In its latest issue of Manga a la Carte, "Pros are Fans Too," MangaCast dives into the world of doujinshi, where even professional manga artists can't resist expressing their fandom through various kinds of doujin works.

Kids' Day Among First of New Initiatives; "Kids Love Comics" a Key Contributor to Programming Events and Ideas

Norwalk, CT, October 1: New York Comic Con (NYCC) has announced that it has appointed senior staff member Jay Williams to the post of Manager of Programming & Education. The role is considered critical as much of NYCC's activity and opportunity is generated by the special events and panel discussions which supplement the excitement of the show floor. Organizers are pleased to have both a trade show professional and veteran, as well as a huge comics fan to fill the role. Williams is expected to bring an intuitive grasp of creativity and management skills to the function.

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(October 1, 2007--New York, NY) – Steve Rotterdam, formerly the Chief Creative Officer of Eastwest Marketing Group, joins the DC Comics staff as Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, it was announced today by Paul Levitz, President & Publisher of DC Comics. In this position, Rotterdam will run both the direct sales and the book trade sales divisions of the company, supervise the marketing and publicity efforts of DC Comics' publishing and oversee the company's advertising sales and custom publishing department. Rotterdam will report directly to Levitz.

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According to this LiveJournal entry, Tokyopop manga editor Lillian Diaz-Przybyl has been promoted to a senior editor.

Also, Tokyopop is looking for new marketing coordinator, copy editor, and junior editor, while Go! Comi is looking for a new art director.

Source: ANN and MangaBlog

Aspiring manga artist Takeshi Miyazawa writes on Factory 9ine about his experience meeting with the Kodansha editors in "The Wall 2". Part 1 can be found here.

Via: MangaBlog

Sepetmber 24th, 2007 - New York, NY --John Nee has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Business Development, DC Comics. It was announced today by Paul Levitz, DC Comics President & Publisher. Nee will continue to report directly to Levitz.

Nee, who joined DC Comics in 1998 as VP, General Manager WildStorm, oversees Business Development, the WildStorm studio, and the CMX manga imprint. In his new role, Nee will continue to provide leadership for DC Comics in potential opportunities for expanding the company's core businesses areas, including in international publishing, videogame production and new media initiatives with sister divisions Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment and Warner Bros Digital Distribution.

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Yoshida Sensha, mangaka of Utsurun Desu. and Young Bandit, has married Risa Itou, mangaka of Hey Pitan! and Oruchuban Ebichu. According to Yoshida, the two have known each other since their debut as mangaka. The relationship grew between the two after they met again in 2004. Also, both were previously divorced, and this marks the second marriage for both manga artist.

Osamu Tezuka's longtime manga editor, Nobumichi Akutsu (84), passed away on the 12th due to larynx cancer (some report it as brain cancer). As Tezuka's editor, Nobumichi Akutsu's name was used by Tezuka in some of his works. Akutsu was also the editor for Shueisha's Beet the Vandel Buster.

Sources: Mainichi, Yomiuri, Jiji

Canned Dogs reports that in the wake of Shinzo Abe's sudden resignation, Japanese Prime Minister hopeful Aso Taro will be visiting Akihabara to give a speech.

Also, The Japan Times has published an article on Taro Aso titled "Cabinet veteran Aso more than manga fan," which looks briefly at Aso's past outside of his affiliation with manga.

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Anime News Network is currently looking for a new on-air video talent for future video podcasts. TV columnists and critics positions are also available.

Anime on DVD is currently looking for new DVD reviewers from the U.K. and the U.S.