Profiles and Interviews With Manga Artists & Writers
Making a Living in Manga: Part 5
The fifth and final part of the Making a Living in Manga series looks at 10 ways that the dysfunctional manga economy in North America could be fixed.
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...
Interview: Tite Kubo
Read an interview with Tite Kubo, the creator of Bleach and Zombie Powder. Kubo-sensei came to San Diego Comic-Con 2008 and answered questions from his fans about Bleach and how he creates the exciting and addictive adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki and his Soul Reaper friends (and foes).
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....
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...
Interview: Hiro Mashima
Read an interview with Japanese manga artist Hiro Mashima, the creator of Fairy Tail and Rave Master . Mashima- sensei came to San Diego Comic-Con 2008 and showed off his upbeat personality and mischievous sense of humor that makes Fairy Tail one of the most fun and exciting manga debuts of 2008 from Del Rey Manga.
Interview: Yuna Kagesaki
Japanese manga artist Yuna Kagesaki made her first visit to an American anime convention at Sakura-Con 2008. Kagesaki-sensei answered questions about her life as a manga-ka, the Chibi Vampire manga and anime, her impressions of her American fans and her plans for her next projects.
Interview: Madeleine Rosca
With the latest volume of her award-winning global manga series due in the stores, we interviewed Madeleine Rosca, the artist, author and creator of Hollow Fields . In our conversation, we talked about what inspired her to create her steampunk adventure story and the low-down on what it's like to be a manga artist from Down Under.
Interview: Erica Friedman
Read our interview with yuri manga (girls love) expert and publisher Erica Friedman and find out her favorite stories where the girl gets the girl. Also, learn more about the origins of yuri manga and YuriCon, America's only convention dedicated to girls love manga and anime.
Interview: Jenna Winterberg and Michelle Nguyen
Read an interview with the editors of the English edition of Gothic and Lolita Bible, Jenna Winterberg and Michelle Nguyen. With the American debut of this influential "mook", Winterberg and Nguyen talk about what makes this Japanese style trend so appealing to Western audiences and designers.
Interview: Chip Kidd and Saul Ferris
Read our interview and find out how Chip Kidd and Saul Ferris combined their shared love for Batman memorabilia from the Sixties to collect rare and long-forgotten manga stories from Shonen King magazine into Bat Manga! The Secret History of Batman in Japan, a comics art book from Pantheon Books.
Interview: Patrick Macias and Izumi Evers
Read our interview and find out how Patrick Macias and Izumi Evers of jaPRESS published Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms, wrote Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno, and edit and write for numerous Japanese and American publications including Otaku USA, Japan Times and more.
Interview: Katsushi Ota
Read our interview with Faust Editor Katsushi Ota from Kodansha and find out how this innovative Japanese editor is bringing his unique mix of manga and prose to American audiences and beyond, and why he thinks Harry Potter has a lot in common with Nintendo.
Interview: Keiko Takemiya
Legendary artist, author and educator Keiko Takemiya has been creating and innovating in the world of manga for over 40 years. Read our interview and discover Takemiya-sensei's take on being a female artist in the Seventies, her role in the creation and evolution of boys love / yaoi manga, and her feelings about the 2007 anime version of To Terra.
Interview: Svetlana Chmakova
We 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 and her plans for her next series, Night School .
Interview: Takehiko Inoue
Takehiko Inoue, manga artist and creator of Slam Dunk, Vagabond and Real, recently made an appearance at the Books Kinokuniya in NYC. In our interview with Inoue-sensei, we talked about his manga, his love of sports, and his relationship with his readers.
Takehiko Inoue Mural Painting and Reception Photo Gallery
Takehiko Inoue, Japanese manga artist and creator of Slam Dunk and Real came to New York to paint a special mural featuring characters from his seinen manga series, Vagabond. See photos of Takehiko Inoue's mural painting event and reception at Books Kinokuniya's new Bryant Park branch in New York City in November 2007.
Interview: Manga Editor and Author Jason Thompson
As editor for Dragon Ball, One Piece and Shonen Jump magazine, Jason Thompson spent the better part of the last decade in the center of the manga universe. Read our interview with Thompson and find out how he read and reviewed over a thousand manga for his book, Manga: The Complete Guide.
Interview: Yen Press Publisher Kurt Hassler
Once named "The Most Powerful Person in American Manga," Kurt Hassler was graphic novels book buyer for Borders. He's since taken his lifelong love of comics and moved to the publishing side of the business as the head of Yen Press, a new manga publisher. Read our interview and find out how Kurt Hassler is hoping to change the manga ...
Interview: Del Rey Manga's 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 and self-confessed otaku at heart. In our interview, we talk about his beginnings, the future of manga in the U.S. and new OEL manga titles he's unveiling in 2008, including ...
Shojo Manga Expert Dr. Masami Toku
About.com interviews Dr. Masami Toku, the curator of "Shojo Manga: Girl Power," a traveling exhibit featuring 23 of the top shojo manga artists from 1950 through the present. Dr. Toku talks about what makes shojo manga so unique and appealing to U.S. audiences and the unique challenges that came with bringing the original artwork by Keiko Takemiya, Fumi Yoshinaga and CLAMP together for this show.
Interview: Shojo Manga Artist Arina Tanemura
Shojo manga artist Arina Tanemura made a rare U.S. appearance at the 2007 San Diego Comic-Con. Read our interview and see how she answered questions from her fans about her creations, Full Moon o Sagashite, Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne and her latest hit Gentlemen's Alliance Cross.
Osamu Tezuka Manga Artist Profile
Considered by many to be the father of modern manga, Dr. Osamu Tezuka created numerous memorable characters and stories in his 43-year career in Japanese comics. Read about his life, his most notable creations and accomplishments.
Kanako Inuki: Japan's Queen of Horror
Dark Horse Manga interviews Kanako Inuki, author of classic horror manga including Presents and School Zone.
Masashi Kishimoto Biography on NarutoFan
NarutoFan provides an extensive biography of Masashi Kishimoto, the creator of Naruto.
Kazuo Koike - Official Homepage
Official homepage for Kazuo Koike, the creator of Lone Wolf & Cub, Crying Freeman and Samurai Executioner. (in Japanese)
Tite Kubo Biography on Bleach Portal
Bleach Portal provides a brief biography of Tite Kubo, the creator of Bleach, including his early influences and career accomplishments.
Akira Toriyama Biography
Lambiek.net's biographical sketch of Akira Toriyama, the creator of Dragonball, Dragonball Z and Dr. Slump
Ai Yazawa Biography on Anime News Network
Anime News Network provides a brief outline of Ai Yazawa's life, comics and accomplishments, including her popular manga series Nana and Paradise Kiss
Katherine Dacey-Tsuei on CLAMP
In this edition of Flipped, David Welsh's Comic World News column, he interviews Katherine Dacey-Tsuei about the appeal of the 4-artist collective, CLAMP.