July, 2007

CAEAA Puts Out Call World-wide for Judges for the 2007 Elans Video Game and Animation Categories

VANCOUVER July 24, 2007 - The 2nd Annual Canadian Awards for the Electronic and Animated Arts (CAEAA), along with their Event Partners Electronic Arts (EA), Autodesk/Annex Pro, N-GAGE by NOKIA, Ernst & Young and the British Columbia Provincial Government announced their call for Judges today to Video Game and Animation Companies around the world for the 2007 Elans held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on Friday, November 2nd, 2007 at The Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts.

Read More »


GoodsTrain will be launching a new label titled TwinTail for publishing novels, drama CDs and other PC games-related books. The new label, to be launched on August 24t, will start with a novel, a Drama CD and a fanbook:

Read More »

Biggest Game Concert in the World Teams with Manga Giant!

Comic-Con, San Diego CA (July 24, 2007) - TOKYOPOP, the #1 publisher of graphic novels in North America and the largest supplier of manga entertainment in the world, today announced an exclusive marketing partnership with Video Games Live (VGL), the immersive concert experience that features music from the biggest video games of all time, performed by the world’s most respected orchestras and choirs. This alliance makes TOKYOPOP the exclusive manga sponsor to this critically acclaimed and world-renowned concert series.

Read More »

topThe residents in the neighborhood of Washinomiya Jinja Shrine, Kuki city, Saitama Prefecture are particularly nervous this months due to an increase in strangers. Because Washinomiya Jinja and its surrounding area is the setting of the anime Lucky★Star (based on a 4-koma of the same name), fans are rushing to this area, calling it the "holy site."

Read More »

According to the latest issue of PWCW, Korean manhwa publisher ICE Kunion will be completely absorbed by Hachette's new manga imprint Yen Press. Yen Press will begin releasing ICE Kunion titles beginning in spring of 2008, and plans to release 30-40 titles by the end of 2008.

Also, former ICE Kunion editorial director Ju-Youn Lee is now Yen Press' senior editor. According to Lee regarding Yen Press' offer to Sigongsa (one of ICE Kunion's parent company):

Read More »

ANN reports that volunteers in the Illustrated Braille Club from the Japanese town Kitajima are working on transcribing Momoko Sakura's new Chibi Maruko-chan manga into Braille (raised dots) for those who are blind and visually impaired:

Read More »

According J-Box News, Nana by Ai Yazawa will be released in Brazil this coming September. The license was confirmed by JBC Publising at the Anime Friends convention. Conrad Publishing made an attempt at acquiring the title earlier this year, but lost the license to JBC.

Source: Papo de Budega

(LOS ANGELES, July 23, 2007) - Seven Seas Entertainment is pleased to announce that Madeleine Rosca's award-winning manga Hollow Fields is going back to press. Earlier this month, Rosca was the only westerner among four winners to be awarded a prize in Japan's first ever "International Manga Award" for her work on Hollow Fields. The initial print run of Hollow Fields was 25,000 copies, which filled orders from the book market, direct market, and Scholastic Book Fairs. However, Hollow Fields is now going back to press to fill a substantial number of back orders.

Read More »

On June 12, a business tie-up between the #1 cellular phone novel website Mahou no Island and MediaWorks (the publisher of the #1 light novel label Dengeki Bunko) was formed. As a result, a new bunko label titled Mahou no Island Bunko (temporary title) will start in fall 2007.

This bunko will feature novels from Mahou no Island's extensive line-up, and will be published by MediaWorks every month. The price will be between 530-570 yen for each book.

Source: CNET Japan

New York, NY – DC Comics, the world's largest English language comic book publisher and home to Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman announced plans today to publish a new comic book series based on World of Warcraft®, Blizzard Entertainment®'s popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). Preview art from the series will debut at Comic-Con International, held in San Diego, CA from July 26–29. The World of Warcraft comic book will be published through DC’s WildStorm imprint and debut this fall.

Read More »

topTokoToko Editor's Misc. Note, a blog run by a female manga editor who has been in the business for over 15 years, has posted a multi-part article titled "The Reason I Quit as a Manga Editor." Below is a translation of part three of the article:

The Reason I Quit My Job as a Manga Editor Part III

*For the sake of comparison, the bulk of this entry is about the work environment at my first publisher.

Read More »

From AoD comes several announcements made by Media Blasters at this year's Otakon:

- The Bible Black game is doing well and they intend to bring out the Discipline game
- Phoenix will be dubbed
- For the Ikki Tosen sequel, they are trying to get the same voice actors for that dub as well as the same actors for Kujibiki and Genshiken
- They appear to have picked up the manga series Mousou Shoujo Otaku

Source: AoD

A round up of SDCC 2007 manga-related news, reports, and more from around the internet, updated constantly, so you don't have to look for them.

Official Site
Anime/Manga Programming

Read More »

topAccording to Meteor, a short manga titled Reibaishi Izuna ~the spiritual medium~ by Okano Takeshi and Makura Shou will start in the August issue of Oh SUPER JUMP. The manga will feature Haduki Izuna from the Jigoku Sensei Nube (Hell Teacher Nube) series.

According to Canned Dogs:

This is also the first time the authors are working together since 2000. The authors had supposedly went their separate ways soon after Nube ended because of some disputes and also because their 2nd comic was received very badly.

One of the three Winny file-sharer arrested on May 18 for uploading manga to Japan's Winny file-sharing system was found guilty on June 20th. According to the report, the 29-year-old defendant from Osaka will be facing 1 year of prison and 3 years of probation.

Source: Asahi Shimbun

From MangaCast comes the Diamond Previews for August 2007, which provides information on new U.S. releases for October/November 2007.

The Connichi is proud to annouce in cooporation with JETIX another guest of honour. Savin Yeatman-Eiffel (Author, Co-Regisseur and Producer of "Oban Star Racers") will be on this years Connichi in Kassel, Germany.

Earth, 2082. Twenty-five years after the failed invasion of the Crog forces.

Young Eva (15) is determined to be reunited with her father, race manager Don Wei, who sent her off to a tough boarding school ten years earlier and has never bothered to visit. She escapes from school and secretly joins her dad's famous star-racer team under the alias "Molly".

Read More »

From Yomiuri Online comes an article looking at how Taiwan is quicker in turning manga into TV dramas than their Japanese counterparts:

Taiwanese broadcasters are now adapting manga popular among girls for use as TV dramas even more quickly than their Japanese TV counterparts. Some of these Taiwan dramas have done well in other Asian countries too, fueling a craze that has left broadcasters in the manga's country of origin in their wake.

Via: Giapet.net

From Comicsnob (via MangaBlog) comes the "Consolidated Online Manga Sales Rankings for 20 July" based on figured from Amazon, B&N, BAMM, Chapters and TRSI:

  1. Naruto (152.5)
  2. Ouran High School Host Club (88.4)
  3. Warriors (single volume) (88)
  4. Bleach (86.4)
  5. Avalon High (single volume) (82)
  6. Fruits Basket (69.1)
  7. Death Note (63.2)
  8. Kingdom Hearts (62.2)
  9. Dark Hunger (single volume) (50)
  10. XxxHolic (49)

The following manga appeared on the USA Today Booklist Top 150 (PDF) for the week ending July 15th:

According to Jiji Press, Thailand's police arrested the managers of the maid cafe Akiba, located in Bangkok, and seized 200 volumes of obscene manga imported from Japan. ANN has a translation:

Read More »

Anime social networking animeOnline has been shut down after the site announced the end of its beta-testing period:

Read More »

Yuri Artists, Writers, AMV creators and Cosplayers - Yuricon Contests are on!

Newark, NJ -Yuricon, a celebration of yuri in anime and manga, offers 4 great contests in conjunction with their Yuricon's 2007 "Yurisai" event!

Read More »

According to Starchild - fyofuko, a new OVA the character Ryofuko-chan from Jiro Suzuki's manga Sota-kun no Akihabara no Funtoki is currently in the works.

Source: Active Anime

Dark Horse Comics – Booth #2615
2007 Signing Schedule!

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25 (Preview Night):
6:00 - 7:00 Sergio Aragones: Celebrating 25 years of Groo!
7:00 – 8:30 The Artist Within: Greg Preston (Special Book Release Reception – Expect Special Guests!)

Read More »