January, 2008

From Channel NewsAsia come an article on how manga helped a kid come back to school:

While the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) is her immediate route to a great graphic artist, Sam has her sights on bigger things. She hopes to enroll in top design schools in the United States for her degree, and work in Japan in future to produce top notch Manga for comic lovers around the world.

Source: MangaBlog

topTokoToko Editor's Misc. Note, a blog run by a female manga editor who has been in the business for over 15 years, has posted a multi-part article titled "The Reason I Quit as a Manga Editor." Below is a translation of the epilogue of the article:

The Reason I Quit My Job as a Manga Editor Epilogue

From here on, the contents aren't exclusively related to manga editors, so I'm calling it an epilogue. Ignoring all the ins and outs of the story, if you said I ran away from becoming a manga editor, you'd be right. But I don't think "running away" was really the wrong choice. (Although I did quit my job at the first publisher I worked for as though I were running away, so in a way, I might've spent most of my life running.)

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topThe late mangaka Shotaro Ishinomori has entered the Guinness Book of World Records on January 23rd for being "the mangaka with the world's largest number of published books (manga)."

Shotaro Ishinomori, who passed away on January 28, 1998 of heart failure, is the creator of popular works such as Cyborg 009 and Kamen Rider. In his career, Ishinomori has published over 770 titles, which amounts to over 500 volumes of manga. Last year, Kadokawa Shoten announced the Ishinomori Shotaro Complete Comic Works, a republication of all of Shinomori's works in 12 separate issues.

Source: Nikkan Sports

Featuring A Reader's Choice Vote And Exciting Contest In Partnership With MYX!

San Francisco, CA, January 24, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced that its Third Annual SHOJO BEAT Music Awards Issue features a reader's choice vote and a new, exclusive contest in conjunction with MYX, the first and only music lifestyle channel focused on the Asian American market. The February issue, on sale at retail outlets now, offers a host of new surprises and exciting editorial content sure to delight even the most discriminating fan.

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McGill University will be hosting an academic conference titled "TranscultureELLE: How Girls Cross Cultures" from from 1/25 - 1/26, which will look at "transculturalism associated with shōjo cultures." Go here for more information.

According to Del Rey's official blog, a 25-page preview of Miyuki Eto's manga Hell Girl is currently available on MySpace Comics.

Also, MangaBlog points out that Del Rey Manga's Dallas Middaugh has a blog post talking about his experience with comics.

ANN reports that Animate, one of the largest retailer of anime, games, and manga in Japan, is buying (PDF) a 11.31% stake in Broccoli, a publisher of manga, games, music, owner of the retail chain Gamers and the parent company of U.S. manga publisher Broccoli Books:

the two companies are forming a partnership through a new joint venture called AniBro. ANIMATE has obtained 3.7 million shares, or 11.31%, of Broccoli from the Digital Adventure company. Although the value of those shares have not been officially announced, 3.7 million Broccoli shares were worth about 250 million yen (US$2.3 million) at the close of trading on Wednesday.

According to ICv2, one of the newest play style for Green Ronin's Mutants and Masterminds RPG will be based on manga and anime:

Green Ronin has announced that it will initiate new styles of play for its Mutants and Masterminds RPG system in two new books, one based on manga and anime, and one on comic fantasy. Both will be released in the second half of 2008. The tentative titles are Mecha & Manga, and Warriors & Warlocks.

The Yaoi Press blog has announced that both Yaoi Press and Yaoi Jamboree will be exhibiting at the Phoenix Comicon that's taking place this weekend:

We're at booth #6. We're signing up 'Yaoi Boys' to take part in the skits, improv, and Bishounen Wheel at Yaoi Jamboree (more info here). There's a free raffle for a $40 computer game at our booth, and of course there will be hundreds of yaoi titles to browse including all the Yaoi Press titles currently in print.

Del Rey Manga is currently looking for proposals for "original, manga-style graphic novels" as well as artists who are"proficient at drawing in the manga style." Writers are also encouraged to find an artist partner to work on their ideas.

Source: MangaBlog

From business news website Bloomberg.com comes an article titled "Manga's Doe-Eyed Girls, Ninja Boys Woo U.S. Comic-Book Readers" that looks at recent manga trends:

While manga magazines and books sold 1.26 billion copies of 70,000 titles in 2006, domestic sales have been falling for 12 years. The comikets are the perfect place to discover a new artist with the potential for a global mega-hit like the shonen manga for boys named "Naruto" or the shojo manga for girls called "Fruits Basket."

Via: Japanator

VANCOUVER January 23, 2008 - The Producers of the Canadian Awards for the Electronic and Animated Arts announced the Final Nominees for their 2nd Annual Elan Awards yesterday at a press and industry conference at the elegant Sutton Place Hotel. This year's awards show will be hosted by the charismatic and hilarious Seth MacFarlane ("Family Guy", "American Dad") at the Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts on February 15th.

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The nominees, chosen from manga released in 2007, for the 2008 Manga Taisho (Manga Grand Prize) have been announced:

  • Umi Machi Diary 1 Semishigure no Yamugoro by Akimi Yoshida
  • Ooku by Fumi Yoshinaga
  • Gaku by Shinichi Ishitsuka
  • Kinou Nani Tabeta? by Fumi Yoshinaga
  • Kimi ni Todoke by Karuho Shiina
  • Koukoku no Shugosha by Daisuke Sato and Yu Ito
  • Tomehanetsu! Suzusato Koukou Shodoubu by Katsutoshi Kawai
  • Natsume Yuujinchou by Yuki Midorikawa
  • Himawari -Ken'ichi Legend- by Akiko Higashimura
  • Flower of Life by Fumi Yoshinaga
  • Moyashimon by Masayuki Ishikawa
  • Yotsuba&! by Kiyohiko Azuma

Source: Anime! Anime!

The winners of the 53rd Shogakukan Manga Awards have been announced.

Keshikasu-kunChildren's Category:
- Keshikasu-kun by Noriyuki Murase
Serialized in CoroCoro Comic (Shogakukan)

Diamond no AceBoys' Category:
- Diamond no Ace (Ace of Diamonds) by Yuuji Terajima
Serialized in Weekly Shonen Magazine (Kodansha)

Boku no Hatsukoi wo Kimi ni SasaguGirls' Category:
- Boku no Hatsukoi wo Kimi ni Sasagu by Kotomi Aoki
Serialized in Sho-Comi (Shogakukan)

KurosagiGeneral Category:
- Kurosagi by Takeshi Natsuhara (Story) and Kuromaru (Art)
Serialized in Weekly Young Sunday (Shogakukan)

Bambino!General Category:
- Bambino! by Sekiya Tetsuji
Serialized in Big Comic Spirits (Shogakukan)

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A round up of the new comic release list and views for the week of January 23rd 2008:

ANN reports that Kodansha has announced its plan to to print 300,000 copies of its upcoming magazine Monthly Shonen Rival, and has spent over 250 million yen ($2.3 million) on advertising for the magazine's April 4th debut.

Also announced are the winners of the 1st Shonen Rival Comic Grand Prix:

the aspiring artist Amadori won the top prize of 3 million yen (about US$28,000). Amadori also received an offer to have the winning Mukō ga Wa no Masaka entry published in the new magazine. [...] The second place winners each won 1 million yen (US$9,400) and a chance to have the winning entry or new manga work serialized.

The Star of Malaysia talks to SelfMadeHero publisher and director Emma Hayley, who talks about SelfMadeHero's Manga Shakespeare series that was launched in March 2007.

Also, the San Francisco Examiner has published a feature on Seiji Horibuchi, founder of Viz Media.

Source: MangaBlog

ICv2 has released the December 2007 top 100 graphic novel sales estimates and the top 300 comics sales estimates based on Diamond Indexes and Publisher Title Data. Also from ICv2 is an analysis of the trends in December based on the graphic novel sales chart.

Also, MangaBlog provides its own look at the data, as well as a list of manga from the Top 100 Graphic Novels chart.

From Icarus Publishing's blog comes a preview (NSFW) of the adult manga that are shipping in April 2008 based on Diamond Previews.

Panelosophy - Year in Design: 2007
by Chloe Ferguson

Part marketing compass, part demographic indicator; how manga is packaged can often tell you more than any press release ever will. 2007 in particular began with an overhaul of manga ratings systems, particularly on the part of Tokyopop, and rightfully so--many of TP's age estimations were [and still remain] laughably off the mark. Age rating revisions on the part of most publishers also act as a sort of fallback in controversial times; the world has seen enough young-child-violent-manga-shocked-parents stories to know that companies can always point to the ratings and cry "it's marked 13+!"

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topComiPress is proud to announce the debut of its newest column, Panelosophy. Written by Chloe Ferguson, Panelosophy will look at the philosophy behind manga here and abroad.

So...who is Chloe Ferguson?

Chloe Ferguson is an occasional columnist, sometimes blogger and always reader. Besides writing the Panelosophy column for ComiPress, she cranks out the occasional review for Manga Life and does her own thing at Shuchaku East. She likes any titles that can be qualified as "comeuppance theater," but is generally game for anything if it's good.



By Chloe Ferguson

An ongoing conversation about the philosophy behind manga both in the U.S. and abroad.

From About.com:Manga comes an interview with Keiko Takemiya, mangaka of To Terra.... In the interview, Takemiya touches upon her beginnings as a manga artist, her feelings about the
evolution of boys love manga, her reaction to the new To Terra anime series and her take on the manga business today.