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For ICv2’s Manga Week, VIZ Media has exclusively revealed the next popular manga series that will receive print release in the U.S. – Dr. Stone.

The series, by Riichiro Inagaki and drawn by Boichi, tells the story of Taiju, who wakes up hundreds of years after all of humanity was turned to stone. A gloomy Taiju has no idea what to do, until he finds his science-loving friend Senku. The two decide to jump-start civilization again – by harnessing the power of science to de-petrify humanity. The first volume will release in September, with an MSRP of $9.99.

According to VIZ, Dr. Stone began weekly serialization in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2017, and has become a popular series based on the readership numbers on the VIZ.com/Shonenjump website.

As part of Manga Week, ICv2 interviewed VIZ executives to learn about sales, trends, and what’s driving the manga market (see “ICv2 Interview: VIZ Execs on the Manga Market”).