Hayao Miyazaki wrote and painted The Age of the Flying Boat in 1989 for Model Grafx Magazine in Japan. This story was later evolved and expanded into Studio Ghibli's 1992 movie, Porco Rosso. In 1993, Animerica Magazine scored an impressive scoop: an English translation, released in three monthly installments, as part of their extensive coverage of Porco Rosso and all things Miyazaki.
This must have been amazing to read back then. Holding this comic in your hands was pure gold. There was no hope of ever seeing the movie, unless you knew someone in Japan. Porco Rosso wouldn't be officially released in North America until 2006! Oh, the dark days when Ghibli's films were impossible to find, copied and shuttled around on beaten videotapes among the anime underground. Even with the popular success of Katruhiro Otomo's Akira, and the hunger for "Japanimation" (Thank God that word was retired), Miyazaki would remain an unknown for another decade.
What a wonderful luxury we have today with the internet. I am humbled and grateful that such works are now freely available. I've helped to play my role in bringing that about. I hope you enjoy reading "Crimson Pig" in The Age of the Flying Boat, from the pages of Animerica.
Part One - Animerica, July 1993:
Part Two - Animerica, August 1993:
Part Three - Animerica, September 1993: