After the fall of Tokyopop, a lot of original English language manga creators found themselves without a publisher. One of those artists is M. Alice Legrow, creator of Bizenghast. If you’ve been to some of the bigger American cons, chances are you’ve bumped into LeGrow over the last few years; she’s a cosplayer, a funny lady and a talented storyteller.
Bizenghast, which incorporated elements of Lolita fashion into her spooky (and often funny) story of monsters and ghosts, ran for eight volumes (the last of which was published post-Tokyopop and sold on Right Stuff). Her new story, The Elephant Book, incorporates fantasy and her trademark wit in a tale of secret organizations, inventions, and Philadelphia. The Elephant Book is the product of a successful Kickstarter campaign LeGrow launched last year.
You can pick up The Elephant Book from LeGrow’s Etsy page. If you miss Bizenghast, you can pick up LeGrow’s related ashcan series (which continues the story of Dinah, Edaniel and company) as well.