Official Press Release
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – April 10, 2002 – Viz Communications, Inc. today
announced the July graphic novel release of Cinderalla by Junko Mizuno,
marking her English-language book debut. With lettering and coloring by the
author herself, Mizuno recreates the tones for her own work–in effect
creating an original work for her American readers–and demonstrates why she
is the fastest rising comics star of Japan. Cinderalla features 120
full-color pages for $15.95 U.S. ($26.50 Canada).
Currently featured in PULP: The Manga Magazine, where it is serialized on a
monthly basis, Cinderalla is twisted turn on the classic fairy tale–her dad
and the stepsisters are zombies, her family runs a yakitori restaurant and
the sickly Prince is a pop star on permanent IV support! Mizuno turns this
classic story about class, labor and the social role of women, on its head
with a distinctly post-pop, post-feminist consciousness with delirious color
illustrations, elements of grotesquerie and politically sharp black humor.
Brimming with psychedelic soul, Cinderalla is the latest brilliant pop
object from cutting-edge Japan. To see a black-and-white preview for
yourself, visit http://www.pulp-mag.com/manga/cinderalla/.
Cute but deadly. Powerpuff Girls on acid. Girl power with a grotesque edge.
These are some of the ways to describe the utterly unique world of author
and artist Junko Mizuno. Born in 1973 in Tokyo, Japan, Mizuno is one of the
most promising young artists in Japan’s fast-moving manga scene. Her
instantly recognizable illustrations blending the cute and grotesque, grace
everything in Tokyo from T-shirts to handbags to skateboards to CD covers to
Mizuno first came to prominence with Pure Trance (1998), which was
originally serialized as booklets released with CDs by the techno-pop label
Avex Trax. Her most recent book is a collection of illustrations called Hell
Babies (2001). In English, Mizuno’s comics have appeared in Tokion magazine,
Secret Comics Japan (Viz, 2000) and PULP: The Manga Magazine, where she
illustrated the “Vulgarity Drifting Diary” column.
Viz Communications, Inc., is the leading U.S. publisher of Japanese
animation and comics (anime and manga) for English-speaking audiences,
serving a growing market of dedicated fans of all ages. Founded in 1986,
Viz publishes over 20 titles every month including Ranma 1/2, Pokémon,
Gundam and Dragon Ball Z. Viz also offers an integrated product line of
consumer entertainment that includes magazines, comics, graphic novels,
videos, DVDs and audio soundtracks.
Based in San Francisco, California, Viz is one of the top five comics
publishers in the U.S. and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Shogakukan, one
of Japan’s three largest publishers. With some of the most innovative
products in the industry, Viz has expanded its offerings to its loyal fans
through web sites such as www.animerica-mag.com, www.pulp-mag.com,
www.j-pop.com and its corporate site, www.viz.com.