November, 2007

According to YaoiSuki, Iris Print has canceled its yaoi magazine BL Twist:

How lucky am I? Literally the day after I ordered their new magazine BL Twist, they close down their purchasing page and announce that the October launch of the mag has been cancelled and they're refunding subscriptions.

Via: MangaBlog


San Francisco, CA, November 1, 2007 - VIZ Pictures, an affiliate of VIZ Media LLC that focuses on Japanese live-action film distribution, has licensed the live action versions of four films based on popular shôjo manga titles released under VIZ Media's SHOJO BEAT imprint. These include HONEY AND CLOVER, LOVE*COM THE MOVIE, NANA and NANA 2.

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From The Muppet Newsflash comes an interview with Tokyopop's Tim Beedle, editor of series such as The Dark Crystal and Return to Labyrinth.

Source: MangaBlog

ANN is reporting that the Japanese company, Mangabank, will be adapting Hollywood movies such as Casablanca, Charade, Stagecoach, and Wuthering Heights into manga:

Each movie has been adapted into a 128-page manga, which will sell with a Japanese-subtitled DVD for 1,380 yen (about US$12.01). Acclaimed manga creator Kenshi Hirokane (Human Crossing, Buchou Shima Kosaku) is supervising the artists drawing the adaptations.

From Cosplayers Net comes an exclusive interview with World Cosplay Summit 2007 winners Damien Ratte (DamDam) and Isabelle Jeudy (cosplayed as Tsugiri and Myoubi from the manga Alichino), who talk abouttheir experience at this year's WCS.

Source: Papo de Budega

The following manga appeared on the USA Today Booklist Top 150 (PDF) for the week ending October 28th:

  • #66 - Naruto, Volume 21 - Viz - (Last week: #53)
  • #111 - Naruto, Volume 20 - Viz - (Last week: #75)

Also, Comicsnob posts the online manga sales rankings:

According to the latest issue of PWCW, U.S. publisher Vertical will be bringing Osamu Tezuka's Black Jack to the U.S.:

Japanese pulp fiction and classic manga publisher Vertical Inc. announced plans to publish Black Jack, legendary mangaka Osamu Tezuka's popular series about a genius surgeon, in its entirety beginning in fall 2008.

Via: ANN