Official Press Release
With the Marvel Mangaverse one-shots selling out across the country, The
House has made another move to reach out to Manga and Anime creators with
the addition of C.B. Cebulski -- as an Associate Editor -- to it's growing
C.B., who assisted Associate Editor Brian Smith in orchestrating the Marvel
Mangaverse event, joins The House after spending years helping Manga and
Anime secure a strong foothold it now enjoys in America. While at Central
Park Media, Cebulski was instrumental in bringing titles such as Record of
Lodoss War, Slayers, Plastic Little, Geobreeders, Dark Angel, and Nadeisco
to U.S. audiences. After forming strong relationships with several of the
Japanese creators he worked with, C.B. was one of the first American editors
to work directly with Japanese artists to create Manga and Anime product
specifically for Western audiences.
While at Fanboy Entertainment, Cebulski worked closely with Kia Asamiya to
produce Dark Angel: Phoenix Resurrection comic series, the first color Manga
to land on American shores in over 10 years. Cebulski then followed this up
by producing the first shojo (girls') Manga ever created specifically for
Western sensibilities and stylings were successfully combined with super
hero themes in the series Sidekicks, by J. Torres and Takeshi Miyazawa,
which Cebulski edited. He also worked with such creators as Yoshtoshi Abe of
Serial Experiments Lain and Range Murata of Blue Submarine No. 6 on their
critically acclaimed art collections.
"It's become extremely evident to all of us at Marvel that Manga and Anime
are more than just a passing phase," said Marvel Editor In Chief Joe
Quesada. "Ask any comic retailer and they'll tell you that the best way to
reach younger readers -- and the ever elusive female reader -- and they'll
tell you that Manga and Anime are the way to go. It's tough to argue this
when you see the ever-growing legions of young girls dressed as Sailor Moon
characters at comic conventions."
"That said, right after his consulting work with us on our Marvel Mangaverse
event, we knew C.B. was destined to work with us as a full time Marvel
Editor," explained Quesada. "Not because he has incredible contacts in the
world of Manga and Anime, not because he has incredible taste in story and
art, and not because he speaks fluent Japanese and will be bringing some of
the greatest artists in Japan to work with us. No, you see, it's because
almost everyone at Marvel has a nickname that Bill Jemas and I slave to
create, and we had a great one for C.B. since day one! So I want everyone to
welcome C.B.-san to the team! We look forward to all the wonderful stuff
that he'll be generating for all the Marvel fans. With C.B.-san's help,
we'll be striving to hit the mark with young readers and girl-friendly books
that we'll be launching later this year!"
"So C.B.-san it is!" laughed Cebulski. "But seriously, I can't tell you how
excited I am to be up in the Hallowed Halls of Mighty Marvel! While I am
mainly known as the 'Manga Guy' around the industry, I have been reading
Marvel Comics for as long as I can remember."
"Recently, in Japan, many Manga creators have been taking more 'American
comic style' approaches to their art and storytelling, which they freely
admit," Cebulski continued. "They are just as influenced by our comics as we
are by their Manga, and I know many of the Japanese artists are already
chomping at the bit to take a crack at drawing Marvel's heroes."
When asked if he could name any names, Cebulski dropped a few. "Well, I
think it goes without saying that Kia Asamiya's name will be turning up on
some Marvel comics before too long. In fact, just look for his cover to IRON
MAN #55 in May. I have also talked with Takehiko Ito, creator of Outlaw
Star, and illustrator Katsuya Terada of Zenbu and BLOOD: The Last Vampire
fame, and they have also lined up some upcoming work for Marvel. And the
list continues to grow daily!"
All of us at Marvel welcome C.B.-san to The House!
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