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Kodansha Comics, Spring 2017

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    Distributor: Penguin Random House Availability: On Sale Date:Jan 01, 2035 Carton Quantity:24
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The Ghost in the Shell 1 Movie Tie-In Edition
Media tie-in
By (author): Shirow Masamune
9781632364241 Paperback, Trade English General Trade COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Manga / Science Fiction Feb 28, 2017
$25.99 CAD
Cancelled 0.81 lb 368 pages Kodansha Comics
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.

Major Hollywood film adaptation starring Scarlett Johansson coming March 31, 2017!

Since its debut in 1989, The Ghost in the Shell has been one of the most acclaimed and popular manga in the world.

Considered a classic of the cyberpunk genre held up next to William Gibson’s Neuromancer.

Adapted into two seminal anime films by the now-legendary director Mamoru Oshii in 1995 and 2003.

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

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.

“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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