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50 Manga Titles Every Library Should Own
See a list of 50 essential manga that every library should have on their shelves, including popular graphic novels for teens, kids and grown-ups. Librarian and author Robin Brenner offers insights on these manga must-haves and why they deserve a spot on your library's shelves.
12 Cooking Manga That Will Make Your Mouth Water
From the land of Iron Chef comes cooking manga -- Japanese comics about the thrills and spills (mostly spills) that happens when you turn baking, frying and slicing into a competitive sport, and turn the kitchen into a backdrop for romance, comedy and intrigue.
Reader's Choice: The Best Yaoi Manga
See a recommended reading list of yaoi and boys love manga as selected by manga fans on Twitter and on the About.com Manga blog forums. See which graphic novels yaoi manga fans picked as the best manga in the boys love category.
22 Vampire Manga That Fans of Horror and...
Craving more gothic romance and bloodsucking thrills? From Vampire Knight to Hellsing, here's 22 manga tales of tormented vampires, doomed love, blood-thirsty monsters and even some kooky creatures of the night.
The 10 Shojo Manga Titles Everyone Should Read
Curious about shojo (shoujo) manga but can't figure out where to start? Discover some of the most romantic, hilarious, magical and memorable Japanese comics for girls with our top 10 recommended reading list, including favorites such as Fruits Basket, Vampire Knight and Card Captor Sakura.
Horror Manga: 13 Creepy Comics and Gruesome...
From the slightly spooky tales of Muhyo and Roji's Bureau of Supernatural Investigation to the gory and disturbing Mr. Arashi's Amazing Freak Show, get a peek into the spectrum of spooky manga from Japan's creepiest creators. See a recommended reading list of horror manga titles, featuring classic, new releases, popular, bestselling and outstanding manga that are worth your time and $10.
20 Classic Manga That Everyone Should Read
New to the joys of manga? Before you read the rest, check out some of the best. Our top 20 list includes recommended reads for every age and every taste. Choose from action-packed shonen manga and romantic shojo manga for kids and teens or cutting-edge graphic novels for adults -- you're sure to discover a comic book that will blow you away.
Interview: Hiro Mashima - Page 2
Hiro Mashima, creator of Fairy Tail and Rave Master, came to San Diego Comic-Con 2008 and showed off his upbeat personality and mischievous sense of humor.
How to Read Manga Without Going Broke
Buying manga can be a costly habit, but there are several ways to enjoy your favorite graphic novels without going broke. Try these 15 money-saving tips and tricks to finding cheap, free or discounted manga deals, ways to trade your unwanted manga, and a few words about scanlations.
Naruto Series Profile and Story Summary
Why is Naruto one of the most popular shonen manga in the world? Read story summaries, character profiles and go behind the scenes and find out more about Naruto's creator, Masashi Kishimoto.
Chinese Manhua, Comics and Graphic Novels
See a list of Chinese comics or manhua in English, by Chinese creators and artists, including stories both contemporary and historic-themed stories, including Remember, The History of the West Wing and Wild Animals.
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.
Interview: Tite Kubo - Page 2
Read an interview with Japanese manga artist Tite Kubo, the creator of Bleach and Zombie Powder. Kubo-sensei came to San Diego Comic-Con 2008 and answered questions for his fans about Bleach, his creative process and how he creates the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki, Rukia Kuchiki and the rest of the Soul Reapers, Arrancars, Hollows and Vizards who make Bleach one of the most exciting and addictive shonen manga series published in Shonen Jump magazine. Page 2.
10 Shonen Manga That You Must Read
Are you hooked on the adrenaline-rush of shonen manga, but want to try something new? Take a chance on of the most action-packed, humorous and addictive Japanese comics for boys with our top 10 recommended reading list, including favorites such as Bleach, One Piece and Naruto.
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.
TokyoPop Publisher Profile
Profile of manga publishing company TokyoPop. Includes address, web site, editorial focus and popular current titles.
Early Origins of Japanese Comics
Find out about the Japanese origins of manga, from humorous painted scrolls and caricatures by ukiyo-e artists to the early influence of Western comics in Meiji-era Japan.
Fun Kids Manga for Young Readers
See a recommended reading list of kids manga titles, featuring classic, new releases, popular, bestselling and outstanding manga for young readers and the young at heart. From the light-hearted, slice-of-life laughs from Yotsuba&! and prehistoric mayhem with Dinosaur Hour to the sports drama of Whistle and Sugar Princess, there's lots of fun reads for kids 12 and younger.
Doujinshi
What is doujinshi? Essentially, it's fan-created manga or Japanese comics, but it's much more than that. Learn about the origins of Japanese fan-created comics and the otaku culture that it feeds off and thrives on doujinshi.
Cool New Manga for Grown-up Graphic Novel Fans
See a recommended reading list of adult manga titles, featuring classic, new releases, popular, bestselling and outstanding manga for mature readers and the grown-ups who love graphic novels. From the hardboiled action of Dogs and cyberpunk romance of Clover to the rock and roll raunchiness of Detroit Metal City, there's lots of great graphic novels for grown-ups.
17 Manga by Osamu Tezuka
See a recommended reading list of manga by the Godfather of Manga, Osamu Tezuka. From the kid-friendly sci-fi of Astro Boy to the medical drama of Black Jack, the dark, psychological drama of MW to the epic tale of reincarnation and redemption that is Phoenix.
M - Mature Age 18+ Content Rating
: Equivalent to an "NC-17" movie rating, the "M – Mature, Age 18+" rating means that you can expect to
Drawing From Life: Manga About Manga
See a list of 15 manga stories about making manga, including tales that showcase the blood, sweat and tears (and endless efforts to please finicky editors) that comics creators must endure to bring their manga to their adoring fans.
10 Must-Read Yuri Manga
Yuri manga publisher and expert Erica Friedman has read a lot of girls love comics, but when we asked her to pick her 10 favorite yuri manga, she came back with a diverse list of titles, including Strawberry Panic, First Love Sisters and Maria-sama ga Miteru.
Fairy Tail Manga Profile and Story Summary
Read a description of Fairy Tail, a new shonen manga fantasy adventure series from the creator of Rave Master. Learn more about this tale of wizards and monsters, including a story summary, character descriptions and learn more about its creator, Hiro Mashima.
10 San Diego Comic-Con Survival Tips
Attending San Diego Comic-Con is a lot of fun, but a little advance planning can make the difference between aggravation and satisfaction. See my time-tested San Diego Comic-Con survival tips and make the most out of your trip to America's biggest and best comics, sci-fi, games and collectibles show.
Strange Love: Shojo Manga's Weirdest Romances
See a list of the 10 strangest shojo manga love stories, including the odd couples from Guru Guru Pon-Chan, Portrait of M & N and Otomen.
Del Rey Manga Publisher Profile
A division of U.S. publishing giant Random House working in partnership with Kodansha, Del Rey Manga publishes English-language editions of Japanese manga. See more information about this company, plus a list of their bestselling titles.
Print On Demand (POD) Publishing
What is print on demand (POD) publishing? Print on demand allows for printing relatively small quantities of a book or comic with a shorter turnaround time than traditional offset printing. This makes this option very attractive for self-publishing graphic novels and comics.
OT - Older Teens Age 16+ Content Rating
: Equivalent to a "R" movie rating, the "OT – Older Teens, Age 16+" rating means that the dialogue may
Interview: Felipe Smith - Page 2
Read an interview with American/Jamaican/Argentinean manga creator Felipe Smith, the artist and author of Peepo Choo and MBQ. Smith has the rare distinction of being one of the first American comics creators to produce a monthly comics series for Morning Magazine, one of the top seinen manga publications in Japan.
9 "War is Hell" Military Manga
After World War II, Japan's armed forces have been relegated to non-combat roles on the world stage.
San Diego Comic-Con International Profile
Profile of San Diego Comic Con International, a comics, sci-fi, anime, movies and pop culture convention held annually in Southern California. Includes information about dates, location, special guests and events.
Otaku Gift Guide
Find great gifts for manga and anime fans, including DVDs, graphic novels, gift certificates, t-shirts, bags, cosplay accessories, collectibles, action figures, and more. See what's on an otaku's most wanted lists, including Ultraman tees, Domokun flash drives, dream trips to Tokyo and much, much more.
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.
Black Butler Volume 1
Read a review of Black Butler Volume 1, a shonen manga series by Yana Toboso from Yen Press. Sebastian is the utterly unflappable and completely competent butler in service to young Ciel Phantomhive, the heir and head of the household of the Phantomhive toy manufacturing empire. But are there darker reasons for Sebastian's almost inhuman ability to serve?
Introduction to Shojo Manga
About.com's Manga Guide introduces you to the best shojo manga or Japanese comics for girls. With profiles of popular series including magical Sailor Moon to sexy and sophisticated Nana, our introduction takes a look inside the romantic, stylish and humorous world of shojo manga and explains why comics aren't just a guy thing anymore
Otaku
There are manga and anime fans, and then there are otaku, the super-fans who eat, drink, shop, collect and obsess over every facet of manga, anime and games. Learn about the origins of otaku culture in Japan, and its spread to Asia, Europe and America.
Moé
: Derived from the Japanese verb " moeru " ("to bud" as in plants or flowers), " moé " can mean several
Mangastream vs. Shonen Jump Alpha - Page 2
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.
VIZ Media Publisher Profile
Profile of manga publishing company Viz Media LLC. Includes address, website, editorial focus and popular current titles.
History of Manga - Manga Goes to War
Find out about the Japanese origins of manga during the pivotal years between its first introduction to Western comics to its role in World War II and the changes caused by post-war occupation.
Seinen Manga
Definition of seinen manga or Japanese comics for men, plus examples of seinen manga.
Introduction to Original English Language Manga
Inspired by Japanese manga but created by American, European or Canadian creators, original English language manga or OEL manga is staking its claim to its place the world of comics and mainstream publishing. About.com's manga guide introduces you to this emerging and fast-growing segment of the graphic novels world.
Fruits Basket Manga Profile and Story Summary
Read a description of the Fruits Basket, including a story summary, character descriptions and learn more about its creator, Natsuki Takaya. One of the most popular shojo manga released in the U.S., Fruits Basket is a 23-volume fantasy/romance/soap opera about an ever-cheerful high school girl and a very wealthy family with a strange curse. 13 members of the Sohma family are possessed by the animal spirits represented in the Chinese zodiac.
T - Teens Age 13+ Content Rating
: Equivalent to a "PG-13" movie rating, the "T - Teens, Age 13+" rating means that there may be some
Josei Manga - Ladies Comics
: Literally translates as "comics for women" or specifically, for female readers between the ages of
Hetalia: Axis Powers Volume 1
Read a review of Hetalia: Axis Powers Volume 1, a yonkoma manga series by Hidekaz Himaruya from TokyoPop. Oh history… so dull and boring – that is, until you re-imagine the various nations of the world as very cute boys with country-specific personality quirks. Take a look at the Axis Powers of WWII: Germany's a hard-ass, Japan is shy, and Italy is a pasta-loving buffoon.
Introduction to Shonen Manga
Geared for teen and young adult males, shonen manga, such as Naruto, Bleach and One Piece capture readers' attention with their exciting stories and dynamic characters. About.com's manga guide introduces you to this immensely popular style of comics that is winning the hearts of comics fans worldwide.
Interview: Junko Mizuno - Page 2
Read an interview with Junko Mizuno, the Japanese manga artist, illustrator and artist. Mizuno's manga works include cute / grotesque horror comics like Pure Trance, Cinderalla, Hansel and Gretel, and Little Fluffy Gigolo Pelu.
Oishinbo Ala Carte Volume 1: Japanese Cuisine
From the land that brought you Iron Chef and $100 melons comes Oishinbo , the ultimate graphic novel
Spookiest (and Silliest) Ghosts and Zombies Manga
Looking for the best manga ghost stories and graphic novels about zombies and the evil dead? From Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service to Zombie Loan, here's my list of some of the spookiest, silliest and most entertaining ghost stories and zombie rampages ever captured in manga.
E - Everyone / A - All Ages Content Rating
: Equivalent to a “G” movie rating, the “E – Everyone” or “A- All Ages” rating means that the comic is
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.
Tsundere
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Digital Manga Publishing Publisher Profile
Read a profile of Digital Manga Publishing, a print and digital manga publishing company based in Gardena, California. Includes address, web site, editorial focus, and popular current titles.
Interview: Takehiko Inoue - Page 2
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.
Interview: Erica Friedman - Page 2
Read our interview with yuri manga (girls love) expert and publisher Erica Friedman and find out her favorite Japanese yuri manga 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. Page 2.
Nana by Ai Yazawa - Series Profile and Story...
Stylish, romantic and hip, Nana by Ai Yazawa is one of the best-selling shojo manga series out today. Read story summaries, character profiles and learn more about Nana artist, Ai Yazawa.
Q&A; with Yoshitaka Amano - Page 2
Read a Q&A session with legendary character designer, artist and illustrator Yoshitaka Amano from New York Anime Festival 2008. Find out why the artist behind Final Fantasy and Vampire Hunter D loves American superhero comics, how he straddles the worlds of fine art, video games and manga and his creative strategies that has made him one of the most successful illustrators in Japan.
All the Anime and Comic Conventions You Can...
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.
CMX Manga Publisher Profile
From the house that Superman built, CMX Manga is the manga-centric imprint of DC Comics. Publishing a mix of classic and contemporary Japanese comics, shojo and shonen manga titles, CMX has recently added Megatokyo, an original English-language manga series to its roster.
PULP Manga Anthology Magazine Profile
Profile of PULP, a monthly manga anthology magazine, published in the U.S. by Viz Media. Includes information about manga series featured, regular columns and its editorial direction.
All the Anime and Comics Conventions in the...
Find anime and comic conventions near your city. This list includes 2012 U.S. anime and comic conventions that are scheduled in the South U.S., including Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia. Page 2.
Top 10 Manga Reviewing Tips
As the manga guide / editor for About.com, I get to read and write about a lot of manga. Along the way, I've learned a few things about the in's and out's of manga reviewing. Here are 10 tips for manga reviews that have worked well for me.
Making a Living in Manga: Part 2
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Bakuman Volume 1
Read a review of Bakuman Volume 1, a shonen manga series by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata from Shonen Jump / VIZ Media. 14-year old Moritaka loves to draw, but it's not until his classmate Takagi approaches him that he even considers pursuing a career as a manga artist. Together, the two boys begin pursuing their dream of becoming professional comics creators – but are they up to the challenge?
Mushishi Series Profile
Title: Mushishi (US and Japan) Author and Artist: Yuki Urushibara Publishers: Del Rey Manga (US) Kodansha
The Story of Saiunkoku Volume 1
Read a review of The Story of Saiunkoku Volume 1, a shojo manga series by Sai Yukino and Kairi Yura from Shojo Beat / VIZ Media. Although she comes from a noble lineage, Shurei Hong's family is near broke. But when she's offered a large amount of money to live in the palace, she jumps at the chance, even though it means being the consort to the Emperor, a young man who is rumored to be more interested in enjoying the company of men than ruling his country.
With The Light Volume 1
Based on the true-life experiences of parents raising autistic children, With The Light (Hikari to Tomoni) tells the story of Sachiko, a young mother and her struggles to understand autism and her autistic son, Hikaru. Read a review of With The Light Volume 1, a josei manga graphic novel by Keiko Tobe from Yen Press.
Soul Eater Volume 1 & 2
Read a review of Soul Eater Volume 1 & 2, a shonen manga series by Atsushi Ohkubo from Yen Press. Maka and her scythe Soul Eater are just two of many teenage teams at the Death Weapon Meister Academy, all seeking to harvest 99 human souls and one witch's soul to become a powerful scythe worthy of the god of Death.
Uzumaki Manga Series Profile and Story Summary
In Uzumaki, a small Japanese village is gripped by a strange obsession with spirals. Junji Ito's horror masterpiece offers a series of short stories that describe the bizarre fates of the villagers, each story more inventive and horrifying than the last. Read a description of the Uzumaki manga series, including a story summary, character descriptions and learn more about its creator, Junji Ito.
Offset Printing
What is offset printing? Offset printing is the main way that books, magazines, and newspapers are printed today. Offset refers to the use of photo-sensitized printing plates with text and images that are inked and are transferred to paper through large printing presses.
Yen Press Publisher Profile
Profile of North American manga publishing company Yen Press. Includes address, web site, editorial focus, submission policy, and popular current titles.
Y Square
Read a review of Y Square, a romantic comedy shojo manga series by German manga creator Judith Park from Yen Press. Yoshitaka is a dunce in romance, with a knack for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time. Meanwhile, Yagate has girls flocking to his side. So what happens when two very different Y guys try to figure out what turns girls on?
Iron Wok Jan Volume 1
Much like a Hong Kong kung fu flick chased with a case of Red Bull, Iron Wok Jan by Shinji Saijyo is a hyperactive cooking manga that turns cooking Chinese cuisine into a ruthless, no-holds-barred martial arts competition. Read a review of Iron Wok Jan Volume 1 and see if this graphic novel is a dish worth ordering.
Brief History of Manga & Japanese Comic Books
Want to know more about the origins of manga, or Japanese comics? About.com's guide explore manga's beginnings from humourous scroll painting and the influence of Disney animated cartoons in post-war Japan to the unique east-meets-west fusion of art, drama, humor, action and dynamic storytelling that is manga today.
Peepo Choo Volume 1
Read a review of Peepo Choo Volume 1, a seinen manga series by Felipe Smith from Vertical. Milton is an American otaku in Chicago who dreams of visiting Japan, the home of the anime and manga that he loves. But Milton's in for a surprise when he wins a trip to Japan and finds himself on a collision course with a homicidal yakuza mobster, an assassin and a bikini model with a violent streak.
A Distant Neighborhood Volumes 1 & 2
Read a review of A Distant Neighborhood Volumes 1 & 2, a seinen manga series by Jiro Taniguchi from Fanfare - Ponent Mon. Middle-aged salaryman finds himself mysteriously transported back in time to live his life as a 14-year old boy once more, with all of his adult memories and knowledge intact. Can he or should he change the past?
ADV Manga Publisher Profile
ADV Manga primarily publishes shonen and shojo manga titles related to ADV Films' anime DVD releases, including Azumanga Daioh. Find out more about this Houston-based purveyor of all things anime.
Y - Youth Age 10+ Content Rating
: Equivalent to a "PG" movie rating, the "Y –Youth, Age 10+" rating indicate that there may be a low
Manga Sutra (Futari H) Volume 1
Read a review of Manga Sutra (Futari H) Volume 1, an adult manga series by Katsu Aki from TokyoPop. Newlyweds Makoto and Yura discover that they're both virgins, and they've both got a lot to learn about the fine art of getting it on.
Honey and Clover Movie - Hagu in the Studio
Yu Aoi as Hagumi Hanamoto in Honey and Clover (Hachimitsu to Kuroba), the movie from VIZ Pictures. Honey and Clover is a live-action Japanese romantic comedy based on the shojo manga series by Chica Umino, starring Yu Aoi, Sho Sakurai and Yusuke Iseya. Page 17.
The Walking Man by Jiro Taniguchi
A gorgeous, impossibly detailed graphic novel by a master manga-ka (comics artist), The Walking Man is
Fairy Tail Volume 1
Read a review of Fairy Tail Volume 1, a new action adventure shonen manga series by Hiro Mashima from Del Rey Manga. Lucy is an aspiring wizard who wants nothing more than to join the hottest magic guild around, Fairy Tail. When she meets Natsu and his talking cat Happy, she finds herself hooked up for the adventure of a lifetime.
Libraries Are Not The Same as Manga Scanlation...
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.
Japan Ai: A Tall Girl's Adventures in Japan
Read a review of Japan Ai: A Tall Girl's Adventures in Japan series by Aimee Major Steinberger from Go! Comi. Part comic sketch book, part travel diary and part Japanese pop culture manual, Japan Ai is Steinberger's love letter to the land of cosplay, anime, geishas and pocky.
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.
Maid Sama! Volume 1
Read a review of Maid Sama! Volume 1, a shojo manga series by Hiro Fujiwara from TokyoPop. Misaki is strong and smart, so it's little wonder that she became class president at the formerly all-boys Seika Academy. But what her classmates don't know is that their stern, boy-hating president moonlights at a maid café. Much to her horror, Misaki is seen in her frilly maid costume by the one boy who doesn't fear her, Takumi.
Lovely Complex Manga Profile and Story Summary
Risa Koizumi is the tallest girl in her class. Atsushi Otani is the shortest boy in school. When this mismatched pair decides to help each other find dates, they're perplexed when their efforts only result in their classmates thinking that they're the couple in love. Read a description of the Love*Com (Lovely Complex) shojo manga series, including a story summary, character descriptions and learn more about its creator, Aya Nakahara.
Interview: Bryan Lee O'Malley - Page 2
Read an interview with comics creator Bryan Lee O'Malley, the artist and author of Scott Pilgrim andLost at Sea. O'Malley was in Toronto for the midnight release party for Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour at The Beguiling, and to promote Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, the feature film adaptation of his story about a slacker, the girl he loves, and the seven evil exes that he must defeat in order to date her. Page 2.
Blue Exorcist Volume 1
Read a review of Blue Exorcist Volume 1, a shonen manga series by Kazue Kato from Shonen Jump Advanced / VIZ Media. Scrappy Rin Okumura and his studious twin brother Yukio both grew up under the care of Father Fujimoto. But upon turning 15, Rin discovers a secret that has been kept from him since birth: he’s the half-human/half-demon son of Satan. After a brush with the demon lord, Rin swears to battle his father by becoming an exorcist.
Alice in the Country of Hearts Volumes 1 & 2
Read a review of Alice in the Country of Hearts Volumes 1 & 2, a shojo manga series by QuinRose and Soumei Hoshino from TokyoPop. Alice in the Country of Hearts is a grown up remix of Lewis Carroll's tale, except all the denizens of Wonderland are hot hunks who want to seduce Alice… if they don't kill her first.
Jason Thompson's Top 10 Manga List
Manga editor, author and expert Jason Thompson has read thousands of Japanese comics. But given the choice, what did he pick as his top 10 all-time favorite manga series? See his picks, from the popular to the obscure, including Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Sugar Sugar Rune and Panorama of Hell in Jason Thompson's Top 10 Manga List.
Maximum Ride Volume 1
Maximum Ride is a pretty teen who must deal with bigger problems than prom dates and exams: She has wings
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Death Note Volume 1
In Death Note Volume 1, high school student Light Yagami finds a supernatural notebook that gives him the power to kill criminals with just the stroke of a pen. Read our review and see why Deathnote is one of the most talked-about shonen manga titles in years.
Bleach Manga Profile
Why is Bleach one of the most popular shonen manga in the world? Read story summaries, character profiles and go behind the scenes and find out more about Bleach's creator, Tite Kubo.
Yaoi and Yuri Manga for GBLTQ Readers
See a recommended reading list of yaoi and yuri manga as selected by the panelists at the Gay for You? Yaoi and Yuri Manga for GBLTQ (Gay, Bisexual, Lesbian, Transgender, Queer) panel at New York Anime Festival 2010. Chris Butcher, Scott Robins, Alex Woolfson, Leyla Acker, Erica Friedman and moderator Robin Brenner selected 20 titles worth recommending to gay readers and gave reasons why these books are noteworthy.
Interview: NaRae Lee
Read an interview with NaRae Lee, the Korean manhwa artist behind the graphic novel adaptation of James Patterson's Maximum Ride. Lee made her first trip to the United States to appear at San Diego Comic-Con 2009 to sign autographs at the Yen Press booth and meet fans of her work that's featured in Yen Plus Magazine.
Slam Dunk Manga Profile and Story Summary
Read a description of Slam Dunk, a basketball manga by Takehiko Inoue, including a story summary, character descriptions and notable facts about this shonen manga series. Learn more about Inoue-sensei and the numerous awards and accolades that he received for this influential graphic novel.
Interview: Yuna Kagesaki - Page 2
Japanese manga artist Yuna Kagesaki made her first visit to an American anime convention at Sakura-Con 2008. At two panel appearances, Kagesaki-sensei answered questions from moderators and from her fans in the audience. See what she had to say 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.
JManga Publisher Profile
Profile of online manga publishing company JManga. Includes address, web site, editorial focus, and popular current titles.
Making a Living in Manga: Part 4
What are the current opportunities for North American manga creators to get real, paying work from publishers? Is work-for=hire/adaptations of novels the only viable option for up-and-coming creators? 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. Page 2.
Honey and Clover Movie - Hagu and Yamada
Megumi Seki as Ayumi Yamada in Honey and Clover (Hachimitsu to Kuroba), the movie from VIZ Pictures. Honey and Clover is a live-action Japanese romantic comedy based on the shojo manga series by Chica Umino, starring Yu Aoi, Sho Sakurai and Yusuke Iseya. Page 15.
Scott Pilgrim Party – Chris and Andrew
Christopher Butcher and Andrew Woodrow-Butcher. Page 19.
Black Jack Manga Profile and Story Summary
Read a description of the Black Jack, including a story summary, character descriptions and learn more about its creator, Osamu Tezuka. Black Jack is a rogue doctor who can perform medical miracles, for a price. No operation is too outrageous, no affliction too dire for Black Jack to find a cure for whatever injustice ails them.
Vampire Knight Volume 1
Yuki Cross goes to a very unusual school. The elite Cross Academy has two groups of students: The human day school students and the night school students who are vampires. Read a review of Volume 1 of this vampire shojo manga series by Matsuri Hino from Shojo Beat / VIZ Media.
Interview: Kurt Hassler - Page 2
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Higurashi: When They Cry Volume 1
Read a review of Higurashi: When They Cry Volume 1, a horror manga series by Ryukishi07 and Karin Suzuragi from Yen Press. Keiichi Maebara is the new kid in town, and he's already made lots of friends. But high school hi-jinks aside, there's something sinister simmering just below the surface, and Keiichi is starting to suspect that his newfound friends are hiding a horrifying secret from him.
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. Page 2.
6 Tips To Get More Manga in Your Local Library
Want to get more manga added to your local library's collection? Librarian and author Robin Brenner shares 6 simple ways to help nudge your local librarian to get hip to the manga tip.
Naoki Urasawa's Monster
The recipient of the Osamu Tezuka Award and nominated for an Eisner Award, Naoki Urasawa's Monster is one of the most acclaimed mystery manga by one of Japan's most popular artists. Read a description of the series and learn more about its creator.
Interview: Keiko Takemiya - Page 2
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 new anime version of To Terra released in 2007.
Hero Tales Volume 1
Read a review of Hero Tales Volume 1, a shonen manga series by Jin Zhou Huang and Hiromu Arakawa from Yen Press. Taitou is a brash and strong warrior. At his coming-of-age ceremony, Taitou learns that he' s one of the seven heroes prophesied to save the empire and receives a magical sword. But when its stolen, Taitou must learn how to be a hero to get it back.
Remember
Read a review of Remember, a Chinese manhua series by Benjamin from TokyoPop. Two Chinese comics creators try to stay in love while dealing with the pressures of asked to compromise their artistic vision within the rigid structure of the Chinese publishing industry.
Honey and Clover Movie - US DVD
Honey and Clover Movie DVD from VIZ Pictures. Honey and Clover is a live-action Japanese romantic comedy based on the shojo manga series by Chica Umino, starring Yu Aoi, Sho Sakurai and Yusuke Iseya. Page 18.
Interview: Kun Gao of Crunchyroll - Page 2
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.
Twilight The Graphic Novel Volume 1
Read a review of Twilight The Graphic Novel Vol. 1, a original English language manga series by Stephenie Meyer and Young Kim from Yen Press. Bella Swan moves to a sleepy small town in the Pacific Northwest. There, she falls for her mysterious classmate Edward Cullen, a teen who just happens to be a vampire.
Yaoi Press Publisher Profile
Read a profile of name of yaoi / boys love manga publishing company Yaoi Press. Includes address, web site, editorial focus and popular current titles, plus recent news items about Yaoi Press.
Aurora Publishing Publisher Profile
Founded: 2006 (Stopped publishing in North America in 2010) Official Web Sites: http://www.aurora-publishing.com
Tekkon Kinkreet: Black and White
In Tekkon Kinkreet, a boldly original and touching graphic novel by Taiyo Matsumoto, two orphans named Black and White battle for their place in a city ruled by gangsters and hoodlums. In the process, they discover the meaning of good and evil, but in a way that neither expect. Read a review of this surreal and memorable seinen graphic novel published by VIZ Media / Shogakukan that inspired the animated film from Sony Pictures.
Seduce Me After The Show
Read a review of Seduce Me After The Show, a collection of yaoi manga short stories by est em from Deux Press / Aurora Publishing. A flamenco dancer and an actor. A painter with artists block and a gallery owner. An aging punk legend and an up and coming rocker. Seduce Me After The Show brings together these creative men in five short stories about guys loving guys.
Death Note Movies Photo Gallery
See photos from Death Note, Death Note: The Last Note and L: Change the World, the trilogy of live-action film adaptations of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's shonen manga series from VIZ Pictures. Our Death Note movie preview gallery includes scenes from this Japanese supernatural suspense starring Tatsuya Fujiwara as Light Yagami, Kenichi Matsuyama as L and Erika Toda as Misa Amane.
Toto! The Wonderful Adventure Volume 1
Read a review of Toto! The Wonderful Adventure Volume 1, a shonen manga series by Yuko Osada from Del Rey Manga. Kakashi is a young boy who burns with the desire to follow in his globe-trotting father's footsteps to leave his tiny island home to see the world. One day, he stows away on a passing dirigible, gets taken hostage by a pack of bandits and his adventure begins...
Bunny Drop Volume 1
Read a review of Bunny Drop Volume 1, a josei manga series by Yumi Unita from Yen Press. 30-year old bachelor Daikichi goes to his grandfather's funeral only to discover that the now deceased patriarch fathered a 6-year old daughter. When the rest of the family argues about the fate of little Rin, Daikichi takes her in before he really realizes what he's just taken on.
Interview: Moto Hagio - Page 2
Read an interview with Japanese manga creator Moto Hagio, the artist and author of A Drunken Dream and Other Stories. Over her 40 year career as a comic creator, Hagio has created numerous dark, deep and memorable manga stories, ranging from gender-bending sci-fi and epic tragedies touching upon taboos like incest and fratricide, to touching family dramas and a humorous tale about a cat who wants to be human.
Interview: Jason Thompson - Page 2
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. With his new book, Manga: The Complete Guide, Thompson shares his insights about the wide world of manga. Read our interview with Thompson and get his take on where manga's been, where it's at now and where it's going from here.
Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Volume 1
Read a review of Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Volume 1, a shonen manga series by Hajime Yatate, Yoshiyuki Tomino and Kouzoh Ohmori from Bandai Entertainment. Like the Gundam 00 anime series? Then you just might like this mediocre manga adaptation – but for the rest of us, it's probably a waste of time.
Shonen Jump (U.S.) Manga Magazine Profile
Profile of Shonen Jump, a monthly shonen manga magazine for boys, published in the U.S. by Viz Media. Includes information about manga series featured, regular columns and its editorial direction.
Vertical Inc. Publisher Profile
Profile of online manga publishing company Vertical Inc.. Includes address, web site, editorial focus, and popular current titles.
JuYoun Lee on Yen Press' Talent Search, Plus...
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.
Antique Bakery Manga Profile
Sweet treats and delectable guys are served up at the Antique Bakery, a flirtatiously fun yaoi culinary comedy by Fumi Yoshinaga, published by Digital Manga Publishing. Read a description of this award-winning yaoi manga series, including a story summary, character descriptions and learn more about its creator, Fumi Yoshinaga.
Speed Racer: Mach GoGoGo Volumes 1 & 2
Read a review of Speed Racer: Mach Go Go Go Volume 1 and 2, a classic shonen series by Tatsuo Yoshida from Digital Manga Publishing (DMP). This deluxe presentation of Yoshida's original manga from 1966 gives readers a look at the inspiration for the hit animated TV series and feature film, Speed Racer.
Honey and Clover Movie - Morita and Hagu
Yusuke Iseya as Shinobu Morita and Yu Aoi as Hagu Hanamoto in Honey and Clover (Hachimitsu to Kuroba), the movie from VIZ Pictures. Honey and Clover is a live-action Japanese romantic comedy based on the shojo manga series by Chica Umino, starring Yu Aoi, Sho Sakurai and Yusuke Iseya. Page 11.
Goth
Read a review of Goth, a horror manga one-shot by Otsuichi and Kendi Oiwa from TokyoPop. Yoru Morino and Itsuki Kamiyama look like normal, albeit somber high school students. But what their classmates don't know is that both Yoru and Itsuki share a dark fascination with death, specifically grisly murders.
Gin Tama Volume 1
Read a review of Gin Tama Volume 1, a shonen manga sci-fi comedy series by Hideaki Sorachi from Shonen Jump Advanced / VIZ Media. A wacky mix of samurai action, irreverent comedy and anything goes sci-fi plot twists, Gin Tama serves up an entertaining story that mercilessly skewers every shonen manga cliché in the book.
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.
Lucky Star Volume 1
Read a review of Lucky Star Volume 1, a 4-koma series by Kagami Yoshimizu from Bandai Entertainment. Konata is a high school otaku who'd rather read manga, watch anime and play games than actually study.
A Lazy Summer Date
A digital illustration from Matsumoto's DeviantArt gallery. Interview with Nina Matsumoto Read a review
Fruits Basket Volume 1
Read a review of Fruits Basket manga Volume 1 by Natsuki Takaya, a popular shoujo manga series published by TokyoPop. Find out how Tohru meets the Sohma family, moves in with them and learns their strange secret.
Emma Volume 1 by Kaoru Mori
Set in Victorian England, Emma is a tender shoujo manga love story, sensitively told, of a young maid and her relationship with the eldest son of a wealthy family. While class distinctions of English society try keep them apart, their romance begins and blossoms Volume 1, setting the stage for drama in the volumes to come. Read a review of this historical shojo manga romance from CMX Manga.
The Dark Hunters Volume 1
Read a review of The Dark Hunters Volume 1, a original english language manga series by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Claudia Campos from St. Martin's Griffin. A mild-mannered accountant named Amanda meets a sexy blond immortal vampire hunter named Kyrian of Thrace, and sparks fly.
NYAF '10: Gay for You? Yaoi and Yuri Manga for...
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.
Voices of Love
Read a review of Voices of Love, a sexually explicit collection of josei manga short stories by Kanae Hazuki from LuvLuv Press / Aurora Publishing. Mika's a 25-year old school teacher. Her neighbor Naokazu is not only keeping her up at night with his noisy ways, he turns up one day in her classroom as one of her students. What happens when the sparks fly between this unlikely pair?
Interview: Surt Lim and Hirofumi Sugimoto -...
Read an interview with Japanese manga artist Hirofumi Sugimoto and American author Surt Lim, the co-creators of Kasumi, an original English shojo manga fantasy romance series published by Del Rey Manga. Kasumi gets transferred to an elite private school, but soon she discovers that she and a few of her classmates have special powers.
Love*Com (Lovely Complex) Movie Photo Gallery
See photos from Love*Com, the live-action film adaptation of Aya Nakahara's shojo manga series from VIZ Pictures. Our Love*Com movie preview gallery includes scenes from this Japanese romantic comedy starring Ema Fujisawa as Risa Koizumi, Teppei Koike as Atsushi Otani and Shosuke Tanihara as Mr. Maitake.
Shoulder-A-Coffin Kuro Volume 1
Read a review of Shoulder-A-Coffin Kuro Volume 1, a yonkoma manga series by Satoko Kiyuduki from Yen Press. A young girl dressed in black, carries a coffin on her back as she travels across the countryside. Is she a vampire? Is she a witch? Is she cursed? No one really knows but Kuro, her bat friends and two little cat-eared girls who are her companions as she continues on her mysterious quest.
Nightschool: The Weirn Books Volumes 1 & 2
Read a review of Nightschool Volumes 1 & 2, an original English language manga series by Svetlana Chmakova from Yen Press. In this series from the creator of Dramacon, readers are plunged into a fantasy world where teenage witches and vampires may wield fearsome powers of darkness, but they still have to go to school.
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