Junk Mizuno's Manga 'Cinderella' to be released by Viz

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - April 10, 2002 - Viz Communications, Inc. todayannounced the July graphic novel release of Cinderalla by Junko Mizuno,marking her English-language book debut. With lettering and coloring by theauthor herself, Mizuno recreates the tones for her own work--in effectcreating an original work for her American readers--and demonstrates why sheis the fastest rising comics star of Japan. Cinderalla features 120full-color pages for $15.95 U.S. ($26.50 Canada).

Currently featured in PULP: The Manga Magazine, where it is serialized on amonthly basis, Cinderalla is twisted turn on the classic fairy tale--her dadand the stepsisters are zombies, her family runs a yakitori restaurant andthe sickly Prince is a pop star on permanent IV support! Mizuno turns thisclassic story about class, labor and the social role of women, on its headwith a distinctly post-pop, post-feminist consciousness with delirious colorillustrations, elements of grotesquerie and politically sharp black humor.Brimming with psychedelic soul, Cinderalla is the latest brilliant popobject from cutting-edge Japan. To see a black-and-white preview foryourself, 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 authorand artist Junko Mizuno. Born in 1973 in Tokyo, Japan, Mizuno is one of themost promising young artists in Japan's fast-moving manga scene. Herinstantly recognizable illustrations blending the cute and grotesque, graceeverything in Tokyo from T-shirts to handbags to skateboards to CD covers tonightclub décor.

Mizuno first came to prominence with Pure Trance (1998), which wasoriginally serialized as booklets released with CDs by the techno-pop labelAvex Trax. Her most recent book is a collection of illustrations called HellBabies (2001). In English, Mizuno's comics have appeared in Tokion magazine,Secret Comics Japan (Viz, 2000) and PULP: The Manga Magazine, where sheillustrated the "Vulgarity Drifting Diary" column.

About VizViz Communications, Inc., is the leading U.S. publisher of Japaneseanimation 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 ofconsumer entertainment that includes magazines, comics, graphic novels,videos, DVDs and audio soundtracks.

Based in San Francisco, California, Viz is one of the top five comicspublishers in the U.S. and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Shogakukan, oneof Japan's three largest publishers. With some of the most innovativeproducts in the industry, Viz has expanded its offerings to its loyal fansthrough web sites such as www.animerica-mag.com, www.pulp-mag.com,www.j-pop.com and its corporate site, www.viz.com.

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