Category Archives: Manga News

Tokyopop’s Summer Intern Tour

Tokyopop has advertised a unique internship — they’re looking for students to spend the summer, from the end of May to Labor Day, traveling with them “to promote TOKYOPOP, our stories, and our characters.” They’re looking for those who can plug the company using “social media tools”; setup, host, and take down events at conventions and bookstores; and “plan, shoot, edit, and upload video for a web-based “reality show”-styled grassroots marketing endeavor”. The company has already set up a promotional […]

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Aurora Manga on Sale at Big Discounts

Manga from Aurora, Deux (the yaoi line), and Luv Luv (sex comics for women) are now on deep discount sale for the holidays (link no longer available). (Perhaps I should say “still on sale”, since the last time I talked about Aurora, back in March, they were pricing similarly.) Most everything is four dollars a book, or if you buy sets, the savings are even greater. For example, all 8 Luv Luv titles for $15 (or about $2 a book). […]

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Gossip Girl Manga Preview

MTV has a five-page preview of the Gossip Girl manga from Yen Press. It didn’t give me the guilty thrill of watching the series, though. First, the narration is wrong. Instead of from a sardonic observer, the never-identified website owner, who both obsesses over and despises the people she covers, the voice here is Blair’s. Who is drawn more like a bikini model than the fashion follower and trend setter she is. I thought the other characters were generic — […]

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Why Moyasimon Was Delayed: A Possible Explanation

Moyasimon: Tales of Agriculture was originally scheduled for release on September 29. Some bookstores got it then and sold it with no problem, but the official release date was moved to today. There has been various speculation about the reason for the delay being an “art issue” or “legal reasons“, but I think the first is more accurate. I have a release copy, and I also have access to a pre-release galley sent out for early reviews when the planned […]

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Tokyopop News: Insider Webcast September 2

I’m attending the Tokyopop online press conference and sharing my notes with you. (I previously attended a similar presentation in July.) Lillian Diaz-Przybyl again moderated — good to see a friendly face. They opened with this Deadman Wonderland manga trailer. This new title was created by the team behind Eureka Seven, Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou. Volume 1 of 4 is on sale February 2, 2010. Hanako and the Teller of Allegory is an earlier series by Sakae Esuno (Future […]

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Tokyopop Loses Kodansha Titles

As reported by Brigid at MangaBlog, Tokyopop has announced that its license to print titles from Kodansha has expired and will not be renewed. That means that they will not continue with new volumes or reprint previous volumes (after they have sold out) in the affected series. A full list of Kodansha Tokyopop books can be found at David Welsh’s blog. Some CLAMP series — Cardcaptor Sakura, Chobits, Clover — have already been announced as coming in new omnibus editions […]

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Twilight Manga Announced

Putting out a Twilight manga is a perfect combination for the teen girl target audience. No specific release date has been announced, but publisher Yen Press should have a huge hit, especially if they can get it out around the July 2010 date of the third movie. (I’m guessing November of this year, when the second film, New Moon, is due, is too soon.) Art is by Korean artist Young Kim, which makes me think it will be left-to-right, which […]

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Tokyopop News: CSI Interns, Kindaichi, INVU, Company Plans, more

I was fortunate to be invited to a recent Tokyopop webcast where editor Lillian Diaz-Przybyl presented information on an upcoming work and took questions. CSI: Intern at Your Own Risk First, we saw a small preview of the CSI Interns book, due out in early September. Although Gil Grissom and Catherine Willows make an appearance in the introduction, it mostly focuses on a new group of younger interns. Apparently, CSI has a significant teenage audience, which should overlap with the […]

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