Category Archives: Manga News

Jason Thompson Launches Manga Drawing Game Kickstarter

Jason Thompson, author of Manga: The Complete Guide, has a new project. He’s put together a Kickstarter for Mangaka, which he describes as “the fast and furious game of drawing comics”. Currently, he’s about halfway to his goal of producing the first print run. I don’t know a lot about game Kickstarters, so I don’t know if $40-50 (depending on how early you pledge) is a typical price point or not, but the concept sounds fun. It’s like Pictionary, but […]

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Frederik Schodt in Madison This Afternoon

Frederik Schodt, author of the essential Manga! Manga!: The World of Japanese Comics as well as The Astro Boy Essays: Osamu Tezuka, Mighty Atom, and the Manga/Anime Revolution, will be in Madison this afternoon giving a talk titled “Osamu Tezuka and Astro Boy: Creating the Modern Manga/Anime Complex”. It will take place from 4-6 PM in Van Hise Hall, Room 104, at UW-Madison. It’s sponsored by the UW-Madison Comics Club, who also have a Tumblr. The Facebook event page elaborates […]

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Shojo Manga Overtaken by Shonen?

Ed Chavez, Vertical Marketing Director, tells the truth on their Ask.fm channel when answering reader questions. One recent topic caught my eye, when someone asked Why do you think shoujo manga isn’t in demand? Isn’t Fruits Basket the best selling manga series in the US? Aren’t the majority of manga buyers female ? After acknowledging that shojo manga is popular, particularly for Viz Media, Chavez lists out some of the signs that the genre has faced a pullback: …while most […]

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Planetes Returns as Dark Horse Omnibus

Now that Vinland Saga is returning, it’s about time that Makoto Yukimura’s earlier series Planetes becomes available again. (It was previously published by Tokyopop, which no longer functionally exists in this country.) Dark Horse will be putting out Planetes Omnibus volume 1 in late December of this year. According to this interview with editor Brendan Wright, there will be a total of two volumes with “many more color pages than the Tokyopop editions.” Also, “they’re being relettered using the original […]

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Vinland Saga to Return This Year

I’m awfully glad I kept that copy of Vinland Saga volume 6 on my Amazon wishlist, because I could see when the due date switched to September 1 of this year. (Gives me time to catch up on the volumes I haven’t read yet!) Previously, the Viking series had been on indefinite hiatus, but I’m thrilled to see it will be continuing. (Which ties into hints the publisher was making.) Preorders can currently save 25%, too. Show Kodansha there’s demand […]

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Cover, More Details Released for Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Omnibus

Dark Horse has now revealed the cover for the upcoming first Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service omnibus. Out in August, the $19.99, 640-page volume will reprint the first three books of the series. If you’re familiar with the series, this cover should look very familiar — it’s the cover to volume 1 with the tagline “your body is their business!” replaced by a banner that says “omnibus edition”. Although it can be gory, I enjoy the series by Eiji Otsuka and […]

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Viking Manga Vinland Saga Put on Hiatus

I am sorry to hear this, because I very much enjoy reading Vinland Saga by Makoto Yukimura. It’s a beautifully illustrated, historical Viking story involving fierce warriors and family legacies and brave women holding down the homefront. The series was being released in hardcover omnibus editions, each containing the equivalent of two paperback volumes, so each one was a lot of reading to descend into. That may be part of the problem — I’m three volumes behind (there are five […]

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Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Return Dates From Amazon

This summer, Dark Horse announced that The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service manga series would be continuing. I’m glad to hear it, because I enjoy reading it, and we’d last seen a new volume with 13 at the end of 2012. Now, Amazon has listings for two related products: The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service volume 14 is showing a release date of July 14, while the first omnibus edition, collecting books 1-3, is due September 8. I would have guessed that […]

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