New Manga Mag

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SHOJO BEAT will offer a format modeled after the tremendously popular, easy-to-read SHONEN JUMP Magazine, also published by VIZ. It will carry a �T � rating for older teens and feature six ongoing titles each month from Japanese publishing giants Shogakukan, Inc. and Shueisha, Inc. (both parent companies of VIZ), as well Hakusensha, a subsidiary of Shueisha, another one of Japan�s leading manga publishers. The premiere issue of SHOJO BEAT will launch several serials that include CRIMSON HERO and NANA (from Shueisha), KAZE HIKARU and ABSOLUTE BOYFRIEND (from Shogakukan), and GODCHILD and BABY AND ME (from Hakusensha). To further complement the new magazine�s launch, VIZ will also simultaneously debut a SHOJO BEAT graphic novel line, which will offer an ongoing library of new sh?jo titles from all three publishers at $8.99. No longer just for male readers, manga has become a fast growing trend among teenage and young adult females in North America. Sh?jo manga often depict plots set around love, family, responsibility and identity. The level of fantasy, artifice or artistic ambition involved in most sh?jo stories are endearing, and the universal appeal of these subjects has helped to drive the genre�s popularity. VIZ has been a leading proponent of sh?jo manga and the debut of SHOJO BEAT will further affirm the company?s belief in the continuing viability and success of the trend.

See this USA Today article from last year...

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