"a fantastic resource for teaching Shakespeare in schools ... [which] might help to enthuse students to read Shakespeare.... a study of particular frames could help students to understand some of the more complex language by putting image to word in a way that even film cannot achieve... The book could be used to inspire media-based activities on the conventions of cartoons or for students to create their own manga drawings for further sections of the play."
- Aimee Beckingham, WriteAway.com (July 2008)
"If you think you know Shakespeare, you must check this out and think again. If you want to know Shakespeare, you should check this out because it will give you a different way into the canon of English Literature. And if you need to know Shakespeare for the test on Monday, this seems like a much better way than CliffsNotes to get a unique understanding of the story."
- The judges of The Cybills, The Children's and Young Adult bloggers literary awards, November 2007
Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's most famous love story, unfurls in a dramatic manga setting, in which Verona becomes a street in the highly fashionable Shibuya district of Tokyo. The star-crossed lovers, touching in their youth and innocence, are caught up in a bitter feud between two Yakuza families (Japan's 'mafia') whose rivalry erupts into violence and killing on the streets. Romeo, a rock star, is a Montague who falls in love with Juliet, a Capulet. They defy their parents and consummate their passion in secret. This is a story of love, revenge, violence and tragedy.
Sonia Leong is a professional illustrator specialising in the anime/manga style and comic artwork. She is a core member of Sweatdrop Studios, the leading UK comic collaborative. She has printed several comics, exhibited artwork in prestigious venues (London County Hall, London Cartoon Museum, Japanese Embassy), provided product demonstrations (on behalf of Copic, Letraset and Wacom) and regularly presents workshops on manga creation. Her artwork has featured in several manga-related publications, events, websites and magazines internationally. Sonia's competition achievements include Winner in NEO Magazine's 2005 Manga Competition, Joint Judge for the Character Design category of the International Manga and Anime Festival 2005, and 2nd Place Winner of Tokyopop's first UK Rising Stars of Manga competition. Her work is appearing in a forthcoming British movie, Popcorn.