JManga shuts down, taking all the manga you bought with it

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It came in the night like an earthquake or a car crash: JManga, the digital manga portal set up by 39 of Japan’s migegst publishers, is shutting down. As of last night you could not make any more point purchases, as of the 26th you will no longer be able to purchase manga and as of May 30th the entire site goes away — taking all of the manga you bought with it.

Cartoonists Doing Things: Shigeru Mizuki eats a hamburger

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The 90-year-old creator of NonNonBa, Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, and such yokai masterpieces as GeGeGe no chows down with relish. As recounted in the semi-autobiographical Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, Mizuki lost an arm in World War II, but that hasn’t prevented him from going to McDonalds.

Akamatsu starting a new manga, fretting about career

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As if creating the manga blockbusters Love, Hina and Negima weren’t enough, manga-kaKen Akamatsu is launching a new manga this summer according to Japanese news reports. No details on the contents — his previous hits were harem manga but in 2010 he declared that genre passé, so maybe we’ll see something more genre busting from him. Akamatsu is notable for (in translation at least) being a little more focused on the business aspects of manga:

Man sentenced in cartoon obscenity case

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In a troubling case, a Missouri man bas been sentenced to three years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possession of obscene images of children.

Manga watch: Lu leave Viz; DMI shuts down Digital Manga Direct

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§ Viz evp of Publishing Alvin Lu has left the company after 13 years, ICV2 reports.

New director for beloved franchise chosen…and the world will never be the same

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Where were you when Challenger blew up? When the towers fell? When Bieber kissed Selena? Just as with these defining moments, millions of nerds experienced a moment yesterday that they will never forget, a galvanizing, life-changing moment. There is before and after, and only those two states.

Interview: Moyoco Anno “I really don’t like women that much!”

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by Melinda Beasi [Editor’s note: when it was announced that manga-ka Moyoco Anno was going to be appearing at October’s New York Comic Con I was stunned and thrilled. Stunned because Anno-sensei was probably the most prominent josei (adult women) manga artist to ever come to the the US. Thrilled because I have long admired […]

Archaia and comiXology show off manga remake of CYBORG 009 with “variant digital cover”

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Speaking of manga pioneers, Shotaro Ishinomori created GoRenger (the precursor to Power Rangers), Kamen Rider, Cyborg 009, and Kikaider. The Guinness Book of World Records claims he’s drawn more pages of comics—170,000—than any other comic book creator. And it’s his birthday today. (Ishinomori died in 1998 at age 60.) To celebrate, comiXology—which has licensed the […]

PictureBox launches Ten-Cent Manga line with Shigeru Sugiura and Osamu Tezuka

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Art comix publisher PictureBox has announced a new line: Ten Cent Manga, which will be curated by manga exert Ryan Holmberg (you can read some of his insightful manga writing at The Comics Journal.) We’re told the line will include “famous titles by superstars, as well as single-artist volumes and anthologies of comics by forgotten geniuses.”

Tokyopop is back

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Well, it turns out that Tokyopop wasn’t really dead…it was just resting. Since the manga pioneer closed up its LA office nearly two years ago, there have been eyelid flickers like a POD program for some popular ongoing manga and back issue sales via Right Stuf, creators reprinting or finishing their OEL books at other […]

Analysis: New York Times Bestsellers: Graphic Books: Manga 2012

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When the New York Times first started their “graphic books” bestseller lists, they included one for manga.  Why manga?  Why not one for superheroes, or comic strips, or any other segment of graphic novels?

Analysis: New York Times Bestsellers: Graphic Books: 2012: Overview

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As the end of the year approaches, it is commonplace to take a look back at the year, see where we’ve been, and if it foretells anything for the year ahead.  I’m a bookseller and librarian, and this past year saw a continuing growth of comics in bookstores and specialty shops. The New York Times […]

RIP ‘Barefoot Gen’ creator Keiji Nakazawa

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BAREFOOT GEN and I SAW IT creator Keiji Nakazawa died on December 19th at age 73. The cause was lung cancer. As a boy of six, Nakazawa survived the nuclear bomb that fell on Hiroshima, although most of his family died in the bombing. The horrific events that followed were recounted in fictionalized form in […]

Scratching the Surface of Thought Bubble 2012

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This weekend saw Thought Bubble 2012’s convention, and…. phew, it was busy. I did my best to talk to everybody, but don’t think I managed to get to even half of all the people who were there. It was a brilliant show, and I’ll try to do justice to it with my rundown. Get ready….!

Video or it didn’t happen: more footage of real life anime girl Anastasiya Shpagina

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The doubters came out for yesterday’s story on the Russian girl who makes herself look like a real-life anime character. Some in the comments called for video. So here it is. And more pictures that give you more of a handle on how she does it. Answer: maybe it’s Maybelline! There are several videos out […]

Moyoco Anno to attend NYCC

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Holy crap! One of the greatest living manga-ka is coming to NYCC, Moyoco Anno, whose explorations of gender and romance have scandalized her native Japan. Color us excited! Getting out all our HAPPY MANIAs and SUGAR SUGAR RUNEs for autographs!