Description: Masamune Shirow is the undisputed master of manga, the illustration style developed in Japan after World War II--his very name is synonymous with the genre. Masamune Shirow brings together some of Shirow's best work during the last decade, including full-color images from the new book Intron Depot 3: Ballistics. Notes: The Shirow calendar was one of our most popular titles in 2003. This year's edition should prove to be even more popular, as many of the images have not been seen before by the majority of Shirow's fan base. Japan's most famous illustrator, Masamune Shirow is a pioneer of Japanese manga and anime. These markets in the US are worth almost $600 million, an indicator of their popularity. He is the creator of the immensely popular Ghost in the Shell, which has sold millions and been translated into more than a dozen languages. The Cartoon Network will be airing Ghost in the Shell starting in February, 2003, and the feature film Ghost in the Shell II will be in theaters soon.