Celebrating Shonen Sunday's and Shonen Magazine's 50th anniversary, Kodansha an Shogakukan are collaborating on a variety of special features.
In order to keep the English fans up-to-date on the special features and events, Rumic World has created a special page to keep track of everything that's coming out, as well as translations of the press conference and others.
GB Shuppan has released the first issue of a full-color bishoujo manga anthology titled Comic Comomo (コミック小桃) on March 20th. Due to various circumstances, the magazine's release date was delayed from February 20th to March 20th. The magazine contains adult content and is aimed at males.
A Comic Comomo "volume 0" was released during last winter's Comic Market 73.
Libre Shuppan and MediaWorks are launching a new yaoi light novel label titled B-Prince Bunko on April 7th.
According to the report, publication planning and editing will be handled by Libre Shuppan, while ASCII MediaWorks will handle publishing and the novels will be sold through Kadokawa Group Publishing.
The first Anime Blog Awards is now underway:
According to an article from the Associated Press, Borders announced on Thursday that it may put itself up for sale:
Borders cut back on its graphic novel division early last year after the departure of Kurt Hassler.
A round up of the new comic release list and views for the week of March 19th 2008:
Tokyopop has launched a "I-Manga Music Video Mash Up Contest," which asks its participant to remix scenes from two of Tokyopop's more popular manga into music videos.
The winning video will receive an Apple Video iPod packed with Tokyopop music and all of the i-manga webisodes, as well as being featured on the TOKYOPOP TV YouTube page. The contest ends March 23rd, rules can be found here.
One of the Biggest Talents of Anime and Video Games Comes to Nation's Largest Convention
Anaheim, California (March 20, 2008) ‹ Famed American voice actor and writer David Hayter is the latest addition to the hottest line up of Anime Expo® 2008 Guests of Honor for the highly anticipated 2008 convention July 3-6, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. More information can be found on the website www.anime-expo.org.
Manga romances to be available to cell phone and Internet users
TORONTO, March 20 -- Harlequin Enterprises Limited, the global leader in series romance and one of the world's leading publishers of women's fiction, announced today an agreement by their Japanese operation, Harlequin K.K., to provide digital manga content to SoftBank Creative of SoftBank Group, one of the largest providers of cell phone services in Japan.
According to Mangaoh, Kadokawa Shoten will be releasing a book titled Type-Moon Ace on April 21st that will feature many Type-Moon-related works. According to the book's description, there will be 2 Fate/zero comics, as well as a manga titled All Around Type-Moon that will feature all of the female Type-Moon characters.
Type-Moon Ace will come with extra goodies, such as the Fate/zero CD case and the Type-Moon school calender.
Source: New Akiba
Gardena, CA, March 19, 2008 - Digital Manga Publishing, one of the industry's most innovative manga licensing and publishing companies, has announced the debut of five new novels under its Juné imprint for Fall 2008!
According Mainichi Daily News, McDonald in Japan is conducting a campaign from March 17 to April 3 (to promote its upcoming line of "over-sized burgers") that will have customers appear in the manga Dokaben by Shinji Mizushima:
ICv2 has released the February 2008 top 100 graphic novel sales estimates and the top 300 comics sales estimates based on Diamond Indexes and Publisher Title Data. Also from ICv2 is an analysis of the trends in December based on the graphic novel sales chart.