Erica Friedman is already doing a good job of this, but I keep running into it in different corners of the Internet, so I wanted to do a short post on it.
Seven Seas has clearly tapped into a need with their Strawberry line, but they are not the first licensors of yuri in the U.S.
ALC is. They have been on my radar since last year, when Rica ‘tte Kanje!? started getting some attention. ALC is one of those small manga companies that we fans really like, the sort of place where everyone really is working for love, not money. For that precise reason, their hard work should be acknowledged.
I’m sure Seven Seas is going to do great things with yuri manga, and they will doubtless expand the market. They just weren’t there first.