February, 2008

The big (and free) exhibition looming on the horizon is MANHUA! CHINA COMICS NOW, from March 7th to April 11th at the London College of Communication, SE1. It's been a fantastic opportunity for me as curator to research this culture and work with some excellent experts to source both major mainstream hits and cult and underground alternatives, from mainland China as well as from Hong Kong and Taiwan. Details are on the site and much more info and images will follow soon:


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Daily Yomiuri Online takes a look at the "fujoshi" culture in "THROUGH OTAKU EYES / 'Boys love' a vicarious escape for girls.":

Fujoshi is a pejorative Japanese term referring to women who are fans of manga and novels that feature romantic relationships between men--as a fantasy.

Fujoshi readers love the subgenre of comics and novels called "BL" (boys love) or "yaoi"--the abbreviation of "yama nashi, ochi nashi, imi nashi," meaning "no climax, no ending, no meaning."

Shinbunka has posted the Amazon Japan top 100 publisher sales rankings for 2007. Below are the top 5:

  1. Kodansha
  2. Shogakukan
  3. Shueisha
  4. Kadokawa group (excluding MediaWorks and Fujimi Shobo)
  5. Shinchosha

Source: Canned Dogs

According to Canned Dogs, Yoshihiro Togashi's Hunter X Hunter will resume serialization in Shueisha's Weekly Shounen Jump No.14, on sale 3/3.

New Volumes Of Popular Animated Series Kick Off the New Year!

San Francisco, CA, January 31, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced an exciting array of new DVD releases for the First Quarter of 2008 that expand some of the most popular animated series in North America.

The new releases include DVD box bets, special editions containing collectible figurines, and the latest single disc editions for series including BLEACH, NARUTO, DEATH NOTE and PRINCE OF TENNIS, as well as much-loved classics like RANMA ½ and POKéMON.

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