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).
We’ve just launched a kickstarter campaign for the second volume of THE STORY OF LEE.
As you may know these kind of books rarely make much money, for all the creators hard work, so support it a little if you wish to help the next book in this mature manga series come alive.
For those of you who don’t know kickstarter is a type of crowd funding, where ordinary people can help support creative ideas they like, of all types – books, films, inventions, etc. You pledge a certain amount, how much is up to you, but the money does not get taken out until the project meets it’s funding target. It has to do this within a certain time limit (30 days normally), if not then the creators get ZERO, nothing! So, we need your pledges, however small, to help it get to the target amount.
So please hop over to the kickstarter page about it, watch the short video we made and support the book:
Channel 4 TV in the UK has a new drama series called UTOPIA that started this month – and it features graphic novels heavily in the story. Including our book THE STORY OF LEE, which is shown in one of the episodes. Nice!
We’re getting on with making volume 2 of the book. I’m up to more than 100 pages written so far.
Keep in mind folks that our book THE STORY OF LEE and many other NBM book are now also available from Comixology, the digital comics site for ipad, iphone, android, etc.
You can download the digital version for only $7.99 (a mere snip, the paper one costs $11.99). It’s my first English language digital book, although I have one out already in Japanese. 150 pages, mature manga story, art by Chie Kutuswada. There is also a 12 page free preview there on Comixology, as a taster. Nice!
We now have a lovely KICKSTARTER drive up and running, for our documentary style graphic novel – PARECOMIC. Its a 200 page graphic novel we are working on now and very much enjoying, but need a bit of funding support on.
‘Parecomic: Michael Albert and the Story of Participatory Economics’ by Sean Michael Wilson and Carl Thompson, with an introduction by Noam Chomsky.
“…a graphic novel about something that affects us all: the system we live in – what’s wrong with it, and how we might be able change it for the better! The recent upsurge in popular protest in the USA and around the world shows that people are not happy with the state of things. The Occupy movements show us that many people would prefer a better system, a model that will work for the 99%, not just the 1%.”
So, please go and have a look at the info and video there, and pledge some funding support if you like the PARECOMIC project. The money is only a PLEDGE at first, it does not get taken out of your account now, its taken out about 2 months later, if the total target money is made. To pledge you just select an amount from the choices on the right side, and it processes it via amazon:
I’ve set up a new web site, with a special page on it for THE STORY OF LEE, including a 20 page preview of the book.
Have a wee look why don’t ya: http://seanmichaelwilson.weebly.com
These below are from a comic book event in London last year, arranged by ‘the man at the crossroads’, Paul Gravett:
Comixology, the digital comics site for ipad, iphone, android, etc now has my own book with NBM on it – The Story of Lee. Out this week, just in time for Xmas! You can download the digital version for only $7.99 (a mere snip, the paper one costs $11.99). It’s my first English language digital book, although I have one out already in Japanese. 150 pages, mature manga story, art by Chie Kutuswada. There is also a 12 page free preview there on Comixology, as a taster. Nice!
“Lee, living in Hong Kong, meets Matt, a fine young Scot. Their relationship becomes stronger by the day, despite their deep cultural differences. But there is Lee’s dad to contend with who views this affair very suspiciously. And there is another contender for Lee’s heart, a young Chinese man, whose jealousy takes on twinges of xenophobia. Will Lee and Matt’s relationship successfully cross the cultural divide and overcome the negative odds?”
ANOTHER nice radio/podcast type interview with me went up yesterday – this time in London.
I talk about the writing of The Story of Lee, such as: “It is autobiographical?”And various things regarding AX and being in Japan.
An nice radio/podcast type interview with me went up today in Ireland – talking about various of my books. I especially go into some detail about the writing of The Story of Lee, some critics views and my reactions – but also about my books AX and Yakuza Moon and others.
A good mix of serious discussion about comics and also relaxed joking around, but please excuse me sniffing quite a lot, my nose was blocked up that day!: http://thecomiccast.com/2011/11/22/alternative-manga-an-interview-with-sean-michael-wilson/