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!


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 / Nami Tamura
Sean Michael Wilson is a comic book writer from Scotland, who lives in Japan. He has had more than a dozen books published with a variety of US, UK and Japanese publishers, including: a comic book version of A Christmas Carol ('Best of 2008’, Sunday Times), AX:alternative manga ( 'Best ten books of 2010’, Publishers Weekly), Parecomic (with an introduction by Noam Chomsky, his first contribution to a book in graphic form), Fight the Power! A Visual History of Protest Amongst the English Speaking Peoples’ (introduction by Tariq Ali). He is currently writing books for big Japanese publisher Kodansha, being the only British writer to do so. In fact, he is the only pro manga writer from Britain who lives in Japan. He is also the editor of the critically acclaimed collection 'AX:alternative manga' (one of Publishers Weekly's 'Best ten books of 2010' and nominated for a Harvey award). Working with Shambhala Publications in the US he has written a unique line of Japanese history/martial arts/Samurai books, including The Book of Five Rings, Hagakure, The 47 Ronin, and a biography of Musashi, with more on the way. His main influences remain British and American creators - such as Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Eddie Campbell and Harvey Pekar. He often gives lectures and talks about comics in schools and colleges.

NAMI TAMURA is a manga artist from Japan, now living in United Kingdom. As a young artist she received three prizes from the famous Japanese publishers Shougakukan and Kodansha, and she went on to work with Shougakukan on some of their weekly magazines. Now she is working as freelance artist in various fields. The Story of Lee volume 2 is her first book in English.

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