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The manga business has seemed like a rocky sea over the several years, but if there's one publisher that's gotten in front of the waves to surf with the changes it's been Viz Media. The first major manga publisher to debut a content-loaded app with less-than-print pricing on the iPad back in 2010, Viz continued to expand its efforts in the digital space on top of its print foundation and now offers a continually growing list of material on everything from the Kindle to Google Play. The business has continued to shift, however, and the following year Viz implemented a digital price increase to facilitate its own needs as a publisher as it looked ahead to 2014 and beyond. To learn more about how Viz spent 2013 and its publishing plans the coming year, CA got in touch with Eric Eberhardt, Senior Digital Marketing Manager and Kevin Hamric, Sr. Director Publishing Sales & Marketing. Read the full interview, after the jump.
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Legendary Dragonball writer/artist Akira Toriyama will launch a brand-new manga series in the July 13 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump to coincide with the magazine's 45th anniversary. It's his first comics work since 2010's one-shot Kintoki.
The magazine is promoting the new series, called Ginga Patrol Jako, with the line, "The 'legend' of hope for the entire world returns here!!" Pretty vague. But Shonen Jump has released some preview cover art, which you can check out after the jump!
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Yesterday saw the launch of Weekly Shonen Jump, the latest incarnation of Viz Media's anthology collecting material from the Japanese title of the same name. The reason for the relaunch is a good one, though: Now the digital magazine will include material released on the same day in the original Japanese version.
Released digitally, Weekly Shonen Jump featu
You may consider yourself a fan of Naruto or One Piece because you enjoy the manga, but if you were a real fan, you'd already have booked yourself a flight to Tokyo so that you could hang out in the just-announced Weekly Shonen Jump indoor theme park that will open next year. Just sayin'.
In addition to areas based around three of Weekly Shonen Jump's most
I grew up watching the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Falcons, and Ohio State Buckeyes (football, of course). Sports are something I'm really into, though not to the point that I'll paint my face and show up shirtless to your tail gate party
This was announced last year, but it's finally about to come to fruition: The Stan Lee manga, "Ultimo," hits "Shonen Jump" next month. I know manga is a Big Thing and I don't blame Stan Lee for wanting a piece, but seeing his name attached to pictures of guys with eyes five times the size their mouths is just kind of weird, you know?
In a story that seems pulled from the Manga Template Plot file, it's a story about two boys, Ultimo (good) and Vice (bad), who mysterious appear and then start fighting. Lee's co-creator is "S