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Big Comic Original
Big Comic Original 2007 Issue 2.5
|Frequency||Semimonthly on the 5th and 20th|
Big Comic Original (ビッグコミックオリジナル, Biggu Komikku Orijinaru) is a Japanese seinen manga magazine published by Shogakukan, aimed at an older adult and mostly male audience. It is a sister magazine to Big Comic, the biggest difference being that it goes on sale twice a month in the weeks Big Comic doesn't. Cover artwork usually features a dog or cat, and a haiku. The dozen or so manga serials running at any given time feature a wide variety of material, from historical dramas and suspense to sports and romance, with relatively little science fiction or fantasy.
Launched in 1972, it has published over 1000 issues, typically running to about 350 pages in a black-and-white, saddle-stapled format, selling for 340 yen (2015). More than 83% of readers are reported to be over 30 years old, with female readers comprising about a quarter of the total. Most readers are company employees. Circulation in 2015 was reported at 539,500.
Notable manga artists and series
- Mitsuru Adachi - Bōken Shōnen and Jinbē
- George Akiyama - Haguregumo
- Nobuyuki Fukumoto - Saikyō Densetsu Kurosawa
- Yoshiie Gouda - Air Doll
- Mitsuo Hashimoto - Station
- Kenshi Hirokane and Masao Yajima - Human Crossing
- Ichimaru - Okami-san
- Shin'ichi Ishizuka - Gaku: Minna no Yama
- Hideo Iura - Bengoshi no Kuzu
- Eiji Kazama and Nobuhiro Sakata - Kaze no Daichi (ongoing)
- Kenichi Kitami and Jūzō Yamasaki - Tsuribaka Nisshi (ongoing)
- Kō Kojima - Hige to Boin (1974-2004)
- Shinji Mizushima - Abu-san (1973-2014)
- Motoka Murakami - Ryuu – Ron (1991–2006)
- Jiro Taniguchi - Guardians of the Louvre (2014)
- Naoki Urasawa - Master Keaton (with Hokusei Katsushika), Monster, Mujirushi: The Sign of Dreams, Pineapple Army (with Kazuya Kudo) and Pluto
- Takatoshi Yamada - Dr. Kotō Shinryōjo (moved from Weekly Young Sunday, ongoing)
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- Frederik L. Schodt (1996). Dreamland Japan: writings on modern manga. Stone Bridge Press. p. 97. ISBN 1-880656-23-X.
- Clements, Jonathan. "Manga Snapshot: Big Comic Original." NEO, Jan. 2011, p. 24-25.
- Japan Magazine Publishers Association Magazine Data June 2015. Retrieved Oct. 28, 2015.
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