Hiya! Here's my link to my coverage of the Yen Press panel on Saturday. It takes me a bit longer to write these articles, but I hope they're full of helpful info...
A round up of SDCC 2008 manga-related news, reports, and more from around the internet, updated constantly, so you don't have to look for them.
Web-based company hopes to bridge gaps between fans across the world by presenting rare goods in a humorous and amusing manner.
TOKYO, JAPAN – July 24th, 2008 – Tokyogetter.com is pleased to announce the launch of our new dedicated web-store and US office. The establishment of this new E-commerce system will deliver goods into the hands of fans the world over with maximum speed and minimal hassle, all thanks to our new stateside distribution and fulfillment center. Yes, we're back in the USA!
Companies to collaborate on a wide variety of publishing and trans-media projects
San Diego, CA, July 24th, 2008 – Global manga giants TOKYOPOP and GENTOSHA COMICS have entered into a worldwide partnership to advance the cause of the manga revolution. Under the terms of the alliance, TOKYOPOP will provide sublicensing agency services (outside of Asia, France, and Italy) for GENTOSHA COMICS’s world-class library of manga hits, including titles like Gravitation, Lament of the Lamb, and Arm of Kannon. The companies will also pursue a wealth of co-development opportunities in the digital, film, and merchandising spaces.
(LOS ANGELES, July 23, 2008) – What do a struggling L.A. actor and a beautiful female ninja have in common? Read on to find out!
Seven Seas Entertainment is excited to debut "The Ninja Diaries," a new weekly manga series created exclusively for Metromix Los Angeles by Seven Seas Entertainment. "The Ninja Diaries" will launch on the cover of Metromix's July 23rd print issue – available for free in news boxes around Los Angeles – and it will unfold, week after week, on a full page in the back of the paper. The current week's installment + complete story archives will be housed on metromix.com, along with "Ninja Diaries" web exclusives and additional information about LA comic book shops and local comics events.
Global Online Media Distribution Giant Partners with Canada-Based Publisher to Launch Weekly Digital Manga and Comic Digest
San Francisco, CA (July 23, 2008) ‹Canada-based publisher UDON Entertainment partners with online media distribution giant, Crunchyroll, to launch a weekly digital manga and comic digest called UDON COMBO!. More information can be found at www.crunchyroll.com.
UDON COMBO! will debut worldwide in August with award-winning hit titles including 1520 and Makeshift Miracle, with many more to be announced in the weeks to come.
San Francisco, San Diego - Comic book publishing studio eigoMANGA unveils their event schedule for San Diego Comic Con 2008, which takes place on July 24-27, at the San Diego Convention in San Diego, California.
The Japan Foundation reports that the 11th and final Asian Cartoon Exhibition will take place this year from July 31 to August 25 in Bangkok:
Also, CoFesta is taking place from September 30 to October 28:
After a long period of hiatus, ComiPress' Backstage feature is finally back! This time, the featured site is YaoiSuki is a news and information website founded by Jen Parker and Jordan Marks dedicated to yaoi, also called BL or Boy's Love, an genre aimed toward women that focuses on love between to male characters.
Within a few years, YaoiSuki became the premier information site on yaoi, and its users enjoyed its news, reviews, columns, wiki and various contests. However, on March 1st 2008, YaoiSuki's Jen Parker announced that the site would cease operation, thus ending one of the most successful English yaoi site on web. What kind of site was YaoiSuki? What went on behind the scenes? And what led to the site's demise? Read on to find out!
Array Of Notable Personal Appearances And Events In Booth 4113 Celebrate Dual SHONEN JUMP Anniversaries And Showcase Hit Manga Series BLEACH, REAL And SLAM DUNK
San Francisco, CA, July 16, 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 agenda of personal appearances, screenings and convention exclusives for the 2008 Comic-Con International taking place July 23-27 at the Convention Center in San Diego, CA. VIZ Media will be located in Booth #4113.
Star Athlete At 2008 Comic-Con International To Promote Riveting Basketball Manga Series And Help Children Develop A Lifelong Love Of Reading
San Francisco, CA, July 14, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has teamed up with Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden to promote literacy. Oden will be featured in the campaign using SLAM DUNK, the exciting new basketball-themed manga (graphic novel) series to help promote the love of reading.
Tokyo—AlphaCreatio Inc., operator of Manganovel (http://manganovel.com), today announced that it will expand its on-line download services to include delivery of flash animations in multiple languages. The new service will start this month, and will offer animations in eleven languages.
From TMCnet comes an article that talks about how top creators in Japan are calling for the creation of museums to save Japan's "modern heritage":
SAN JOSE, CA – July, 2008 – DrMaster Publications announces the impending release of Lunar Legend Tsukihime volume 6. With much anticipation, the sixth installment of the popular horror action series by Sasakishonen and TYPE-MOON will be released in February 2009. Lunar Legend Tsukihime is based on the video game by TYPE-MOON's well-known video game Tsukihime, which has also spawned an anime series.
40th Anniversary Of Japan's Weekly Shonen Jump And 5th Anniversary Of SHONEN JUMP Magazine Commemorated With Special Collector's Edition Of Top Manga Anthology's Articles And New Hardcover Presentations Of Several Most-Loved Manga Series
San Francisco, CA, July 10, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced several exciting new releases to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Weekly Shonen Jump, one of the longest-running and widely read manga (graphic novel) magazines in Japan, and the 5th anniversary of VIZ Media's domestic counterpart, SHONEN JUMP magazine, which continues to be North America's most successful comics anthology.
VANCOUVER July 10, 2008 – There were many leaps forward announced today by the producers of the Elans – an awards show that has for the last two years honored video games and animation with big-name hosts such as William Shatner (1st year) and Seth MacFarlane (2nd year) – not the least of which being their addition of Visual Effects award categories to their next show taking place in Vancouver on Saturday, February 28, 2009.
A round up of Anime Expo 2008 news, reports, and more from around the internet, updated constantly, so you don't have to look for them.
From Yumiuri Shimbun comes an article titled "First and last manga exhibition answers important question," which looks like the "Inoue Takehiko: The Last Manga Exhibition" that will end this Sunday at the Ueno Royal Museum in Ueno, Tokyo:
Excitement Builds for Nation's Largest Anime and Manga Convention
Los Angeles, California (July 1, 2008) ‹ With a huge colorful 200 foot long banner proudly facing major L.A. freeways, a fantastic list of talent from the U.S. and Japan, 2 huge concerts, Convention favorites like the Masquerade and AX Idol, 11 major hotels in the Downtown Los Angeles area, free 24 hour shuttle services, almost 200 exhibitors (with many of the major industry players) and a state of the art registration system, Anime Expo® 2008 is looking to be, once again, the nation¹s premiere anime and manga convention of the year. Anime Expo® 2008 will be held from July 3-6, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. More informationcan be found on the website www.anime-expo.org.