Category Archives: Manga News



Diamond Gem Awards Show Comic Market View of Manga

The 2010 Diamond Gem Award winners were just announced. These awards are nominated by a “panel of Diamond industry professionals”, voted on by comic book shop retailers, and selected based on “quality, creativity, and overall sales impact”, as you might note from the subtitle “Suppliers of the Year”. The winners are the industry “good guys”. For example, DC Comics, which has more retailer-friendly policies, beat out Marvel for Publisher of the Year (for the second year in a row), even […]

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Tokyopop Officially Announces Print-on-Demand Store

I noticed in early November that Tokyopop was selling print-on-demand volumes, at which point an editor from that company said “there will actually be a major announcement of this program when we’re ready to officially announce it.” Now appears to be that time — Tokyopop sent out the following press release. TOKYOPOP, the country’s leading independent manga media company, Baker & Taylor Inc., the world’s largest distributor of physical and digital books and entertainment products, and e-commerce solution leader MashON, […]

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Hentai, Marketing Questions, and a Lost Josei: Some Manga News Links

Here’s a weird mash-up of two things I enjoy: The Straight Dope discusses manga and anime. Unfortunately, it’s in response to the question, “What’s the deal with Japanese tentacle porn?”, which is something I do not enjoy. Gotta love the phrasing, though: “Why are there so many rapist octopuses living in the Land of the Rising Sun?” The article itself is a balanced explanation of the history and reasons behind hentai, or porn manga. Daniella Orihuela-Gruber ponders manga marketing, specifically […]

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Tokyopop Sells Print on Demand Books

Tokyopop now has available at their online store a number of print-on-demand volumes, following up on their plans from August 2009. They’re priced at $15.99, a significant increase over the typical $10 or $11 price point, but the company has been experimenting with cover prices for a while now. The rule seems to be, the more specialized the audience, the higher price they’re expected to pay. (Previously, yaoi was the most expensive Tokyopop release.) I couldn’t find a comprehensive list […]

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Digital Manga Guild Launches; Free Fan Labor, Pay on Profits

As briefly mentioned earlier this summer, Digital Manga has launched the Digital Manga Guild, their bid to get fans to work for them for no money upfront. The plan, actually, is that everyone will work for free. Fans will translate scanned works, and everyone, including Digital Manga and the original Japanese property owner, gets paid based on sales. They’re also looking for editors/rewriters and letterers, same system. As posted: With the changing tide of the economy and the high cost […]

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Kodansha USA to Replace Del Rey Manga at Random House

Looks like Andre’s speculation was right after all. Kodansha USA Publishing just sent out the following press release: Kodansha and Random House Transform and Expand Their U.S. Manga Publishing Relationship Kodansha Ltd. and Random House Inc. have announced their plans to change and expand their manga publishing relationship in North America. The companies are shifting from a licensing relationship to a sales and distribution arrangement as of December 1, 2010. The current relationship between Kodansha and Random House began in […]

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A Blank Slate: No Del Rey Manga After November?

At Kuriosity, Andre Paploo speculates on what’s going on with Del Rey Manga. He notes that they have no listings in the latest Previews catalog (for October, coming out tomorrow), and he couldn’t find any relevant entries at Amazon.ca for manga releasing after November. He goes on to offer speculation as to what this will mean, including (journalism alert!) asking the marketing contact, who responds, “we have no comment at this time.” Del Rey has had a mixed past year. […]

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Tokyopop Releases Hetalia Digitally a Month Before Print

Tokyopop has announced (via Facebook) that, while the anticipated Hetaila: Axis Powers series will be available in print on September 21, you can buy it digitally through digital download partner Zinio right now. For its 148 pages, the digital price is $5.99 US; in print, it’s $12.99. That illustrates Tokyopop’s variable pricing — why it’s not the now-standard price of $10.99, I don’t know. Either they expect it to sell worse than other titles, and need to profit more on […]

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