There's a bewildering array of new manga out this week, from classics like "Lone Wolf and Cub" (a new edition) and Osamu Tezuka's "Twin Knights" to a new "Alice" manga and the last volume of "Bakuman." If you're worried about damage to your wallet, consider going digital: Viz just announced their annual summer sale, with all their digital manga on their own service and the Nook marked down until September 5.
Good news for "Sailor Moon" fans: The long-anticipated new anime will be out this winter, and everyone can watch it at once.
Today is Yaoi Day, the official fujoshi holiday—it's a pun on the date 8-01 in Japanese. Yaoi fans can celebrate with markdowns on new and classic yaoi titles at Digital Manga's eManga site (NSFW), where they are offering 15% off a ton of digital manga until August 4. The manga are available in a variety of different formats, including EPUB files for Kindle, iBooks, and Kobo, as well as downloadable PDFs.
After a fairly spectacular round of manga announcements at Anime Expo three weeks ago, this year's San Diego Comic-Con was a quiet one for manga publishers. In fact, Yen Press cancelled their panel at the last minute, although they did have a busy booth on the main exhibit floor. Here's a look at what went on.
Anime Expo brought plenty of good news for manga fans, and we expect even more at San Diego Comic-Con next week. In the meantime, here's a roundup of this week's new manga to pass the time between cons.
The manga news continued all weekend at Anime Expo, and things are looking good for fans of Tokypop's series, as both "Hetalia" and "Deadman Wonderland" will be making a comeback. Plus: More "Attack on Titan" than ever before! I rounded up the highlights from the first day here; now here's what happened over the weekend.
Yesterday was a busy day at Anime Expo, with three manga and four anime panels, and some big news about the Godfather of Manga, Osamu Tezuka.
Digital's Tezuka Grab: The big news for manga readers came at the Digital Manga panel: Digital has signed a deal with Tezuka Productions to publish all of Osamu Tezuka's manga digitally worldwide. That includes new licenses and digital editions of manga that have already been published in print by other publishers. Digital has published several Tezuka manga, including "Unico," "Barbara," and "Atomcat" in print editions funded by Kickstarter campaigns, and they held out the possibility that if the Tezuka digital editions do well they could go to print as well. (The image of Tezuka and his characters is from the Japanese art magazine "Geijutsu Shincho"; I found it here.) In other Digital news, Yaoi-Con will take place in San Francisco in autumn 2014, and the eManga website is now accepting submissions from individual artists for digital publication on the site.
Anime Expo, the biggest anime con in the U.S., starts tomorrow, with a stellar lineup of talent and the potential for some interesting news. If you're new to the anime world, check out AX MC Danny Choo's video intro. Or just read on.
Viz announces a second "Tiger & Bunny" manga, Yen Press brings back another "Kingdom Hearts" manga, Kodansha piles up more volumes of "Fairy Tail," and "Amazing Agent Luna" returns for another round. Plus: Watch shoujo superstar Arina Tanemura draw a manga cover!
Once again, Anime Boston filled the Hynes Convention Center with cosplayers and fans this past weekend. Of all the cons I go to every year, Anime Boston is the one that is most emphatically a fan con, and while there were industry panels and musical guests, the main attraction was... the fans. It's really all about meetups and cosplay and maybe getting some cheap manga and anime while you're at it. Here's a quick look from ground level.
This week's new manga releases are brought to you by the letter "S." Also: Grab your wig and sword, because there are two big anime cons, and a lot of smaller ones, going on this weekend.
A new volume of "Wandering Son," the Midwest's biggest anime con, and the return of "One Piece": It's a good week and it's going to be a better weekend. Plus a manga-ka gives her fans free rein to translate, scanlate, or remix some of her work.
Manga creator Masashi Kishimoto is well known in the English-speaking world as the creator of "Naruto," the ninja-school story that is a best-seller not only in Japan but also in the U.S., where it has dominated the graphic novel charts for years. This week, though, readers get to see a completely different side of Kishimoto with the one-shot story "Mario," which appears in the latest issue of "Shonen Jump"; you can get just this issue for 99 cents if you don't feel like springing for a subscription, and that 40-page story alone makes it a good deal, especially compared to American comics. (You can even get it for free via the Viz Android app if you're willing to download a free game.)
Last month I talked to Tania Del Rio about her manga-style reinvention of the Archie character Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Those comics came out in the mid-2000s, but they have been so popular in Archie's digital service that they have brought them back in a new format—a black-and-white, manga-size digest.
Here's an exclusive look at the cover to volume 3, which is due out in September: