The manga industry sorely needs a workable digital distribution model. Manga piracy has become deeply ingrained in the culture of its readers, and publishers need to attempt to offer solutions for the people who pirate manga because the volumes they want aren't available locally or in a format they enjoy, rather than those who pirate just to get free manga or despise the official translations. With Viz Media'
As part of our recent editorial about the upheaval in the manga industry, ComicsAlliance had a chance to speak with some of the most influential tastemakers working at American manga publishers today, and their answers were so frank and informative that we thought they deserved their own feature. We asked Ed Chavez, Marketing Director for Vertical, Inc, Michael Gombos, Director of As
In the past few years the manga industry has experienced upheaval, to put it lightly. A number of seemingly unconnected, but pressing, issues have turned into a perfect storm of sudden, dramatic change. Onli
For people not in the know, the manga "Yotsuba&!" -- the story of a young girl and her endlessly patient, endlessly suffering adoptive father after their move into a new town-- is probably the most hilarious and joyful comic on the stands. Yotsuba should be in the dictionary next to the definition for "precocious" – she's got a preternatural abilit
The recently released "X-Men: Misfits" by Raina Telgemeier, Dave Roman, and AnZu is the second book to come out from a deal allowing Del Rey to produce Original English Language manga stories starring Marvel characters. The first, "Wolverine: Prodigal Son," hit shelves last year, and while that book was based around the speed-lines and karate face-kicks of action manga, "Misfits" takes a different route entirely.
Yes, this one follows the path of the shojo, or "young girls'" manga, telling the story of a young Kitty Pryde trying to find love as the only girl at the Xavier Academy, and we're not gonna lie: as suckers for stories about high school drama mixed with super-powers, we love it. It's got a fresh take on old characters that includes some highly entertaining redesigns and a story that, while dramatic enough to make even the regular X-Men seem calm, is reallly engaging. What we love most about it, though, is just how darn shojo it is.
A manga adaptation of "Gossip Girl" is coming out in a week or so from Yen Press! Technically, it should probably be called "manhwa" since artist/writer HyeKyung Baek is Korean, but since most of America still can't pronounce "sudoku" correctly and continually refers to the popular monster fighting series as