August, 2007

After making its debut at this year's SDCC, Yen Press has issued a press release regarding its latest licenses:

Hot on the heels of a successful debut at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, the newly formed graphic novel imprint Yen Press has announced that Little, Brown Book Group UK will simultaneously distribute Yen's upcoming list in Britain beginning next month.

Source: MangaBlog


Details on this year's MangaNEXT convention, which takes place from October 5th to 7th at the Crowne Plaza Meadowlands in Secaucus, NJ, is available on Active Anime's forum:

We are currently accepting submissions for Panels, Workshops and discussion groups. If you are interested in running one please fill out the form on our webpage, . The deadline is August 15th and there are discounts in running a panel or workshop.

According to Nekoare Blog, a certain "reliable" source from 2ch is claiming that Hunter X Hunter will resume serialization in Weekly Shonen Jump within the next few months. However, according to Canned Dogs, "it'll stop again after Jump finishes publishing all the chapters that have been drawn so far."

Source: Nekoare Blog

Dashing New Depiction Of Night Tenjo From ABSOLUTE BOYFRIEND Was Created Especially For This Issue

San Francisco, CA, August 10, 2007 - VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced special cover art by renowned shojo manga artist Yuu Watase for the September 2007 issue of SHOJO BEAT™ magazine, which hits shelves nationwide on August 21.

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eBOOK Initiative Japan, the company behind eBookJapan, has opened a new special e-book site aimed at adult women.

The new website,, will carry manga divided into four categories:

Also available is, which, as its name implies, carries yaoi manga and novels.

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Publishers Weekly reports that Kinokuniya, the largest bookstore chain in Japan, will open a new store this October in New York City. Among events planned for the one-week grand opening in early October are appearances by artists, editors, and translators from Viz Media and an Osamu Tezuka art exhibition.

The new comic release list for August 8th 2007 from ComicList, compiled by MangaCast.

Popteen, a Japan fashion magazine, has announced that it will make its "exclusive" Gal Samurai manga and other stories that have appeared in the magazine available on

"We are very excited to make Gal Samurai and sections of the Japanese Popteen magazine available in English for the first time," said Andy Meyers, Managing Director for "As part of our mission, we will continue to bring the latest trends from Japan to our readers."

Source: ANN

THE "SCOOP": VIZ MEDIA LICENSES NARUTO in Venezuela to Corporacion Televen C.A.

At retail, NARUTO consistently ranks as one of the top graphic novel titles in the U.S. and one of the most popular titles serialized in SHONEN JUMP magazine, both published by VIZ Media.

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The following manga appeared on the USA Today Booklist Top 150 (PDF) for the week ending August 5th:

  • #85 - Bleach, Volume 20 - Viz - (Last week: #111)
  • #130 - Naruto, Volume 15 - Viz - (Last week: #80)

We're proud to announce the launch of

We're an exclusive digital publisher of comics and have created our very own comic viewing software for this purpose.

The site features a comic demo and explains the features and benefits of the unique software. We've launched on 1st August with six comics and will be adding another six titles by September end.

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ALC Publishing, the world's only all-Yuri publisher is proud to present their fifth 100% Yuri manga anthology, "Yuri Monogatari 5," available for Pre-order at the Yuricon shop and on

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Can't get enough of the yaoi paddles? Worry not, Yaoi Press has revealed that it is currently working with a manufacturer to create the "Yaoi Parasols"! A picture of the Yaoi Parasol can be found here.

According to Yaoi Press:

This is an attempt to create something similar to the success of the yaoi paddles, which are essentially carried around like big signs saying 'I'm a yaoi fan.' The parasols will work the same, and have a hint of gothic lolita mixed in.

They're currently looking for an artist to do the artworks on the Yaoi Parasol.

GANTZ Brings Its Hardboiled Universe of Ultra-stylish Violence, Pathos, and Sexiness to Dark Horse

Inarguably the most highly demanded manga in the last half-decade, the enormously popular seinen manga series, GANTZ, has taken the bright path to Dark Horse. Hiroya Oku, creator of GANTZ, has put together a cast of characters that are both sympathetic and strong to which anyone can relate. The wildly renowned anime, also entitled GANTZ from ADV, primarily follows the same story and has been translated in several different languages captivating audiences all over the world.

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Premiere Event For North American Comic and Manga Fans Set The Stage For Announcements Of More Than Twenty New Titles For 2008

San Francisco, CA, August 8, 2007 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, made a series of notable announcements of several highly anticipated new anime and manga properties at the recent 2007 Comic-Con International. The convention, which is the premiere event for the comics industry in North America, drew more than 120,000 attendees.

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August comics top 10 in the U.S. according to PWCW.

  1. Naruto, Volume 15
  2. Kingdom Hearts, Volume 2
  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  4. Death Note, Volume 12
  5. Naruto, Volume 14
  6. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: Guilty Pleasures, Volume 1
  7. Bleach, Volume 19
  8. Fables: Sons of Empire, Volume 9
  9. Incredible Hulk: Planet Hulk
  10. Millenium Snow, Volume 2

According to a report (PDF) from the Digital Content Association of Japan, sales of e-books, including manga, through mobile phone grew 331.3% in 2006 (from 1.6 billion yen to 6.9 billion yen), while non-phone internet sales increased by 69.7% from 4.8 billion yen to 8.1 billion yen.

Source: ANN

topThe winner of the 1st Morning Internation Manga Competition (MIMC) was decided in July. While Kodansha has not announced the winner, according to a leaked from Tokyopop, Rem, the artist of Tokyopop's manga Vampire Kisses, has won the competition with her manga Kage no Matsuri. The winner of MIMC will receive $5,000, as well as possibly having their work serialzed in Kodansha's magazine.

According to a flyer from Rem, Kodansha will publish Kage no Matsuri in the October issue of Morning2 magazine. Kage no Matsuri will appear on the cover of the magazine, and will also be getting a full page spread in the magazine.

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(LOS ANGELES, August 07, 2007) - Convention season might be winding down, but in Aoi House In Love! Volume 1, the Aoi House gang's mega-sized con adventure is only just beginning!

Alex, Sandy and their panty-stealing pet hamster Echiboo have survived an entire semester of unspeakable tortures at the hands of five crazed yaoi fangirls. Now the whole gang is off to the anime convention Hatsu-Con where sparks fly as the Aoi House gang come face-to-face with their bitter rivals: "They-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named!" Nonstop craziness and fan service abound in Aoi House's most outrageous adventure yet - "The Great Con Caper!"

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New Product Facilitates Integration of Poser's 3D Figure Design and Animation Technology Into Professional Environments

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif., - August 7, 2007 - e frontier, Inc. today announced Poser Pro, a high end addition to its flagship Poser product line. Geared toward a multitude of production environments in both the 2D and 3D realms, Poser Pro offers the features and functionality of Poser 7 plus professional level application integration, a 64 bit render engine, and network rendering support.

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Masahito Soda (capeta creator)'s manga Subaru will resume serialization in Big Comic Spirits No. 36+37 (8/6) under the titled Moon (Subaru ~solitude standing~).

Also, a new manga by Hiromi Morishita titled Yoru, Umi e Kanru Basu will begin serialization in Manga Action issue 16 (8/7).

Source: Ultimatum Tidbits

From Comicsnob comes the "Consolidated Online Manga Sales Rankings for 3 August" based on figured from Amazon, B&N, BAMM, Chapters and TRSI:

↑ 1. Bleach (129.3)
↓ 2. Naruto (106.9)
↓ 3. Death Note (97.5)
↑ 4. Warriors (single volume) (92.0)
↓ 5. Fruits Basket (72.6)
! 6. Hana-Kimi (68.0)
! 7. Tsubasa (66.2)
↓ 8. Ouran High School Host Club (53.0)
! 9. Making Comics – McCloud (48.0)
↓ 10. Avalon High (single volume) (46.0)

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ATLANTA, Ga. (August 7, 2007) - Toonami Jetstream™, the online extension of Cartoon Network's long running and successful Toonami action-adventure TV franchise, has wowed fans in its first year of offering full-length episodes of action and animé programs online.

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From the Chronicle Herald comes an article on Svetlana Chmakova, creator of Dramacon. The article mentions the possibility of a show by Chmakova that may end up on Cartoon Network.

Via: Giapet