, a supernatural tale about a yokai boy who lived in a graveyard. Though Mizuki didn’t create Kitaro, he was responsible for adapting Hakaba no Kitaro into manga form, publishing his first Kitaro stories for the akabon (rental comics) market in 1959. The story eventually found a home at Weekly Shonen Magazine in 1966, where the editors renamed it GeGeGe no Kitaro. Kitaro proved immensely popular, spawning animated television shows, feature-length movies, and video games, not to mention numerous manga sequels. (Kitaro has graced the pages of Shonen Sunday, Shonen Action, and Shukan Jitsuwa, to name a few.)”
Just received today: volume one of Shigeru Mizuki’s GeGeGe no Kitaro. Kodansha released a bilingual edition of GeGeGe no Kitaro in 2002, though only three volumes’ worth of material was translated. Now out of print, I was very lucky to find the first volume at a reasonable price. My source: mkbooks2003, a Japanese seller specializing in gently used manga.