Tokyopop Signals Willingness to Discuss OEL Rights Return, But Contradictory Offer Lacks Details

Per the official Tokyopop Manga Twitter account, the question was asked at last weekend’s Anime Expo convention whether Tokyopop would consider returning rights to the creators for the OEL manga (original graphic novels) they are holding onto. The two-part answer was … the creators need to come to him to get the rights back. He can’t track them all down. And since they all have contracts, there will need to be some negotiations. But it’s not like Stu won’t give […]

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Do Real Publishers Use Kickstarter?

The always-smart Christopher Butcher has posted some thoughts about professional publishers using Kickstarter. He’s referring to Digital Manga, which is putting out works by Osamu Tezuka using the crowdfunding site. They started by bringing Swallowing the Earth back into print, then listed a new license, Barbara (not a book previously published by them). Their newest effort is Unico, a color children’s series. Chris has collected a set of his thoughts on the topic, of which these are only a few. […]

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Another Tokyopop Title Returns: RightStuf to Release Bizenghast 8

Following in the path of the Hetalia 3 announcement, Tokyopop and RightStuf.com have announced a second print-on-demand title continuation. M. Alice LeGrow’s Bizenghast volume 8 will be available in July for $15.99; preorders can now be made at the discount price of $10.99. Bizenghast was one of the most popular OEL titles from Tokyopop, and the previous volume came out at the end of June 2010. Based on this cover image, the design will match previous volumes, including the Tokyopop […]

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Tokyopop Returns With Hetalia 3

After ceasing as a publisher a year ago, Tokyopop started making noises last September about bringing back one of their most popular titles, Hetalia. Now, in conjunction with online retailer RightStuf.com, comes the actual announcement. Right Stuf announced that, through a special arrangement with Japanese publisher Gentosha Comics and TOKYOPOP, it will be offering manga fans the opportunity to purchase Hetalia Axis Powers, Volume 3, in English-translated book form for the first time ever, as well as reprints of the […]

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Shonen Jump Alpha Launches; Print Magazine Goes Digital

Here’s an important signifier of changing times, especially when it comes to the print/digital divide. Viz’s monthly manga anthology magazine Shonen Jump has been discontinued in favor of the digital Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha. The online version launched two weeks ago, while the issue cover-dated April 2012 (on sale next month) will be the last in print. The digital magazine is only available in the U.S. and Canada for now, and it requires a Flash-enabled browser or a Viz Manga […]

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Genshiken Sequel Series Coming to US This Fall

ANN is reporting that Kodansha will release the first book of Genshiken: Second Season in the U.S. on September 4. (There have been two volumes out so far in Japan.) It took me a couple of tries to appreciate the fan-favorite series, about an anime/manga/cosplay/videogame club, before I got the appeal, but once you know the characters, it’s a lot of fun. The first series ran nine volumes (published by Del Rey), ending with graduation. To prepare for the sequel, […]

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SuBLime Manga, Viz’s Yaoi Line, Offers First Titles for Sale

The first four books are now available from SuBLime Manga, Viz’s yaoi manga partnership announced in November. Two of the series, Husband, Honeymoon by Haruka Minami (previously announced as Dannasama to Mitsugetsuchu) and Love Pistols by Tarako Kotobuki, have second volumes coming in February (along with another, unrelated title, making for three releases that month). The other two titles, Oku-san’s Daily Fantasies by Noboru Takatsuki and The Bed of My Dear King by Sakae Kusama, are single books. All are […]

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Bonus Manga Out Loud Podcast Discussing DMP’s Barbara Kickstarter

Ed and I were joined by Lissa Pattillo and Alex Hoffman to discuss the DMP Kickstarter to publish Osamu Tezuka’s Barbara in a bonus episode of the Manga Out Loud podcast. We put this together quickly, while the topic was fresh in everyone’s mind. Our special guest is Ben Applegate, who organizes the DMP Kickstarters, and I very much appreciated his willingness to tell us more about the company’s vision for these projects, as well as providing some print run […]

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