The Viz folks announced a series of new licenses this morning, including some new works by tried-and-true creators.
The big announcement of the session came right at the end: Viz and Shogakukan will be publishing Rumiko Takahashi’s new series in the U.S. sometime in 2009.
Here’s a quick rundown of new titles for fall:
GoGoMonster, by Tekkonkinkreet creator Taiyo Matsumoto, $24.99, out in November.
All My Darling Daughters, a josei manga by Fumi Yoshinaga, out in January 2010, $12.99, rated T+.
What a Wonderful World, by Solanin creator Inio Asano. Vols. 1 and 2 will both be out in October. $12.99, rated T+.
Not Simple, by Natsume Ono, a seinen creator—from the cover, this one should have some unusual art. Out in January 2010, $14.99, rated M.
Natsume’s Book of Friends, by Yuki Midorikawa, out in January, $8.99, rated T
Butterflies, Flowers, an office romance by Yuku Yoshihara, due out in December, $8.99, rated M.
Jormungand, by Keitaro Takahashi. Tagline: “Death is their business, and business is good.” In Japan, this one runs in the same magazine as Black Lagoon, so expect a similar tone. Due out in November, $12.99, rated M.
Beast Master, by Kyousuke Motomi, due out in November, $8.99, rated T+
YuGiOh! R, story and art by Akira Ito, vol. 1 out October 2009 and subsequent volumes released quarterly. $7.99, rated T. Every volume will have trading cards.
Boys Over Flowers Jewelry Box—really volume 37 of the long-running series, this picks up the story one year after the end of the main story. Due out in October, $9.99, rated T.
The Gentlemen’s Alliance Cross: Arina Tanemura Illustrations, an art book (including two exclusive pieces of art) with author commentary to be released in November. $19.99.