Devil’s Due Publishing has made a deal with Digital Manga to publish a new Vampire Hunter D story in a monthly American-style comics format, according to ICv2. The Devils Due folks say the series, titled Vampire Hunter D: American Wasteland, will have “a noticeably North American feel never before seen in the Vampire Hunter D mythos, while closely paying respect to the history of D.” This struck me as curious:
Dark Horse publishes the Vampire Hunter D novels in the U.S. (Volume 11 is due out in October), and they continue to sell better than the vast majority of manga titles released here in the States.
Can that be? Of course, one could argue that the market is flooded right now with manga that aren’t selling, but I’d love to see hard numbers to back that statement up. (Image of the first Vampire Hunter D novel from the Dark Horse website.)
Rumors of Tokyopop returning rights to creators may have been greatly exaggerated. Rich Johnston puts a yellow light next to this item in his Lying in the Gutters column:
LITG had previous reported that TOKYOPOP would be negotiating the return of rights to its creators of properties, after the current reduction of publishing plans.
Well, it seems to have been all mouth and no trousers. Those who have made approaches buoyed by the news and with prominent publishers lined up have suddenly been rebuffed.
Johanna Draper Carlson lists some useful manga reference books at Comics Worth Reading.
Khursten takes a look at monsters in manga at Otaku Champloo.
Ed has good news at the MangaCast: Dark Horse will be publishing vol. 11 of Eden: It’s an Endless World, a series whose future has been in doubt for some time.
The Anime Expo drumbeat continues. Deb Aoki has a handy summary of the AX manga highlights at About.com,
News from Japan: This ran last week, but somehow I missed it: Suzue Miuchi will relaunch her classic manga Glass no Kamen (Glass Mask), one of the best selling shoujo manga of all time, in Bessatsu Hana to Yume magazine.
Reviews: Kiki Van De Kamp sings the praises of vol. 1 of Fairy Cube at Animanga Nation. Dan Grendell rounds up some brief manga reviews in his Manga Zubon column at Comic Pants. John Zakrzewski checks out vol. 1 of Rosario + Vampire and Matthew Alexander takes a peek at vol. 8 of Oh My Goddess at Anime on DVD. Dave Ferraro reads vol. 1 of Rin! at Comics-and-More. Lissa Pattillo takes a look at vol. 1 of Dark Prince at Kuriousity. Katie McNeill reviews vol. 1 of Vassalord at Blogcritics. Deb Aoki also reviews vol. 1 of Vassalord at About.com. Julie reads vol. 11 of Nana at the Manga Maniac Cafe. Johanna Draper Carlson reviews vol. 3 of Walkin’ Butterfly and vol. 1 of Kujibiki Unbalance at Comics Worth Reading.