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Manga Editors, Authors and Publishers Interviews and Profiles

Meet the editors, authors, publishers and manga experts who write, publish and promote manga in America, Japan and beyond. Read our profiles and interviews with top Japanese American and international manga authors, publishers, editors and experts including Dallas Middaugh from Del Rey Manga, Kurt Hassler from Yen Press, manga editor Jason Thompson and more.

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...

Interview: F.J. DeSanto - Cyborg 009
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.

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: 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.

Interview: Hikaru Sasahara of Digital Manga Publishing
Read an interview with Hikaru Sasahara, President and CEO of Digital Manga Publishing as he talks about DMP taking the reins of YaoiCon and moving the Bay Area show to Los Angeles in 2012, and provides an update on his plans for Digital Manga Guild, the fan-sourced localization and publishing project for yaoi manga and beyond.

SuBLime / VIZ Media at YaoiCon 2011 - Part 2
Read an interview with SuBLime editors Leyla Aker and Jennifer LeBlanc. Find out what they had to say about this new boys' love publishing partnership with Animate and Libre publishing, and how their digitial publishing strategy just might change how manga is made available worldwide.

SuBLime / VIZ Media at YaoiCon 2011 - Part 1
Find out what editors Leyla Aker and Jennifer LeBlanc had to say about this new boys' love publishing partnership with Animate and Libre publishing and how they're aiming to change how BL manga is made available to fans worldwide.

Shonen Jump Alpha at NY Comic-Con 2011 - Part 1
Read an interview with Alvin Lu, VIZ Media's Senior Vice President, and Hisashi Sasaki, Deputy Director of Shonen Manga Group at Shueisha and read a transcript of the Shonen Jump Alpha press conference at New York Comic-Con 2011. Find out what these two executives had to say about Shonen Jump manga's migration from print to a weekly digital...

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...

JManga Panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2011 - Part 1
Read a transcript of the JManga panel at San Diego Comic-Con, as representatives from five major Japanese publishers explain their plans forJManga.com, a new website that will offer manga in English to readers in North America, and eventually, the world.

JManga Interview: Part 2
Read an interview with representatives from four major manga publishers, as they explain more details about their plans forJManga.com, a new website that will offer manga in English to readers in North America, and eventually, the world.

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.

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,...

TCAF 2010: Indie Comics Japan: Manga Outside the Mainstream
Read a transcript from the "Indie Comics Japan: Manga Outside the Mainstream" panel at Toronto Comics Art Festival 2010, moderated by Christopher Butcher with Dan Nadel from Picturebox, Ryan Sands from Same Hat!, Erik Ko from Udon Entertainment, translator Jocelyene Allen and About.com Manga Editor Deb Aoki.

Interview: Jiro Nemoto of ComicLoud
Read an interview with Jiro Nemoto, the Publisher of ComicLoud as he introduces manga readers to ComicLoud, a new digital manga magazine available...

Interview: Kun Gao of Crunchyroll
Read an interview with Kun Gao, the CEO of Crunchyroll as he explains Crunchyroll's plans to develop a platform for online manga publishing that publishers and distributors from all over the world can use to bring more manga online and available to more readers around the world. We also discuss the challenges that publishers face as they balance ease of use with the need for digital rights management.

Interview: F*X*T Magazine
Read an interview with Fawn Lau, the founder and publisher of F*X*T Magazine, an American indie comics and art anthology magazine. Also includes comments from contributing artists Christy Lijewski, Monica Schwartz and PowFlip.

Comic-Con 2010: Digital Piracy Panel
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Comic-Con 2010: Manga Translation Panel
Manga translator William Flanagan gathered a group of manga translators and editors for the Manga: Lost in Translation panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2010. Jake Forbes, Stephen Paul, Shaenon Garrity, Mark Simmons, Jason Thompson and Jonathan Tarbox discussed the issues surrounding translation and the manga publishing industry, including scanlation, "Americanization" of Japanese manga content and censorship.

Comic-Con 2010: Manga Translation Panel - Page 6
Manga translator William Flanagan gathered a group of manga translators and editors for the Manga: Lost in Translation panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2010. Jake Forbes, Stephen Paul, Shaenon Garrity, Mark Simmons, Jason Thompson and Jonathan Tarbox discussed the issues surrounding translation and the manga publishing industry, including scanlation, "Americanization" of Japanese manga content and censorship.

Interview: Stu Levy and the Otaku Six
Read an interview with TokyoPop CEO Stu Levy and the TokyoPop Tour Otaku Six, as they embarked on their Summer 2010 quest to find America's Greatest Otaku. Riding in a tour bus, Levy, a camera-man and the Otaku Six criss-crossed the country in search of the person who best embodied the six essential qualities of Japanese pop culture fandom. Their goal? A reality show that would take the winner on an trip to Tokyo.

Interview: Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda
Read an interview with Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda, the authors of Yokai Attack!, a field guide to Japanese yokai, monsters, spirits and demons.

Yen Plus Q & A with JuYoun Lee
Read an interview with Yen Press Senior Editor JuYoun Lee, the editor of Yen Plus magazine, a manga/manhwa anthology magazine featuring Japanese manga, Korean manhwa and original English comics created especially for North American readers. Find out why Yen Press opted to end the print edition of this magazine and their plans for upcoming...

Interview: Garrett Boast
Read an interview with Garrett Boast, the founder and publisher of ShojoBerry Magazine, an American shojo manga magazine.

Interview: Hideki Egami
Read an interview with Hideki Egami, the Senior Editor of IKKI manga magazine. Egami-san and IKKI editor Yuji Sato appeared at San Diego Comic-Con 2009 to promote the online debut of SigIKKI.com, the online home for IKKI manga in English.

Interview: Christopher Butcher
Read an interview with Christopher Butcher, manager and co-owner of The Beguiling, Toronto's premier comics shop, and co-founder of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, a biannual celebration of the best in creative comics and illustration from North America, Europe and Asia. I caught up with Butcher after a successful fourth TCAF at the Toronto Public Library and got his take on the origins of the show and his hopes for TCAF 2011 and beyond.

Interview: Yuri Manga Publisher 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: Bat Manga! Authors 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: 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: jaPress' 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: 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 ...

Interview: Faust Editor 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: 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.

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: Gothic & Lolita Bible Editors
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: Hikaru Sasahara of Digital Manga Publishing
Read an interview with Hikaru Sasahara, President and CEO of Digital Manga Publishing as he describes his plans for Digital Manga Guild, a 'revolutionary' way of bringing more manga to America by bringing fan translators, editors and letterers together with Japanese publishers and bypassing the traditional licensing system.

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