Cowboy Bepop is a pretty seminal part of the history of anime – garnering universal acclaim when it debuted in Japan 20 years ago, it was also a powerful part of a new wave of anime that made a huge impression in the US when it aired on Adult Swim in 2001 – and it remains a favorite around the world to this day.
In honor of its 20th anniversary editor Zainab Akhtar is kickstarting The Real Folk Blues: A Cowboy Bebop Fanbook, which will be more than 120 pages of tributes. She writes:
Released in 1998 from director Shinichirō Watanabe, screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto, mechanical designer Kimitoshi Yamane, and composer Yoko Kanno, Cowboy Bebop is the much-loved, bittersweet story of Spike Spiegel, ex-assassin turned bounty hunter, his friend Jet and the crew members they begrudgingly pick up along the way: amnesiac gambler Faye, hacker-extraordinaire Ed, and super-intelligent dog, Ein. Not only is Bebop unequivocally one of the greatest anime created but its 26 episodes (and 1 film!) stand as a hugely significant work of science fiction, one that’s centred around people and inclusivity, real and yet hopeful. The fact that 2018 marks Bebop’s 20-year anniversary makes this feel like the perfect moment to pay homage and celebrate this brilliant show.
Though it’s been funded, there a several great stretch goals, and also you’re just going to want to have this book. Akhtar (Shortbox) is an amazing editor, and has assmebeld a fantastic lineup for the book:
Nick Dragotta (East of West) / Ron Wimberly (Prince of Cats) / Patrick Crotty (Internal Affairs) / Anabel Colazo (Encuentros Cercanos) / Freddy Carrasco (Hot Summer Nights) /Leslie Hung (Snotgirl) / Emma Rios (Pretty Deadly) / Ahmara Smith (Comics for Choice) /Jane Mai (Sunday in the Park with Boys) / Sam Wade (Stoke) / Will Morris (Silver Darling) /Jade Feng Lee (Half Moon Heroes) / Vivian Ng (Legend of Korra) / Naomi Butterfield /Michael Furler (Helena) / Chan Chau (We Are All Superstitious) / Molly Mendoza (The Worst) / David Brothers / Joseph Ruddick / Anatola Howard (What Are You Thinking About?) /Jamila Rowser (Wash Day) / Ariel Ries (Witchy) / Laura Lewis / Wren McDonald (Cyber Realm) / Valentin Colcomb / Paul Maybury (Sovereign) / Deshan Tennekoon (Elements Fire) / Shenuka Corea / Peo Michie / Choo / Vivian Nguyen ‘Lawey‘ / Kris Mukai (Weeping Flower Grows In Darkness) / Jemar Souza / Eric Kubli
You can see more samples on the Kickstarter page, but here are two pages, by Will Morris and Jade Feng Lee. This looks to be a highlight of 2019 already!