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A Galaxy Next Door, Volume 1: 01/21/23
A Galaxy Next Door, Volume 1 by Gido Amagakure (2020) brings together a mangaka and an extraordinary assistant. Ichiro Kuga has been supporting his siblings by renting out rooms and selling his manga. With a deadline looming, he needs to hire help.
Shiori Goshiki is beyond Ichiro's expectations. She's efficient and talented. She works well under his instructions. Together they end up pulling an all nighter.
But when Ichiro wakes up the next morning, he thinks he sees that his assistant has been stabbed by one of his fountain pens. When he goes to remove it, he finds himself stung and suddenly engaged to his assistant!
That's the set up to the series. The remainder of this first volume is Ichiro learning about his unusual assistant and deciding what he should do about his new situation.
It's a fun set up. I like the added metafiction details of what it takes to produce manga. Ichiro is stubbornly holding onto traditional media for his books. His editor is pushing for him to move to digital. The author mentions in the back of book that this volume was his first foray into digital comic production.