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Tokyopop lose Kodansha licences

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Tokyopop announce;

“The Japanese publisher Kodansha, from whom TOKYOPOP has licensed many terrific series over the years — Chobits,Love HinaSamurai Deeper KyoRave MasterInitial D,KindaichiLifeGetBackers, and Love Attack, to name a few — has decided to let all existing contracts with TOKYOPOP expire on all manga series that they have licensed to us. As a result, Kodansha will not renew any licenses with TOKYOPOP for any new mangavolumes.”

Precocious Curmudgeon has a more complete list of affected titles.


Written by The Department of Illustration

September 1, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Posted in Manga, News, Recession

Comiket/Comitia 89

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Daniel Lau of writes up his impressions of Comiket and Comitia, two comics conventions in the same venue one week apart.


On Comiket;

Comiket is more about fandom than it is about comics. What I learnt was that in a convention that permits derivative work, the majority of output seems to be 1) fan favourite characters in compromising situations, 2) fan favourite characters being repeatedly compromised by other, same-gendered characters, or 3) anything + Fist of the North Star.

On Comitia;

Comitia prides itself on being all about original comics. When you take out all the fanfiction, even going so far as to ban cosplay, the bar gets raised a little. Creators have to get a bit more serious or stay home.

Is Comiket the Japanese equivalent of the comics conventions where you spend all your time queuing to meet a guy that once wore an ewok costume?

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September 1, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Pluto – vols 1 & 2

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Pluto cover

Matt at Exquisite Things reviews Naoki Urasawa’s Pluto vols 1 & 2, which gives Tezuka’s Astro Boy a more grown up flavour.

Pluto makes for compulsive reading, something I’d attribute to both Urasawa’s knack for intrigue, and manga’s typically high octane pacing. Despite its ‘mile a minute’ narrative flow, Pluto maintains an emotional depth that can hit surprisingly hard. I won’t spoil anything for you, but just wait till you read North No. 2’s story in Volume one. It’s emotional stuff, and has been known to reduce grown men to tears. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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September 1, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Posted in Comics, Manga, Review

Tokyopop and online comics

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From ComicBookResources, an interview with Tokyopop marketing director Marco Pavia;

Last year, when Tokyopop underwent a major restructuring, it suspended most of its original manga series, leaving a number of incomplete stories in limbo. That state of suspended animation ended last week, when Tokyopop Director of Marketing Marco Pavia announced that Tokyopop will complete most of the series, includingEarthlight, Afterlife, and Gyakushu, online. Each volume will be posted for free, one chapter per week.

Johanna Draper Carlson has an analysis;

Whether or not the books make it to print depends not only on reader/fan demand but “they also have to prove popular with our retail partners. As I said earlier, buyers often base their buying on how the previous volumes sell.” That is, if bookstores won’t commit to the books, and if previous volumes didn’t sell (no matter how long ago they were released), it doesn’t matter how many readers ask for it.

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August 31, 2009 at 7:33 pm

Barefoot Gen review

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Greg McElhatton over at Read About Comics writes about the first volume of Keiji Nakazawa’s autobiographical account of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Barefoot Gen. This one has been on my list of things to read for some time now.

For a different angle, head over to Paul Gravett’s site to read his article on Barefoot Gen.

I do agree with Greg though, using comic sans does detract from it somewhat.

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August 25, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Posted in Buy This, History, Manga, Review

Is your tennis suffering because of your poor physics knowledge?

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Yes, that is a strange question, but this is the opening premise of The Manga Guide to Physics.

Megumi is distracted from her tennis match because she didn’t do well on her physics test (which coincidentally had a question about the forces involved when hitting a ball with a racket). Ryota, a fellow student who won a silver medal in the International Physics Olympic Games (?), offers to help her understand the material better.

You can read an excerpt from the book here.

Also in the series are The Manga Guide to Calculus, The Manga Guide to Electricity, The Manga Guide to Databases, The Manga Guide to Statistics and (shortly) The Manga Guide to Molecular Biology.

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August 18, 2009 at 9:35 am

Posted in Manga, Review

Manga and Twitter

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Erica Friedman of Okazu writes about the increasingly sophisticated dialogue between publishers and fans.

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August 17, 2009 at 8:08 pm

Posted in Manga