According to this press release, Purrsia Press has recently completed the first issue of their manga-style anthology "U.K. Manga":

Independent comics publisher Purrsia Press has just completed issue #1 of their brand new manga-styled anthology, "U.K. Manga". It is a collection of short original comic stories directly from Britain's vastly growing underground dojinshi set. This includes material by international fan-favorite artist "Foxy", and Rising Stars Of Manga winner Emma Vieceli.

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ILEX books address a host of technical and creative issues, and offer easy-to-follow, jargon-busting texts by renowned experts in each field. With stunning graphics and beautiful photography, ILEX books guarantee to smooth the way for digital creatives.

To follow is a list of titles, written by industry experts, available from ILEX for the Spring 2007 season.

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Create Your Own Graphic Novel

Full colour graphic novel format throughout

ILEX is pleased to announce the release of Create Your Own Graphic Novel. Available from October 2006, this book is in a stunning graphic novel format – each page has been constructed and illustrated using the digital techniques that the book describes.

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Grovel reports that a manga anthology titled The Mammoth Book of Best New Manga has been released, which contains previews of over 15 new manga from western artists.

Source: Grovel

Lillian Diaz-Przybyl interviews June Kim, creator of Tokyopop's 12 Days.

Tokyopop interviews Pop Mhan, past Rising Stars of Manga U.K. & Ireland winner and creator of Blank.

Source: MangaBlog


Otaku News has a report on the International Manga and Anime Festival (IMAF), which is currently underway and will run from November 10th to November 14th at County Hall near the London Eye in Westminster.

Opening times vary each day, so be sure to check to avoid dissapointment before going. The event schedule can be found in a 132KB MS Word document (web usability experts scream as it should be in HTML for everyone to read). It includes panels and workshops by author Paul Gravett, artists Sweatdrop Studios, international comic book creator Ilya and expert on traditonal culture Akemi.

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Japanese 'Favo Comic Pack' available with European software

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MangaQuake is back for its third issue- and it's better than ever! Featuring a collection of strips from a few familiar names from previous issues, and some truly astonishing brand new talent. With stories of betrayal, inter species romance (…well sort of!) and Norse gods with traffic congestion problems- I think we can genuinely say that this issue, its 56 pages crammed to overflowing with fun and action- has something for everyone!

And at the frankly laughable price of £2.50, you have NO excuse not to buy it!
More information is available at : http://www.futurequake.co.uk

Sweatdrop Studios presents two new anthologies this autumn - "Pink is for Girls" and "Blue is for Boys".

The two books were created as a pair: one for girls and one for boys, where the stories are closely intertwined and explore the differences between shojo and shonen manga.

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