Manga News


Jump Start Brings New Japanese Series to Weekly Shonen Jump Same-Day | Sep 09 2014

Viz Media has launched “Jump Start“, bringing the first three chapters of every brand-new manga series appearing in the Japanese Weekly Shonen Jump to English. The digital translated Weekly Shonen Jump will feature these chapters, one per week, on same-day release as the parent country. The first three titles are Judos by Shinsuke Kondo, a […]


The First Japanese Comic Artist Published in English | Aug 22 2014

This is a pretty neat writeup… Ash Brown has the story of Masaichi Mukaide’s translated work, credited as “the first Japanese comics to be translated into English”. It appeared in Star Reach, an early independent comic anthology of science fiction and fantasy stories, in the 1970s. As Brown describes it, much of much of Mukaide’s […]


Win a Copy of My Love Story!! | Aug 07 2014

My Love Story!! Book 1 I really liked My Love Story!!, and since I have an extra copy, I’d like to share it with you! Because I think that’s what Takeo would do. To enter to win this contest for a copy of My Love Story!! Book 1, please leave a comment below telling me […]


Manga in Real Life: Sake Campaign Reminds of Oishinbo | Aug 05 2014

While reading this New York Times article about the drive to raise sake sales by suggesting pairings with Western food, I was reminded of reading Oishinbo a la Carte: Sake. That volume talks about how well sake pairs with seafood; so does this article. “Sake is surprisingly versatile,” [said Kensuke Shichida, the head of a […]


Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service to Return, No Date Given | Jul 04 2014

The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Book 13 At Anime Expo, Dark Horse announced that they would be continuing the Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service manga series. The last volume released was Book 13, which came out at the end of 2012. Although it’s a horror series, with a group of misfits dealing with zombies and investigating […]


Manga Goes Mainstream With Mascara Brand | Jun 25 2014

L’Oreal Paris has introduced Miss Manga mascara, a new brand promising “oversized, over-the-top lash volume… for the ultimate wide-eyed manga look.” It comes in black, black brown, or blackest black. Here’s the ad, which involves a cartoon panda ad, bright pink, and a “main-ga” pronunciation. Turns out that this line was first launched in the […]


Viz Manga Now on ComiXology | Jun 10 2014

It was bound to happen. Before today, the only manga publisher on leading digital comic distributor ComiXology was Digital Manga, with its yaoi. (So many tortured faces staring at the reader!) Oh, and Archie was pushing its manga take on Sabrina the Teenage Witch from a few years back. Now, the best-known American manga publisher, […]


Manga Editor on Scanlations Then and Now | May 20 2014

Justin Stroman interviewed Lillian Diaz-Przybyl, former Tokyopop editor (and co-founder of Chromatic Press), who comments on her history with Tokyopop, why manga isn’t often available legitimately digitally, how online surveys don’t match sales figures, and what publishers can do about scanlation sites. She’s been involved with manga professionally for ten years and longer as a […]


The True Story of an American Manga Assistant in Japan | May 19 2014

It’s not many aspiring manga artists who get a chance to work in the real field. Jamie Lynn Lano did, spending time as an assistant on the Japanese manga The Prince of Tennis in 2008. Now, she’s written a book about her experiences. The Princess of Tennis is available for preorder. It will release on […]


Viz Licenses Sailor Moon Anime to Start Hulu Run Monday | May 18 2014

It was brought home to me at TCAF that Sailor Moon was responsible for an entire generation of comic artists. Young women, particularly, were strongly influenced by the foundational magical girl series, first launched as a manga in 1992. Thus, there was much rejoicing when Viz announced this weekend that they have licensed the Sailor […]