Even with 960 pages, I couldn't squeeze all the material I had into my book 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die. This mini-site is designed to supplement that book with updates, additional information and links... but obviously you'll still need a copy of the book!Not surprisingly, I was particularly interested in the comics included in the book that came out of Japan. If you're a regular reader here, you may be aware of my love for making lists. And what's even better than a list? Why, a spreadsheet, of course! And so, I created one based on the list of Japanese comics found on the 1001 Comics Mini-Site. Using that list as well as additional sources, I included title, date, Japanese volume, creator, and English-language license information. Because I put so much work into it, I've decided to share my efforts with all of you in case you'd like to take advantage of the result.
In the process of analyzing the list I discovered manga that had already been licensed that I wasn't familiar with as well as plenty of manga not currently available in English that I would really like to see translated. I was also pleasantly surprised by how many I had already read or known about. It's an interesting list and it's got some great titles on it. I'm looking forward to reading the more detailed commentary that 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die will provide for these titles as well as all of the other comics included in the book.
I realize that the embedded spreadsheet is a little unwieldy; you can find a more readable and much nicer looking version of the table HERE. If you would like a copy of your own to play around with, e-mail me at phoenixterran(at)gmail(dot)com and I would be happy to send you a CSV, Excel, or OpenOffice file.
As already mentioned, the title list comes from Paul Gravett's 1001 Comics Mini-Site (as of October 19th). Specifically, I used the titles listed by country under Japan. I have made a few changes to reflect more commonly known versions of a title (at least as I'm familiar with them). For example, I have changed Thomas's Heart to Heart of Thomas. I also removed initial articles for sorting and alphabetizing purposes. Therefore, A Distant Neighborhood appears as Distant Neighborhood in the list, and so on.
Dates, number of volumes, and English-language license information primarily comes from Anime News Network's Encyclopedia with additional information from Baka-Updates Manga, Wikipedia, and Jason Thompson's Manga: The Complete Guide. Dates in particular are a bit fuzzy and may be off by a year or so since my sources didn't always specify if the date was the start of serialization or the start of tankōbon publication. In the cases of titles that have been licensed multiple times, I have included only the most recent licensee. Please note, just because a title has license information associated with it does not mean that it is currently in print or that all volumes in a series were published in English.
If you notice any errors that I've made in the creation of this spreadsheet, please let me know. I'd like to keep it as up-to-date and accurate as possible. You can leave corrections and feedback here in the comments or send them to me via e-mail at phoenixterran(at)gmail(dot)com. I hope you enjoy and find it useful!