Manga: Most Popular Articles
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Profile of manga publishing company Viz Media LLC. Includes address, website, editorial focus and popular current titles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After World War II, Japan's armed forces have been relegated to non-combat roles on the world stage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Read a review of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Volume 1, a kodomo (kids) manga series by Akira Himekawa, published by VIZ Kids / VIZ Media. While based on the based on the Nintendo 64 video games of the same name, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time expands upon the basic story of the game and introduces even non-gamers to the universe of Link and friends.
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.
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.
Profile of manga publishing company TokyoPop. Includes address, web site, editorial focus and popular current titles.
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
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.
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?
: Equivalent to an "NC-17" movie rating, the "M â Mature, Age 18+" rating means that you can expect to
: " Tsundere " is a Japanese slang word referring to a particular personality type / character archetype
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.
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.
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.
: Derived from the Japanese verb " moeru " ("to bud" as in plants or flowers), " moé " can mean several
Read a review of Afterschool Charisma Volume 1, a seinen manga series by Kumiko Suekane from VIZ Signature / VIZ Media. The students of St. Kleio Academy are blessed, and cursed with very unique lives: they are all clones of famous (and infamous) historical figures. But are they doomed to repeat the lives, mistakes and deaths of their predecessors? And what sinister forces are conspiring to kill all of the St. Kleio clones?
Definition of seinen manga or Japanese comics for men, plus examples of seinen manga.
: Literally translates as "comics for women" or specifically, for female readers between the ages of
Find gift-worthy art books and deluxe editions that manga readers will love. From lavishly illustrated guides to the manga and anime legends like Osamu Tezuka and Satoshi Kon, to wonderful one-shots that can introduce even novices to the joys of manga.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Read a review of Little Butterfly, a yaoi manga series by Hinako Takanaga from June Manga / Digital Manga Publishing. Sullen teenager Nakahara has got a lot of problems, but the friendship of upbeat Kojima isn’t one of them. Can their friendship and later, their love endure Kojima's problems at home?
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.
If it's made in America, what makes it 'manga?' Or are these labels just getting in the way of what we're really beginning to see: American comics evolving toward a hybrid, cross-cultural style? 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. Page 3.
: Equivalent to a "PG-13" movie rating, the "T - Teens, Age 13+" rating means that there may be some
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.
: Equivalent to a "R" movie rating, the "OT â Older Teens, Age 16+" rating means that the dialogue may
Read a review of Astro Boy Volume 1 & 2, a shonen manga series by Osamu Tezuka from Dark Horse. Created to replace a scientist's deceased son, Astro Boy is a boy robot who strives to use his mighty powers to foster peace and understanding between men and machines.
Profile of New York Comic-Con, a comic book, graphic novel, sci-fi and anime convention held annually in New York City. Includes information about dates, schedule of events, special guests and travel tips.
Read a review of Arata The Legend Volume 1, a shonen manga series by Yuu Watase from Shonen Sunday / VIZ Media. Two boys, both named Arata cross dimensions to change places with each other and inherit each others' problems. Modern teen Arata Hinohara finds himself in a fantasy world where the gods and humans co-exist; a world where his Arata-counterpart has been framed for an assassination attempt.
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 3.
Read an interview with Matt Alt and Hiroko Yoda, the authors of Yokai Attack!, a field guide to Japanese yokai, monsters, spirits and demons.
: Equivalent to a âGâ movie rating, the âE â Everyoneâ or âA- All Agesâ rating means that the comic is
Read a review of Blood+, a seinen manga series by Asuka Katsura from Dark Horse. Based on the animated sequel to Blood: The Last Vampire, Blood+ picks up the story decades after Saya's vampire hunting work in Vietnam War-ear Okinawa. Now a high school student with amnesia, Saya enjoys her new life with her adopted family, but her destiny catches up with her soon than she expects.
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.
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.
Title: Mushishi (US and Japan) Author and Artist: Yuki Urushibara Publishers: Del Rey Manga (US) Kodansha
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.
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.
Profile of New York Anime Festival, an anime and manga convention held annually in New York City. Includes information about dates, schedule of events, special guests and travel tips.
: Equivalent to a "PG" movie rating, the "Y âYouth, Age 10+" rating indicate that there may be a low
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As Director of Asian Licensing for Dark Horse, Michael Gombos reads lots and lots of manga and manhwa to find the next big thing. But given the choice, what did he pick for the manga he most enjoys reading and re-reading? See his choices for the best manga worth reading, including GANTZ, Hellsing and Sekitou Erejii in Michael Gombos' Top 9 Manga List.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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. Page 2.
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.
Find great gifts for shojo manga and anime fans, including DVDs, graphic novels, gift certificates, t-shirts, bags, cosplay accessories, collectibles, toys, and more. See what's on shojo manga fan's most wanted lists, including Fruits Basket manga, Peach Girl DVDs, Pocky purses and much, much more.
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.
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.
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.
Profile of Yaoi-Con, a yaoi / boys love anime and manga convention held annually in the San Francisco Bay Area. Includes information about dates, schedule of events, special guests and travel tips.
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.
Find great gifts for shonen manga and anime fans, including DVDs, graphic novels, gift certificates, t-shirts, bags, cosplay accessories, collectibles, action figures, and more. See what's on shonen manga fan's most wanted lists, including Naruto manga, Death Note DVDs, Bleach action figures and much, much more.
Profile of online manga publishing company Vertical Inc.. Includes address, web site, editorial focus, and popular current titles.
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.
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.
In "The Greatest Robot on Earth," Astro Boy encounters Pluto, a powerful robot who is out to defeat the
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. Page 3.
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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.
Profile of Yen Plus, a monthly manhwa and manga magazine for older teens and young adults published in the U.S. by Yen Press. Includes information about comics series featured including James Patterson's Maximum Ride and Soul Eater, regular columns and Yen Plus's editorial focus.
Read an interview with Japanese manga creator Taiyo Matsumoto, the artist and author of No. 5, Go Go Monster and Tekkon Kinkreet by Christopher Butcher. Matsumoto explains some of the thoughts and creative process behind No. 5, his epic tale now available in English for the iPad.
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.
Read a review of Gantz Volume 1, a seinen manga series by Hiroya Oku from Dark Horse Manga. When high school students Kei and Masaru save a homeless guy from certain death at a subway station, they end up dying horribly instead. But have they really? The two arrive in a room filled with others who have recently died, and find that they've been enlisted to kill aliens in Tokyo by a black orb called Gantz.
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.
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.
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.
Profile of FanimeCon, an anime and manga convention held annually in San Jose, California. Includes information about dates, location, special guests and events.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Maximum Ride is a pretty teen who must deal with bigger problems than prom dates and exams: She has wings
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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.
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Read a review of House of Five Leaves Volume 1, a seinen manga series by Natsume Ono from VIZ Signature / VIZ Media. Akitsu Masanosuke is an unemployed samurai who's timid to be an effective bodyguard, but too proud to take any work that he considers to be beneath him. But he may regret this decision after he's hired by a band of outlaws.
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.
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.
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.
Profile of Anime Expo, an anime and manga convention held annually in Southern California. Includes information about dates, location, special guests and events.
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. Page 2.
Find gift-worthy art books, hardcover editions, boxed sets, DVDs and kid-friendly fare that manga readers will love. See my picks for great manga gifts, including the Fullmetal Alchemist box set, the MegaMan Tribute art book and Mameshiba Loves Winter.
Read an interview with Garrett Boast, the founder and publisher of ShojoBerry Magazine, an American shojo manga magazine. Page 3.
Read a review of Tired of Waiting for Love, a yaoi manga series by Aida Saki and Yugi Yamada from Digital Manga Guild / Digital Manga Publishing. Former yakuza gangster Kyousuke Sawaragi spent five years in jail on drug-related charges. Now that he's out, he wants to stay out of trouble. But trouble somehow finds him, as he runs into his former cellmate Shuuya.
A powerful girl loves a wimpy wuss â if there was ever a classic shonen manga formula for romantic comedy,
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.
Read a description of Yotsuba&! (Yotsubato), an all-ages slice of life comedy series by Kiyohiko Azuma. Read a story summary, character descriptions and learn more about the background of this award-winning manga series from the creator of Azumanga Daioh.
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.
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.
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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.
Read a review of Ultimate Venus Volume 1, a shojo manga romance by Takako Shigematsu from Go! Comi. Now that Yuzu's mom has died, she's a homeless orphan, or so she thinks. Then a handsome guy who he works for her rich grandmother finds her and whisks her away to a life of luxury and privilege she's never known before. Can this fish-out-water survive the rough waters in the world of the rich and devious?
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.
See preview pages from Hollow Fields Volume 2 by Madeleine Rosca, published by Seven Seas Manga. Now that Lucy Snow has enrolled in the exclusive Hollow Fields academy, she's not only has to make the grade in her mad scientist classes and deal with some snotty classmates, she has to avoid getting sent to The Windmill, the place where failing students are sent, but never return.
Read a review of A Drunken Dream and Other Stories, a collection of shojo and josei manga short stories by Moto Hagio from Fantagraphics. A Drunken Dream offers a long-overdue glimpse into Hagio's 40-year career, showcasing some early and recent stories. With its mix of sci-fi, romance, tragedy and comedy, A Drunken Dream is a memorable manga journey that shouldn't be missed or dismissed.
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.
Read a review of Nephilim Volume 1, a fantasy adventure shojo manga romance by Anna Hamasaki from Aurora Publishing. Male by day and female by night, Nephilim are a mysterious and bewitching tribe of warriors. When dashing soldier Guy views Abel in her female form, he can't help but fall in love. Trouble is, Nephilim are sworn to kill anyone who sees their true form.
Find anime and comic conventions near your city. This list includes 2012 U.S. anime and comic conventions that are scheduled in the Western U.S. States, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Page 4.
Zankokuna Kami ga Shihai suru (A Cruel God Reigns) Volume 3 by Moto Hagio from Shogakukan. Page 28.
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.
Read a review of Clover, a seinen manga series by CLAMP from Dark Horse. Kazuhiko is a black ops agent who is called to take on an unusual mission: he must escort Sue, an innocent-looking waif who has lived in isolation for many years, to an unknown destination. But there’s a dark reason for Sue’s life of captivity, and Kazuhiko discovers that his mission is a lot more dangerous than it looks.
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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.
Profile of North American manga publishing company Yen Press. Includes address, web site, editorial focus, submission policy, and popular current titles.
Read a review of Future Diary Volume 1, a shonen manga series by Sakae Esuno from TokyoPop. Yukiteru is a quiet, somewhat antisocial high school student who'd rather sit on the sidelines observing people than actually connecting with them in any way. But his obsession with texting to his cell phone diary plays a key part in a high stakes game of cosmic and deadly proportions.
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.
Read an interview with American comics legend Stan Lee and Japanese manga artist Hiroyuki Takei, the co-creators of Ultimo. Lee and Takei made several joint appearances at San Diego Comic-Con 2009 to promote the recent addition of Ultimo to the pages of Shonen Jump magazine. Page 3.
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.
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?