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CITY, 5
By (author): Keiichi Arawi
9781947194731 Paperback, Trade English General Trade COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Humorous Mar 26, 2019
$13.95 CAD
Active 5.49 x 7.49 x 0.54 in 0 pages Vertical Vertical Comics
From the creator of nichijou comes a new slapstick comedy series about a penniless college student who moves to a town filled with bizarre people.

Niikura tries to catch Nagumo in a compromising position. The Tekaridake Theatre Troupe tries to recruit a new member, as Niikura recruits help in finding her still-missing pendant. A night full of shooting stars gives the residents of Sweet Olive Manor something to wish for, and Ecchan and Matsuri hatch a plan to bring about world peace. But a few folks have very close calls with the Grim Reaper…

Pre-Existing Fan Base: Keiichi Arawi has been one of the most beloved manga artists from Japan since his debut in 2006. Having a pair of animated series and two hit manga titles under his belt, Arawi’s base has swelled over the last few years.

Pent up Demand: Vertical Comics regularly hosts readers surveys asking our fan base what new titles they wish to see licensed. Ever since its Japanese debut last year (Sept 2016) CITY has repeatedly been at or near the top of readers’ wish lists. The property, like Arawai himself, has been in high demand and the CITY license was, and still is, one of the most highly contested licenses to come out of Japan in recent memory.

Relatable Lead Character: CITY’s lead is someone fans could easily relate to. A young poor college student must find her way in the big city while trying to keep her eyes on the prize. Teens and young adults these days can relate to these universal themes and hopefully they’ll find humor in their own struggles as well.

Keiichi Arawi (1977-) is a professional comic artist and illustrator. Originally from Gunma, Japan, he was raised in the city of Maebashi. By the time he was 19 he entered the world of comics drawing short stories for Media Factory’s Comic Flapper (My Neighbor Seki, 7 Billion Needles). While his first series KazeMachi was short-lived it caught the attention of one of the bigger publishers in Japan, Kadokawa Publishing.

His short “Nichijou” won Kadokawa’s 22nd ACE Award for New Artists and by November 2006 Nichijou was regularly serialized in Kadokawa’s flagship magazine Shonen Ace. Nichijou has since then sold more than a million copies and has seen cartoon and video game adaptations.

Author Residence: Tokyo, Japan

Author Hometown: Maebashi, Japan

Marketing: Heavy advertising and promotional campaign with Kodansha Advanced Media.

Print ads in Otaku USA magazine and Neo Magazine.

Online ads on CrunchyRoll and AnimeNewsNetwork.

Catalog ads in Right Stuf International. Web ads and social media promotion through Right Stuf.

Publicity: Promotion of the series at 2018 events such as Otakon, Anime Expo, New York Comic Con and Anime NYC.

Feature Website: http://morning.moae.jp/lineup/693

Author Website: www.kumomadori.com/

Author Social Media: twitter.com/himaraya

"Some of the funniest humor in life is the nonsensical. To take a serious moment and reduce it into a ridiculous situation can calm the soul and help add a little perspective on life. That is what CITY by Keiichi Arawi is all about. […] If you enjoy the absurd or like being reminded that life can be entertaining even when it seems boring, this is the manga for you.” — Adventures in Poor Taste

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