Another Blow to Josei Manga: Talking About Cancelled

During a discussion here last month about josei manga, David Welsh recommended a book called Talking About that was due out in June. Here’s the description: Meet Sarah, successful event planner by day… frustrated 30-year-old virgin by night. Actually, she’s not quite 30 yet. The night before the dreaded birthday, she vows to do something about it. Meet Gang-E, a 29 year-old graphic novelist. She only has one problem — she likes them young. Males, that is — especially her […]

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The State of Josei Manga

Josei manga is manga aimed at women, a female audience older than the girls who read shojo. And women are always the last group targeted in comics. (It usually goes young men -> older men -> kids (boys and girls) -> women. Some of the core male audience stays with it as they age, and then everyone starts worrying about where new young readers will come from. Targeting the adult female is an afterthought, but when that happens, it indicates […]

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Steady Beat Delayed, Not Cancelled

I was dismayed when I noticed in the latest Previews that Steady Beat Book 3 was listed as “cancelled by publisher”, because I have very much enjoyed the previous volumes. Then I saw that the author was having discussions with her publisher over whether the series should end with book 3 (Tokyopop’s choice) or 4 (her preference). Uh oh. (That thread also has some interesting lessons about art as a profession and speculation about the publisher’s decision-making.) So I emailed […]

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Tokyopop Manga Magazine Still Around

I keep forgetting the Tokyopop Manga magazine even exists until a new issue arrives. I got one yesterday. It’s cover-dated Summer 2007, so either my mailman is REALLY slow or plans got derailed, just like with the previous issue (promised February, delivered May). It continues to shrink, with 64 stapled pages. (Previous installments were squarebound.) This issue also has ads sold to outside companies (which might explain why it came out this late instead of being canceled — paid ads […]

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Death Note & Favorite Manga of 2007

This was the year I realized that just because a manga was translated and launched in the US didn’t mean it was great. It used to be that mostly the best Japanese comics made it over, but ever-growing demand means more and more material is coming just because it’s available. Nothing wrong with that, only one has to pay more attention to descriptions and reviews. I became more selective, and I gave up on several long-running series because their volume […]

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More Manga Drops

The discussion in the Manga I’ve Given Up On post, combined with David Welsh’s comments, reminded me of several more titles. These didn’t come to mind originally because I’ve been disposing of the volumes, so they required a bit more memory-prodding. Baby & Me — Cute characters, but too many of them too quickly (with all the siblings of the family down the street), and not enough depth. Stopped with book 3. Cheeky Angel — Not enough forward movement, and […]

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Manga I’ve Given Up On

John Jakala writes up manga series that have stopped appealing to him. Like him, I also gave up on Yakitate!! Japan after book four, although he’s completely wrong about Hikaru no Go. And I’m sorry to hear about Death Note — I have most of the volumes but haven’t started them yet. It’s a good question. Reading superhero comics out of habit at $3 a month is bad enough; buying manga series beyond the point you’re enjoying them at $10 […]

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Thoughts on Recent Headlines

Congratulations to Tim. Diamond has reversed its previous decision and will be offering Comic Foundry magazine. I’m not sure “ok, we’ll drop the price 27 cents” is really, as the headline says, meeting halfway, but the real test will be how many orders it gets. (Readers, will you be ordering the first issue? Does your store order shelf copies for customers to browse projects like this?) And I do wish Tim wouldn’t say things like “We were considering taking the […]

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