According to Earthtimes, The Bangkok International Book Fair 2007 ordered the removal of adult manga on sale at this year's event after pornographic contents were revealed by Thailand's minister of social development:

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A seminar titled "Manga to Anime: From Astro Boy to Spirited Away" will take place during the "Japan WOW!" Smithsonian event (March 31 to June 9):

Manga and anime are now two of Japan's biggest cultural exports—as evidenced by the popularity and record-breaking sales associated with the 2001 animated movie "Spirited Away." In this seminar leading experts and industry veterans will explore the development of these interconnected art forms, commenting on the creative process, styles, characters and the effect these popcultural creations have on United States markets and trends.

Source: ActiveAnime

Gardena, CA, March 30, 2007 - Juné by Digital Manga Publishing, one of the industry's most innovative manga licensing and publishing companies, is pleased to announce Satoru Kannagi as their industry guest for Anime Expo 2007 (www.anime-expo.org).

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According to the latest Broccoli Books Blog, Square-Enix will attend this year's San Diego Comic-Con to promote their manga division. It is not clear at the moment whether Square-Enix will simply be promoting their Japan Division, or if there are plans to set up a new North American Manga Division,

San Francisco, CA, March 21, 2007 – VIZ Pictures, an affiliate of VIZ Media LLC, the leading U.S. publisher of Japanese animation and comics that focuses on Japanese live-action film distribution, continues to expand its catalog of acclaimed titles set for special North American theatrical screenings with the release of PING PONG, the comedic sports film by director Fumihiko Sori.

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According to animeOnline, Tokyopop's Tsunami Party will take place on Monday March 19th at MELTDOWN, which is located at 7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA: "Manga-ka like Eric Wight (My Dead Girlfriend), Felipe Smith (MBQ),and Dan Hipp (GYAKUSHU!) will be there to hang out and party with you."

Also, according to Tokyopop's website, a new issue of MANGA Magazine will soon be released, and Tokyopop is urging its users to update their addresses.

According to the Yaoi Press Blog, Yaoi Press will be at this weekend's Wizard World LA:

Crystal Blu and new staffer Ashley B. will be at Yaoi Press 1012 in the small press area.

World Cosplay Summit 2005 winner Francesca Dani will participate in Brazilian WCS 2007 Final, according to JBC, the publishing company that organizes the event in Brazil.

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Gardena, CA, March 14, 2007 – Juné by Digital Manga Publishing, one of the industry’s most innovative manga licensing and publishing companies, is pleased to announce Hinako Takanaga as their guest for Yaoi Con 2007 (www.yaoicon.com).

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According to Taipei Times, fans waited in line from 3am for an anime and manga festival that took place at the National Taiwan University stadium in Taipei. Manga publishers from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan, as well as amateur artists attended the 2-day festival.

The event's first day attracted over 20,000 visitors. According to the event's spokeswoman: "Some people were waiting in line since three or four in the morning."

Source: Taipei Times