VIZ Media will release a new collection of essays, interviews, memoirs and illustrations by animation legend Hayao Miyazaki. The new title, Turning Point: 1997-2008 (a follow up to 2009′s Starting Point: 1979-1996), covers the critical stage in the acclaimed director’s career when his animated films — such as Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo and the Academy Award winner Spirited Away — began to gain international attention. The collection will debut as a hardcover edition available on April 8 (MSRP $29.99 US / $34.99 CAN).
Starting Point, which examined the first part of Miyazaki’s career as he rose from humble beginnings to create seminal films Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Porco Rosso as well as the launch of Studio Ghibli. Featuring an introduction by Disney-Pixar CCO John Lasseter, a new paperback edition of the first volume will also come out April 8 under the Studio Ghibli Library imprint ($16.99 US / $19.99 CAN).
Turning Point continues Miyazaki’s journey as theatergoers worldwide discover and warmly embrace his animated creations, and prominent film critics like Roger Ebert began to applaud his efforts. Beginning in the mid-1990s, Miyazaki achieved one international hit after another, and this captivating read explores his rise to global recognition through insightful essays and discussions focusing on some of his most popular films.