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Ibaraki and Friends

Edited by Ashley Heafy / Illustrated by Half Sumo
Published by Z2 Comics
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

The all new and exclusive children's board book written by Matt Kiichi Heafy with illustrations by Half Sumo!

Written by Matthew Kiichi Heafy (of Grammy-Nominated band Trivium), Ibaraki and friends tells Matthew's rendition of Japanese legends and folktales alike.

This children's book, illustrated by Half Sumo and designed by Ashley Heafy, is for all the kids that want to know more about where they come from and the parents that want to share those moments with them.

A dragon, a samurai and even a koi, Ibaraki and Friends shows through accessible prose the exciting history and myths of Japan.

With beautiful illustrations and exciting adventures, the whole family will want to read it over and over again.

About The Author

Matthew Kiichi Heafy is a Japanese American musician, best known as the guitarist and lead vocalist for the Grammy-nominated heavy metal band Trivium. He is an avid gamer, practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and food connoisseur. 

Matt streams daily on his Twitch channel "matthewkheafy," displaying the behind-the-scenes work it takes to stay in shape for guitars and vocals. Playing Trivium songs by request, every day is a new show made by the fans, for the fans. 

Some of Matt's notable accomplishments include hosting the first ever Full Metal Gaming Village at Wacken Open Air, competing against ninja in the Twitch Rivals Summer Skirmish, competing and celebrating the opening of Full Sail's Esports Arena, created Shroud's Theme Song, Being Streamlabs top streamer merch seller of all time, being in the top 100 most subscribed to channels on Twitch, leading the charge as the pioneer of music streaming on Twitch (also partnering with Twitch to make the official how-to guides on streaming music on Twitch's Help Page.)


Matt has co-founded the Metal & Honey Foundation. The Metal & Honey Foundation supports the Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital For Children. One hundred percent of the proceeds directly benefit the music therapy program. Trivium's ninth full-length album, What the Dead Men Say, is available now via Roadrunner Records. 

About The Illustrator

Half Sumo Collective is an independent Martial Art brand forged, found and curated in New York. Co-Founded by Luigi Scarcella.View Luigi Scarcella’s profile


Product Details

  • Publisher: Z2 Comics (March 28, 2023)
  • Length: 20 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781954928596

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