February, 2007


Rhie Won-bok of Duksung Women's University was recently accused of anti-Semitism by an activist group called the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Rhie's comic Far Country, Neighbor Country was criticized for "depicting Jewish influence in the U.S. media." According to report, Rhie apologized and expressed that "he was neither anti-Semitic nor out to criticize Jews: 'I drew the cartoons based on data I gathered while living in the U.S. for two years.'"

Source: The Chosun Ilbo

A new manga, Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms by Fumiyo Kouno, has appeared on Last Gasp's website. Other manga published by Last Gasp include Barefoot Gen by Keiji Nakazawa.

Source: AoD

Mangaline Portugal will be releasing Lupin by Monkey Punch. The exact release fate and format are still unclear. According to Clubotaku, the title will contain approximately 400 pages and will costs 12 euros.

Source: PB

Sirou Tunasima has written on his online diary that he has received over 10 mails offering to continue his Jinki: Extend manga series.

From MangaCast comes the Diamond Previews for March 2007, which provides information on new U.S. releases for May/June 2007.

The new comic release list for February 14 2007 from ComicList, compiled by MangaCast.

Legendary comic creator Wendy Pini ("ElfQuest") will be appearing at manga publisher Go! Comi's panel at New York Comic Con to announce a major new project, which she describes as "darkly exciting and adult oriented." The panel will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 24th. Wendy will be joined by her husband, Richard Pini, for an autograph session at Go! Comi's booth (#564) at 3:00 PM immediately after the panel.

topThe Gundam anime experienced a small boost in popularity with the recent release of the original Mobile Suit Gundam anime DVD Box. The original 43-episode Gundam anime was first aired in 1979, and now the DVD box set is experiencing positive sales. ITmedia News interviews Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, the art director and character designer of Gundam, who talks about Gundam and his recent works. (by Koh Shimada)

Q: The DVD box set of the "First Gundam" is very popular.

A: Gundam is a very mysterious thing for me. I really don't see why Gundam is still popular after so many years. Sometimes I have to see it on due to the necessity of my job, but I think it's a poorly made work.

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Broccoli Books is looking for a new Freelance Translator. Also, Go! Comi is currently looking for a Director of Site Engineering.

Source: MangaBlog


Mangaka Emiko Sugi passed away on February 10th at the Yokohama city hospital at the age of 47. The cause of death was stomach cancer. Emiko, known for her shojo series such as Luv Clinic, Ai Girl and Get You, debuted as a mangaka in 1977. According to Shogakukan, her works have sold over 18,000,000 volumes.

Source: excite

According to the latest entry on Vertical's blog:

Vertical is holding a panel on the future of manga, Sunday Feb 25 from 3-4pm. All attendees are automatically entered to win the first four volumes of Buddha and Volume 1 of To Terra...

San Francisco, CA, February 13, 2007 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced that several of its popular anime and manga properties have been named finalists in the inaugural American Anime Awards. Comedy, action, science fiction and children’s titles from VIZ Media's repertoire are all represented on this year's ballot.

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A new manga magazine called Lottery Manga Monthly was recently released in Taiwan by Bohai Publishing. Lottery Manga Monthly is one of the recipient of the "1996 Comic Periodical Publications Grant," and receives 300,000 Taiwan dollars each month, for up to 12 months. Lottery Manga Monthly will serialize original manga series created by Taiwan artists.

The mascot for the 3rd China International Animation and Cartoon Festival has been announced. The mascot, a currently unnamed monkey, is based on Son Goku from Journey to the West (Saiyuki), one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature.

topSan Jose, CA - February, 2007 DrMaster Publications Inc. and DGN Productions Inc. have officially announced the long-rumored art book: The Art of Yasushi Suzuki. The piece is nearly complete and will ship nationwide this May 2007.

This project is total fan appreciation! Graphic artist and game designer - Yasushi Suzuki has meticulously compiled a stunning cache of his own work history. The Art of Yasushi Suzuki will showcase nearly 100 images, some of which were designed specifically for this event, including art from the video games Ikaruga (Sega), and Sin & Punishment (Nintendo), plus cover art from the Japanese language version of George R.R. Martin's New York Times best selling novel series, A Song of Ice and Fire.

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Broccoli Books is proud to announce the following releases for February 2007:

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Houston, Texas, 12th February 2007 - Happy St. Valentine’s Day! What a wonderful tradition, having one day to celebrate love in all its aspect.

Although we here at DQ can’t send each of you chocolates or flowers, we have something just as thrilling to give you. With much love from all of the DQ Staff, we are very honored and pleased, to announce the following new licenses;

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Ivrea Publishing has announced that it will release Battle Club manga by Yuji Shiozaki (Ikkitousen) in Argentina this month. The series is about the story of a guy named Mokichi, his school, and adventures of love. The title is currently serialized in the bi-weekly magazine Young King in Japan.

Source Papo de Budega

According to Publishers Marketplace, Del Rey is looking for a new Associate Publicist. The candidate needs to have "2-5 years publicity experience in book publishing and knowledge of the media, marketplace and competition, preferably in the Sci-Fi / Fantasy/ Manga/ Graphic Novel genres. Excellent communication and organizational skills are a must. Excellent writing skills also required. Need to be creative, assertive, personable and persuasive."

Source: MangaBlog


Icarus Blog looks at the March adult manga releases, based on the March Previews released by Diamond.

On the USA Today Booklist Top 150 (PDF) for the week ending February 4, VIZ Media's Bleach volume 17 ranked #123.

Hot sequel to hugely popular best selling manga series receives historic simultaneous worldwide release

Los Angeles, CA (February 12, 2007)-TOKYOPOP, leader of the Global Manga Revolution, and Gentosha Comics, one of Japan's top manga publishers,are proud to announce their historic partnership for the simultaneous worldwide release of Gravitation EX, the eagerly awaited sequel to Maki Murakami's best selling cult-classic manga series, Gravitation.

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Idol Master XENOGLOSSIA, a manga based on the yet-to-be-released anime, will begin serialization in Comptiq Ace Vol 12 (2/26). My-Re Kurosaki will be in charge of the art. This manga is different from Idol Master relations which is based on the game version of Idol Master and began serialization in the March issue of Ichijinsha's Comic REX.

According to Monster.com, VIZ Media, LLC is looking for an Advertising Sales and Marketing Manager to join its magazine sales team.

Source: ANN