There aren't nearly as many manga magazines here in the U.S. as there are in Japan, but manga fans can choose from a variety of monthly manga anthologies, Japanese anime / pop culture magazines and "mooks." While fans of Shojo Beat, Shonen Jump, Yen Press and Otaku USA showed their support for their favorite monthly mags, in the end, Korean manhwa illustration anthology Apple was the dark horse that pulled ahead of the pack to win this category by a huge margin.
What Robot is to Japanese artists and animators, Apple is for Korean creators: a lavish, full-color comics and illustration anthology that's kind of like Heavy Metal for anime-philes. Even if you normally don't care for manhwa, Apple offers some beautiful and evocative short stories that show off a different, rarely-seen side of manga's Korean cousin.
Created by some of the most knowledgeable (and hardcore) American anime, manga and gaming superfans around, Otaku USA features a mix of articles, reviews, interviews, news, Japanese pop culture articles about anime, manga, gaming, J-Pop music, cinema, TV shows and more. As an added bonus, subscribers also get access to full-length previews of the latest manga and anime releases, plus posters and other fun extras.
This double-sided, double-sized manga/manhwa monthly features a mix of Korean, Japanese and original English language comics that's meant to appeal to older teens and twenty-something
Shonen Jump is the American edition of one of the world's most popular manga magazines, and it features many series that are huge hits in the Japanese edition, including Naruto, Bleach, One Piece and Slam Dunk. Much like the Japanese edition, Shonen Jump is primarily geared toward young male readers, but it attracts both male and female readers who love the exciting, action-packed adventures that it serves up monthly.
America's only magazine dedicated to shojo manga or comics for teen girls, Shojo Beat features a mix of popular shojo series like Sand Chronicles, Vampire Knight and Honey and Clover, plus articles about fashion, cooking, games, music and Japanese pop culture, geared for teen girls and teen girls-at-heart.
Filled with anime and manga news, reviews, articles and interviews with just a touch of snark, Anime Insider covers a broad array of otaku-friendly topics. This slim but informative monthly is often brimming with news about the latest anime releases in both Japan and the U.S., video games, collectible figurines, J-Pop music and Japanese pop culture.
Featuring a mix of drawing demos from the pros plus showcases of art done by up-and-coming semi-pro and amateur manga creators, Style School gives aspiring artists a look at what their heroes and peers are doing in Japan, all in English. Mostly illustrated in full-color, Style School is a mix between a magazine and an art instruction manual that doesn't just teach one way to draw; it inspires creativity.
Compared to American and European comics, the vast majority of Japanese comics stories are drawn in black and white. Robot is an artistically dazzling manga anthology that gives established and up-and-coming illustrators and animators a chance to draw short stories in full-color. Many of the artists included in this quarterly anthology take the opportunity to experiment with different techniques, both in their artwork and in their storytelling, which makes Robot a must-read for anyone into the art of manga.
In the space where manga and literature meet and mingle, there is Faust, a one-of-a-kind light novel / manga anthology that caters to, and challenges the otaku generation. The English edition of Faust arrived in the Summer of 2008, and gave readers a taste of short stories and manga from notable talents including Nisioisin, CLAMP and Takeshi Obata.
10. 10th place: Gothic & Lolita Bible
The fashion must-read for the frills and lace set, Gothic and Lolita Bible arrived in America with all of its luxe photos, profiles of visual kei celebrities and neo-Victorian style with a touch of manga sass intact. TokyoPop brought the trend home by featuring photo spreads of American Lolitas and designers, so that every girl could imagine themselves wearing or creating these fantasy frocks.