Category Archives: Manga News



Viz Announces SuBLime Yaoi Manga Line

The largest English-language manga publisher, Viz Media, has announced that they are launching a line (not an imprint, but a partnership) to cover the one genre of manga they haven’t yet tackled: yaoi (boys’ love). In partnership with Libre Publishing, the biggest Japanese publisher of boys’ love titles, and the largest anime store chain in Japan, Animate, SuBLime Manga will being publishing English-language titles digitally in December, with print titles to follow in Spring 2012. The website is just a […]

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This Month’s Manga Moveable Feast: Fumi Yoshinaga, My Favorite

The newest Manga Moveable Feast is dedicated to my favorite manga author, Fumi Yoshinaga. I’ve already reviewed most of her books, including explicit yaoi, tamer boys’ love, school soap opera, restaurant reviews, and the not easily categorizable Antique Bakery. That diversity is one of the things I love most about her work. That, and her beautiful line and distinctively expressive characters. If you’re looking for a good starting point, I highly recommend the single-volume book of short stories All My […]

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A Timeline of Josei Manga in the U.S.

Sadly, putting this together has reminded me of how much we’ve lost over the past decade as most manga publishers with significant josei output have gone out of business. For more information on josei manga, which is manga aimed at adult female readers, check out this 2008 overview article or this post about examples of the genre. Broadly speaking, there are two types of josei that we’ve seen in the U.S.: that of interest because of its subject matter (such […]

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When Is Dark Horse Releasing Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service?

When I started reading The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service, I liked it, and I was thrilled to find a horror manga I enjoyed. So after I read the latest book, volume 11 (one of my best manga of last year), I wanted to make sure I pre-ordered a copy of volume 12. In February, I placed an order with Amazon. At that time, volume 12 was due out later that month. It didn’t arrive — instead, a new date of […]

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Tokyopop Stops Publishing: And Then There Were …?

News broke yesterday that was simultaneously shocking and unsurprising. Tokyopop is closing as of May 31, although they plan to continue their film division (split off in a 2008 reorganization), an area where company head Stu Levy’s attention has been more focused lately and the reported holder of the intellectual property rights. Sales of those rights will continue out of Germany, where a licensing office will remain open, as well as the European publishing program. (This news might also explain […]

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Sailor Moon Returns to Print, Manga Fans Rejoice

A very important manga — historically, Sailor Moon broke open the U.S. market for manga in bookstores and among girls — is returning to print from Kodansha USA. Here’s an excerpt from their press release: Brand new deluxe editions of the acclaimed series will be released by Kodansha USA’s Kodansha Comics imprint in September 2011. Out of print for six years, SAILOR MOON re-launches along with Takeuchi’s two-volume prequel series CODENAME: SAILOR V, in print in the US for the […]

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Tokyopop Layoffs — Who’s Left?

Heidi MacDonald is reporting that Tokyopop has laid off “several more people — including editors Lillian Diaz-Przybyl and Troy Lewter. The staff is now reduced to a mere handful of people”, which doesn’t include, based on Heidi’s experience, the PR person, who is also gone. Lillian Diaz-Przybyl was the longest-running Tokyopop person I knew (not counting company head Stu Levy). She was an excellent editor, especially known for reaching out to fans, including most recently an essay on buying manga […]

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Manga Links Worth Thinking About

Shaenon K. Garrity (link no longer available) wrote an excellent overview of those little artist side notes found mostly in shojo manga. She provides a number of hilarious examples to support the idea that if you Read enough of these notes, however, and you get the impression that shojo manga artists are both incredibly boring and completely insane. I was impressed that she did an entire column on the format without even mentioning the overused “I’m so sorry my art […]

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