Jiro Taniguchi to attend Angoulême 2015

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According to a French press release, and Google translate, manga master Jiro Taniguchi will be one of the main guests for the 42nd Festival du Angoulême in January and will have the first major European exhibition of his work there. Taniguchi is the author of such highly regarded series as The Walking Man, A Distant […]

Yen Press announces Yen On light novel imprint, new manga licenses

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It seems that there were about 8,000 comics and anime cons this weekend and they all had news. At Sakura Con in Seattle, Yen Press announced a new imprint called Yen On which will publish about 24 “light novels” a year, including A Certain Magical Index (left). Light novels are shortish genre novels aimed at […]

Manga sales are still pretty big

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attackontitan_13.jpg While American comics publishers are usually secretive about the print runs, apparently Japanese publishers aren’t quite as stingy with numbers. It was just announced that #13the latest volume of Attack on Titan, the international mega hit, had a print run of 2.75 million—a record for Kodansha and a LOT more than the 40,000 print […]

March comes in like a lion wins Tezuka Prize top award

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The 18th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prizes, given out to notable manga, were announced yesterday. he grand prize went to March comes in like a lion by Chica Umino. The story is described thusly: The story of the manga follows a solitary shōgi player named Rei and his relationships with a neighboring family. He becomes […]

Viz announces NEW Urasawa in English – MASTER KEATON

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Naoki Urasawa is probably the greatest living genre cartoonist. Sorry ya’ll but it’s all true. Combining dense, suspenseful plotlines with thrilling, heart stopping artwork that never sacrifices character, he’s just the master. He’s even won an Eisner Award.Works in English, all published by Viz include MONSTER, PLUTO and 20th CENTURY BOYS. And now, MASTER KEATON, an early (pre-Monster) work from 1988 about a heroic insurance investigator who goes around using his archaeological skills to solve mysteries. SOLD. The series was co-written by Hokusei Katsushika and Takashi Nagasaki.

Moyoco Anno is coming to TCAF with INSUFFICIENT DIRECTION

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Josei Manga superstar Moyoco Anno is comif to this year’s TCAF. WOOT! It’s her second US convention—she appeared at New York Comic Con in 2012—and the fact she’s back for more is pretty exciting. (Melinda Beasi interviewed her for the Beat here.) Deb Aoki has all the reasons you should be aware of Anno’s amazing […]

David Brothers: “I’ve got to keep banging the drum for more” [Interview]

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David Brothers is one of the most accomplished writers-about-comics around, a blogger who recently moved into the industry himself as a member of the Image Comics staff. Having made a name for himself on websites like 4thLetter and Comics Alliance, his writing on (in particular) creator-owned comics, artwork, Manga and race have provided some of […]

Webcomic Alert — Oldboy: The Devil’s Eyes

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Although a perfectly good manga by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi exists—and was published in English by Dark Horse—the makers of the upcoming OLDBOY remake have created a new spinoff comic by Jason Badower and Rich Silverman and posted it on Tumblr. Two parts have been put up thus far. In the tradition of movie […]

Here’s a peek at Miyazaki’s post-retirement samurai manga

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As we recently reported, legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki has retired from filmmaking, but he’s rumored to be returning to cartooning, working on a period “Samurai manga,” according to associates. Well, it sounded a bit like a pipedream, but a Japanese TV show has allowed a few peeks at Miyazaki-sensei slaving away at a drawing board, […]

Miyazaki working on a samurai manga, post retirement

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Revered animator Hayao Miayazaki announced his retirement from moviemaking a few months ago; his final (we think) film The Wind Rises has just opened in Japan and will come to America in February. So what’s a sensei to do with his free time? According to one colleague he’s going to draw samurai manga. Studio Ghibli’s […]

31 Days of Halloween: Akira Toriyama’s COWA! and seven other new digital series from Viz

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Viz had been plugging along with its digital comics available via Viz.Com and their app they just announced eight new series. Including one by DragonBall Z’s Toriyama about a cute half vampire were-koala. That guy is a frickin’ genius. Prices run from $6.99 to 13.99 Here’s the whole list. AISHITERUZE BABY, Vol. 1 Rated ‘T’ […]

Webcomic Alert: Bani Garu, Lea Hernandez’s history of Gainax

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BoingBoing has just introduced a new webcomic and it’s a doozy: Bani Garu, a history of Gainax Studio, the legendary Japanese animation studio. There’s an intro to the strip here and here’s the first episode. BOOKMARK IT. In 1989, I was an Ascended Anime Fangirl: I was picked to be the vice-president of General Products […]

NYCC ’13 The Beat Podcasts! More To Come NYCC Interviews 1

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Straight from the convention booth of Publishers Weekly at New York Comic Con, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald. In part one of our NYCC special interview coverage, Calvin Reid speaks with Leyla Aker, v-p of publishing at Viz Media, about news on […]

Otakon news: Monster is back, show moves to Washington, more licenses

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As we mentioned a post or so back, Otakon, one of the biggest anime/manga shows on he East Coast was held this weekend in Baltimore, with more than 30,000 fans in attendance. One bit of news that dropped is that the show is moving to Washington, DC in 2017. The problem is that the Baltimore […]

Katsuhiro Otomo, Nobrow, and Japanese fashion house Comme des Garcons collaborate

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As a comics fan, it’s always nice to see the medium get wider recognition from other fields, although perhaps not as surprising in the past few years of pop culture dominance, thanks in large part to blockbusting comic film adaptations. But there’s Marvel and DC influencing ‘wham!’ sweatshirts from Topshop, and then there’s the  slightly […]

Here be Monsters: new Guillermo Del Toro manga TV adaptation in the works

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Some seriously appetite whetting news via Deadline: HBO have teamed up with none other than scare master extraordinaire, Guillermo Del Toro, to adapt Naoki Urasawa’s 18 volume manga series, Monster. Urasawa’s story follows a brilliant young doctor, Kenzo Tenma, who risks his reputation, career and fiancee when he chooses to save the lives of two young twins, over treating […]