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Land of the Lustrous 9
By (author): Haruko Ichikawa
9781632368447 Paperback, Trade English General Trade COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Fantasy Sep 24, 2019
$16.99 CAD
Active 5.79 x 8.15 x 0.7 in 208 pages Kodansha Comics
An elegant new action manga, Land of the Lustrous is set in a far future Earth, where humanity’s distant descendants live on in a small group of sexless crystalline beings who must fight off an invasion from the Moon.


Phosphophyllite has formed a team of deserters to take back to the moon. While there, the gems learn the shattering truth of what happened to their captured comrades. If Phos can help the Lunarians accomplish their ultimate goal, their leader promises to make the gems whole again, but there’s a catch. Meanwhile, the Lustrous back on Earth form their own plans…

Series Overview: The young gem Phosphophyllite can’t seem to do anything right. “Phos” has nothing but a big mouth and guts. Cinnabar, a classmate, is a loner, shunned by the other gems because of the toxins emitted from their body. But when they get together, they will learn that they both have an essential role to play in the fight against the Moonfolk, who are intent on coming to Earth to abduct the gem folk and destroy their world. A beautifully-drawn new action manga from Haruko Ichikawa, winner of the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize.

Anime adaptation was the sleeper hit of 2017 on Amazon Prime and is coming to Bluray later this year!

Setting and story reminds fans of Sailor Moon and some of its progeny, especially the Cartoon Network hit Steven Universe.

Placed in 2014’s Kono Manga ga Sugoi! contest

Up-and-coming creator has won an Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize and placed fifth in the 2012 Manga Taisho Awards.

Ages 13 and up.

Haruko Ichikawa is a prolific and acclaimed creator of graphic short stories and manga series. Land of the Lustrous is her first manga released in English.

Author Residence: Japan

Author Hometown: Japan

Marketing: Facebook advertising targeting Sailor Moon and Steven Universe fans.

Print advertising in Diamond Previews.

Publicity: Announced with a subtitled, animated video trailer at a packed New York Comic Con panel in October 2016.

Aggressive outreach to Sailor Moon fans online and during Sailor Moon Day at Anime Expo 2017.

Cross-promotion with upcoming new edition of Sailor Moon.

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

“Beautiful…Ichikawa captures a kinetic energy that flows almost like water. Visually stunning and the most thought provoking work in the visual medium of 2017 so far.” -Adventures in Poor Taste

“Ravishes you with artwork so beautiful and strange it’s hard to look away.” -The Manga Critic

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