Ed and I talked with new manga reader Caroline at the latest MangaOutLoud podcast. I was fascinated to hear her thoughts, based on fresh eyes, on such titles as Pluto, Ghost in the Shell, Yotsuba&!, Fullmetal Alchemist, Summit of the Gods, and Ooku. It was great being able to compare techniques between manga and superhero comics, as well as discussing manga genres (seinen, shonen, etc.). By the way, the good store she mentions is Richmond’s Velocity Comics.
As for both an end and a beginning, I guess this is as close as we’re going to get to an official notice of Aurora’s demise: their former staffers are launching new publisher Manga Factory, “an all-American manga publishing company owned and operated by the same people who brought you all of your favorite Deux, Aurora, and Luv Luv books.” (Aurora was a subsidiary of a Japanese publisher, Ohzora.) You can also still get those Aurora books on discount sale from them. They appear to be focusing on new digital titles for now.