Manga News


Why Manga Doesn’t Get Licensed for English | Nov 03 2013

The anonymous blogger at the official Kodansha Comics Tumblr has posted an incredibly informative article on why some manga titles don’t get licensed to be published in English. The reasons are their own, of course, but they’re logical and sensible, so I suspect other publishers think about the decision similarly in determining what’s likely to […]


Mastering Manga 2: Level Up With Mark Crilley | Nov 03 2013

Mark Crilley, dubbed “YouTube’s most popular art instructor“, is following up last year’s successful Mastering Manga With Mark Crilley with another set of lessons on how to create manga-styled comics. Mastering Manga 2: Level Up With Mark Crilley Mastering Manga 2: Level Up With Mark Crilley provides models for drawing basic body parts, such as […]


Neon Alley Celebrates Anniversary With Catch Up Feature | Oct 06 2013

Neon Alley, Viz Media’s pay animation channel that is available through game consoles and the web, is celebrating its one-year anniversary by adding a requested feature. In addition to “Watch Live” English-dubbed anime programming, they’ve added a web-based “Catch Up” option (which sounds similar to On Demand cable programming). Shows will be available on Catch […]


Manga Fans, Your Dream Job Is Hiring | Oct 01 2013

Which manga fan hasn’t dreamed of helping bring books they love to the US market? Kodansha Comics is currently hiring (on a one-year contract) a manga editor. Note that in addition to the usual skills — multitasking, good communication, able to meet schedules — you must be able to read Japanese. But please note a […]


Vertical Releasing Moyoco Anno Autobio Manga in February | Sep 28 2013

Insufficient Direction Vertical will be bringing out an intriguing-sounding manga in February. Insufficient Direction is the story of Moyoco Anno (Sakuran, Happy Mania) getting involved with and eventually marrying director Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion). In addition to the love story, I’m looking forward to learning more about the life of a manga-ka, told in […]


Ranma 1/2 Returns With New Omnibus Editions, Blu-rays | Sep 15 2013

The previous print edition Rumiko Takahashi’s classic martial arts manga Ranma 1/2 is coming back to North America with new promotional pushes and editions. The story is described as a “legendary martial arts-action-adventure-comedy manga”; they forgot “gender-bending romance”. It revolves around Ranma, a teenager training to become a great martial artist. After he encounters a […]


Digital Manga Gives New Customers a Free eBook — With Proof of Purchase From Elsewhere | Sep 11 2013

Digital Manga is offering a “September Switch” promotion. If you a) have bought an eBook somewhere else b) register a new account with them (new customers only) c) use the same email address for both d) send them a copy of the receipt from the other store they will send you a gift code worth […]


Viz to Raise Digital Manga Prices in October | Sep 07 2013

According to Publishers Weekly, Viz Media will be raising prices on their digital manga beginning October 1. Instead of $4.99 a book, titles will be $6.99. Since print volumes are $9.99, digital prices are going from 50% of print to 70%. Other manga publishers sell their digital titles at higher prices, so this still keeps […]


Wannabe Mangaka Learns There’s No American Market for Manga-Style Art | Sep 02 2013

Many of us have thought about the business ramifications of the choices made in this artist’s story, but I liked the way this post summed it all up. Becca Hillburn writes about how she grew up wanting to make manga for Japanese audiences. It wasn’t until later, when she was actually trying to get work, […]


Recent Josei Manga Titles: Updating the Timeline | Aug 24 2013

Inspired by Kodansha Comics, I thought this would be a good time to update my timeline of josei manga available in English. Utsubora: The Story of a Novelist In the two years since that post, Vertical has been the primary company carrying the flag of manga for adult women. They reprinted Paradise Kiss by Ai […]