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Sakuracon License Roundup

Well, we’ve had another con, and this time three big publishers were there to say things about manga: Viz, Yen, and Dark Horse. What did they say? Not much from Viz, which usually saves its big announcements for the summer. They did indicate that one of their recent Weekly Jump digital series, World Trigger, would […]

Yen Press announces new licenses

Yen Press charged into con season today with a slew of new announcements at their SakuraCon panel. First up is a new light novel imprint, Yen On. Yen already publishes quite a few light novels, including Spice & Wolf and the previously announced Sword Art Online (also a manga) and Accel World. They announced three […]

Manga Publishers on Fan Interest in Manga Online

It started this week, when Ash had posted a link to Kodansha’s Tumblr that weighed in on piracy. Interested in reading what they said, I checked it out, and after sitting on this idea for a day, I decided to get in contact with all the manga publishers in the US and basically asked them […]

The Black Lizard and Beast in the Shadows

Author: Edogawa Ranpo Illustrator: Kawajiri Hiroaki Translator: Ian Hughes U.S. publisher: Kurodahan Press ISBN: 9784902075212 Released: January 2006 Original release: 1934 and 1928 After being introduced to the works of Edogawa Ranpo through Strange Tale of Panorama Island and Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination, I have slowly been making my way through the rest […]

Attack on Titan, Vol. 12

By Hajime Isayama. Released in Japan by Kodansha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Bessatsu Shonen Magazine. Released in North America by Kodansha Comics. We’ve had a lot of revelations in the last few volumes of Attack on Titan, revelations that the group really haven’t had time to take in what with the kidnappings, fleeing and […]

Manga the Week of 4/23

SEAN: The 4th week of April brings us a variety of stuff, even if the majority comes from Yen Press, who always enjoy getting a week mostly to themselves (Viz usually owns Week 1 for this purpose). There’s not nearly as much Korean manwha coming out these days, so I can actually highlight it when […]

Eisner nominations and new Manga Competition!

The big news this week is the Eisner nominations. Here’s the list in the manga category (officially known as Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia): The Heart of Thomas, by Moto Hagio (Fantagraphics) The Mysterious Underground Men, by Osamu Tezuka (PictureBox) Showa: A History of Japan, 1926–1939, by Shigeru Mizuki (Drawn & Quarterly) Summit of […]

Maka-Maka: Sex, Life, and Communication, Vol. 1

Creator: Torajiro Kishi U.S. publisher: Media Blasters ISBN: 9781598832938 Released: November 2008 Original release: 2003 There have been relatively few mature, adult-oriented yuri manga licensed in English. One of the best, or at least one of my favorites, is Torajiro Kishi’s Maka-Maka: Sex, Life, and Communication. It’s a short series consisting of only two slim […]

xxxHOLIC Rei, Vol. 1

By CLAMP. Released in Japan by Kodansha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Young Magazine. Released in North America by Kodansha Comics. (This review is based on an advance copy provided by the publisher.) There is a genre of fanfiction that is quite popular these days called ‘fix fic”. This is when you have a beloved […]

Pick of the Week: A Trio of Devils

There’s quite a bit on the table this week to please the Battle Robot, but the lure of new josei manga is too much for most to bear. What looks good to you this week?