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Macmillan Manga

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Publishing News - News Page

from Publishing News:

PAN MACMILLAN HAS become the latest publisher to enter the manga arena, signing an exclusive sales and distribution deal with Tokyo-based Tokyopop, the US market leader, whose UK turnover is around ?2m. From 1 September, Pan Macmillan will begin sales and distribution of Tokyopop�s huge output � some 250 titles per year � with four Tokyopop staff taking space in Macmillan�s King�s Cross offices.

Pop Fiction

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Anime on DVD

Manga Giant TOKYOPOP Enters Young Adult Fiction Market with October 2006 Launch of


Manga Objection

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Parents of a girl in Orange County, Fla., were shocked to discover that a comic book featuring adult-themed topics, like swinging and drugged and raped girls, was checked out by the 11-year-old at a library, according to a Local 6 News report. The controversial Japanese comic book is part of a series that can be found in the young adult collection at the Orange County Library's Southeast Branch. Local 6 News reported that the comic titled "Peach Girl" is about a young girl drugged by her friends and then set up to be raped.

Usagi Yojimbo Final

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Usagi Yojimbo #89

Master storyteller Stan Sakai has won many industry awards over the past twenty years of Usagi, including a Parents� Choice Award, an Inkpot Award, multiple Eisner Awards, a 2004 Young Adult Library Services Association award, and the prestigious National Cartoonists Society Comic Book Division Award.

New Junior Manga

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Del Rey Manga New Title Announcement :: :: Where Anime News and Reviews Matters

Moyoco Anno's SUGAR SUGAR RUNE is a fun, imaginative romp into a magical world. Anno has become most famous in both the U.S. and Japan for her manga aimed at young women, but with SUGAR SUGAR RUNE, she's writing for girls and boys...

Manga Newcomers Awards

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TOKYOPOP? Announces Newest Rising Stars of Manga Competition Winners! :: :: Where Anime News and Reviews Matters

TOKYOPOP has announced the winners of their fifth Rising Stars of Manga competition. In addition to monetary prizes and publication in TOKYOPOP's upcoming Rising Stars of Manga Vol. 5 graphic novel anthology, all winners will be invited 'to pitch and score their own future book deals with TOKYOPOP'.

Grand Prize winner, Mail Order Ninja, a hilarious tale about a boy and his pet ninja, was created by the dynamic team of writer Joshua Elder (age 24) from Chicago and artist Erich Owen (age 26), an illustrator from Knoxville, TN. Elder and Owen will split $2,500 and fight over the Grand Prize trophy in mortal combat. When alerted to the news, Joshua was heard to remark: "This is about the coolest thing that has ever happened to me... Especially considering that I totaled my car this morning!"

The ultra-cerebral story of people and their personal demons, Baggage, created by student Roald Mu?oz (age 20) of Naperville, IL, took the Second Place nod: $1,500 in booty and a commemorative trophy.

Third Place, Can I Sit Here? takes readers inside the head of an angst-riddled teen grappling with indecision. Created by George Alexopoulos (age 19) a video store clerk from Tenafly, N.J., this entry earned a $1,000 prize and a trophy to boot...

Shojo Review

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Manga In Da Library

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Racy fluff or reading aid?

some people dispute the value of books that feature female characters dressed in sexy outfits and sometimes behaving in ways that conform to sexist stereotypes.

An interesting column that explores the issues that have arisen surrounding the purchase of manga by public libraries in Maine. The comments are also worht reading.

Highly recommended

UK Manga

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U.K. Publisher Jumps Aboard Manga Craze

Gollancz is launching a new imprint, Gollancz Manga, through an exclusive deal with San Francisco-based publisher Viz.

The new imprint will publish Viz's Manga series in the U.K. from 11th August. Thirty titles across four series - Dragon Ball, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Case Closed and Fushigi Yug? - will be released over the first 12 months, priced at ?4.99 each.

Mobile Manga

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Symbian OS mobile operating system - News, articles, software wireless developer tools for Symbian Series 60 (Nokia 7650, 3650, N-Gage), UIQ (Sony Ericsson P800) and Symbian device Users and wireless developers

In an exclusive arrangement, TOKYOPOP and GoComics have launched three original properties for wireless use. Princess Ai, @Large and ShutterBox are now available to mobile operators and their subscribers. Manga graphic novels are a Japanese comic phenomena that has quickly become the fastest growing segment of North American book retail sales. "Everything is manga these days," says GoComics CEO Chris Pizey. "Book stores' comic book shelves are dominated by this style of art. It's tremendously exciting to be working with TOKYOPOP to bring the hottest graphic trend in the world to mobile phone users."

Only applicable to US.

The Rise Of Manga

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The Galveston County Daily News

Another piece charting the rise of manga.


Love Manga

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Love Manga

Just added to the ACHOCKABLOGGER listing, this excellent Manga Blog, maintained by David Taylor and Immelda Alty...

New Manga

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Animation Insider - March Key Manga Releases

Kids Joker is an interesting new manga release that follows Hotaru Yanagawa, a high school aged girl that in between her homework and chores at home, likes to hit the streets and clean up crime.

From Kaneyoshi Izumi is the shoujo manga title Doubt!!, which is the fun and exciting tale of a young high school girl and her adjustments to popularity...

Joe Casey Interview

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Comic Book Resources - CBR News - The Comic Wire

A 'remixed, remastered, funkified' extended interview with Joe Casey, comic book author, who is working on a new US manga called Krash Bastards...

It's a little less "they're not buying" and a little more "they're not listening" if you follow me.

I guess I'm not sure who "they" are, in this instance. If you're talking about teenagers themselves, there's no use in proselytizing. When I talk about "speaking to" a teenage readership (again, whether they exist or not), I'm talking about trying to give them something that they don't outright reject, as they probably do with most modern superhero comic books these days. As far as that's concerned, I think the best you can do is hold up a mirror to their experience. Give them something that - on some level - is recognizable to them. At least, that's what we try to do with "The Intimates."


Hip Hop Manga

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A long article about the growing popularity of hip-hop manga, such as Tokyo Tribes, with the YA audience...


New Manga Mag

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Comic Book Resources - CBR News - The Comic Wire

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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