If you've followed the saga
of the release of ManMachine Interface outside of Japan, you know that only Odysseus followed a longer and more tortuous route. For those who didn't know of MMI before all eleven issues were out, here's a very short version.
For some years Shirow had what was to become GitS2: MMI serialized in Young Magazine in Japan. Then, finally, in December 2000/January 2001, a box set was released, the fabled "Solid Box." It came with all sorts of interesting things, but chief among them was the first collected MMI, of which the first 64 pages (out of 350-400) were in stunning color. The computer art in it was amazing (if a bit over the top at times), and Shirow had obviously mastered the use of computers to create art. This was an overwhelmingly digital manga. All the stories I've heard about it indicate it was wonderful and cool and other such adjectives; it also contained a version of MMI that, as it turned out, none of the rest of us would see.
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