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 an interview with editor Brendan Wright (link no longer available), there will be a total of two volumes with “many more color pages than the Tokyopop editions.” Also, “they’re being […]

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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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Digital Manga Starts Overlapping Kickstarters

Digital Manga continues to ride the Kickstarter wagon. Although their effort to reprint the Finder series is currently struggling, they announced a new Kickstarter, making two they currently have in progress with more to come. Finder (not the excellent SF graphic novel series) is a title by Ayano Yamane that Digital Manga calls “undeniably one of the best yaoi manga series in BL existence!” I’ve never heard of or read it, so I can’t speak to that. What I can […]

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Has Manga Become a Niche Category?

Ed Chavez, Marketing Director at manga publisher Vertical, has been answering a bunch of questions online recently, and his comments are quite informative. One that particularly struck me was this answer (link no longer available) to the question as to whether manga is becoming more niche. Knowing that seinen still lacks, even though vocal fans ask for it, kinda tells me that readers either grow out of manga or only stick with a specific type of it… Essentially pigeonholing it […]

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Update: Digital Manga Tezuka Ludwig B Kickstarter Succeeds!

With three days to go (at the time of writing), Digital Manga’s Kickstarter to publish Ludwig B by Osamu Tezuka is not expected to succeed. Currently, it’s at about two-thirds of goal, 67%, having received less than $15,000 on a goal of $21,600. After the first two strong days, pledges never picked up. The company upped its Twitter mentions recently, although nothing for the last three days. And the audience, at least in many of the English-speaking countries, is distracted […]

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