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by Shigeru Mizuki
Published by Drawn and Quarterly
400p, b&w, softcover, 6.5"x8.75"
"Meet Kitaro. He's just like any other boy, except for a few small
differences: he only has one eye, his hair acts as an antenna that senses
paranormal activity, his geta sandals are jet-powered, and he can blend
in to his surroundings like a chameleon. Oh, and he's a three hundred
and fifty year old yokai (spirit monster). With all the offbeat humor
of an Addams Family story, Kitaro is a light-hearted romp where the bad
guys always get what's coming to them. Kitaro is bestselling manga-ka
Shigeru Mizuki's most famous creation. The Kitaro series was inspired
by a kamishibai or paper theatre entitled Kitaro of the Graveyard.
Mizuki's series was created in 1959, and first appeared in Shonen
comics magazine for boys, but quickly became a cultural landmark for
young and old alike. Kitaro inspired half a dozen TV shows, plus
numerous video games and films, and its cultural importance cannot be
overstated. Presented to North American audiences for the first time in
this lavish format, Mizuki's photo-realist landscapes and cartoony
characters blend the eerie with the comic."