Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind - Box Set
In late November, Viz Media released this spectacular Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind box set. It contains the entire 1,110+ page graphic novel in two volumes, includes numerous color illustrations, a full poster, and packages everything in a wonderfully-stylish case. For the true Miyazaki fan, this set is the crown jewel of your collection.
There's only one small problem: The Nausicaa box set may already be out of print. It's difficult to tell, because as much as I appreciate and applaud Viz for publishing Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli books, they do a lousy job selling them. Even their website is a dismal mess when you want to find something. For now, however, I must assume that the original print run has finished, and it's up to the publisher to decide whether to invest in another run.
Obviously, I will insist on more pressings of Nausicaa, a graphic novel masterwork that rivals Art Spiegelman's Maus for brilliance. It remains criminally overlooked by Miyazaki fans here in the US; I daresay that most folks don't even know these books exist, or that one could find them at the local bookstore...that is, if Viz could actually be bothered to stock them.
It's times like this when I wish I had the money to start a publishing company and just do it myself. I don't know about you, but I'd love to read Miyazaki's second volume of memoirs, Turning Point. I'd also like to read Isao Takahata's and Yasuo Otsuka's memoirs, Yoshifumi Kondo's posthumously-released art book, Michiyo Yasuda's book on color theory, and pretty much all of Miyazaki-san's comics. If I ever come into a large amount of money, I'll definitely give it a try.
In any case, Viz still has the seven-volume Nausicaa books, which are available separately. If you haven't discovered this novel, I strongly urge you to get your hands on some copies. And we'll cross our fingers and hope this terrific box set reemerges soon. Viz needs to get on the ball and start doing their damned jobs. There's no excuse for this.