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Q&A with Weekly Shonen Jump Editor Andy Nakatani

Tuesday January 22, 2013

Weekly Shonen Jump January 21, 2013Almost 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.


Toronto Comic Arts Fest Announces 2 Manga Artist Guests for 2013

Wednesday January 16, 2013

Sunny by Taiyo MatsumotoThe 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...

Shonen Jump Adds New Series, Counts Down to Day/Date Debut

Tuesday January 15, 2013

Shonen JumpVIZ 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!)

One Punch Man Vol. 1The 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...

Making a Living in Manga Part 5: If They Can in Japan, Why Can't We...?

Tuesday December 4, 2012

Yen Press Talent SearchAfter 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.


10 Super Cyber Monday Deals for Manga Readers

Monday November 26, 2012

Ouran High School Host Club Box SetBlack Friday and Small Business Saturday have come and gone -- but there are still bargains galore to be found today if you're looking for that special gift for your favorite manga fan (or yourself), on Cyber Monday. Here are 10 click-worthy deals worth checking out for some deep discounts. Many are good only until midnight tonight, so hop on it!

As part of their weekly Manga Monday deals, Barnes and Noble is offering a super deal on selected VIZ Media boxed sets. Many of these sets already offer a discount off the regular price if you bought these volumes separately, plus they have special extras like posters, notepads and more that you can only get with the box set. Here are a few choice picks: Read More...

Canadian Comics Comes to Tokyo for International Comics Festa

Wednesday November 14, 2012

Toronto Comic Arts Festival doujinshiThis week, a contingent of Canadian comics creators and publishers have descended upon Tokyo to show their stuff at gallery exhibits, art happenings, and primarily, to show and sell their work at the first ever International Comics Festa (a.k.a. Kaigai Manga Festa) at Tokyo Big Sight on Sunday, November 18.

At Comics Festa, TCAF will be selling a very special full-color comics anthology (doujinshi) featuring artwork by Canadian comics creators, including Marc Bell, Darwyn Cooke, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Seth, Jillian Tamaki, Peter Thompson, Noel Tuazon, and Maurice Vellekoop (who will also be attending the show), plus original comics by Japanese manga-ka / TCAF guest artists Natsume Ono (House of Five Leaves) and Usamaru Furuya (Lychee Light Club), who are contributing their diary comics from their trip to Toronto in 2011.

Organized by the folks who put on the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) and sponsored in part by a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, the TCAF crew will showing their stuff at a series of events throughout Tokyo this week. Here's a run-down of the scheduled events and comics creators/publishers who'll be attending this very special comics show. Read More...

JManga Translation Battle: Vote Now for the 11 Finalists

Sunday November 11, 2012

Manga Translation Battle logoAfter sifting through many, many submissions, JManga.com has narrowed down the field to 11 finalists in their The Manga Translation Battle.

Many took up the challenge to translate a sample chapter from three new Japanese manga titles into English, to vie for prizes, including a trip to Japan, which will include attendance at the Japan Media Arts Festival in February 2013, and a grant to act as the official translator for the series when it's published on JManga. Runners-up will receive new Apple iPads.

Coppelion Volume 1Now it's up to you! While a panel of judges will also have their say, JManga is inviting manga readers from around the world to take a look at the entries, and vote for the entries that did the best job in interpreting and localizing the sample chapters. Just sign in to Facebook, and vote for your favorite entry for each title. You've got until Sunday, December 2, 2012 to pick your faves.

The 11 finalists include a mix of professional, semi-pro, and amateur translators, who took a stab at translating seinen and shojo manga titles from Kodansha, Shueisha, and Futabasha that have not been published in English.

The most finalists came from translators who took on Coppelion, a sci-fi action/adventure seinen manga from Kodansha about a trio of school girls who venture into a now destroyed and dangerously radioactive Tokyo to search for survivors. Five finalists are vying for the top honors for the translations of Coppelion, while there are three finalists each for Chocolate Cosmos, a romantic comedy shojo title from Shueisha, and Shindo, a slice-of-life drama seinen manga from Futabasha. Read More...

Vertical Brings Manga Artist Moyoco Anno to New York Comic-Con

Wednesday September 26, 2012

SakuranNew York City-based manga publisher Vertical Inc. will be bringing yet another Japanese comics creator to a North American event. This time, they're hosting Moyoco Anno, the creator of Sakuran, Happy Mania, Flowers and Bees, and Sugar Sugar Rune at New York Comic-Con 2012.

Anno will be making several appearances at NYCC (which runs from Thursday, October 11 - Sunday, October 14, 2012 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan). If you're going to the show, mark your calendar and make plans to meet her, at her first appearance at an East Coast show. According to the NYCC website, here are Anno-sensei's scheduled appearances:

  • Vertical, Inc. Presents: Moyoco Anno - Saturday, October 13, 11:00 am - 12:00 noon, Room 1A06
  • Autograph ticket giveaway for Moyoco Anno, Danny Choo and Yoshitaka Amano - Saturday, October 13, and Sunday, October 14 at 8:00 am, Queue Hall, 1C (note: tickets are limited, and fans often queue up early to get their shot at getting one.


VIZ Media Offers New Android App for Tablets + Summer Manga Sale

Wednesday August 15, 2012

Kekkaishi Volume 33Not long ago, VIZ Media offered fans something they've been wanting for a while: a native VIZ Manga app for Android phones. Now they've added the next thing that digital manga readers have been clamoring for: a version of their Android app for 7-inch tablet computers.

The VIZ Media Android app is free to download from the Google Play store. Just like VIZ's iOS apps, the VIZ Manga Android app lets you use the same log-in to buy and read manga on your computer and devices -- buy once, read anywhere.

To make it even more worth your while to enjoy VIZ Manga on your digital devices, VIZ is offering their End of Summer Sale -- all titles on VIZManga.com are now 20% off from now through August 20, 2012. On top of that, many new titles are available as day and date releases. For example, the latest volumes of Kekkaishi and Bleach will be available digitally on the same day that they're available in print.


This Weekend: Art Show Featuring Hansel and Gretel by Junko Mizuno

Wednesday August 15, 2012

Hansel and Gretel by Junko MizunoThis Saturday, Southern California manga fans and art lovers will have a chance to view and purchase original manga pages from Junko Mizuno's twisted take on a classic fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel. Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra is hosting a very special show and sale of artwork from Hansel and Gretel, with an opening reception on Saturday, August 18, from 7:00 - 10:00 pm. The artwork will be on display through September 9, 2012.

Originally published in English by VIZ Media, Mizuno's version of Hansel and Gretel is only slightly similar to the kids' story you may think you know. Instead of two nšive children lured to a witches' house made of candy, this version of Hansel and Gretel features a sword-wielding school girl and her tough-guy brother, and is set in a world where the food ecosystem is anything but ordinary. Into this world comes an evil witch who tries to tempt the townspeople with a sinister candyland, so it's up to Hansel and Gretel to save the day. Read More...

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