Story of Lee – assorted extras

Here are some bits and bobs of The Story of Lee extras that may be of some interest:

1. The Best New Manga volume 2 that The Story of Lee first appears in. This episode was from volume 2 of the story actually,confusingly (which I am working on now). So anyone wanting to see what happens next can get a glimpse on the 25 page story that appeared in this volume.

 

2. We toyed with the idea for including a badge/button type design on the back cover of the book, and Chie came up with this more cartoony design (chibi style) for that. In the end we decided that this did not suit the more realistic style of the actual artwork and the cover itself, so we did not include it. But perhaps some manga fans might like it?

3. As I’ve mentioned before several of the songs in The Story of Lee are from the band, The Clientele. So here is the album that most of the songs are taken from, with the permission of the lead singer and writer Alasdair MacLean, my old pal from Edinburgh University. A wonderful album it is too!

 

http://theclientele.co.uk/discography/

 

4. Lastly, when I went to last years San Diego comic convention, the full Story of Lee book was not yet finished. So Terry asked me to make up some ‘ashcans’, in the American nifty term. This is what I came up with myself, a little booklet that was given out free to interested people at the booth. It the first time in years I went through this ‘do it yourself’ process and rather got a kick out of it.

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About the Author

Sean Michael Wilson/ Chie Kutsuwada
Sean Michael Wilson/ Chie Kutsuwada
SEAN MICHAEL WILSON is a comic book writer from Scotland, who now lives and works in Japan. He has had more than a dozen books published so far, from a variety of US, UK and Japanese publishers. Although also writing 'western' style graphic novels, such as adaptations of classical novels, he often works with Japanese and Chinese artists on manga style books. He is the editor of the influential collection 'Ax: alternative manga' (Top Shelf). Currently he is writing books for Kodansha International, being the only British comic book writer working with them. He has attempted to do comic books that are different from the normal superhero/fantasy brands, working with a variety of 'non-comic book' organisations in the process. His book with War on Want, 'Iraq:Operation Corporate Takeover' was reported on by a variety of mainstream agencies - such as Reuters, CCTV in China and several Middle Eastern magazines. His main influences remain British and American creators - such as Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Eddie Campbell and Harvey Pekar. 'The Story of Lee' is his second published book working with artist Chie Kutsuwada, the first being 'Hagakure' (Kodansha International).

CHIE KUTSUWADA was born and brought up in Japan. After graduating from the Royal College of Art, she now lives and works in London as a manga artist. She also attends some manga-related events and runs manga workshops at schools, libraries, and museums around the UK, such as at British Libraries and the Victoria and Albert Museum. She usually creates story and illustration on her own like King of a Miniature Garden (2007), her first manga, but also works with story writers, such as on the adaptation of 'As You Like It' (2008 SelfMadeHero, London) by Shakespeare and the Japanese classic tale 'Hagakure' by T. Yamamoto (adapted by Sean Michael Wilson, 2010 Kodansha International, Tokyo).

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