The latest book from one of the comics world's most respected artists. Directly inspired by Haruki Murakami's Kafka on the Shore, Inio Asano spins a tight 18-and-up yarn about teen agnst, rural boredom, and one-sided romance set in a modern-day Japanese seaside village, where everyone knows about everyone else's personal lives...Or so they thought.
Inio Asano (born 1980) was considered by many to be one of the
biggest new names in manga of the '00's. Debuting in 1998 Asano was
immediately thrust into the manga spotlight by earning praise from
luminaries such as Naoki Yamamoto and Shin Takahashi. His acsent to
stardom was very quick, and regretfully, the young man went into a
bit of a slump soon after. But after four years of struggle and
soul-searching as an assistant to some of Japan's most artisticly
respective comickers, Asano came back to become the voice of the
modern Japanese adolescent.
His breaktrough work SOLANIN captivated the globe earning him recognition in Japan and an Eisner Award nomination in North America. SOLANIN was later adapted into a cultish motion picture further cementing Asano's place amongst outsiders globally.
Since 2002 Asano has penned 10 graphic novel series, dozens of short stories, and is now making in-roads as one of Japan's more popular graphic designers. In 2014 his most recent English language release Nishigahara Holograph was selected as one of the best graphic novels of the year by Publishers Weekly, Comics Alliance, Comics Resources, and Good OK Bad.