Tuesday January 22, 2013
Almost a year ago, VIZ Media debuted the first issue of Shonen Jump Alpha, the weekly, all-digital version of their manga magazine. But on Monday, January 21, VIZ Media, Shonen Jump and Shueisha took things one step closer to fulfill the wishes of North American manga fans: they unveiled the new Weekly Shonen Jump, featuring the latest chapters of Naruto, Bleach, One Piece and more, in English, on the same day that these same chapters appear in the Japanese print edition of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine appear on newsstands in Japan.
I checked out this new, revamped Shonen Jump and after I was done, I sent off a few questions to Weekly Shonen Jump Editor-in-Chief Andy Nakatani to get his take on the changes, and get a few hints on what the WSJ crew has in mind for the weeks and months to come.
Wednesday January 16, 2013
The organizers of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival made their first announcements of special guests scheduled to appear in their May 2013 event. Besides American and European comics talents like Art Spiegelman (Maus), Raina Telgemeier (Drama and Smile), and Maurice Vellekoop (A Nut at the Opera), TCAF 2013 will also feature two very special guests from Japan: Taiyo Matsumoto (creator of Tekkon Kinkreet, and the upcoming release, Sunny, both from VIZ Media) and Gengoroh Tagame (The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame, a collection of this bara manga master's work, from PictureBox).
In addition to spotlight panel appearances and autograph sessions, Taiyo Matsumoto will also be featured in a special gallery exhibit at The Japan Society. Entitled "The World Of Taiyo Matsumoto," the exhibit will feature "original artwork and goods" by Matsumoto. The exhibit will be on display at The Japan Society gallery at 131 Bloor Street West, Second floor from May 10 through May 31, 2013. There will be an opening reception on May 10, and an artist's talk on May 11. Read More...
Tuesday January 15, 2013
VIZ Media / Shonen Jump announced the latest addition to their online manga magazine line-up that will debut in their Monday, January 21 issue: One Punch Man by Yusuke Murata (Eyeshield 21) and ONE.
This new series is just the latest bit of good news that is leading up to the day when Shonen Jump Alpha transforms into Weekly Shonen Jump, the weekly online magazine that will feature the latest chapters of popular Shonen Jump manga series like One Piece, Bleach, and Naruto on the same day that it hits the newsstands in Japan. No more two week delay! That's right -- when North American fans read next week's issue of Shonen Jump on Monday, January 21 via VIZ Media's VIZmanga.com website, or via VIZ's iPad, iPhone/iPod, or Android apps, or via the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, they'll be seeing it the same time as Japanese fans (except in English, of course!)
The other nice surprise? If you're a subscriber to Shonen Jump, you'll be able to download and keep these issues. Previously, the understanding was that access to this content would 'expire' after one year.
So to sum up, for $25.99/year, you'll get online access to 48 weekly issues, plus 4 Yu-Gi-Oh! cards mailed to you, plus other surprise extras, like the print edition of the Shonen Jump Yearbook that was sent out to subscribers this past month. Ready to subscribe? Go to Shonen Jump's subscriber page and get started. Read More...
Tuesday December 4, 2012
After a many months hiatus (sorry!) it's time to finish up what I started with the Making a Living in Manga series.
When we first started looking at the dysfunctional state of affairs for Western comics creators who work in a manga-influenced style in Making a Living in Manga Part 1, we outlined 9 reasons why the manga-making ecosystem in North America is broken. Now, in Part 5, we're ready to talk about trying to take this sad song and make it better. I initially meant for Part 5 to be the final part in this series, but this essay got so long, I had to break down the 10 ideas for fixing a broken economy for manga-makers into two parts, with 5 ideas each. So look for Part 6, the final part in this series, coming very soon.
So! Here we go! In Making a Living in Manga Part 5, we delve into why what works in Japan isn't so easy to do in North America, and dig into the first five ways that publishers, artists, and readers can address the gap between the many artists who want to make manga for a living, and the current market realities.