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Interview: JManga Publishers Reveal Details About New Comics Website

By August 12, 2011

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Kouji Shimano from FutabashaJManga, the new website featuring Japanese comics in English sponsored by a coalition of 39 Japanese publishers is due to debut later this month. Their panel at San Diego Comic-Con revealed some tantalizing details about what they have in store -- but it also left a few unanswered questions.

Like what you ask? Well, which manga titles would be featured when the JManga site opens for business? How much would it cost? And how are they going to pump out hundreds of chapters of manga (some not previously published in English) to post on this site?

In an attempt to get a few more details out of the JManga folks, I interviewed four of the six publishers representatives who presented at the JManga panel, and two executives from JManga Inc. as well. While I didn't get all the answers I was looking for, I did manage to get some very intriguing tidbits out of them, and a better idea of what they're trying to accomplish with this new one-stop manga website.

JManga logoCheck out my interview with the JManga group, including Sam Yoshiba from Kodansha, Naobumi Ashi from Kadokawa, Kouji Shimano from Futabasha and Toshitaka Tanaka from Shogakukan, along with Robert Newman and Masaaki Shimizu from JManga, and discover more about their plans for this ambitious new web site for Japanese manga and manga culture.

After you give it a read, let me know what you think! What other questions would you like the folks at JManga to respond to? What would make JManga a worthwhile alternative to reading manga on scanlation websites or buying print editions of manga? Add your thoughts below!

Image credit: Deb Aoki, JManga

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