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Shonen Jump Catches Up With Japan's Jump

See what Andy Nakatani, Editor in Chief of the North America edition of Weekly Shonen Jump had to say about the relaunch of VIZ Media's digital manga magazine, as it moved to simultaneous publication with the Japanese edition of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, including comments about the new series, One Punch Man by ONE and Yusuke Murata and plans for making Shonen Jump available to readers outside of North America.

Making a Living in Manga: Part 5

The fifth part of the Making a Living in Manga series looks at 5 ways that the dysfunctional manga economy in North America could be fixed. It's fairly obvious that career prospects are fairly bleak for North American comics creators who want to draw in a manga-influenced style. But what can be done to make things better? I posed this question to comics professionals, publishers, creators and pundits, and got some interesting responses on Twitter. See what comics creators like Svetlana Chmakova, Kosen and Fred Gallagher had to say in this lively online discussion.

Making a Living in Manga: Part 4

What effect did TokyoPop have on the "original English language" manga movement? Are publishers shying away from original comics that have manga influences? Is moving to Japan or self-publishing the answer? I posed this question to comics professionals, publishers, creators and pundits, and got some interesting responses on Twitter. See what comics creators like Kosen, Fred Gallagher, and comics experts like Ed Chavez and Jason Thompson had to say in this lively online discussion.

Making a Living in Manga: Part 1

Is it possible to make a living in manga in North America? I posed this question to comics professionals, publishers, creators and pundits, and got some interesting responses on Twitter. See what comics creators like Svetlana Chmakova, Adam Warren, Fred Gallagher and retailers/pundits/comics experts like Chris Butcher and Jason Thompson had to say in this lively online discussion.

Making a Living in Manga: Part 3

Do many would-be manga artists have the skills to pay the bills? That is, are they creating publication-ready, professional quality work? Do they have the business and marketing smarts to sell themselves and their work? I posed this question to comics professionals, publishers, creators and pundits, and got some interesting responses on Twitter. See what comics creators like Adam Warren, and Jamie Lynn Lano had to say in this lively online discussion.

Interview: F.J. DeSanto

Read an interview with producer and writer F.J. DeSanto, co-author of a new adaptation of Shotaro Ishinomori's classic manga, Cyborg 009. DeSanto explains his life-long fascination with Ishinomori's manga, his plans for the graphic novel, and a new live-action film adaptation of this perennial shonen manga sci-fi series.

Shonen Jump Q & A with Joel Enos

Read an interview with Shonen Jump Magazine Senior Editor Joel Enos, and find out the hows and whys beind the relaunch of the North American edition of this monthly manga magazine and the ShonenJump.com website.

Interview: Jason Hoffs

Read an interview with Jason Hoffs, Head of Productions at VIZ Productions, as he talks about the upcoming live action feature film based on Bleach by Tite Kubo, now in production at Warner Brothers.

JuYoun Lee on Yen Press' Talent Search, Plus Tips for Manga Creators

After their 2012 New Talent Search, Yen Press Senior Editor JuYoun Lee explains some of the common pitfalls of aspiring manga creators in North America. She also offers some advice for artists, and she explained why there were no 'winners' in this yearly search for new comics creators.

Interview: Adam Warren - Part 1

Read an interview with comics creator Adam Warren, the creator of Empowered and artist for the English Dirty Pair stories. To mark the arrival of Empowered Volume 7, Warren talks about his manga influences, and where he's taking his super heroine with the not-so-sturdy supersuit next.

Interview: Adam Warren - Part 2

Read Part 2 of a 2-part interview with comics creator Adam Warren, the creator of Empowered and artist for the English Dirty Pair stories. To mark the arrival of Empowered Volume 7, Warren talks about his fondness for strong but flawed female characters, his unique style of drawing and writing comics, and his plans for more Empowered stories to come.

Making a Living in Manga: Part 2

Has the "OEL (original English language) manga" label helped or hindered comics creators who create works that are heavily influenced by Japanese comics? I posed this question to comics professionals, publishers, creators and pundits, and got some interesting responses on Twitter. See what comics creators like Kosen, Fred Gallagher, and Jamie Lynn Lano, and retailers/pundits/comics experts like Chris Butcher and Jason Thompson had to say in this lively online discussion.

Shonen Jump Alpha Interviews Part 2

Read an interview with Brian Piech, VIZ Media's Vice President of Digital Publishing for VIZ Media and some additional comments from Shonen Jump editors Joel Enos and Urian Brown from New York Comic-Con 2011. Find out what these executives and editors had to say about Shonen Jump Alpha, VIZ Media's new digital weekly manga magazine, published near-simultaneously with Japan for North America.

Mangastream vs. Shonen Jump Alpha

Read comments from fans, and commentary about scanlation site Mangastream and their decision to pull their fan-translated versions of Shonen Jump manga from their website, and the arrival of Shonen Jump Alpha, VIZ Media's new digital weekly manga magazine, published near-simultaneously with Japan for North America.

Comics & Anime Conventions - January - March 2012

What’s more fun than reading manga? Going to an anime, manga or comics convention! Our calendar list features an updated schedule of anime, manga and comics conventions in the U.S., Japan and Europe, with dates, locations, events, web sites and links to photo galleries.

2012-2013 U.S. Comics & Anime Conventions - Northeast

Find anime and comic conventions near your city. This list includes 2012 U.S. anime and comic conventions that are scheduled in the New England and Mid-Atlantic States, including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Libraries Are Not The Same as Manga Scanlation Sites

Librarian and author Robin Brenner breaks down four reasons why reading manga from a library is not the same as reading illegal scanlations. When fans have protested the closure of sites that hosted scanlated or pirated manga, many protested that they didn't see the difference between reading manga scanlations online and borrowing and reading manga from a library. Brenner explains why this manga myth deserves to be busted.

NYAF '10: Gay for You? Yaoi and Yuri Manga for GBLTQ Readers

Author and librarian Robin Brenner gathered a group of manga bloggers, experts and readers for the Gay for You? Yaoi and Yuri Manga for GBLTQ Readers panel at New York Anime Festival 2010. Christopher Butcher, Scott Robins, Alex Woolfson, Leyla Aker and Erica Friedman discussed the issues about boys love and girls love manga for gay readers, why readers in Japan and the U.S. view these stories differently and provided a recommended reading list.

2010 New Manga Art Books and Anthologies

See a list of all the new manga anthologies and art books released in 2010 by Yen Press, VIZ Media, Udon Entertainment, Dark Horse and much more.

Interview: Stuart Moore and Chris Schons

Read an interview with Stuart Moore and Chris Schons, the comics writer and artist team behind Earthlight, a three-volume science-fiction drama series. Moore and Schons original comics creation is featured in TokyoPop's online manga program.

Interview: Tsuneo Goda

Read an interview with animator Tsuneo Goda, the creator of Domo, everyone's favorite raging brown… something of NHK, Nickelodeon and 7-11 Slurpees fame.

Introduction to Age Ratings

Manga has something for everyone -- but not all manga is suitable for all ages. Our list breaks down the comics content ratings used by U.S. publishers, and provides examples of popular manga titles in each group.

Interview: Dallas Middaugh

In just a few years, Del Rey Manga has gone from newcomer to industry leader in the manga publishing business, largely thanks to Dallas Middaugh, Associate Publisher for this imprint of Random House. Read our interview and find out how Dallas Middaugh went from fanboy to publisher, his take on the manga publishing business today, and upcoming releases, including their original English manga titles, The Reformed and Yokaiden.

Interview: Svetlana Chmakova

About.com Manga interviewed Svetlana Chmakova at the 2007 New York Anime Festival, as Dramacon Volume 3 was released and her next series, Night School was announced. With so much accomplished and so much on the horizon for this global manga creator, we spoke with Chmakova about Dramacon, her favorite manga and her plans for her next series, Night School.

Interview: Kurt Hassler

Once named "The Most Powerful Person in Manga" by ICV2, Kurt Hassler was once the sci-fi and graphic novels book buyer for Borders, one of the major bookstore chains in the U.S. He's since taken his lifelong love of comics and graphic novels and moved to the publishing side of the business as the head of Yen Press, a new manga publishing arm of Hachette Publications. Read our interview and find out how Kurt Hassler is hoping to change the manga business, one book at a time.

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