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Viz to release 'Death Note' artist's high-end art book

Viz Media will publish Blanc et Noir: Takeshi Obata Illustrations, the high-end art book by acclaimed artist of Death Note and Hikaru no Go.

Originally released by Japanese publisher Shueisha, the oversize book collects Obata's work from 2001-2006, including illustrations from Death Note and Hikaru no Go. Within the silver-stamped slipcase are 132 pages of full-color art, foldout posters and artist commentary, including a "how to draw" section. There are also three double-sided laminated posters.

Targeted for release next spring, Viz's edition of Blanc et Noir will be limited to 10,000 copies.

It will be joined in the publisher's spring lineup by Goodnight, Pun Pun, the dark coming-of-age story from Solanin creator Inio Asano, and The Heiress and the Chauffeur, the period romance by Keiko Ishihara.

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