ANN is reporting that Shogakukan and Kodansha are collaborating on a new bi-weekly magazine titled Conan & Kindaichi to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Weekly Shonen Sunday and Weekly Shonen Magazine:

As the name implies, the new magazine will feature Gosho Aoyama's Detective Conan (Case Closed) manga from Weekly Shonen Sunday and Yōzaburō Kanari and Fumiya Sato's Kindaichi Case Files from Weekly Shonen Magazine. The official announcement will be made on March 18.

Moon Phase is reporting that according to the current issue of MediaWorks' Dengeki Daioh, the magazine Dengeki Comic Gao will be suspended after this month's issue. Series currently serialized in Dengeki Comic Gao, such as Venus Versus Virus, ef - a fairy tale of the two and Gurren Lagann, will be moved to Dengeki Daioh.

Source: Heisei Democracy

According to ANN, Gary Steinman, the editorial director of ADV's upcoming magazine PiQ, is leaving ADV today.

March 2008 Issue Features Original Cover Illustration By Noted Comic Book Artist Bryan Lee O'Malley And A Range Of Articles On Manga Art And Video Game Design

San Francisco, CA, February 12, 2008 - VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced the content for its annual art edition of SHOJO BEAT magazine, which is expected to hit newsstands nationwide on February 15th. The special issue will feature an original cover illustration of this month’s Beat Girl, the magazine's spokesperson, by noted Canadian comic book artist, Bryan Lee O'Malley. O'Malley also gives insight into his career and influences in a jam-packed interview offering a step-by-step breakdown of his drawing process, and he also contributes a four-panel comic. This issue will also include an article on how some manga favorites are put together, and readers will be able to explore a collection of comics-friendly universities and video game design schools.

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Media Factory's monthly manga magazine Comic Flapper is celebrating its 100th issue by relaunching the magazine with all-new content, featuring series from several famous mangaka in the next few issues:

March (100th) issue (2/5):

  • Starting:
    - Christie High-Tension (new story arc) by Kaoru Shintani
  • Ending:
    - Qwan by Aki Shimizu

April issue (3/5):

  • Starting:
    - One-shot by Masaomi Kanzaki

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According to Yaoi Press, its Yaoi Hentai series will be replaced with a new line of yaoi books called Happy Yaoi Yum Yum.

Also, YaoiSuki announces the winners of its Yaoi Press Suki 2008 contest.

Source: Icarus Blog

Comic Techno, a monthly magazine from Deleter that contains doujinshi information and useful manga-drawing techniques, will cease publication after the release of issue 172, on sale 3/15. According to Deleter, one of the reason behind Comic Techno's discontinuation is due to the skyrocketing price of oil and other goods.

Source: Ultimatum

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

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

topWhen something has come to an end, it becomes an excellent time to take a moment and look back on where it started and where it's been. With the February release of the March 2008 issue marking the final English publication of Newtype, it seems worth doing just that.

The original Newtype was launched in Japan by publishing company, Kadokawa Shoten, and named after a term in the Gundam universe for the next stage of human evolution. The first issue was for April 1985, released in early March of that year. A collection of images, columns and news made Newtype a hit, one that even to this day remains much the same magazine that attracted anime fans of the 80s. Since its debut, there have been a variety of Newtype spin-offs including one dedicated to older audiences and another for live-action Japanese media. A version of Newtype was also published in Korea in 1998 and continues to this day alongside its original Japanese predecessor.

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