Viz joins Comixology

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Tweet After a long wooing period, Viz has finally joined Comixology. Viz has its own ebook portal for manga and so was no stranger to digital, despite the difficulties inherent in getting Japanese material on digital. However now some 500 titles are available via the Comixology paltform.  Among them some of the world’s most popular […]

Uniqlo did Moomin and Tezuka

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Tweet Speaking of One Piece, my wardrobe is full (a little too full, I think) of One Piece merch from the Japanese retailer Uniqlo, which has a growing number of outlets here in the US. Uniqlo does great lines of clothing based on various cartoony things, and they had one for Tove Jansson’s Moomin , […]

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

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TweetWhen 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?

Two years older ONE PIECE characters

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Attention, continuity-obsessed readers of 70 year-old franchises — THIS is how you handle growth and change. Click on the image for the full spoiler of the new, two years older cast of ONE PIECE — the best selling comic in the world — and check out Topless Robot for a character-by-character analysis.