At New York Comic Con yesterday, manga and translated Japanese book publisher Vertical, Inc. announced two brand new manga licenses. The first is The Book of Human Insects (also known as “Human Metamorphosis”), a 1970 manga by “god of manga” Osamu Tezuka. The 360-page one-volume manga will ship in a hardcover edition on July 26, 2011 for $22.99.
Additionally, Vertical Marketing Director Ed Chavez announced a license for the first volume of No Longer Human, Usamaru Furuya’s manga adaptation of Osamu Dazai’s original novel. Volume 1 of the three-volume series will ship on September 13, 2011 in a 208-page paperback edition for $12.95. Furuya manga is a recent trend at Vertical, as the publisher picked up his one-shot Lychee Light Club manga in July.