ABLAZE Announces New BLITZ Manga Series – The Outerhaven
Comic book and graphic novel publisher ABLAZE delves into the tense and competitive world of chess as part of the launch of its new manga series – BLITZ – which will begin on September 14e.
From the pages of Shonen Jump, BLITZ is a new shonen manga that immerses readers in the “game of kings”, where intuition and mental agility are valuable assets on the path to victory! Chess Grandmaster and World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov makes his manga debut in the series, written by Cédric Biscay and Harumo Sanazaki with art by Daitaro Nishihara.
BLITZ will be available in print and digital in North America, Australia and the UK. ABLAZE titles are distributed in print by Diamond Comic and Diamond Book Distributors. Flight. 1 will be available in comic stores on September 14eand in bookstores on September 27e.
ABLAZE describes the manga as follows:
Tom, a young high school student, has a crush on his classmate Harmony. When he learns of his passion for chess, Tom quickly decides to join the school chess club. But he doesn’t even know the rules! To impress Harmony, he has no choice: he must learn fast and train seriously.
Soon Tom discovers the existence of Garry Kasparov, the greatest player in chess history. He comes across a virtual reality machine that promises to help him analyze the master’s most legendary matches!
In an unexpected turn of events, Tom is soon granted access to the highest echelons of the chess world…
Bonus material includes:
In each volume, chess strategy tips and a chess lexicon to turn every reader into a chess master!
“I am extremely happy with this ABLAZE collaboration which brings the Blitz in the USA”, says Cédric Biscay. “Initiated by the support of Garry Kasparov between Monaco and Japan, this adventure never ceases to surprise me, in a positive way. With Daitaro Nishihara and Tsukasa Mori, we want to bring Blitz to the widest possible audience. I want to thank ABLAZE co-founder Rich Young for this opportunity. I hope to meet all American readers as soon as possible!
Garry Kasparov adds: “I have always been dedicated to democratizing the game of chess in every way possible, and this is a unique opportunity to be able to do this, especially in Japan, a country where it is not popular and where Shogi is the best known. If you want to communicate effectively, you need to speak the language of your audience and manga is a kind of mother tongue for many young people. So Cédric’s invitation seemed like the perfect opportunity to promote chess to a new audience, through a medium that is both visual and dynamic.
Source: press release