September, 2007

Keiko Takemiya, mangaka of series such as To Terra... and Andromeda Stories, will appear at the Santa Monica Barnes and Noble bookstore on Saturday (9/15) at 3:00 p.m. for a book signing event.

Via: ANN

Brazilian publsiher Conrad Publishing has licensed Akira Toriyama's Cowa, and will be releasing manga in Brazil this October. Other Toriyama manga licensed by Conrad include Kajika, Neko Majin, Marusaku, Dr. Slump and Dragon Ball.

Source: Papo de Budega

The following manga appeared on the USA Today Booklist Top 150 (PDF) for the week ending September 9th:

  • #37 - Naruto, Volume 18 - Viz - (Last week: #62)
  • #65 - Naruto, Volume 17 - Viz - (Last week: #93)
  • #74 - Naruto, Volume 16 - Viz - (Last week: #102)

Also, Comicsnob posts the "Consolidated Online Manga Sales Rankings for 13 September."

ANN reports that a group of 11 manga artists, including Tetsuya Chiba, Takehiko Inoue and Go Nagai, has won a lawsuit against 2 manga uploaders who uploaded their manga onto the internet. As a result, the uploaders are fined 20.5 million for copyright infringement:

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From ICv2 comes a three part interview (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) with Liza Coppola, the Senior Vice President of VIZ Media, who discusses the current state of the anime and manga market, as well as Viz's plans for Naruto in 2008.


According to the Tezuka: Marvel of Manga Blog, translator and writer Frederik L. Schodt will be giving a talk on Henry Kiyama's The Four Immigrants Manga (Manga Yonin Shosei) on September 13 in San Francisco.

Source: MangaBlog

In its latest article, "Manga Burnout?", The Mumbling Kitsune asks the question "Will manga ever fall away from mainstream American culture?"

From Bookslut comes an interview with Dirk Deppey, online editor for The Comics Journal/Journalista.

Via: Icarus Blog


Canned Dogs reports that Miyashita Masaya, the hentai doujinshi artist who was arrested last month for not labeling his works "adult only," will be fined 300,000 yen for distribution of indecent material:

Yasamata Shiyami, the doujin author who was arrested on charges of distribution of indecent material, was ordered by the Matsuyama Small Claims Court today to pay a fine of 300,000 yen (US$2,600).

According to a thread on Rumic World's forum, a scanlation group called Freelance-Manga sent a letter to Viz Media regarding the handling of the manga Inuyasha. Freelance-Manga later announced that a supervising editor from Viz responded to the letter:

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HERNDON, VA - September 13, 2007 - announced their recently added User Review system. If your review is posted, you'll receive 50 points that can be used to purchase products from To write a review, you just need to register (free) at

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Special Cross-Promotion Will Coincide With DVD Release Of NARUTO THE MOVIE: NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW

San Francisco, CA, September 12, 2007 - VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced a special cross-promotional partnership with the Langer Juice Company, a producer of a full range of top quality fruit juices, for a NARUTO THE MOVIE: Release Your Inner Ninja Online Sweepstakes. NARUTO is now one of the hottest manga and anime properties in North America and the campaign coincides with the DVD release of NARUTO THE MOVIE: NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW on September 4. The Release Your Inner Ninja Online Sweepstakes launched September 3, 2007 on the website

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According to the latest Jump info, after 8 years of serialization, The Prince of Tennis by Takeshi Konomi will end in issue 52 of Weekly Shonen Jump. Also, Belmonde le VisiteuR by Shomei Ishioka will end in Weekly Jump No.48, and Boku no Watashi no Yusha Gaku by Shuichi Aso will end in Weekly Jump No.49.

Edit: It was later confirmed that The Prince of Tennis will not end in November.

According to Japan News Review, after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his resignation, various manga-related stocks experienced a sudden rise on Tokyo Stock Market. According to the report, the rise is mainly caused by the expectations that the manga-loving Taro Aso will most likely replace Abe:

Among the stocks that rose on Wednesday is the Tokyo-based card game company "Broccoli," whose stocks went up from 92 yen to 157 yen, a 71% rise. Major manga retailer Mandarake saw a 13% rise, while video game retailer Koei Net went up by 15%. Toei Animation, one of Japan's largest animation studios, and Kadokawa Group Holdings, a manga publisher, both rose 3%.

Anime! Anime! and PWCW report that Digital Manga Publishing has signed a new co-labeling contract with Japanese publishers Shinshokan, Oakla Shuppan and Taiyo Tosho:

All titles licensed by DMP from these publishers will carry the original Japanese publisher's logo as well as the DMP logo. "This has never been done within the manga industry [in the U.S.],” DMP president and CEO Hikaru Sasahara said.

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ANN reports that Scott McCloud's Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels has won the 2007 Quill Award in the Graphic Novel Category. A list of the winners can be found here.

Icarus Publishing has announced that in a few more days, it will become an official GS1 member:

In a couple of days, Icarus Publishing will become an official GS1 member. That means Comic AG will now carry a UPC code… yup, no weaksauce third party UPC numbers, but our very own unique company UPC prefix! And for this priviledge all we needed to do was pay a $750 membership fee, plus a yearly $150 renewal fee.

Shockpop World Manga Digest to debut in 2008

NOTTINGHAM, NH, USA - September 11, 2007 - Boombox Media is now accepting submissions for the premiere volume of Shockpop World Manga Digest. This unique anthology is a collection of genre-blending stories all united by one common theme---the style of writing and art have been influenced by Japanese manga (comics) and anime (animation). Some of the contributing artists have also mentioned the influences of manhwa (Korean comics) and manhua (Chinese comics, mainly produced in Hong Kong and Thailand).

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Back in June when Asahi Sonorama announced its closure, it was mentioned that Asahi Shimbun would take over Sonorama's business operations.

According to the Sonorama Bunko Monthly Hotline, Asahi Shimbun will continue to publishthree of Sonorama's manga magazines, as well as the publication of all light novels, some of which will be released under a new light novel label called Asahi Bunko Sonorama Selection.


Ultimatum Tidbits reports that Ryōji Minagawa, mangaka of Spriggan, Project ARMS and D-Live!!, will begin a new series titled ADAMAS in Kodansha's Evening No.20, on sale 9/25.

San Jose, CA, September 2007. DrMaster Publications Inc. has just announced the anticipated street date for Metro Survive, volume 1, a suspenseful tale that envisions the bleak future of Tokyo and its ten lone survivors after a catastrophic earthquake rocks the city.

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The Independent reports that the design of Nissan's latest concept car, officially unveiled at this week's Frankfurt Motor Show, was influenced by Japanese manga and animation:

"I am influenced by Japanese animation, like the film Ghost in the Shell," says Eunsun, her eyes widening as I explain that I have no idea what she is referring to. She thinks I'm joking as she continues to explain that the car is conceptually rooted in computer games, and visually influenced by manga comics, anime (Japanese animation) and Second Life.

Source: MangaBlog

In its latest volume of Manga Curry no Maki, MangaCast's Jack interviews interviews Philip Brody, curator of the exhibition Tezuka: Marvel of Manga. The podcast also looks at Shueisha's new magazine Jump SQ, manga in the Philippines, manga cafe in Manila, and more.