Antarctic Press Special Magazines/Issues

mangazine was so awesome. i didn’t have many issues, but man, those guys crammed so much info into each issue that was impossible to come by in english.

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Ranma 1/2: Netsuretsu Kakutouhen, Game Boy.


Ranma 1/2: Netsuretsu Kakutouhen, Game Boy.

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Warm and Fluffy Fairy Tale Animal Gacha. 2014-08-31



When I used to collect single issue manga comics, I would scour my local comic book shop for anything I could find.  I remember fondly seeing whole long boxes of these books!  These are only some of what Antarctic Press used to release. The ones I collected over the years are all very dear to my collection.

You can’t find a lot of comprehensive information on these books online.  Outside of Ippongi Bang, these creators aren’t very well known.  That’s because Antarctic Press localized smaller titles, usually only found in Japanese anthology magazines or fanzines, and would actually go to Comiket to find original doujinshi (known as 創作, sousaku) to localize
Stainless Steel Armadillo, for example, was featured in the magazine, Lemon People. 
They were released under both Antarctic Press, and Venus Comics (the adult comics). Though those released under AP also had some NSFW content.

My personal favorite was Fantastic Panic, which I believe was never completed. :(  Fantastic Panic was the first of the manga to be released in the early 90s. It was one of probably many that was snatched up from Comiket. It was created by Satoru Yamasaki who went under the pen name of “Ganbear”. This started off the manga line for AP, which on its own eventually lead to the formation of Studio Ironcat. [source]

There’s a list here of the titles they released, that is not on Wikipedia. I’m hoping to collect any and all of these titles for my personal collection and then I will do a really comprehensive guide for them, as well as do personal scans of each.  I actually do grab these when I see them at thrift shops and used book stores, even doubles.  I will also be happy to trade doubles with people in the future. :)

Whoaaa! The memories! I remember seeing the Spanish releases of some of these in comic book stores around here.

Thank you for sharing this! :)

nice to see some fans of FP! a while back i picked up some of the japanese issues on yahoo auctions. did you know he accepted character submissions from readers? it’s pretty hard to find info on this series though, so i’m not sure if it was even ever completed even in the japanese version. btw, ganbear has a pixiv account, though he hasn’t submitted anything in 2 years…!


I’ve seen a few people doing these and with all the Pokemon cards I’ve got laying around I just had to try it…plus I wanted an excuse to bust out the acrylics. I think I’m addicted.

If anyone wants to buy them they’re up for grabs on my brand new Etsy shop!

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