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WITCH HAT ATELIER 1
Witch Hat Atelier 1
By (author): Kamome Shirahama
9781632367709 Paperback, Trade English General Trade COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Fantasy Apr 09, 2019
$16.99 CAD
Active 5.75 x 8.17 x 0.66 in 208 pages Kodansha Comics
Best of 2019 — AV Club, New York Public Library, Nerdist, SYFY Wire, Chicago Public Library

Harry Potter meets Kiki’s Delivery Service!” -AV Club

A beautifully-illustrated story about a girl who longs for magic in her life and learns that, on the inside, she already is what she wishes she could be. Reminiscent of Studio Ghibli, this lushly-drawn story has captured the hearts of fantasy fans worldwide.

In a world where everyone takes wonders like magic spells and dragons for granted, Coco is a girl with a simple dream: She wants to be a witch. But everybody knows magicians are born, not made, and Coco was not born with a gift for magic. Resigned to her un-magical life, Coco is about to give up on her dream to become a witch…until the day she meets Qifrey, a mysterious, traveling magician. After secretly seeing Qifrey perform magic in a way she’s never seen before, Coco soon learns what everybody “knows” might not be the truth, and discovers that her magical dream may not be as far away as it may seem…

Story Locale: A magical world

Series Overview: In a world where everyone takes wonders like magic spells and dragons for granted, Coco is a girl with a simple dream: She wants to be a witch. But everybody knows magicians are born, not made, and Coco was not born with the gift for magic. She’s resigned to her un-magical life, until a traveling magician passes through her village, and Coco learns what what everybody “knows” might not be the truth.

Beautiful art and appealing story will remind readers of Kiki’s Delivery Service and other beloved Studio Ghibli films.

The artist has drawn variant comics covers for DC’s Batgirl and the Birds of Prey and Marvel’s Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, International Iron Man, Darth Vader, Doctor Strange, and Deadpool!

#6 on the 2018 Kono manga ga sugoi! Japanese manga industry poll.

Fans have already started cooing over the art for this series, making it a highly-anticipated license.

Two volumes and ongoing in Japan.

Ages 13 and up.

Kamome Shirahama is best known in the United States for her comics cover art at DC and Marvel, including such titles as Star Wars: Doctor Aphra and Batgirl and the Birds of Prey. Witch Hat Atelier is her first manga to be released in English.

Author Residence: Japan

Author Hometown: Japan

Marketing: Advertising in Diamond Previews



Publicity: Announcement at Anime Expo 2018 (110,000 attendees expected)

Promotion on Kodansha Comics’s Tumblr (14,600 followers), Facebook (13,100 likes) and Twitter (32,000 followers)…and growing every day

Promotion on Kodansha’s email newsletter (17,000 subscribers and counting) and comic shop newsletter

“In a world that can often be filled with darkness, Witch Hat Atelier presents a brilliant and bright fable… 2019 has been a banner year for gorgeous English-language manga translations and Witch Hat Atelier sits atop that list.” -Nerdist

“Harry Potter meets Kiki’s Delivery Service… [A] radiant, exuberant fantasy manga… the real magic tome is the one the reader is holding.” -AV Club

“A great pick for Harry Potter fans, manga readers who like really good art, or just about anybody, really.” -Brigid Alverson, B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

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