Here’s a treat to start your weekend off right: Queenie Chan has just posted a really cute little comic on her LiveJournal.
Love Manga has the latest Bookscan numbers and, ho hum, Naruto tops the list. In fact, while we’re all talking about Tokyopop, seven of the top ten are Viz titles, with Fruits Basket and two non-manga properties rounding out the list. And there’s this:
In its first full week of release Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto Vol. 11 published by Viz sold more copies in a seven-day period than any other graphic novel has managed to do in bookstores so far in 2006. How hot is Naruto? Naruto Vol. 9, which debuted in March, remains the best-selling graphic novel of 2006 so far according to the BookScan report of bookstore sales — and all of the first ten volumes in the series would all rank in the top 12 in year-to-date sales with only DC’s V for Vendetta and Tokyopop’s Fruits Basket Vol. 13 interrupting Naruto’s dominance.
At the MangaCast, Ed looks beyond the online exclusives to something Tokyopop may be doing right: its partnership with Harper Collins. He has the cover of one of the first fruits of that venture, Meg Cabot’s Avalon High manga. And for those purists who are rolling their eyes, he has this to say:
And in a way this is not too far from what a publisher like Fujimi Shobo or MediaWorks would do. Both with their ties to Kadokawa Shoten and their own lines of light novels, tend to adapt books into manga. More often than not there is an established manga writer working with lesser known artists.
See! It’s how they do it in Japan.
Interesting books you’ll probably never see in English: Manga Junkie looks at Cat Street, a “feel-good tear-jerker” from the author of Boys Over Flowers.
On the Tokyopop site, editor Tim Beedle plugs the new Return to Labyrinth page, which is really just a portal back to the book info on the Tokyopop site. But it’s a beautiful portal. Beedle has written a nice, long editor’s introduction, which is something Tokyopop needs more of. It seems like their catalog copy has gotten very skimpy lately. And then there’s a sample chapter. Aside from the fact that the pages have the same crowded format as the rest of the site, this is how it should be done.
Still at Tokyopop, ChunHyang once again picks out the blogs worth reading on that site.