Studio Ghibli fans, be prepared to be swept away this coming fall–a Hayao Miyazaki graphic novel will soon be released for the first time in the United States. Shuna’s Journey, a 1983 graphic novel by Miyazaki, will be published on November 1 by the Macmillan imprint First Second, with Alex Dudok de Wit translating the book into English.
Shuna’s Journey is a story illustrated in gorgeous, original watercolor art, and according to Dudok de Wit, it is based “on a Tibetan folk tale, and the fantastical pseudo-Central Asian setting has a lot in common with the world of NAUSICAÄ.” The graphic novel is considered a predecessor to Miyazaki’s earlier films, Princess Mononoke and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, sharing key elements and artistic inspirations.
For U.S. fans of Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki, Shuna’s Journey will undoubtedly be met with anticipation. “Fans of Princess Mononoke and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind—there are millions of us—will delight in finding early hints of these masterworks in gorgeous watercolor pages by Miyazaki’s own hand,” says Mark Siegel, editorial and creative director of First Second. In both the world of Mononoke and Nausicaä, there are ideals of female agency, environmentalism, and individualism that we could surely expect from Shuna.
For fans of Hayao Miyazaki, take a look at this article about the Hayao Miyazaki exhibition at the Academy Museum in Los Angeles here.