How Manga Pricing Works

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 (those manga aimed at adult males) are priced at $13 instead of $10. The response includes some key facts about Vertical’s pricing: All seinen releases […]

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Legal Drug Omnibus Out; Sequel Drug & Drop Available to Pre-Order

Out today in comic book stores is the Legal Drug Omnibus, a manga license rescue collection. CLAMP’s Legal Drug originally was published in three volumes in English by Tokyopop. (You can get the three books cheaply used, possibly because the story wasn’t concluded… but see below.) Dark Horse has now reprinted the series in one big volume, complete with color pages. It’s a hard-to-describe tale, about two boys who are drawn to each other while working at a drugstore. One […]

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Jump Start Brings New Japanese Series to Weekly Shonen Jump Same-Day

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 martial arts series about a 15-year-old village kid who wants to be the best judo practitioner in his village full of the world’s most powerful […]

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Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service to Return, No Date Given

At Anime Expo, Dark Horse announced that they would be continuing the Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service manga series. The last volume released was volume 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 sometimes grotesque murders, I quite enjoy Kurosagi for its exploration of the dark side of human nature and its gruesomely lovely, detailed art, so I’m glad to hear we’ll get more. No […]

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Manga Dogs Coming From Kodansha This Fall

Kodansha Comics has announced an upcoming title I’m excited by, Manga Dogs. That’s their English title for GDGD-DOGS by Ema Toyama. Her previous works I Am Here! and Missions of Love have already been released in English. Manga Dogs is the story of three wannabe manga artists (all pretty boys) with “ridiculous delusions” about the craft. Their classmate Kanna is already published, so they fixate on her to teach them in their school’s drawing class. Kodansha calls it a “sharp-witted […]

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High School Debut Manga Omnibus Edition to Include New Material

I very much enjoyed the shojo manga series High School Debut, so I have mixed emotions about this omnibus news. On the one hand, I’m glad more people will have a chance to read the series; on the other, putting new material in the reprints makes me gnash my teeth, since I don’t want to rebuy books for that reason. Then again, it’s only one book, and it sounds as though 2/3 of it (for the price of 1 1/2 […]

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Why Manga Doesn’t Get Licensed for English

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 be successful here. Many of the reasons are obvious, such as avoiding series that are too long or too old, or those with subject matter […]

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Manga Fans, Your Dream Job Is Hiring

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 few caveats: There was a similar job posting a year ago. I don’t know if that person didn’t work out, or they’re expanding — I […]

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