Manga News


Win the First Manga Dogs Book | Dec 08 2014

Manga Dogs Book 1 I enjoyed the humor of Manga Dogs, and I hope you will, too. To win a copy of the first volume in this contest, simply leave a comment below telling me your favorite manga or comic about making comics or manga. A winner will be picked randomly from all entries on […]


Digital Manga Adds Exclusivity to Kickstarters | Dec 07 2014

This interview with Hikaru Sasahara, president of Digital Manga, the company struggling with how to publish more works by Osamu Tezuka after their massive Kickstarter failed, has some new information I found surprising and troubling. Near the end come these paragraphs: The failure of DMP’s ambitious Kickstarter does not mean the end of DMP’s Tezuka […]


Ito’s Fragments of Horror, Gyo Re-Release Coming Next Year From Viz Signature | Dec 07 2014

I’m not a big fan of horror comics, but I’ve been tempted by Junji Ito’s Uzumaki, because that surreal story of a town overtaken by spirals is less gory, more suspenseful and creepy. Uzumaki So I’m excited to hear that Viz will be bringing out a short story collection from Ito next summer. Fragments of […]


Win Christmas-Themed Manga Series | Dec 06 2014

Sweet Rein Book 1 You still have a couple of days, I think, to enter Manga Report’s Sweet Rein giveaway, where you can win all three books in the series. The story is lightweight and silly, a great escape for the holiday season. It’s about a young woman who finds out she’s a Santa, someone […]


Digital Manga Launches New, Smaller Tezuka Kickstarter | Nov 26 2014

After the massive failure of their overly ambitious Kickstarter to publish 31 books by Osamu Tezuka, Digital Manga is back with another try, one they’re calling “Smaller, Quicker, and Affordable”. It’s faster than I expected, frankly, but I suspect that Digital Manga started replanning long before the previous effort finished, given the amount of feedback […]


Digital Manga Tezuka Kickstarter Fails Miserably | Nov 22 2014

Last month, on October 21, Digital Manga launched a Kickstarter to publish in print many of Osamu Tezuka’s lesser-known works (since the best-known, like Phoenix, Black Jack, Princess Knight, and Message to Adolf have already been handled by other publishers, mostly Vertical). It was incredibly aggressive, seeking $380,000 in a month, to put out 31 […]


Yen Press Rescues Kaoru Mori’s Emma | Nov 16 2014

This was announced last month at the New York Comic Con, I think, but the book is now available for pre-order. I’m thrilled to hear that the manga Emma is coming back into print from Yen Press. They currently release A Bride’s Story by the same author, Kaoru Mori, as well as a one-shot of […]


We Talk Recently Read Manga in Bookmarked! | Nov 13 2014

The Garden of Words I was honored to be asked to participate in this week’s Bookmarked!, a column where Kate Dacey, Brigid Alverson, and a guest talk casually about what they’re reading this week. Learn what I thought about the fifth volumes of the series What Did You Eat Yesterday?, Genshiken Second Season, and Judge, […]


Vertical Announces Digital Tezuka Coming | Nov 08 2014

Buddha Volume 1 On their Tumblr, Vertical Comics has announced that all of the titles they publish by Osamu Tezuka will be available digitally in coming months. They plan to start with the out-of-print titles, Apollo’s Song and Black Jack (17 books). Unlike other manga publishers, Vertical doesn’t have their own app nor do they […]


How Manga Pricing Works | Oct 03 2014

Over at the Diagonal, the Vertical Tumblr, Ed Chavez, the Marketing Director for the notable manga publisher, has put out some insight into how manga volumes are priced. (I’m assuming that Ed handles the Tumblr. It’s not credited.) First, in relation to an announcement of two upcoming titles, a fan complains that the seinen titles […]