Sunday, September 08, 2013

Taniguchi in english

It is clear by now that Jiro Tanigichi is one of my favourite mangaka. Most of his work has been published in french by various publishers (mostly Casterman and Kana), but there's still only a few titles available in english and all (mostly) from the same publisher: Fanfare/Ponent Mon.

In fact, Fanfare/Ponent Mon is not really one publisher but two small publishers, from United Kingdom and Spain, working together “to bring quality storytelling in the comic medium”. So small that Fanfare is actually a one-person company, where Stephen Robson is owner, publisher, and editor (see his interview on Manga Worth Reading)! According to their website, they focused at the beginning mostly “on the French and Japanese alternative scene through Frédéric Boilet´s "Nouvelle Manga" movement” but are now widening their interest, although always selecting and publishing the best original works they can find.

It is certainly true for their selection of Taniguchi's titles:

Distant neighbourhood (vol. 1 and vol. 2)
The Ice Wanderer
The quest for the missing girl
Summit of the Gods (so far vol. 1, vol. 2, vol. 3, vol. 4 of 5)
The time of Botchan (so far vol. 1, vol. 2, vol. 3, vol. 4 of 10)
The walking man
A Zoo in winter

This selection represents indeed the best of Taniguchi. Their latest release is the fourth volume in the superb Summit of the Gods manga series (£14.99 / $25.00 US, ISBN 9788492444632).

So far, I've talked and commented mostly on the french edition of Taniguchi's manga, but I also want to comment on the english books and I will--as soon as I get my hands on more of them (I have already a few of them but I'd like to have more than one volume of a series in order to have a better idea of the story before commenting on it).

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