AX (アックス) is a Japanese alternative manga magazine. It was first published in 1998 and is released every two months by the publishing house Seirinkogeisha. As of July 2023, 153 issues have been published.[1]

The magazine was founded after the manga magazine Garo faced a crisis in 1996 after editor Katsuichi Nagai's death. Several of Garo's key staff quit their work with the magazine and instead founded AX in 1998. Several of Garo's regular contributors moved to AX instead.[2]

In October 2008, North American publisher Top Shelf announced that it will release a 400-page selection of underground manga stories from the magazine as an anthology called AX Collection, edited by Sean Michael Wilson. The volume was nominated for "Best American Edition of Foreign Material" at the 2011 Harvey Awards.[3]

Published series

AX has featured manga artists such as Suehiro Maruo, Shintaro Kago, Shinichi Abe, Nishioka Kyoudai, Naoto Yamakawa, Usamaru Furuya, Toshio Saeki, Akino Kondoh, Kotobuki Shiriagari, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, and Toyo Kataoka.[4]

The magazine featured, among others, these series:


  1. ^ "青林工藝舎 [seirinkogeisha]|雑誌アックス(AX)・単行本・グッズ". Retrieved 13 December 2021.
  2. ^ "AX | PAUL GRAVETT". Retrieved 14 December 2021.
  3. ^ "AX: Alternate Manga anthology Nominated for Harvey Award". Anime News Network. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Top Shelf Licenses Japan's AX Underground Manga". Anime News Network. 24 October 2008. Retrieved 19 June 2009.