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*That would have to be the AX Research Project. Yes, in reference to Top Shelf's forthcoming AX Vol. 1: A Collection of Alternative Manga, a 400-page brick of treats from one of Japan's most prominent off-kilter antholgies. But who are these people?

Robert Syrett and the Electric Ant zine (and anyone else who wants to contribute, including Ed Chavez of MangaCast and Sean Michael Wilson, the book's editor) have some answers, starting with a full list of contributors -- you've probably heard of Yoshihiro Tatsumi (A Drifting Life), Takashi Nemoto (Monster Man Bureiko Lullaby), Yusuaku Hanakuma (Tokyo Zombie) and Kazuichi Hanawa (Doing Time) -- and pushing onwards to samples of most participants' art and as many short bios/primers/link parties as can be mustered.

Go read or (better!) go help.