DC to publish Jiro Kuwata’s Batman manga

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DC Comics will release Jiro Kuwata’s 1960s Batman manga, Batmanga, as a digital-first comic starting this Saturday, and later it will be released as three print volumes. The manga will be released unflipped and the digital price will be 99 cents a chapter, available on the DC Comics app, Readdcentertainment.com, Comixology, iBooks, Google Play, the Kindle Store, and the Nook Store.

Another new license announcement: Viz confirmed it has the license to the two-volume Little Battlers eXperience (Danbōru Senki) manga by Hideaki Fujii.

And the BL imprint SuBLime announced it will release The World’s Greatest First Love: The Case of Ritsu Onodera (Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi ~Onodera Ritsu no Baai~), by Shungiku Nakamura, in February.

Manga creator Moyoco Anno talks about her life and her work, including Happy Mania, Sakuran, Sugar Sugar Rune, and Insufficient Direction, in an interview at Publishers Weekly.

The Manga Bookshelf team looks at this week’s new releases and discusses their Pick of the Week.

Shonen Jump is publishing a two-chapter Nisekoi/My Love Story crossover.

Laura looks at some new shoujo manga coming out in July at Heart of Manga.

At Organization Anti-Social Geniuses, Justin talks about scanlation and its place in the modern manga scene, triggered by a Tumblr post by a scanlator who is blocking Japanese IPs so the creators won’t find out their work is being put online without their consent.

Reviews: The Manga Bookshelf team keeps it short and sweet in their latest set of Bookshelf Briefs. Ash Brown looks back on a week of manga reading at Experiments in Manga.

Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 6 of Btooom! (Comics Worth Reading)
Sakura Eries on vol. 15 of Goong (The Fandom Post)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 7 of Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 2 of The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Matthew Alexander on vol. 1 of Highschool DxD (The Fandom Post)
Ash Brown on vol. 7 of No. 6 (Experiments in Manga)
Ash Brown on The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame and Endless Game (Experiments in Manga)
Lori Henderson on vols. 6-12 of Sumomomo Momomo (Manga Xanadu)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Lori Henderson on vol. 1 of What Did You Eat Yesterday? (Manga Xanadu)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 5 of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal (The Comic Book Bin)

Viz signs with comiXology; Yen announces new titles

Viz signs on with comiXology, making that digital-comics platform the closest thing there is to one-stop shopping for digital manga.

Yen Press announced four new licenses on Friday the 13th: Akame Ga Kill!, Kagerou Daze, Secret, and Sword Art Online: Progressive. Lissa Pattillo has the details.

Lori Henderson discusses Seven Seas’ new license announcements in the latest edition of her Manga Dome Podcast at Manga Xanadu.

Calvin Reid and Heidi MacDonald’s report on Book Expo America includes a chat with Viz senior director of sales and marketing Kevin Hamric, who says the company has had another strong year:

The manga and anime distributor will publish about 300 titles in 2014 in addition to about 30 titles (including non-manga originals and licenses) coming from Perfect Square, Viz’s children’s imprint. The house is also launching 14 new manga series this year (up from its usual 5 or 6). Viz began selling its English language print manga in India this year (distribution is by S&S U.K.) and the fans “are eating them up,” Hamric said. Viz launched the program with 25 series from Shueisha and expect to increase that number after the program is reviewed in June.

Plus they have the Sailor Moon anime, and they are dubbing July Pop Culture Month.

Erica Friedman brings us up to date in her latest Yuri Network News post at Okazu.

Shaenon Garrity writes about the wine-tasting manga Drops of God in this week’s House of 1000 Manga column at ANN.

Over at Mangabrog (hey!), there’s a translation of a conversation between Taiyo Matsumoto, Inio Asano, and Keigo Shinzo.

Zainab Akhtar takes a look at Dark Horse’s plans to publish two Satoshi Kon manga, Opus and Seraphim.

News from Japan: The Diet is about to pass a new child pornography law that bans possession of photos and videos but exempts anime and manga. Sankarea will end with the next volume, on November 7.

Reviews

Ken H on vol. 12 of Attack on Titan (Comics Should Be Good)
Ken H on vol. 29 of Blade of the Immortal (Comics Should Be Good)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 15 of Case Closed (Lesley’s Musings… on Manga)
Ken H on vols. 1-3 of Countdown Seven Days (Comics Should Be Good)
Erica Friedman on Dark Cherry to Shoujo A (Okazu)
Ken H on vols. 4 and 5 of The Flowers of Evil (Comics Should Be Good)
Matthew Alexander on vol. 23 of Higurashi: When They Cry (The Fandom Post)
Sarah on vols. 1 and 2 of Millennium Snow (nagareboshi ★ reviews)
Kevin Church on Nijigahara Holograph (Comics Alliance)
Angela Sylvia on vol. 19 of Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan (The Fandom Post)
Kory Cerjak on vol. 2 of Ranma 1/2 (omnibus edition) (The Fandom Post)
Ken H on vol. 1 of Say I Love You (Comics Should Be Good)
Anna N. on vol. 1 of Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign (Manga Report)

Amazon squeezes Yen; Lillian DP talks Tokyopop and scanlations

Amazon appears to be targeting Yen Press in its current war with parent company Hachette. Amazon and Hachette have been wrangling over contract terms, and Amazon has eliminated discounts on their books, lengthened the turnaround time for orders of older books, and omitted pre-order buttons for some upcoming titles.

The Manga Bookshelf bloggers discuss their Picks of the Week.

Justin Stroman has really been killing it at Organization Anti-Social Geniuses lately with a whole series of interviews with manga insiders. Here are two more, and they’re both fascinating reading: Former Tokyopop senior editor Lillian Diaz-Przybyl talks about her years at Tokyopop and discusses how scanlation and piracy have affected the industry at different times, and artist
Jamie Lynn Lano, who worked as assistant to The Prince of Tennis manga-ka Takeshi Konomi and has written a book about it, The Princess of Tennis, talks about her experiences.

Atsushi Ohara at the Asahi Shimbun reports on the deliberations for the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prizes, which were announced in April.

David Brothers looks at the depiction of sudden death in Knights of Sidonia.

Erica Friedman updates us on the world of yuri in the latest Yuri Network News episode at Okazu.

Reviews: The Manga Bookshelf team files this week’s Bookshelf Briefs. Ash Brown summarizes a week of manga at Experiments in Manga.

Lori Henderson on vol. 1 of Attack on Titan: Before the Fall (Manga Xanadu)
Lori Henderson on vols. 1-3 of Inu x Boku: SS (Manga Xanadu)
Kate O’Neil on vol. 5 of Midnight Secretary (The Fandom Post)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 7 of One Piece (Lesley’s Musings… on Manga)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 2 of Phantom Thief Jeanne (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Erica Friedman on Rainy Song (Okazu)
Matthew Warner on vol. 1 of Say I Love You (The Fandom Post)
Kate O’Neil on vol. 2 of Sweet Rein (The Fandom Post)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 2 of Takasugi-San’s Obento (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
David Brothers on Wolfsmund (4thletter!)

Anime update: Viz gets Sailor Moon, Disney grabs Doraemon

I’m back from a couple of crazy weeks that included travels to C2E2 and TCAF as well as a bunch of personal and day-job stuff, and I’m jumping back in with some big anime news: Disney has licensed the Doraemon anime for its Disney XD channel and Viz got the license for all the Sailor Moon anime—the original series, including the episodes that have never been licensed in North America, plus three movies and the new Sailor Moon Crystal anime that will debut in July. Since both these anime started as manga, we can expect some strong synergy. Kodansha Comics’ Sailor Moon manga was already a chart-topper, but perhaps we will see new readers picking it up; as for Doraemon, right now it’s available only digitally, via Amazon, but the time may have come for a print release.

Keeping with that anime theme, co-author Helen McCarthy announces the third edition of The Anime Encyclopedia.

OK, enough of that. Back to manga news. At Organization Anti-Social Geniuses, Justin Stroman interviews Leyla Aker, the editor of Gangsta (and also Viz’s vice president of publishing), and he also talks to Eric Eberhardt, director of digital publishing marketing, about the new Viz Select imprint for digital-first releases.

Manga was prominently featured at this year’s Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF), with guest appearances by Moyoco Anno, est em, and the two-woman team of Akira Himekawa. Deb Aoki reports in on the “Future of Manga Publishing” panel she moderated, which featured manga editor and literary agent Yohei Sadoshima, and she also presents a Twitter conversation with fans about what would make manga more appealing.

Erica Friedman posts her con report on TCAF, along with a list of books she bought and why they are awesome. Ash Brown reports in as well. And here’s my take, at Robot 6.

Laura is back blogging again at Heart of Manga, after some harrowing health problems, and she has a look at the shoujo manga that will be coming out this month.

News from Japan: Drops of God will come to an end in the June 12 issue of Kodansha’s Morning magazine; three more volumes of tankoubon will be released, for a total of 44. Death Note and Bakuman writer Tsugumi Ohba is working on a new story, Skip Yamada-kun, a one-shot that will run in “Jump” meets “Girl” SPECIAL COMIC, a special issue of Shukan Young Jump. Robico, the creator of My Little Monster, will do the art.

Reviews

Joe Iglesias on vol. 5 of Battle Angel Alita (Eastern Standard)
Justin on vol. 1 of Gangsta (Organization Anti-Social Geniuses)
Kristin on Insufficient Direction (Comic Attack)
Alice Vernon on Inu x Boku SS (Girls Like Comics)
Sean Gaffney on vols. 3 and 4 of Ranma 1/2 (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Sean Gaffney on Showa 1939-1944: A History of Japan (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Maggie on solanin (Organization Anti-Social Geniuses)
Manjiorin on vols. 1 and 2 of Sweet Rein (Organization Anti-Social Geniuses)
Kristin on vol. 2 of Sweet Rein (Comic Attack)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 17 of Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle (Lesley’s Musings… on Manga)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 1 of xxxHoLIC: Rei (Comics Worth Reading)

Editors talk shop, plus a manga starter kit

Justin Stroman talks to Yen Press freelancer Abigail Blackman about manga editing and the ins and outs of licensing manga. And here’s an interview with translator Adrienne Beck about translating Food Wars.

Helen McCarthy dishes a bit about her new book, A Brief History of Manga.

Zainab Akhtar lists five books that helped her get into manga, and since it’s Zainab, they are all great choices: Black Blizzard, Sunny, Pluto, Yotsuba&!, and Uzumaki.

News from the Vertical Tumblr: Knights of Sidonia will be available as an e-book, starting this week with vols. 1 and 2.

News from Japan: Yoshihiro Togashi will resume work on Hunter x Hunter after a lengthy hiatus. Ouran High School Host Club creator Bisco Hatori has a new series in the works. So does Mochi, creator of Cuticle Detective Inaba.

Reviews

Maggie on vol. 11 of Attack on Titan (Organization Anti-Social Geniuses)
Kristin on vols. 16 and 17 of Black Bird (Comic Attack)
Matthew Warner on vol. 11 of Blue Exorcist (The Fandom Post)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 9 of A Certain Scientific Railgun (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Justin Stroman on vol. 1 of Food Wars (Organization Anti-Social Geniuses)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 14 of Kamisama Kiss (Lesley’s Musings… on Manga)
A Library Girl on vols. 1 and 2 of Midnight Secretary (A Library Girl’s Familiar Diversions)
Rebecca Silverman on vols. 1 and 2 of Monster Musume (ANN)
A Library Girl on Olympos (A Library Girl’s Familiar Diversions)
L.B. Bryant on vol. 1 of Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story (ICv2)
A Library Girl on vol. 1 of The Secret Notes of Lady Kanoko (A Library Girl’s Familiar Diversions)
David Brothers on Space Brothers (4thletter!)
Sarah on vol. 9 of Strobe Edge (nagareboshi reviews)

Sakuracon roundup, plus what editors really think of scanlations

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More license announcements from Sakuracon: We covered the Yen Press news over the weekend, and Dark Horse announced some new licenses as well: CLAMP’s Legal Drug (previously published by Tokyopop) and the sequel, Drug & Drop; two by Satoshi Kon, OPUS and Seraphim: 266613336 Wings; and an Oreimo spinoff, Oreimo: Kuroneko. Also, Dark Horse will start publishing CLAMP manga digitally, starting with Clover in May and then Cardcaptor Sakura and Chobits in June.

Sean Gaffney has plenty of commentary on all the new Sakuracon licenses at his blog.

The manga lineup at TCAF was looking pretty solid already, with Moyoco Anno and est em slated to be guests, and now they have added Akira Himekawa, the two-woman team that draws the Legend of Zelda manga and the Japanese version of My Little Pony.

Justin Stroman gets opinions from several manga editors about scanlations and whether or not they drive demand. Ben Applegate of Kodansha Comics leads off with an interesting comment as to why manga publishers don’t use scanlations as a guide:

The biggest reason is that, unfortunately, heavy social media users are just not representative of a majority of English-language manga fans. But it can’t help that most of the target audience has already read the series online, and thus isn’t very motivated to buy.

Ichiro Marutani takes a look at the way that Japanese publishers and the Japanese government are fighting piracy.

Justin also has an interesting roundtable with manga adapters about what they do.

Moyoco Anno’s Insufficient Direction is now available on Crunchyroll.

The Manga Bookshelf team discusses this week’s new releases and their Pick of the Week.

Erica Friedman brings us up to date on the world of yuri in the latest edition of Yuri Network News at Okazu.

Lori Henderson chats about what she has been reading and presents her weekly wish list in the latest Manga Dome podcast at Manga Xanadu.

At nagareboshi reviews, Sarah explains why she wants to be just like Nanami Momozono (from Kamisama Kiss) when she grows up.

Reviews: Ash Brown rounds up a week’s worth of manga reading at Experiments in Manga. The Manga Bookshelf bloggers take a quick look at some new releases in their latest Bookshelf Briefs column.

Sean Gaffney on vol. 12 of Attack on Titan (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Matthew Warner on vol. 60 of Bleach (The Fandom Post)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 50 of Case Closed (The Comic Book Bin)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 2 of Deadman Wonderland (The Comic Book Bin)
AstroNerdBoy on vol. 34 of Fairy Tail (AstroNerdBoy’s Anime and Manga Blog)
Anna N on Insufficient Direction (Manga Report)
Matthew Cycyk on vol. 8 of Knights of Sidonia (Matt Talks About Manga)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 11 of Library Wars (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Sarah on vol. 11 of Library Wars (nagareboshi reviews)
Matthew Warner on vol. 11 of Library Wars (The Fandom Post)
Kory Cerjak on vol. 4 of Magi (The Fandom Post)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 5 of Magi (The Comic Book Bin)
Ash Brown on vol. 1 of Maka-Maka: Sex, Life, and Communication (Experiments in Manga)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 19 of Naruto (Lesley’s Musings… on Manga)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 65 of Naruto (The Comic Book Bin)
Sarah on vol. 65 of Naruto (nagareboshi reviews)
Ash Brown on Nijigahara Holograph (Experiments in Manga)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Nijigahara Holograph (Comics Worth Reading)
Kate O’Neil on vol. 1 of Phantom Thief Jeanne (The Fandom Post)
Erica Friedman on vol. 5 of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon (perfect edition) (Okazu)
Matthew Warner on vol. 14 of Rin-ne (The Fandom Post)
Lori Henderson on vol. 2 of Sailor Moon Short Stories (Manga Xanadu)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 1 of Say I Love You (Comics Worth Reading)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of Say I Love You (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of The Seven Deadly Sins (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Derek Bown on the April 7 issue of Shonen Jump (Manga Bookshelf)
Sarah on vol. 17 of Soul Eater (nagareboshi reviews)
Sarah on vol. 8 of Strobe Edge (nagareboshi reviews)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of Sweet Blue Flowers (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 2 of Sweet Rein (The Comic Book Bin)
Erica Friedman on vol. 1 of Torikaebaya (Okazu)
Sarah on vol. 1 of Umineko When They Cry (nagareboshi reviews)
L.B. Bryant on Sword Art Online: Aincrad (ICv2)
Erica Friedman on vol. 1 of What Did You Eat Yesterday? (Okazu)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of What Did You Eat Yesterday? (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of xxxHOLIC: Rei (A Case Suitable for Treatment)