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    9781632364210 Hardcover COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga On Sale Date:February 21, 2017
    $39.99 CAD 7.31 x 10.27 x 1.08 in | 2.13 lb | 352 pages Carton Quantity:14 Canadian Rights: Y Kodansha Comics
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      NEW HARDCOVER DELUXE EDITION! Now a major motion picture!

         • Definitive new edition supervised by creator Shirow Masamune
         • In the original, right-to-left format with Japanese sound effects for the first time!
         • Released simultaneously with deluxe editions of The Ghost in the Shell 1.5 and 2

           Deep into the twenty-first century, the line between man and machine has been blurred as humans rely on the enhancement of mechanical implants and robots are upgraded with human tissue. In this rapidly converging landscape, cyborg superagent Major Motoko Kusanagi is charged to track down the craftiest and most dangerous terrorists and cybercriminals, including "ghost hackers" who are capable of exploiting the human/machine interface and reprogramming humans to become puppets to carry out the hackers' criminal ends.
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      "Ghost in the Shell is one of my favorite stories." -Steven Spielberg

      "A stunning work of speculative fiction." -James Cameron

      “This is a work of profound and melancholic beauty; every bit as essential in the 21st century as it was in the 20th.” –Telegraph
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    9781632364241 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga On Sale Date:January 01, 2035
    $25.99 CAD 0.81 lb | 368 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Kodansha Comics
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      Soon a major motion picture starring Scarlett Johansson!

      Deep into the twenty-first century, the line between man and machine has been inexorably blurred as humans rely on the enhancement of mechanical implants and robots are upgraded with human tissue. In this rapidly converging landscape, cyborg superagent Major Motoko Kusanagi is charged to track down the craftiest and most dangerous terrorists and cybercriminals, including “ghost hackers” who are capable of exploiting the human/machine interface and reprogramming humans to become puppets to carry out the hackers’ criminal ends. When Major Kusanagi tracks the cybertrail of one such master hacker, the Puppeteer, her quest leads her into a world beyond information and technology where the very nature of consciousness and the human soul are turned upside down.


      Story Locale: Tokyo

      Series Overview: Following World Wars III and IV a Japanese-led Asian block dominates the world. A key element in the maintenance of the block’s position is the elite Japanese security police, the SHELL task force. To give them an edge in their ruthless battles against terrorist groups, most of the force have had extensive cybernetic transplants that have left them only questionably human. This is an exciting and skillful work that realistically probes uses of artificial intelligence and “direct interfacing” with machines, and which questions where mankind’s technological and medical progress will lead.
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      In 1983, Masamune published his first manga, “Black Magic” from Atlas, a science fiction dojin manga society (dojin is the Japanese term to describe an amateur fan publication). In 1985, his first major work, “Appleseed”, was published by Seishinsha, without being serialized in or submitted to a manga magazine, which is quite rare in the Japanese manga publishing industry. Shortly thereafter, Shirow set up his own company, and besides working on his own manga and illustration work, took on projects from the anime and game industry. Shirow’s work has been recognized and highly respected outside Japan. He has been active in numerous anime and game projects but it is rare for him to take the helm of such projects, or even to have his name used prominently.

      Shirow Masamune was born in Japan in Chuo Ward, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, on November 23rd, 1961. He still lives in the same district.


      Author Residence: Kobe City, Japan

      Author Hometown: Kobe City, Japan
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        Marketing: Social media and print marketing to tie into the film release and appeal to fans.



        Publicity: Major publicity for the Hollywood film, including likely a massive panel at New York Comic Con in October, followed by national ad campaigns.

        Spotlight title at convention panels and in online publicity.

        Likely candidate for original tribute content by prominent American creators.

    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
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      “Starred review. Masamune’s b&w drawings are dynamic and beautifully gestural; he vividly renders the awesome urban landscape of a futuristic, supertechnological Japan.” - Publishers Weekly

      “’Ghost in the Shell’ is one of my favorite stories.” - Steven Spielberg

      “A stunning work of speculative fiction.” -James Cameron
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    9781632364227 Hardcover COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga On Sale Date:February 21, 2017
    $25.99 CAD 7.3 x 10.3 x 0.7 in | 1.3 lb | 192 pages Carton Quantity:20 Canadian Rights: Y Kodansha Comics
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      NEW HARDCOVER DELUXE EDITION! Now a major motion picture!


         • Definitive new edition supervised by creator Shirow Masamune
         • In the original, right-to-left format with Japanese sound effects for the first time!
         • Released simultaneously with deluxe editions of The Ghost in the Shell 1 and 2

           The "lost" Ghost in the Shell stories, created by Shirow Masamune after completing work on the original Ghost in the Shell manga and prior to his tour-de-force, Ghost in the Shell 2: Man-Machine Interface. Focusing on Section 9 agents in their daily battle against technocrime, Human-Error Processor. Features the stories "Fat Cat," "Drive Slave," "Mines of Mind," and "Lost Past."
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    9781632364234 Hardcover COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga On Sale Date:February 21, 2017
    $39.99 CAD 7.3 x 10.2 x 1 in | 1.88 lb | 320 pages Carton Quantity:10 Canadian Rights: Y Kodansha Comics
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      NEW HARDCOVER DELUXE EDITION! Now a major motion picture!

         • Definitive new edition supervised by creator Shirow Masamune
         • In the original, right-to-left format with Japanese sound effects for the first time!
         • Released simultaneously with deluxe editions of The Ghost in the Shell 1 and 1.5

           The long-awaited sequel to Shirow Masamune's groundbreaking The Ghost in the Shell, and one of the most highly anticipated graphic novel events in many years, Man-Machine Interface is Shirow's most ambitious and complex story yet, with deep forays into philosophy and the meaning of artificial life, intelligence, and existence.
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    Series: Fire Force
    Fire Force 2 Atsushi Ohkubo
    9781632363312 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga On Sale Date:February 07, 2017
    $14.99 CAD 4.94 x 7.48 x 0.66 in | 0.43 lb | 208 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Kodansha Comics
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      The fiery action manga that inspired the brand-new anime, from the creator of Soul Eater!

      HERO OR DEVIL? 
      What started as a simple contest has turned into a life or death struggle! A mysterious man has crashed the Rookie Games, and he did it all for Shinra! Does he really know the truth behind the fire that took Shinra's family 12 years ago? And will Shinra decide to be a hero, or will this man's shocking revelation tempt him to become a real devil?
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    Ninja Slayer Kills 4 Koutarou Sekine, Bradley Bond, Philip N. Morzez
    9781632360892 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga On Sale Date:March 07, 2017
    $14.99 CAD 5 x 7.6 x 0.7 in | 0.44 lb | 208 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Kodansha Comics
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      NINJA SHOWDOWN

      Earthquake of the Six Gates of Soukaiya has taken Yukano hostage, leaving Gendoso with his hands tied and putting the fate of Dragon Dojo on the line. But just when it seems like there’s no hope, a crimson shadow flips onto the scene with a karate shout that strikes fear into the hearts of enemy ninja! Back in full force, Fujikido must now go to war with the Six Gates of Soukaiya, but can he prevail as he also fights a battle within himself?
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    Princess Jellyfish 4 Akiko Higashimura
    9781632362315 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga On Sale Date:April 11, 2017
    $25.99 CAD 5.7 x 8.21 x 1.14 in | 0.9 lb | 352 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Kodansha Comics
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      New York Times bestseller!

      Named by the American Library Association and the New York Public Library as one of the top young adult books of the year!


      FASHIONING A FAIRY TALE

      The night of the fashion show for Tsukimi and Kuranosuke’s Jelly Fish brand has finally arrived. They pulled out all the stops to make Amamizu-kan into an enchanting wonderland–even Mayaya has transformed into a chic model! The show brings some much-needed attention to the retro building, but will the exposure be enough to save the Amars and their home? When their fashion line becomes a hit success, the girls scramble to satisfy their customers. With the help of their new colleague Nisha, a savvy Indian expat who knows all about the textile industry, they just might make it work!…But is Tsukimi ready to leave her quiet life behind for good?
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    Attack on Titan Choose Your Path Adventure Year 850: Last Stand at Wall Rose Hajime Isayama, Tomoyuki Fujinami, Ryosuke Fuji, Toru Yoshii
    9781632364159 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga On Sale Date:April 11, 2017
    $14.99 CAD 5.02 x 7.5 x 0.82 in | 0.53 lb | 256 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Kodansha Comics
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      In the tradition of "Choose Your Own Adventure," this interactive novel gives the reader a chance to "meet" their favorite characters and become a part of the Attack on Titan story!

      When the Titans breach Wall Rose, there's only one thing standing in their way – YOU!

      You are a member of the 104th Training Corps. Soldiers like you, equipped with vertical maneuvering gear, are humanity's first, last, and only hope against the Titans. But when the Colossus Titan appears and smashes the gates of Wall Rose, all of your training will be for nothing if you can't put it to use in real battle. Your choices will determine everything! What are you willing to do to defeat the monsters that threaten your civilization with extinction? Join Eren, Mikasa, and Levi and fight alongside them against the Titans!

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    Cells at Work! 3 Akane Shimizu
    9781632363909 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga On Sale Date:March 28, 2017
    $17.50 CAD 5.73 x 8.19 x 0.49 in | 0.43 lb | 160 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Kodansha Comics
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      Strep throat! Hay fever! Influenza! The world is a dangerous place for a red blood cell just trying to get her deliveries finished. Fortunately, she's not alone... she's got a whole human body's worth of cells ready to help out! The mysterious white blood cell, the buff and brash killer T cell, the nerdy neuron, even the cute little platelets -- everyone's got to come together if they want to keep you healthy!
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    Series: LDK
    LDK 9 Ayu Watanabe
    9781632361622 Paperback COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga On Sale Date:March 28, 2017
    $14.99 CAD 5 x 7.6 x 0.6 in | 0.37 lb | 176 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Kodansha Comics
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      FATHER KNOWS BEST?

      Aoi and Shusei have finally admitted their feelings openly and have decided to be together as a couple. In the midst of trying to balance their living situation with the added romance, the pair gets an unexpected visit from Aoi’s father, a towering former bodybuilder! He is shocked by their cohabitation and threatens to put an end to the comfortable life she’s gotten used to with Shusei. With all she holds dear on the line, will the couple be able to convince Aoi’s father that this is a relationship worth fighting for?
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