According to Amazon and Top Shelf's site, the book will be published in December 2009! ($29.95, ISBN 978-1-60309-042-1)
Here's the latest news sent by Sean in the comments to my previous post:
All 33 creators that will be featured have been selected now; amongst the pages already made into English versions is the 22 page story by Tatsumi - a wonderfully odd but understated story of big city alienation; and a well known designer has just made a great cover for the book.
An incomplete list of confirmed mangaka in this first volume includes:
As Sean notes, the final book cover will NOT be the image above, and we can hopefully expect a preview of the real deal coming in the near future.
Finally, I wanted to post the pics I've been sitting on from the talk Sean gave at Alternative Press Expo 2008, on November 2 in San Francisco. Sean showed off scans from rare manga and magazines, and outlined the history of gekiga and underground manga for the audience. I ran the presentation and chipped with occasional asides (while sneaking photos quietly). Sean and I didn't have a lot of time during the busy weekend to hang out, but we've be in touch ever since over email. Please enjoy these photos:
A blurry Sean introduces the audience to the world of gekiga.
The book that basically launched the modern form of manga, New Treasure Island by Osamu Tezuka; The cover to one of the first magazines showcasing gekiga, Kage #1.
Scans from Matenrou, one of the early anthologies popularizing gekiga works. Check out the snazzy group photo of late-60s mangaka studs.
Images from books by heta-uma pioneer King Terry, and early panels by Yoshihiro Tatsumi.
Panels from one of Tatsumi's earliest works, Children's Island, alongside recent panels from the end of his epic autobiography, A Drifting Life.
The early, badass "Gekiga" logo and cover to Gekiga Fan magazine #1.
Early works by seminal underground manga figure, Yoshiharu Tsuge (check out those cover designs!!).
Pages from Tsuge's (and possibly, alternative manga's) most influential work, Nejishiki.
Example panels from the more recent, Ax anthology. Seen here: Shinichi Abe's "Me".
Enthusiastic manga fans talk shop with Sean and vie for copies of the Ax Anthology sampler from Top Shelf.
That's all the news fit to print. Will share more in the coming months as we hear it from Sean and Leigh!