June, 2007

The new comic release list for June 27th 2007 from ComicList, compiled by MangaCast.


On July 7th, a special manga, anime, and pop culture event called "Blast Off!" will take place at the Asian Art Museum in conjunction to the exhibition Tezuka: The Marvel of Manga:

Don't miss the Asian Art Museum's manga (Japanese comics), anime (animation), and pop culture extravaganza. With a rocket-fueled schedule offering everything from cosplay ("costume play") and music to art activities and Dance Dance Revolution, aficionados and amateurs of all ages and inclinations will have a blast.

Visitors will also have a chance to check out special exhibitions Tezuka:The Marvel of Manga and Yoshitoshi's Strange Tales.

Source: ActiveAnime

topThe Japan Football Museum announced that a special Captain Tsubasa Exhibition hosted by Captain Tsubasa creator Yoichi Takahashi and Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump will start on July 21st. The exhibition's theme will be "Everyone was once a 'Captain Tsubasa.'"

The exhibition, held at the special exhibition zone on floor B2, is directed toward the Beijing 2008 Olympic, and aims to support the Beijing Olympic Games - Asian preliminary round "with the 'help' of Captain Tsubasa's protagonist Tsubasa Oozora." Adult entrance is 500 yen and 300 yen for elementary to middle school students.

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uclick, a leader in mobile entertainment, has announced an agreement that brings the critically-acclaimed comic book series Umbra, by Stephen Murphy and Mike Hawthorne, to mobile phones throughout North America, UK, Australia and South Africa.

Kansas City, MO - June 27, 2007 -- uclick, a leader in mobile entertainment, has announced an agreement that brings the critically-acclaimed comic book series Umbra, by Stephen Murphy and Mike Hawthorne, to mobile phones throughout North America, UK, Australia and South Africa.

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Plus! Debut of new redesign with more news, features, reviews!!

HOUSTON, June 27, 2007—Newtype USA, the leading anime magazine in North America, continues its summertime hot streak with an exclusive cover featuring the hottest anime of 2007, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Along with a collectible cover, the July 2007 issue also dishes the dirt on the SOS Brigade, offering an inside scoop on the secrets behind Haruhi Suzumiya's eccentric pals! Plus, Newtype USA even has an exclusive interview with director Tatsuya Ishihara, in which he reveals even more telling tales behind the production of this mega-hit show!

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HERNDON, VA - June 27, 2007 – DLSite.com has just released 3D animation, "In Ecstasy" English subtitle version. "In Ecstasy" is a 25-minute, fantasy video of true love and violence.

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In the latest issue of PWCW, Kai-Ming Cha concludes her 2-Part interview with Go! Comi founders Audrey Taylor and David Wise. Also available is an article from Brigid on CMX's new edition of Gon.

topVolume 8 of PEACH-PIT's Rozen Maiden came out on June 23rd. Due to the incidents earlier this year involving Rozen Maiden, volume 8 is barely over 90 pages (a regular volume of manga totals around 200 pages).

On June 24th, the mangaka duo PEACH-PIT posted a message on their blog apologizing for the rushed "ending" of Rozen Maiden. Below is a excerpt from the post:

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From Kokoro Media comes an article that looks at how anime and manga fans are helping fund large social networking sites such as deviantART, LiveJournal and Gaia Online:

If you’re a visitor of the site, you’ll see the influence from anime and manga almost immediately. Which is why its no surprised of the $3.5mil first round of funding as reported by PEHub (via PaidContent.org)

According to the latest newsletter from Viz Media, the top 5 spots of Viz's best-selling manga list are all taken by Naruto, which also dominated the top-selling anime list.

Source: Comics Worth Reading (Via MangaBlog)

topEarlier this year, Sirou Tunasima's mecha manga Jinki: Extend was dropped from Mag Garden's Comic Blade due to conflicts between Tunasima and the magazine's Editor-in-Chief. Since then Tunasima has confirmed that more than 10 publishers offered to continue carry Jinki: Extend.

Today Chuosha announced that Jinki: Extend will continue in MediaWork's Dengeki Moeoh. While no official date has been given for when the series will resume serialization, starting with the August issue Dengeki Moeoh will run special illustrations from Tunasima for three issues.

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The official website of the recently announced Juushin Enbu anime has been launched at www.jyushin.jp.

Newark, NJ - Media Blasters, media publisher of products targeted to fan-oriented specialty markets and Yuricon, a celebration of yuri in anime and manga, are teaming up at Yuricon's 2007 "Yurisai" event to present the Yuricon "Simoun Cosplay" contest, in honor of one of Media Blasters' most exciting upcoming anime series!

Cosplay Contest entry has never been easier - come to Yuricon's "Yurisai" Event and register for the contest at the door. No pre-registration needed. Please read Yuricon's general Cosplay Contest Rules for registration and costume guidleines. (http://www.yuricon.org/events/07Cosplay.html)

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San Diego, California, Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - JAST USA affiliate brand G-Collections, the leading publisher of Japanese PC dating-sim games in English, today announced the acquisition and beginning of development for Amorous Professor Cherry, an adult-oriented bishoujo ("beautiful girl") PC game from Japanese maker ZyX scheduled for release to the English language market.

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MangaCast points out through the recent Diamond Previews list a new title that has appeared under Infinity Studios:

  • Kyohaku Dogs by Shaa

The manga, a side story of a light novel called Nogizaka Haruka's Secret.

Secure Downloads Of Highly Anticipated Action Series Available To Domestic Audiences

San Francisco, CA, June 26, 2007 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced the availability of DEATH NOTE™, one of the hottest anime series to hit North America, on a Download-To-Own basis beginning June 28, 2007 on TotalVid.com.

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According to Ultimatum, Enterbrain's manga/novel magazine Magi-Cu (derived from Magical Cute) will cease publication after the release of volume 40 (on June 25th).

Source: Ultimatum Chat

It's that time of the year again (hmm...is there a time?). ComiPress is currently looking for contributors who are interested in writing articles and columns on a monthly basis. If you are interested, please contact us through the Contact Form (please use a valid e-mail address) or reach us at this email address.

We're also looking for Japanese to English and/or English to Japanese translators. You will be translating Japanese news and articles into English. Having a basic concept of the manga industry is a plus. If you're still learning Japanese (or English), this will be a great opportunity for you to get more practice.

Again, if you are interested, please contact us via the Contact Form.

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Starting with volume 4, Kodansha's Morning 2 will become a bi-monthly magazine.

Asahi.com reports that the NPO Kotoba no Atelier has started a new Tokiwa-so project to rent low-cost housing to young manga artists:

The NPO rented four old houses in Tokyo to accommodate young cartoonists. Rents in the communal homes run from 30,000 yen to 50,000 yen a month, including utilities and Internet fees. The artists sign yearly contracts, renewable for three years.


From ICv2 comes a report of this year's American Library Association Annual Conference held in Washington, D.C. publishers that appeared at the event include Viz Media, Tokyopop and Yen Press:

With graphic novels for teens at the heart of the expansion of graphic novels in libraries, but growing numbers of titles also hitting juvenile and adult collections as well, libraries continue to grow in importance as a distribution channel for graphic novel publishers, and as a way for new fans to be exposed to the medium.

(LOS ANGELES, June 25, 2007) - Anime Expo 2007 (June 29-July 2) in Long Beach is almost upon us and Seven Seas Entertainment is pleased to announce its upcoming convention plans.

Booth No. 1021, 1120, 1122

You like sexy maids? How about eyepatch-wearing gothic Lolita demon hunters? For the first time anywhere, the hit manga HE IS MY MASTER volume 1 and
VENUS VERSUS VIRUS volume 1 will be sold at the Seven Seas booth prior to book stores! So come on down! We'll have a total of 8 brand new manga titles hot off the presses and available for the first time ever!

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LOS ANGELES - Manga publisher Go! Comi has announced its schedule of events at Anime Expo 2007 in Long Beach.

Go! Comi will be exhibiting at booth #1222 in the dealer's room from Friday June 29th through Monday July 2nd. Drop by for free posters, bookmark, and postcards from the most popular Go! series, as well as new and upcoming series.

Additionally, there will be a full slate of Go! activities on Saturday the 30th:

9:30 A.M.: Join Go! Comi CEO David Wise and other industry leaders for Anime Expo's "Manga Mania" panel in Room LP4.

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The following Galaxy Angel cast and staff will be attending Anime Expo 2007:

Yuuna Inamura
Voice actress of Apricot Sakuraba from "Galaxy Angel Rune"

Sumire Nanohana
Author of "Galaxy Angel II" novel series

Takaaki Kidani
Founder of Broccoli Co., Ltd & producer of "Galaxy Angel" series. Currently CEO &
President of newly established Bushi Lord Co., Ltd.