Sean at the Tokyo International Comic Festival

We are off to the Tokyo International Comic Festival Tokyo on the 20th of October, myself and artist Akiko Shimojima –  with our new book for Kodansha – our faithful retelling of the classic story THE 47 RONIN. It’s coming out in Japan in a bilingual version, Japanese and English. and also a purely English version is coming out nect month in the US too, from Shambhala Publications.


And for those of you who can read Japanese:

The Artist Alley 2013
Sean Michael Wilson / UK
ショーン・マイケル・ウィルソン / 英国
主 要作品:‘A Christmas Carol’(Classical Comics), ‘Hagakure’ (Kodansha), ‘The Book of Five Rings’(Shambhala Publications), ‘The 47 Ronin’ (Kodansha), ‘AX:alternative manga’ (Top Shelf).

彼は日本在住で唯一の英国人のマンガ作家です。彼は数多くの本を日本と英国、米国で出版してきました。例えば、クリスマスキャロル(ザ・サンデータイムズ、2008年のベスト) ‘葉隠’(講談社)、’五輪書’(シャンバラ出版)等があり、
‘赤穂浪士’(講談社)はこのイベントに出席する東京のマンガ家アリス・フィッシュ氏とのコラボ作品です。また彼は、評論家からも賞賛された’AX:alternative manga’(パブリッシャーウィークリーの2001年度ベスト10の本)の編集者でもあります。



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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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