VIZ Media selected press excerpts: Miyazaki memoirs and a dose of Hello Kitty

BooksKristina PinoComment

I couldn't wait to share these once I caught up with my inbox, so here's some good news from VIZ Media.

The first is that Starting Point, which chronicles Hayao Miyazaki's career from 1979-1996 and was originally released by VIZ Media in 2009, is being re-released in paperback.

Turning Point covers 1997-2008 and will be released in hardback on April 8th, the same day Staring Point is released.


"TURNING POINT: 1997-2008 is the companion second volume to the earlier Miyazaki chronicle, STARTING POINT: 1979-1996, which was originally published by VIZ Media in 2009. This volume examined the first part of Miyazaki’s career, during which he rose from humble beginnings to create the seminal animated features Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind, Castle In The Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Porco Rosso, as well as his launch of Studio Ghibli. A fitting introduction is offered by John Lasseter, the Chief Creative Officer at Pixar and Walt Disney. VIZ Media will release STARTING POINT: 1979-1996 in a new paperback edition on April 8th under the Studio Ghibli Library imprint with an MSRP of $16.99 U.S. / $19.99 CAN.
TURNING POINT: 1997-2008 follows Hayao Miyazaki as his grand vision continued to mature, cinema-lovers worldwide discovered and embraced his creations, and prominent film critics such as Roger Ebert delivered tremendous acclaim for the director’s films. In his legendary career, these crucial years represent the turning point. In the mid-1990s, Miyazaki moved from success to success as his work found a fervent audience outside of Japan. His animated films of the era, including Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Ponyo, were internationally lauded, and Miyazaki won an Academy Award® in 2003 for his film, Spirited Away, which was a commercial and critical hit."

 April 8th will also see the release of the art book for The Wind Rises titled The Art of The Wind Rises (MSRP: US$34.99).

Hello Kitty: Surprise!

is finally being released this week. I can't express my love for this series enough, and you'll see my thoughts on it here soon, too. It's being released for US$7.99 in print and US$4.99 digital via the Perfect Square app.