Inuyasha ~ Paperback ~ Rumiko Takahashi
* Recent BookScan figures show that Graphic Novels and Manga are bucking the trend of declining print sales, with the Graphic Novel market growing by 8% and the Manga market growing by 11%. * VIZ Media is now the leading publisher and distributor of manga in the UK with over 65% of the manga market * VIZ are also the leading publisher in the US with over 50% market shareAuthor BiographyThe spotlight on Rumiko Takahashi's career began in 1978 when she won an honorable mention in Shogakukan's prestigious Shinjin Comic Taisho (Newcomer's Award for Comics) for Those Selfish Aliens. Later that same year, her boy-meets-alien comedy series, Urusei Yatsura, was serialized in Weekly Shonen Sunday. This phenomenally successful manga series was adapted into anime format and spawned a TV series and half a dozen theatrical-release movies, all incredibly popular in their own right. Takahashi followed up the success of her debut series with one blockbuster hit after another. Maison Ikkoku ran from 1980 to 1987, Ranma 1/2 from 1987 to 1996, and Inuyasha from 1996 to 2008. Other notable works include Mermaid Saga, Rumic Theater, and One-Pound Gospel. Takahashi won the Shogakukan Manga Award twice in her career, once for Urusei Yatsura in 1981 and the second time for Inuyasha in 2002. A majority of the Takahashi canon has been adapted into other media such as anime, live-action TV series, and film.