ICv2 talked to Dark Horse manga editor Carl Horn about how the manga market works in the U.S.
I found his example of Sailor Moon particularly educational — he points out that if that had been an American comic property, instead of simply reprinting to bring a good work to a new audience, they’d have relaunched the characters with new versions and new creators. That’s a great comparison showing how much difference creator ownership makes.
Horn also discusses Dark Horse’s marketing strategy, as a publisher with both manga and American comic lines, and runs down their major manga releases, both current and upcoming. He’s a smart guy, well worth listening to.