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SHOULDER-A-COFFIN KURO by Satoko Kiyuduki

KURO_1 Kuro, a little tomboy garbed in pitch-black with a little-tomboy-sized coffin on her back, heads out on a journey to find a certain witch. In the company of her faithful bat friend, Sen, Kuro encounters all manner of people and places along the way. Told in 4-koma (four panel) style and peppered with full-color pages, Satoko Kiyuduki’s debut captures all the whimsy of the most memorable fairy tales!
Shoulder-a-Coffin Kuro © Satoko Kiyuduki / HOUBUNSHA
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SHOULDER-A-COFFIN KURO Volume 1
by Satoko Kiyuduki 

May 2008 | ISBN: 978-0-7595-2897-0 | $10.99 ($11.99) | 128 pages | 5.75″x 8.25″ | Teen

Regularly mistaken for a boy and/or vampire, the traveler Kuro roams the land, clothed in black from head to toe, a Kuro-sized coffin on her back. Accompanied by her snarky bat friend, Sen, the mysterious duo meets all sorts of individuals en route — some good, some evil, some just plain crazy! But Kuro never stays in one place for long, begging the question: What exactly is she searching for? And what exactly does she intend to do with that coffin?!

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SHOULDER-A-COFFIN KURO Volume 2
by Satoko Kiyuduki 

October 2008 | ISBN: 978-0-7595-2901-4 | $10.99 ($11.99) | 128 pages | 5.75″x 8.25″ | Teen

With Nijuku and Sanju in tow, the road winds on for Kuro and Sen. During a lull en route, Kuro takes a turn down memory lane, revisiting an unfortunate incident during her early days as a traveler that resulted in her imprisonment! One by one, the secrets surrounding Kuro and her journey with Sen are disclosed…and the fate that Kuro will suffer should her quest fail is finally revealed!

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SHOULDER-A-COFFIN KURO Volume 3
by Satoko Kiyuduki 

November 2012 | ISBN: 978-0-316-22874-9 | $11.99 ($12.99) | 128 pages | 5.75″x 8.25″ | Teen

Still in search of a way to break the curse cast on her by a witch, Kuro continues on the winding road of her travels. At every turn, she and her colorful band of companions encounter the peculiar and the mysterious—a girl who lives inside the mirrors at a mansion in the woods; a wind-up woman in a dark forest; a tree that grants wishes for a price; a patchwork witch basking in the sunlight filtering through the trees. What curious fellows and wondrous things will Kuro’s journey lead her to next? And can any of them provide Kuro with the one thing she really wants before her time runs out?

SHOULDER-A-COFFIN KURO Volume 4
by Satoko Kiyuduki 

Coming September 2014 | ISBN: 978-0-316-33588-1 | $17.00 ($19.00) | 128 pages | 5.75″x 8.25″ | Teen

On the trail of the witch who cursed her, Kuro has an unexpected close encounter that overwhelms her with negative emotion and sends her curse into overdrive, eating away at her body. Even as she enfolds Nijuku and Sanju in her arms, Kuro sinks away into a deep, dark abyss of memory. Will the day ever come when Kuro opens her eyes again?!

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