Kodansha @ Anime Expo 2022

Kodansha Returns to Anime Expo

Kodansha is proud to return to Anime Expo – one of the world’s largest anime, manga, and Japanese pop-culture conventions in the world – in huge way with a booth, panel, and a number of giveaways for fans in attendance, and at home! Take a look below as we outline Kodansha’s full presence at Anime Expo 2022. And be sure to follow along on all our activities via our social media and by looking up the hashtag #AX22_Kodansha, all weekend long!

Anime Expo happens July 1st through July 4th and will be held at the
Los Angeles Convention Center.


Visit Kodansha at Booth #1100

Anime and manga fans can find us at the Kodansha Booth #1100. And while you’re there be sure to check out our huge art gallery with manuscript pages from series like Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku, Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie, The Quintessential Quintuplets, and Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro. And for you cosplay buffs we’ll also be displaying real-life Tokyo Revengers-inspired uniforms.

Not only that but the Kodansha booth will also feature a video wall playing trailers from and sketch videos from some of Kodansha’s most fan-favorite anime, manga & creators!

Also, be sure to capture the memory of being at AX 2022 with the Kodansha Sharing Box photo booth and take pictures with characters from several Kodansha series including Wotakoi!


Join us for the Wotakoi Celebration Panel at AX

Friday, July 1, 2022 – 12:30 PM – Room 406 AB

Kodansha’s Wotakoi Celebration & New Licensing Announcements
Help us celebrate the wonderful conclusion of the Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku manga in this wonderful spotlight filled with nerdy nostalgia, and giveaways! Then stick around for an exclusive sneak peek at Kodansha’s Spring 2023 print licensing announcement and July 2022 digital debuts.


Digital Wallpaper Giveaways for All

Not going to be at Anime Expo this year? You can still celebrate with us by downloading from limited edition wallpapers for desktop and mobile devices featuring exclusive Wotakoi art for AX, and hand-picked illustrations from Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie, Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro, and The Quintessential Quintuplets! See below to download your wallpapers today!

Download the Wotakoi Wallpaper Here: Desktop

Download the Wotakoi Wallpapers Here: Mobile 1 // Mobile 2

Download the Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie Wallpaper Here: Mobile

Download the Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro Wallpaper Here: Mobile

Download The Quintessential Quintuplets Wallpaper Here: Mobile


New for Anime Expo!

Check out part one our exclusive interview with Fujita on the Wotakoi finale!


Just Announced at Anime Expo!

Take a look at all the Spring 2023 Print Debuts & July 2022 digital debuts
just announced at the show!


Stay tuned to this page for more AX-related announcements from Kodansha USA!

Akane Torikai at TCAF ’22

Kodansha USA is proud to have Akane Torikai – the unflinching creator behind the thought-provoking drama, Sensei’s Pious Lie – as a featured guest of this year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF). And to celebrate Kodansha is offering digital wallpapers of Akane Torikai’s work to fans worldwide – read on for more info!

Being held this year at the Toronto Reference Library from June 17-19, 2022, TCAF is an internationally acclaimed comic book festival that spotlights a number of acclaimed creators and independent publishers. With Torikai-sensei as one of the festival’s featured guest fans will have multiple times to hear her speak, see her draw, and also get her autograph across the show.

For a full list of times and locations to meet with Torikai-sensei at TCAF 2022 see below:


Akane Torikai at TCAF 2022 Schedule of Appearances

Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2022
When: June 17-19, 2022
Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W 2G8, Canada

Friday, June 17, 2022

6:30 PM EST: Kick-off Panel: The Next 20 Years – Toronto Reference Library, Salon
Come celebrate 20 years with TCAF at the Festival’s opening kickoff! We’ve seen a lot of amazing creators come through the festival over the last two decades, but for tonight’s celebration, we want to highlight great new voices taking over the industry right now: Tillie Walden (My Parents Won’t Stop Talking, Spinning), Emma Hunsinger (My Parents Won’t Stop Talking), Kat Simmers (Pass Me By), Conor Stechschulte (Ultrasound), and Akane Torikai (Sensei’s Pious Lie). These creators have their fingers on the pulse of the comics industry. What new directions are they taking it in? What important stories are there left to tell? What are the gaps still left to fill in this industry? We’ll talk about all this and more in the opening panel.

Saturday, June 18, 2022

10:00 – 11:00 AM EST: Akane Torikai Spotlight – Toronto Reference Library, Hinton Learning Theatre
Manga creator Akane Torikai makes her North American comics festival debut at TCAF 2022! In Sensei’s Pious Lie, Torikai explores the intersections of sex, violence, gender, and power through her naturalistic style and painful honesty. Join veteran manga critic Brigid Alverson in this thought-provoking and revealing panel on Torikai’s groundbreaking work.

11:30 AM -12:30 PM EST: Akane Torikai Autograph Session – Toronto Reference Library, Signing Area

2:00 – 3:00 PM EST: Live Drawing featuring Akane Torikai @ JFT –  The Japan Foundation, Toronto
Watch manga being made before your very eyes! Award-winning artist Akane Torikai pulls back the curtain behind her creative process as she draws live on stage and chats about everything from favourite pen to her English-language debut, Sensei’s Pious Lie, and her ongoing series Saturn Return.

RSVP Link

Sunday, June 19, 2022

12:00- 1:00 PM EST: Akane Torikai Autograph Session – Toronto Reference Library, Signing Area


Special Digital Wallpaper Giveaway:

In celebration of Akane Torikai’s special appearance at TCAF 2022 we are giving away digital wallpapers featuring stunning art from Torikai’s Sensei’s Pious Lie.

Download wallpapers here: Desktop // Mobile Device


Sensei’s Pious Lie Free Chapter 1 Preview:

If you haven’t yet experienced Sensei’s Pious Lie – the poignant exploration on the emotional fallout of sexual assault – you can read the first chapter free below.

About Akane Torikai: Torikai was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1981. In 2004, she made her manga debut in the monthly magazine Bessatsu Shojo Friend DX Juliet. Her first serialized work in a young men’s magazine was Ohayou Okaeri, which was published in Morning Two. This was followed by Sensei’s Pious Lie, which drew widespread attention for its focus on the theme of sexual violence. In addition, Onna no Ie, a series about two sisters who must live under one roof, made the list for Takarajimasha’s Kono Manga ga Sugoi! (This Manga is Amazing!) in the women’s category, while Jigoku no Girlfriend, a story about three women made housemates by chance, was adapted into a live-action TV show. Her latest ongoing series, Saturn Return, which is published weekly in Big Comic Spirits magazine, is a mystery that revolves around suicide and loss.

About Sensei’s Pious Lie: Torikai’s work is a frank and nuanced examination of the emotional and practical effects of sexual violence, rendering the messy realities in gorgeously refined linework and dialogue far more naturalistic than most manga. The author veers away from blunt indictment to paint one of the most complex and fascinating psychological portraits of both rapist and victim in any medium. Very much not just for manga fans, Sensei’s Pious Lie will appeal to readers of graphic novels and literary fiction in general.

Attack on Titan at Anime NYC

Kodansha & Attack on Titan Return to Anime NYC with a Special Manga Gallery

Kodansha is thrilled, now more than ever, to return to  Anime NYC in 2021, because this year we are bringing a colossal Attack on Titan Manga Gallery like you’ve never seen before! This exhibition celebrates the conclusion of the most devastating shonen manga of the decade, by showcasing the evolution of art by series creator, Hajime Isayama, and also featuring messages from the fans who have supported the series over the past 11 years via a special message board.

Attack on Titan is the award-winning and New York Times-bestselling series created by Hajime Isayama. First published in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in 2009, this series was a sleeper hit until it won the Kodansha Manga Award in 2011 for the shōnen category. Since then the manga has spawned the monster hit anime TV series of the same name making Attack on Titan a pop culture sensation. The anime is currently in its final season and can be streamed via Crunchyroll, Funimation. New episodes of the final season arrive in January 2022.

About the Creator: Hajime Isayama
Born in Oita, Japan in 1986, Hajime Isayama’s debut work, orz, received the 81st Weekly Shonen Magazine Rookie Award in 2008, and debuted at Magazine Special. He started serializing Attack on Titan in Bessatsu Shonen Magazine. A global sensation, Attack on Titan received the 35th Kodansha Manga Award.

More Attack on Titan


 

Pickup where the anime left off with thee two free Attack on Titan chapters:

 


 

#ThanksAttackonTitan Message Board

#ThanksAttackonTitan. Starting today we’ll be collecting all posts with this hashtag from across Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and even TikTok, to spotlight online and even on a dedicated wall of the  Attack on Titan Manga Gallery showing messages from fans like you!

Attack on Titan Final Volume Countdown

The Attack on Titan finale, volume 34, arrives on October 19, 2021, and with it comes the culmination of the ultimate endgame! See how the most devastating shonen manga of the century ends and what will await your favorite characters in the aftermath.

Want to celebrate this momentous end with us? Be sure to share your thoughts on social media with the tag #ThanksAttackonTitan, and join the conversation with fans from all over the world celebrating the end of Attack on Titan!

This is the Ultimate Endgame
Final Volume Available In

 

More on Attack on Titan Final Volume

 


#ThanksAttackonTitan Message Board

Dedicate your videos, pictures, message, and love for Attack on Titan with the hashtag #ThanksAttackonTitan and be a part of the countdown!

You can participate from Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Tiktok (if it was reposted)

 

November 19: Watch Kodansha x Yen Press Showdown Rematch & MORE at Anime NYC 2020 Online!

What are you doing on November 17-20? 

As you may have heard, Anime NYC, one of our favorite conventions in the Big Apple has moved online this year. Which means, we get to nerd-out alongside thousands of fans directly from our homes! So, mark your calendars for November 17-20, to tactically plan out a few days to enjoy the fandom celebration festivities!

 


All Eyes on Kodansha Comics x Yen Press Showdown Rematch!

It was at Crunchyroll Expo earlier this year, when the EPIC rivalry between Kodansha and Yen Press spiraled out of control! So, to settle some unfinished business, we’re bringing an equally epic rematch to Anime NYC 2020!

 

Kodansha Comics x Yen Press Showdown Rematch: The King of Kinokuniya 

When? Thursday, November 19 Time: 4:45 PT / 7:45 PM ET
Where? on NTWK app 

The epic battle between two powerhouse manga publishers continues in a title match to see who will be crowned the “King of Kinokuniya”! The stage is set for a battle in the Big Apple as Kodansha Comics’ own Tomo “Double-T” Tran, faces off against Yen Press’ Mark de Vera, the “Man of 1000 Manga.” Watch as they test their skills and wits, to hard sell the best manga titles from each company within the confines of the hallowed NYC Kinokuniya. NYC is about to E X P L O D E, when these forces fight for manga supremacy! See the match for yourself, and stay tuned because YOU too can be crowned a winner of some excellent prizes!

 

 

Wanna win $100 Kinokuniya  Gift Card? 
Enter for a chance by taking this viewers survey!
(Offer Ends December 2, 2020)

 

 


Get the Anime NYC Exclusive Digital Downloads! 

Just in time for the holiday season, you can decorate your desktop, mobile, and Zoom in Kodansha spirit! Check out Anime NYC Online Digital Download page to get those digital goodies, while it lasts!

 

 

 

Stay tune on this page for more details about all things
Kodansha at Anime NYC 2020! 

 

Check out the SCARY-good savings in our Terrifying Tales Humble Manga Bundle!

TONS OF SCARY SEASON MANGA FOR ONLY $20!

In a very special Halloween-themed Humble Manga Bundle we’re bringing you some of the scariest, creepiest, most disturbing manga Kodansha Comics has to offer – all for a price that won’t kill your wallet! Right now you can jump into the Terrifying Tales Humble Manga Bundle to take big bloody bites or chilling series like the doppelgänger drama Kasane, the action packed monster hunting saga To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts, or take a trip into the terrifying world of curses and spirits with PTSD Radio.

Not only that, but for $20 you can even snatch up the digital debut of Junji Ito’s high school horror classic Dissolving Classroom – and STILL get over $1500 worth of other blood curdling Kodansha Comics manga! But hurry this special Humble Manga Bundle will only be available for a limited time!

Name your price: To get ALL these creep-tastic titles in the $20 tier, you’d normally have to pay over $1400! But with this special (and scary!) Humble Manga Bundle, you choose the price and what tier you want to pay up to! Nothing to fear!

Read ’em anywhere: These manga are available in multiple formats including CBZ, PDF, and ePub, so they work on your computer, e-readers, iPads, cell phones, and a wide array of mobile devices! Instructions and a list of recommended reading programs can be found here

Support charity. We know you’re excited to pad your pockets with digital manga, but did you know you’ll also be donating to great causes? Choose where the money goes—among Kodansha Comics’ preselected charities, The American Civil Liberties Union, and Doctors Without Borders — or choose a charity of your preference via the PayPal Giving Fund. For details on how this works, click here. If you like this bundle or like what Humble Bundle does, you can leave a Humble Tip too.


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PAY WHAT YOU WANT! Here’s what you’ll get with each tier:

Pay $1 or more
PTSD Radio volumes 1-5
Dragon Head
volume 1-5
Kasane
volumes 1-7
Gleipnir volume 1

 

Pay $8 or more
Kasane volumes 8-14
Dragon Head
volumes 6-10
Until Your Bones Rot volumes 1-7
In/Spectre volume 1
Princess Resurrection volumes 1-5

Pay $10 or more
Inuyashiki volumes 1-5
Starving Anonymous volumes 1-7
Dolly Kill Kill
volume 1
Princess Resurrection volumes 6-10
Sankarea volumes 1-5
In/Spectre volume 2-4

 

Pay $18 or more
Happiness volumes 1-5
Inuyashiki volumes 1-7
Fort of Apocalypse volume 1
Princess Resurrection volumes 11-15
Sankarea volumes 1-5
To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts volumes 2-4
In/Spectre volume 5-8

 

Pay $20 or more
Happiness volumes 6-10
Can You Just Die My Darling? volumes 1-7
Museum volumes 1-3
Princess Resurrection volumes 16-20
To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts volumes 5-7
Noise volume 1
Princess Resurrection Nightmare volumes 1-3
Junji Ito’s Cat Diary volume 1
In/Spectre volume 9-11
Dissolving Classroom volume 1


Pay what you want. Support charity. Get awesome manga! 

Celebrating Witch Hat Atelier, Osamu Tezuka & MORE! What’s Happening @ NYCC 2020?


The autumn has arrived in the Big Apple! That means it’s time for our annual party with manga fans! But this year, we’re doing it a little differently to make it extra special & social distancing-friendly too!

This year at New York Comic Con x MCM Comic Con Metaverse, we’re cerebrating the award-winning magical manga, Witch Hat Atelier as well as the new Harvey’s hall-of-famer and the godfather of manga, Osamu Tezuka!

 

Update October 9


Take this survey for the chance to with Witch Hat Atelier signed by Kamome Shirahama! 

Just announced on our panel that 3 lucky winners are getting an autographed copy of Witch Hat Atelier signed by Kamome Shirahama-sensei!

To enter for a chance to win, take this survey and let us know what you thought about the show!
(Offer ends October 23, 2020)

 

The Harvey Awards

 

As you may have heard, The Harvey’s Awards had just announced that Witch Hat Atelier by Kamome Shirahama from Kodansha Comics had won the 2020 Best Manga Award! And the rumor has it that we’ll have a special message from Shirahama-sensei during the The 2020 Annual Harvey Awards Ceremony. So dress up (if you like) and join the party on Friday, October 9 at 7:50pm ET / 4:50pm PT!

 

 

Check out the FREE chapter 1 preview of the Harvey Award winning Witch Hat Atelier here!

And that’s not all! The legendary manga creator Osamu Tezuka, known for many manga published from Vertical Inc. like Dororo, Buddha, and Black Jack, will be inducted into the Harvey Awards Hall of Fame this year! During the the awards ceremony, there will be another special message from Macoto Tezuka, the son of late Osaku Tezuka and the Representative Director of the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Foundation.

 

 

 

Check out the masterpieces by Osamu Tezuka from Vertical Inc.!

Panels

 

Looking for new announcements? Check out…

 

Kodansha’s Greatest, Latest, & Upcoming Manga
Friday, October 9 at 4:40 pm ET / 1:40pm PT (30 min)

To celebrate The Harvey Awards recognition of both the inimitable manga creator, Osamu Tezuka (Buddha, Black Jack, Dororo), and the magical series Witch Hat Atelier, the Kodansha USA Publishing manga experts, Misaki Kido, Ivan Salazar & Tomo Tran will take you on a tour of both Tezuka’s work, the Witch Hat Atelier series and will also reveal new licensing announcements, new MONOGATARI Series news, and much more. PLUS, stay tuned until the end of the panel to find out how you can win an autograph from Witch Hat Atelier creator Kamome Shirahama-sensei, in a special giveaway!

 

Update: October 9

 

We had some exciting announcements Kodansha’s Greatest, Latest, & Upcoming Manga Panel for the upcoming seasons. And if you’re fan of the MONOGATARI Series, you’re in for an extra special treat! ?

MONOGATARI Series Final Season Box Set is underway and that’s a good news for the collectors! VOFAN is working on an exclusive illustration for this special and final box set of the beloved MONOGATARI Series by NISIOISIN from Vertical Inc. Coming in Summer 2021!


Monogatari Series Season 2 Novel Box Set
is currently available for a special price at Rightstuf!  

 

 

Speaking of MONOGATARI Series, we had the first look of ZOKU OWARIMONOGATARI (END TALE CONT.) during this panel. This is the final book of the MONOGATARI Series proper. On street date is coming soon on November 24!

 

Can’t get enough of those stories by NISIOISIN? Then be sure to check out Pretty Boy Detective Club–– the “new faces” of the NISIOISIN novels. As you may know, the light-novel series is currently available from Vertical Inc. And the manga adaptation is coming soon in Summer 2021!

 


Pretty Boy Detective Club (novel) is available now!

 

Looking for new manga to read? Check out…

 

Kodansha Got Fall 2020 Manga Recommendations
Sunday, October 11 at 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT (30 min)

Looking for some new manga to read? Then you’re in the right place! Kodansha USA Publishing has tons of new awesome series debuting Fall 2020. Join the Kodansha manga experts Misaki Kido & Ivan Salazar as they recommend new releases, including the legendary supernatural shonen manga Shaman King – fully complete for the first time in English via comiXology Originals – as well as upcoming anime-inspiring series, twisted & twisty romances series, and more! And if you like the manga that you saw on the panel, then stick around until the end for your chance to win them as prize giveaways! It’s a panel no manga fan can miss and you’ve already got the best seat in the house!

 

Happening Right Now!

TT Humble Bundle Main

 

 

 

Be sure to check back on this page for the updates on the new announcement from Kodansha Comics at New York Comic Con x MCM Comic Con Metaverse!

Join Hiro Mashima Session on ANN Connect! (9/15)

 

Did you hear? We’re teaming up with our friends at ANN Connect, to bring a special Q&A session with Hiro Mashima, the superstar creator from Kodansha Comics! Join us for in-depth discussion about FAIRY TAIL, EDENS ZERO, Rave Master & a whole lot more! 

ANN Connect: Hiro Mashima Session
When? September 15, 2020 at 6pm PT / 9pm ET
Where? Anime News Network’s official YouTube, Facebook and Twitch channels!

Not only will Mashima-sensei be fielding questions from ANN Connect, but he will also be taking questions from YOU, the fans! 
Want to ask question? You can either submit them at the ANN forum here or on Twitter using the hashtag #askmashima (make sure to tag @anime).
But HURRY! The deadline to submit questions is 5PM EDT / 2 PM PDT on Friday, September 4th.

And be sure to stick around until the end of the September 15, ANN Connect Session for a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! 

For more details, stay tune to kodanshacomics.com!

 

Wanna win Special Prizes like FAIRY TAIL Box Set, EDENS ZERO, & MORE? 
Watch this episode of Kodansha Live and take the viewer’s survey (link in video description) 

 

 

October 17: Hiro Mashima Global Autograph Session! Here’s How You Can Enter.

Update October 15

Are you curious if you have been selected as one of the lucky winners to get a spot on Hiro Mashima Global Virtual Autograph Session? Join the event on livestream on October 17 at 7am ET / 4am PT on Shonen Magazine Official YouTube Channel

 

Updated September 15!

On October 17, superstar manga creator Hiro Mashima (FAIRY TAILEDENS ZERORAVE MASTER), along with Weekly Shonen Magazine in Japan, will host an exclusive global virtual autograph session! During this session, 80 lucky fans from North America (US & Canada), China, France, Italy,  and Japan will be able to request unique illustrations from Mashima-sensei himself! 

For your chance to be one of the lucky U.S. & Canada fans virtually meet Hiro Mashima, and get your own signed illustration, visit kodanshacomics.com/mashima and submit your entry today! Deadline to submit is September 30, 2020 JST.

Winners will be announced on Weekly Shonen Magazine’s official YouTube channel  at the start of the signing session, October 17, 2020 at 20:00 JT (4am PT / 7am ET). This event will also be open for anyone to view regardless of being a winner.

 

US & Canada Fans! 
Submit your entry for Hiro Mashima Virtual Autograph Session HERE!  

START FAIRY TAIL & EDENS ZERO FOR 99¢ EACH!

To help celebrate this great upcoming Hiro Mashima event we’re having a special sale on both FAIRY TAIL & EDENS ZERO! That’s right! If you’ve only seen the anime but have’t read the manga, we’re here to get you started with volume 1s priced at 99¢ and select volumes up to 50% off after that! So whether just starting or catching up, you won’t want to miss this sale!

Just visit one of our participating digital vendors to take up to 50% off these amazing Mashima series: BookwalkercomiXology, Google Play, Kindle, Nook and izneo. Sale runs from September 15 to 30!

SPECIAL GIVEAWAY! Wanna win awesome prizes like FAIRY TAIL Box Set, EDENS ZERO, & MORE? 
Watch this episode of Kodansha Live and take the viewer’s survey (link in video description) Offer extended until September 23, 2020. 

 

 

Did you hear? We’re teaming up with our friends at ANN Connect, to bring a special Q&A session with Hiro Mashima, the superstar creator from Kodansha Comics! Join us for in-depth discussion about FAIRY TAIL, EDENS ZERO, Rave Master & a whole lot more! 

ANN Connect: Hiro Mashima Session
When? September 15, 2020 at 6pm PT / 9pm ET
Where? Anime News Network’s official YouTube, Facebook and Twitch channels!

Not only will Mashima-sensei be fielding questions from ANN Connect, but he will also be taking questions from YOU, the fans! 
Want to ask question? You can either submit them at the ANN forum here or on Twitter using the hashtag #askmashima (make sure to tag @anime).
But HURRY! The deadline to submit questions is 5PM EDT / 2 PM PDT on Friday, September 4th.

And be sure to stick around until the end of the September 15, ANN Connect Session for a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! 

For more exciting news about Hiro Mashima, stay tune to kodanshacomics.com!

 

[UPDATE] And the Eisner Winner is… Witch Hat Atelier!

[UPDATE]: After news of the Eisner Award win reached Kamome Shirahama, she drafted a special note she wanted to share with fans and supporters of Witch Hat Atelier:

 

“I was surprised to hear the news! It is my great pleasure to receive this honorable award, and I can’t express enough gratitude to the readers who always root for my work, and to the many people who support me.

Thanks to all of you, I am able to challenge myself and to express myself in a variety of ways with confidence. I’ll continue to keep my original intentions in mind and devote myself to creation. I look forward to bringing more to you, and I hope you enjoy my work.” 

Kamome Shirahama – Witch Hat Atelier mangaka.

 

Witch Hat Atelier Wins Prestigious Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards
During Comic-Con International 2020

In its first nomination and win, Witch Hat Atelier by Kamome Shirahama wins the 2020 Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material-Asia

July 25, 2020 – New York, NY / San Diego, CA – First announced during the online award ceremony for the The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards held Friday, July 24, 2020 during Comic-Con International San Diego, Witch Hat Atelier by Kamome Shirahama, and published by Kodansha USA Publishing, was awarded the 2020 Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material-Asia category!

“Witnessing the spellbinding charm of this manga with universal appeal entrance the world has been enormously gratifying for us at Kodansha USA,” said President & CEO Alvin Lu. “This special recognition by the Eisners committee and voters is a great honor. On behalf of the enormously talented Shirahama-sensei, thank you.”

Often considered by the comics, manga and graphic novel industry as “the Oscars of Comics,” the Eisner Awards are voted on by industry professionals and given out in more than two-dozen categories each year during Comic-Con International San Diego. This year, Witch Hat Atelier won a 2020 Eisner Award, joining other Kodansha USA Publishing titles who have also received this award in the past including, Tokyo Tarareba Girls by Akiko Higashimura in 2019, and AKIRA by Katsuhiro Otomo in 2018.

Witch Hat Atelier is the beautifully illustrated, all-ages, story about a girl who longs for magic in her life and learns that, on the inside, she already is what she wishes she could be.

In a world where everyone takes wonders like magic spells and dragons for granted, Coco is a girl with a simple dream: she wants to be a witch. But everybody knows magicians are born, not made, and Coco was not born with a gift for magic. Resigned to her un-magical life, Coco is about to give up on her dream to become a witch … until the day she meets Qifrey, a mysterious, traveling magician. After secretly seeing Qifrey perform magic in a way she’s never seen before, Coco soon learns what everybody “knows” might not be the truth, and discovers that her magical dream may not be as far away as it may seem…

Witch Hat Atelier has seen over 2.3 million copies published across 18 countries, and is available to English speaking fans digitally via Amazon Kindle, BookWalker, comiXology, Apple Books, Google Play, Rakuten Kobo, Nook, and izneo, and also available in print, distributed by Penguin Random House.

For more information on this and other Kodansha USA Publishing series please visit: https://kodansha.us/. 

About Kamome Shirahama:
Kamome Shirahama debuted as a manga artist with Eniale & Dewiela. And as an illustrator, worked on covers for various DC Comics and Marvel’s Star Wars comics. In 2016, she began serialization of Witch Hat Atelier in the Monthly Morning Two manga magazine published by Kodansha Ltd. This series has been well received by a worldwide audience and has won a number of international awards such as the Japan Expo Award, in France.