No comic, no life manga essay released on january 20
This year’s second issue of Shogakukan‘s Great Original Comic Book magazine revealed on Tuesday that Minetarō Mochizuki launches a new test manga titled No comic, no life in the magazine’s next issue on January 20. The magazine describes the manga as the author’s first essay manga, and focuses on a “fictional” genius manga author named Mochitarō Minezuki (a play named after Mochizuki) who lives in Yokohama with his family: a parent and a boy.
The magazine also revealed that Mochizuki was putting his and Naoto Yamakawa‘s Frederick manga on hiatus due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation making research difficult to conduct. Mochizuki will continue his research once the COVID-19 situation in France improves, and will announce a date for the manga’s sequel thereafter.
Mochizuki and Yamakawa launched the Frederick manga in January 2020. Leo Lionni‘s Frederick the children’s book about a mouse poet serves as the inspiration for the manga, but the manga’s plot centers on a boy who leaves Japan and travels to Europe. Lionni published the original work in 1968, and it is now considered a children’s book classic. Shuntari Tanikawa translated the Japanese version of the book in 1969.
Tokyopop published Mochizuki’s Dragon head manga in North America in 2006-2008. Three eminent Japanese directors – George iida, Katsuhito Ishii, and Jôji Matsuoka – adapted that of Mochizuki Dragon head, Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl (Samehada-Otoko in Momojiri-Onna), and Bataashi kingyo manga like live action movies. Mochizuki launched the Chiisakobee manga in 2012 and finished it in 2015.
The manga adaptation of Mochizuki by Wes Anderson The island of dogs (Inugashima) film serialized in Kodansha‘s Morning magazine from May to July 2018. Black horse comics licensed the manga, and it shipped in English in February 2020.
Source: Great Original Comic Book number 2 and the magazine website