NBM Publishes Its First Japanese Manga, Stargazing Dog

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NBM Publishing's latest book represents a first for us; a Japanese manga.

And not just any manga, but rather a smash bestseller and phenomenon in Japan.

Takashi Murakami (not to be confused with another artist with the exact same name) toiled comfortably for many years as a humor manga artist. One day he decided he’d had enough and needed to tell a full length story about a man who has not fully kept up with society’s rapid pace of change and how it sidelines him brutally as a result.

Oto-san is down and out. Life has conspired against him, nothing coming together the way he wished, so he sets out with his car to just get away from it all. All people around him have abandoned him in indifference but as we discover along with him, the one he can count on utterly and completely is a dog he just adopted who follows him blindly, faithfully and completely, to the end, lightening up his new adventure into the unknown.

What happened next was unexpected: he hit a deep nerve with frazzled, stressed out Japanese and his graphic novel, Stargazing Dog, sold over 560,000 copies and a movie that opened this summer.

6x9, 128pp, B&W trade paperback, $11.99 

ISBN 978-1-56163-612-9

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