Carl Horn Compares Manga Markets

Carl Horn

Carl Horn. Photo by Deb Aoki,

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.


  1. […] copies, and that’s a big part of it. KCDS also has excellent endnotes, by editor and adaptor Carl Horn, and when I’m reading the book in print, I can stick my finger in the back pages and flip […]

  2. […] difficulties, but the newest episode of the Manga Out Loud podcast features Ed and I discussing the Carl Horn interview and Dark Horse’s manga […]

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