RICHMOND, CA - July 31, 2007 - Infinity Studios, LLC announced today that in August 2007, manga fans will be able to purchase Infinity Studios, LLC manga titles at least one month, prior to the title hitting retail bookshelves at the company's online store located within the official company's website. More information can be found on the company's website at http://www.infinitystudios.com.
MangaCast has more reports on Seven Seas, including teh news that Seven Seas will drop their manga price from $10.99 to $9.99.
ANN reports that ADV Manga will start releasing Yotsuba&! once again, with volume 5 coming out in October. Other series such as Gunslinger Girl will resume their print runs as well. Giapet mentions that ADV Manga plans to release Azumanga Daioh in an "omnibus edition with a larger trim size."
Last year Dark Horse celebrated its twentieth anniversary of publishing original graphic works by some of the world's greatest creators. Next year, Dark Horse celebrates their twentieth anniversary of publishing manga in English. This year, at San Diego Comic-Con Dark Horse is proud to announce that these two commitments held for so long have come together. Dark Horse will have the honor of publishing a new original manga created by Satsuki Igarashi, Mokona, Tsubaki Nekoi and Ageha Ohkawa.--the manga-ka all-female supergroup known to their millions of fans worldwide as CLAMP.
Online Resurrection of the Famed Comic Book Anthology Series to Feature Comics Including Joss Whedon (Creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer) & Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance)
LOS ANGELES--July 27, 2007--MySpace, the nation’s most trafficked website, and Dark Horse Comics, pioneers of creator owned and licensed comics material, today announced a partnership to revive one of the most celebrated comic anthologies with the launch of a new online comic book, "MySpace Dark Horse Presents..."
Biggest Game Concert in the World Teams with Manga Giant!
Comic-Con, San Diego CA (July 24, 2007) - TOKYOPOP, the #1 publisher of graphic novels in North America and the largest supplier of manga entertainment in the world, today announced an exclusive marketing partnership with Video Games Live (VGL), the immersive concert experience that features music from the biggest video games of all time, performed by the world’s most respected orchestras and choirs. This alliance makes TOKYOPOP the exclusive manga sponsor to this critically acclaimed and world-renowned concert series.
According to the latest issue of PWCW, Korean manhwa publisher ICE Kunion will be completely absorbed by Hachette's new manga imprint Yen Press. Yen Press will begin releasing ICE Kunion titles beginning in spring of 2008, and plans to release 30-40 titles by the end of 2008.
Also, former ICE Kunion editorial director Ju-Youn Lee is now Yen Press' senior editor. According to Lee regarding Yen Press' offer to Sigongsa (one of ICE Kunion's parent company):
On June 12, a business tie-up between the #1 cellular phone novel website Mahou no Island and MediaWorks (the publisher of the #1 light novel label Dengeki Bunko) was formed. As a result, a new bunko label titled Mahou no Island Bunko (temporary title) will start in fall 2007.
This bunko will feature novels from Mahou no Island's extensive line-up, and will be published by MediaWorks every month. The price will be between 530-570 yen for each book.
Source: CNET Japan
TokoToko Editor's Misc. Note, a blog run by a female manga editor who has been in the business for over 15 years, has posted a multi-part article titled "The Reason I Quit as a Manga Editor." Below is a translation of part three of the article:
The Reason I Quit My Job as a Manga Editor Part III
*For the sake of comparison, the bulk of this entry is about the work environment at my first publisher.