From Newsarama comes an interview with Witchblade Takeru Artist Kazasa Sumita.

Source: Icarus Blog

topNihon Manga Gakuin (Japan Manga Institute) interviewed manga artist Nariko Enomoto in December 2006. Nariko Enomoto's hit title Sentiment no Kisetsu, an eight volume series that was serialized in Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits, tackles social issues from the views of women. The manga was later adapted into a TV drama. Enomoto is filled with the passion of creating manga in various fields, as she has also created various yaoi manga.

Date of Birth: November 5th, 1967

Blood Type: B

Favorite Things: I became interested in soccer after this year's World Cup, I watch the soccer games from overseas on Cable TV.

Favorite Manga or Mangaka: Yoshihiro Togashi (Yu Yu Hakusho, Hunter X Hunter). I'm looking forward to his comeback.

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Akiba Angels interviews Moe artist Houmitsu, the creator of the Neko-mimi series. Also mentioned is a tutorial from Houmitsu that illustrates how to create Anime-style drawing based on real photographic images (the tutorial took 18 hours to complete).

The latest issue of PWCW has been released:

Interview with Steady Beat Creator Rivkah: PWCW's Johanna Draper Carlson interviews with Rivkah, artist of Tokyopop's Steady Beat.

Top Ten Manga and Manhwa in 2006: Kai-Ming Cha lists PWCW's top 10 manga and manhwa released in 2006.

Yaoi Press to Launch Art Book Line: Yaoi Press will be releasing a a new line of yaoi art books in 2007.

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imgTakehiko Inoue's Slam Dunk is one of the most popular manga in the world. In 2004 Shueisha announced that it has sold over 100 million copies of Slam Dunk, which shows that the series is still being enjoyed by fans around the world 10 years after it ended in Weekly Shonen Jump.

A month ago Takehiko Inoue established a new scholarship called Slam Dunk Scholarship. In response to the news, Shueisha interviewed Inoue, who talks about the purpose of the scholarship as well as his passion with basketball in Japan.

Original Slam Dunk Scholarship report from November:

A new scholarship from Inoue Takehiko, called Slam Dunk Scholarship, was established for aspiring Japanese students planning on attending South Kent School in Connecticut "to learn English, play basketball ball, and try to get into an NCAA team." The scholarship is open to people attending 2nd-year highschool as of this October 06, loves b-ball, is born after April 2nd '89, and has parental consent. Application forms will be availalbe in January 2007.

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Kai-Ming Cha interviews Hikaru Sasahara, president and publisher of Digital Manga Publishing, in the latest issue of PW Comics Week.

Also available is an interview with Dramacon artist Svetlana Chmakova by Johanna Draper Carlson.

PWCW talks about Dark Horse's past and future in "Dark Horse Celebrates 20 Years."

Last Gasp Publishing and Japanese volunteer group Project Gen together donated copies of Keiji Nakazawa's Barefoot Gen to three thousand libraries in the United States.

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Newsarama interviews Pop Mhan, creator of Tokyopop's new global manga BLANK.

Source: MangaBlog

Manga Jouhou interviews Creber Monde director Paul Illidge to discuss the upcoming Shakespeare Manga Contest for teenagers this December.

ICv2 interviews Karen Berger, Senior Vice President of DC Comics, about DC's recently announced Minx imprint, its "new initiative, the audience it seeks to reach, and how it fits into the current context of comics for teen girls, which are primarily manga."