Sgt. Frog Returns as Viz Digital Manga

Sgt. Frog, a humor manga about a frog-looking alien residing with a “typical” Japanese family by Mine Yoshizaki, was originally published in the US by Tokyopop, which put out 21 volumes beginning in 2004. The alien was supposed to invade, but he’s incompetent, and soon, there’s a group of his friends, all hanging out in the sitcom-like episodic structure. For readers, the chapters make fun of media and culture through their wacky situations. I enjoyed the series at first, although […]

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How’s the Digital Manga Tezuka Kickstarter Doing?

I was curious to know how the smaller, more affordable Kickstarter launched by Digital Manga at the end of last month to publish Ludwig B was doing, since they picked a rotten time of year to ask for money (although licensing needs and the desire to stay in people’s minds may have been factors in wanting to get back out there quickly). Currently, with a little over half way done, they’ve reached a bit over half their goal (55%). But […]

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Second Round of Shonen Jump Start Stories

Earlier this year, I wrote about Jump Start, Viz’s program of debuting new series in Weekly Shonen Jump the same day they launch in Japan. Beyond the first three titles, which I wrote about at that link, the following series have appeared in English: The September 29 issue had the first (extended-length, it felt like) chapter of elDLIVE by Akira Amano, a space exploration story starring an oddball. He hears a voice in his head that always says negative things, […]

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Digital Manga Adds Exclusivity to Kickstarters

This interview with Hikaru Sasahara, president of Digital Manga, the company struggling with how to publish more works by Osamu Tezuka after their massive Kickstarter failed, has some new information I found surprising and troubling. Near the end come these paragraphs: The failure of DMP’s ambitious Kickstarter does not mean the end of DMP’s Tezuka program. Sasahara has planned all along to publish some Tezuka titles digitally via DMP’s Digital Manga Guild. In that system, the publisher, licensor, and localizing […]

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Ito’s Fragments of Horror, Gyo Re-Release Coming Next Year From Viz Signature

I’m not a big fan of horror comics, but I’ve been tempted by Junji Ito’s Uzumaki, because that surreal story of a town overtaken by spirals is less gory, more suspenseful and creepy. So I’m excited to hear that Viz will be bringing out a short story collection from Ito next summer. Fragments of Horror will be published as a deluxe hardcover under the Viz Signature imprint (and I’m glad to see that’s continuing as well). Here’s the publisher’s description: […]

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Digital Manga Launches New, Smaller Tezuka Kickstarter

After the massive failure of their overly ambitious Kickstarter to publish 31 books by Osamu Tezuka, Digital Manga is back with another try, one they’re calling “Smaller, Quicker, and Affordable”. It’s faster than I expected, frankly, but I suspect that Digital Manga started replanning long before the previous effort finished, given the amount of feedback they got from potential customers. This time, they’re asking for a more reasonable $21,600 to publish two volumes of Ludwig B, Tezuka’s unfinished Beethoven story […]

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Digital Manga Tezuka Kickstarter Fails Miserably

Last month, on October 21, Digital Manga launched a Kickstarter to publish in print many of Osamu Tezuka’s lesser-known works (since the best-known, like Phoenix, Black Jack, Princess Knight, and Message to Adolf have already been handled by other publishers, mostly Vertical). It was incredibly aggressive, seeking $380,000 in a month, to put out 31 books in six series. (Those titles are The Three-Eyed One Volume 1-13, Rainbow Parakeet Volume 1-7, Wonder 3 Volume 1-3, Alabaster Volume 1-2, The Vampires […]

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Yen Press Rescues Kaoru Mori’s Emma

This was announced last month at the New York Comic Con, I think, but the book is now available for pre-order. I’m thrilled to hear that the manga Emma is coming back into print from Yen Press. They currently release A Bride’s Story by the same author, Kaoru Mori, as well as a one-shot of her shorter pieces, Anything and Something. Emma was previously published in the US from 2006-2009 by CMX, the now-defunct manga imprint of DC Comics. It’s […]

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