After launching Rumiko Takahashi’s new series Rin-Ne online (with simultaneous publication to US web and Japanese print), Viz has now created an entire website with free manga chapters.
SIGIKKI is the result of a partnership between the Viz Signature line (which publishes titles aimed as adults, including 20th Century Boys, Oishinbo, Detroit Metal City, and Pluto) and the monthly manga magazine IKKI. The Japanese publication is described as “the home of some of the most innovative, bold, and compelling titles in the world of contemporary manga.”
In addition to the manga chapters, the site contains interviews with creators. Here’s the full press release, with series descriptions. Depending on reader demand, print collections of the online series will follow after online serialization.
On Thursday, July 23, BOKURANO: OURS, by Mohiro Kitoh; DOROHEDORO, by Q Hayashida; SATURN APARTMENTS, by Hisae Iwaoka; and I’LL GIVE IT MY ALL…TOMORROW, by Shunju Aono will be posted. The week following brings the first chapters of KINGYO USED BOOKS, by Seimu Yoshizaki; HOUSE OF FIVE LEAVES, by Natsume Ono; AFTERSCHOOL CHARISMA, by Kumiko Suekane; and TOKYO FLOW CHART, by Eiji Miruno. David Welsh did some more research on the Japanese titles.
What a great way to build readership for manga for adults! Free samples are the way to go. That site again is sigikki.com.