I Am a Hero Manga Is Getting a Spinoff

This year’s fourth issue of Hakusensha’s Hana to Yume magazine has announced that Kengo Hanazawa’s I Am a Hero manga will be getting a side story spinoff in Summer 2015. The spinoff will be penned by Yuuki Honda and will be titled, I Am a Hero in Osaka.

In the original manga, Hideo is an aspiring manga creator who once struggled with discontent with his assistant artist job and his relationship with his girlfriend — until people started turning into undead “ZQN” creatures overnight. After being attacked by his ZQN virus-infected girlfriend “Tekko,” Hideo flees the overrun Tokyo metropolis with the shotgun he happens to own as a hobby. He travels with Hiromi, a high school girl whom he meets by chance, and they face the desperate situation with the help of a nurse named Yabu at a shopping mall.

Hanazawa began I am a Hero in Shogakukan’s Big Comic Spirits magazine in 2009, and Shogakukan shipped the 16th compiled volume of the series in December 2014. The series won the General Category of the 58th Shogakukan Manga Awards last year, and a live action film has also been greenlit.

Source: ANN

Manga Receive Nominations at France’s Angouleme

The 40th annual Angouleme International Comics Festival has announced the nominees for four categories: Best Comic, Best Heritage Comic, Best Youth Comic, and Best Crime Comic.

Three manga titles have been nominated for Best Comic: Mari Yamazaki’s Thermae Romae, Atsushi Kaneko’s SOIL, and Kengo Hanazawa’s I am a Hero.

Kanata Konami’s Chi’s Sweet Home is nominated for Best Youth Comic. Yukinobu Hoshino’s 2001 Nights and George Akiyama’s Anjin San are nominated for the Best Heritage Comic award.

The Angouleme International Comics Festival is taking place January 31-February 3, 2013 in France.