February, 2008

According to the AoD forum, fliers distributed at Shueisha's Jump Festa 08 indicate Shueisha's plan to release Shaman King Perfect Edition, a re-release of Hiroyuki Takei's Shaman King that will feature a never before seen ending. ANN has more:

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From Del Rey's Editorial Associate Tricia Narwani comes an article talking about his experience with comics:

I actually came to comics pretty late–I didn’t start reading them seriously until I was in high school–and it happened quite by accident. Until then, I was pretty much just an all-purpose aesthete and all-around geek, a voracious reader of everything from William Gibson to William Blake. In a strange way, though, all this reading was exactly what prepared me to fall hard for comics on that fateful day.

Broccoli Books has relaunched its blog with a new theme:

The Broccoli Books Blog has changed its look nyo. Now you can see who is posting what nyo. Expect a new header image from Dejiko-sama and her crew every month nyo!

February comics top 10 in the U.S. according to PWCW.

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
  2. Naruto, Volume 27
  3. Naruto, Volume 26
  4. Naruto, Volume 25
  5. Naruto, Volume 24
  6. Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born
  7. Fruits Basket, Volume 18
  8. Naruto, Volume 23
  9. Full Metal Alchemist, Volume 15
  10. Black Cat, Volume 12

From Kajiwara Ikki Part 1: The Dangerous Charm of a Dark World

Let's get straight into Kajiwara Ikki's Lunatic Period (late seventies). This started when he shifted his focus to seinen-shi magazines aimed at young male readers. From this platform, he launched a series of ultra-violent karate-themed gekiga, including 'Karate: Hell Version' (Karate Jigoku-hen), 'New Karate: Hell Version' (Shin Karate Jigoku-hen) and 'Human Lethal Weapon' (Ningen Kyōki). These works didn't enjoy a warm reception by any means from the average gekiga fans of the time. Comments ranged from "He just recycles the same characters and plots over and over." to "It's too sadistic, and there's too much porn content."

Granted, these gekiga never achieved the immense popularity of his earlier works written for more juvenile readers, like 'Star of the Giants' (Kyōjin no Hoshi) and 'Tomorrow's Joe' (Ashita no Joe). And I have to admit that the storylines are basically all reheated. But, when you really think about it, this later body of work has a special significance precisely because it never sold well. Here, Kajiwara was truly able to express aspects of himself that he'd never done before.

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Incredibly Strange Manga part 4 Dark Side of Gekiga: Decade of Gekiga

Rumiko Takahashi will publish a new chapter of her Rumic Theater series titled Shiawase List (Happiness List) (高橋留美子劇場 しあわせリスト) in Shogakukan's Big Comic Original No.5 (2/20).

An one-shot from Masakazu Katsura (mangaka of Video Girl Ai and I''s) and Akira Toriyama (mangaka of Dragon Ball) will appear in the May issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ (4/4).

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Visitors Invited To The VIZ Media Manga Café And Lounge To Sample An Array Of Animation And Manga

San Francisco, CA, February 5, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced its participation in JAPAN! CULTURE+ HYPER CULTURE, an exhibit taking place February 5-17 at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The dynamic exhibit brings together more than 450 artists, 40 performances, and more than a dozen free events to showcase the best in Japanese theater and dance, music and fashion, architecture and sculpture, poetry and literature, photography and film.

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Nation's Largest Convention Announces January Winners

Anaheim, California (February 4, 2008) ‹ Anime fans can win fantastic prizes the month of February from such amazing companies like Gaia Online by just registering for the nation¹s largest Anime/Manga convention! Anime Expo® 2007 will be held from July 3-6, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. More information can be found on the website www.anime-expo.org.

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(FEBRUARY 4, 2008- New York, NY) —Zuda extends congratulations to Sheldon Vella’s SUPERTRON, the winner of the first www.Zudacomics.com competition of 2008.

About SUPERTRON: In the future, robots rule the land. In this harsh mechanical wasteland lives Supertron, a robot of unprecedented power and wit. His only equal is Spinbot, a maniacal robot of unrivaled style and speed. SUPERTRON is a unique blend of humor and science fiction and will continue as a regularly updating web comic at www.Zudacomics.com.

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I’ve posted three comics on the web aside from all the Indy and freelance stuff I’ve done. Now I would very much like to share with you my new comic project, available for free download to every one here at


You can check out few sample pages there before downloading the entire comic. I can really use all the help I can get getting the world out and I want as many people out there to see this.

I hope you enjoy the read and pass it on.


Canned Dogs is reporting that issue 10 of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday (2/6) will offer its readers a chance to obtain an alarm clock featuring Sanzenin Nagi, the heroine from Hayate the Combat Butler:

[The] alarm clock which will have the voice of Sanzenin Nagi from Hayate no Gotoku waking you up every morning. It only costs 980 yen (US$9) including shipping costs (Japan only).

A special chapter of Death Note, written by Tsugumi Ohba and drawn by Takeshi Obata, will appear in issue 11 of Weekly Shonen Jump, on sale February 9th.

Source: Weekly Jump Readers' Journal

The first issue of a new Kodansha Box magazine titled Pandora will be released on February 4th. The new literary magazine, which will be published twice a year, is described by Kodansha as a "symphony magazine that lives in the adolescent's self-consciousness."

Source: Ultimatum

According to his latest LiveJournal post, Jason Thompson is currently looking for "a manga-influenced artist who would be interested in drawing a graphic novel (or series of graphic novels) with [him] as the writer."

Also, from The Star talks to Keiko Tobe about her manga With the Light and autism.

Via: MangaBlog

A Fujiko F. Fujio exhibition called "The Infinite Dream - Fujio F. Fujiko" will take place at the Suginami Animation Museum from February 26th to May 25th. The exhibition will include photos, original manuscripts and panels of explanation.

Source: MJ

topTakehiko Inoue, creator of Slam Dunk, Vagabond and REAL, visited the newly opened Kinokuniya bookstore in New York City on November 19, 2007 to draw a special wall art.

An interview with Takehiko Inoue was recently published in Shueisha's Jump Square magazine.

Below is a brief translation of the interview:

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Ultimatum is reporting that Japanese publisher Poplar has released a new josei manga magazine titled Pianissimo on 1/25.

Tsukiji Toshihiko (author) and Senmu (illustrator)'s romance comedy/action light novel series Kenpufer will be adapted into a manga. The manga, drawn by Tachibana Yu, will begin serialization during the April issue of Media Facotyr's Comic Alive (2/27).

Source: LightNovel.net

From Tokyopop comes an interview with Tachibana Higuchi, mangaka of Gakuen Alice:

When did you start drawing manga? Was your progress fast? Tell us about your career as a manga artist.

I first submitted a manga story a while after I graduated from high school. Up until then I was studying for the entrance examinations for the Art University, and as part of that, I sometimes drew manga and four-panel strip comics for fun.


From BdZoom comes the top 15 "Bandes Dessinées" (French-style comic books) for the week ending 1/20:

  1. Lanfeust des étoiles (7)
  2. Les Schtroumpfs (26)
  3. W.E.S.T. (3)
  4. Astérix (12)
  5. XIII (19)
  6. XIII (18)
  7. La quête de l'oiseau du temps : avant la quête (2)
  8. Les femmes en blanc (29)
  9. Ric Hochet (74)
  10. Les naufragés d'Ythaq (5)
  11. Le chat (14)
  12. Lou ! (4)
  13. Kaamelott (2)
  14. Kid Paddle (11)
  15. Le donjon de Naheulbeuk (4)

Romantic High School Comedy Inspired By Award Winning Shojo Manga

San Francisco, CA, February 1, 2008 – VIZ Pictures, an affiliate of VIZ Media, LLC that focuses on Japanese live-action film distribution, has announced the DVD release of the romantic live-action comedy, LOVE*COM THE MOVIE, on February 19, 2008. The release features English subtitles and will be distributed by VIZ Media with an anticipated retail price of $24.98. A dedicated web site, with a trailer, plot summary and other information is viewable at www.lovecomthemovie.com.

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