Good news for fans of the late, great Jiro Taniguchi: Fanfare/Ponent Mon will be publishing two new Taniguchi books this fall. The first is the long-gestating Furari, which was originally announced for 2015. The story resembles both The Times of Botchan and The Walking Man, in that the central character was inspired by a real historical figure — Tadataka Ino — and the “plot” involves him wandering the streets of eighteenth-century Edo, taking in the sights and sounds.
The second new title is Venice, a gorgeously illustrated travelogue in which Taniguchi retraces his grandfather’s steps through this famous Italian city. Here’s a sneak peak:
Last but not least, Fanfare/Ponent Mon is preparing a new English-language edition of The Walking Man in honor of the manga’s tenth anniversary.
In other news…
Has the New York Times’ decision to cut its graphic novel and manga bestseller lists had an impact on retail sales? Heidi MacDonald weighs the data. [The Beat]
Anime Feminist profiles Tiv, a Korean-born artist working in Japan. [Anime Feminist]
Help Seven Seas decide what manga to license next! The May reader survey is now live. [Seven Seas]
Professors Andy Kunka and Derek Royale devote their latest podcast to Shizuo Oshimi’s Happiness and Gengoroh Tagame’s My Brother’s Husband. [Comics Alternative]
Ichigo Takano will be publishing a new chapter of orange in the May issue of Monthly Action Magazine. [Otaku USA]
Brian Ashcraft culls his favorite “insanely real manga drawings” from the pages of Kiyohiko Azuma’s Yotsuba&!. [Kotaku]
Taking the reins from Joe McCulloch, Katie Skelley posts the latest This Week In Comics! column at TCJ. On the agenda: Sasaki Maki and Junko Mizuno who, in Skelley’s memorable turn of phrase, is “stuck between a Hot Topic purgatory and like, a huge D&Q retrospective.” Until that glossy D&Q album comes out, fans will have to make do with Mizuno’s latest, Ravina, The Witch? [The Comics Journal]