The Manga Lover’s Guide to NYCC 2014

Whether you’re planning to attend New York Comic-Con or just want to stay abreast of licensing news, we’ve got you covered! We’ve compiled a master list of panels and exhibitors for those of you who are NYC-bound. Not headed to the Big Apple? We’ll be filing periodic updates throughout the show to let you know what new titles, products, and initiatives your favorite publishers have announced.

Here’s a quick look at the publisher’s panels:

  • Thursday @ 3:00 PM: Viz Media (1A14)
  • Thursday @ 6:00 PM: The Future of Shonen Jump (1A10)
  • Friday @ 11:00 AM: Crunchyroll Industry Panel (1A21)
  • Friday @ 1:15 PM. Yen Press (1A14)
  • Friday @ 5:00 PM: Takeshi Obata (1A10)
  • Saturday @ 5:15 PM: Vertical, Inc. (1A14)
  • Sunday @ 2:00 PM: Kodansha Comics (1A18)
  • Sunday @ 3:00 PM: Crunchyroll Manga (1A18)

Here’s a list of the major manga publishers who will be exhibiting at the show:

  • Dark Horse Comics (1636)
  • GEN Manga Entertainment (2058)
  • Hachette Book Group USA (2218)
  • Kodansha US Publishing (2109)
  • One Peace Books (1060)
  • Vertical, Inc. (2020)
  • VIZ Media (1944)

And here are some helpful links to help you plan your visit:

Sean Gaffney shares his top picks for most interesting panels.

Heidi MacDonald posts a complete list of all the panels at this year’s show. Click here for Thursday’s panels; click here for Friday’s; click here for Saturday’s; click here for Sunday’s.

VIZ Media has posted a complete schedule of events on its website. Highlights include a Sailor Moon anime panel and a special appearance by Death Note artist Takeshi Obata. Bring your dog-eared copy of Hikaru no Go: Obata will be at the VIZ booth on Thursday, October 9th from 7:30 to 8:30 pm for a manga signing.

Wondering what kind of goodies you’ll find at publishers’ booths? Many are offering sneak peeks on social media. Vertical, Inc., for example, will have advance copies of new series Witch Craft Works, while Kodansha will have the much-anticipated volume 14 of Attack on Titan.

The End of Naruto is Nigh!

Say it isn’t so: Masashi Kishimoto’s phenomenally popular Naruto will conclude its fifteen-year run on November 10th.

In conjunction with his appearance at NYCC, Death Note artist Takeshi Obata will be signing books at two Manhattan bookstores: Kinokuniya (October 10th) and the Tribeca Barnes & Noble (October 11th).

Seven Seas unveiled three new fantasy and sci-fi licenses: Magika Swordsman, Summoner, and Bodacious Space Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace.

Need some guidance in the manga aisle? The Manga Bookshelf team offers their picks for the week’s best new arrivals.

Ash Brown catalogs his September reading list, from the first volume of Alice in the Country of Hearts to the latest volume of What Did You Eat Yesterday?

Support a good cause! The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund will be throwing a party on October 11th in New York City. The event is open to fans and pros alike, and will raise money for the organization’s advocacy work. Need proof that censorship of manga is still an issue? As recently as two weeks ago, the town of Cleveland, Texas, was holding hearings on whether to remove Vampire Knight from its library for “Satanic content.”

Reviews: The Manga Bookshelf gang files another installment of Bookshelf Briefs, while Lesley Aeschliman runs down the contents of the latest issue of Weekly Shonen Jump.

Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 1 of Alice in the Country of Hearts (Lesley’s Musings… on Anime & Manga)
Matthew Warner on Battle Royale: Angel’s Border (The Fandom Post)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 8 of Happy Marriage?! (Comic Book Bin)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of I Am Alice: Body Swap in Wonderland (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Matthew Alexander on vol. 10 of Knights of Sidonia (The Fandom Post)
Lori Henderson on vols. 5-9 of Library Wars: Love and War (Good Comics for Kids)
Khursten Santos on Sanzoku Diary (Otaku Champloo)
Erica Friedman on vol. 4 of Torikaebaya (Okazu)
Rebecca Silverman on Uzumaki: 3-in-1 Deluxe Edition (Anime News Network)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 2 of World Trigger (Comic Book Bin)

Watch This Space!

If you’ve been a long-time MangaBlog reader, you may have noticed that posts have been a little sporadic lately. Brigid and I have teamed up to ensure that the blog is updated on a more regular basis. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be introducing a few new features. For those of you who read MangaBlog for Brigid’s impeccable news round-ups, fear not—those will continue to be our bread-and-butter. And for those of you who remember The Manga Hall of Shame with fondness, we’ll be flexing our reviewing muscles as well. Stay tuned!

On to the links…

Remember NETCOMICS? Back in 2006, NETCOMICS broke new ground by offering readers an inexpensive way to read manhwa and manga online. Print editions of its most popular series soon followed, though by 2009 NETCOMICS appeared to be a digital-only operation again. In 2013, NETCOMICS dipped its toes back into the print waters with a handful of BL titles. This month, the publisher will release Give to the Heart, a series about a handsome water god and his would-be human bride. (Hat tip to Lori Henderson.)

The folks at Vertical, Inc. address fan concerns about manga pricing with a refreshingly candid response.

Once again Attack on Titan dominates the New York Times’ Manga Bestseller list. You might be surprised to learn, however, that it’s the first volume of Titan that tops this week’s list, not the most recent—an impressive feat, considering that volume one was released in June 2012! Other titles making a strong showing include the latest installments of One Piece—now up to volume 72 in English—and Soul Eater.

Volume 2 of The Ancient Magus' Bride, to be published by Seven Seas in 2015.

Volume 2 of The Ancient Magus’ Bride.

Seven Seas continues to unveil new licenses for 2015. Among the most promising are Nami Sano’s Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto, which documents the exploits of an impossibly cool teenager, and Kori Yamazaki’s The Ancient Magus’ Bride, which explores the relationship between a wizard and an orphan girl.

Erica Friedman posts her weekly round-up of yuri manga news.

Over at Heart of Manga, Laura makes an impassioned licensing plea for Ao Haru no Ride, a shojo series by Strobe Edge manga-ka Io Sakisaka. She also offers a brief run-down of all the series currently running in Bessatsu Friend magazine.

Headed to New York Comic Con this week? The New York Times revisits the first New York comics convention, which was held in 1964. Fun fact: Fantasy author George R.R. Martin—yes, that George R.R. Martin—attended.

Reviews: Shaenon Garrity jumps in the WABAC machine with a nostalgic look at Rumiko Takahashi’s short story anthologies Rumic Theater and One or Double. If you haven’t read them, her post may send you scurrying to eBay to scare up copies. Other reviews of note:

Allen Kesinger on vol. 1 of Doubt (No Flying No Tights)
Allen Kesinger on vol. 2 of Doubt (No Flying No Tights)
Marissa Lieberman on vol. 1 of Dragon Ball Full Color: Saiyan Arc (No Flying No Tights)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 1 of Durarara!! Yellow Scarves Arc (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
John Rose on vol. 34 of Fairy Tale (The Fandom Post)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 2 of Food Wars! (Comic Book Bin)
Kate O’Neil on vol. 3 of Gangsta (The Fandom Post)
Rebecca Silverman on vol. 1 of Honey Blood (Anime News Network)
Rebecca Silverman on The Man of Tango (Anime News Network)
Lori Henderson on vol. 1 of Moonlight Kreuz (Manga Xanadu)
Danica Davidson on vol. 1 of Noragami: Stray God for Hire (Otaku USA)
Jessica Chautin on Sakuran (No Flying No Tights)

Seven Licenses in Seven Days from Seven Seas

Non Non Biyori

Non Non Biyori

Seven Seas is announcing seven new licenses in seven days; the first is Non Non Biyori.

And Viz has rescued another Tokyopop title, adding Kyo Kara Maoh to their Viz Select digital line.

ICv2 has the September BookScan numbers, which cover sales of graphic novels in bookstores. There are eight manga on the list, including three volumes of Attack on Titan, plus the spinoff, Attack on Titan: No Regrets; the first volume of Noragami; and the latest volumes of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds, One Piece, and Naruto.

Lori Henderson checks out this week’s new manga at Manga Xanadu.

In case you haven’t heard, Takeshi Obata (Death Note, Bakuman, Hikaru No Go) is coming to New York Comic Con.

Reviews

Matthew Warner on vol. 4 of From the New World (The Fandom Post)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 5 of Genshiken: Second Season (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Ash Brown on vol. 7 of Wandering Son (Experiments in Manga)
Ash Brown on vol. 4 of What Did You Eat Yesterday? (Experiments in Manga)

Astro Boy Sequel in the Works

The Manga Bookshelf team discusses their Pick of the Week.

Ride Back creator Tetsuro Kasahara is writing a prequel to Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy; the prequel, which is being supervised by Tezuka’s son, Makoto Tezuka, will launch in December in Monthly Hero’s Magazine and will cover the period before Astro Boy was “born.”

At the Tokyopop website, James Perry II talks about the his global manga Orange Crows; the first volume was published by Tokyopop and he self-published the second volume some time later.

News from Japan: A One Piece spinoff, following the further adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates, will launch in December in Shueisha’s Saikyo Jump magazine. Bunny Drop manga-ka Yumi Unita has a new series in the works, Para Para Days, a romantic comedy that will launch in the next issue of Big Comic Spirit.

Reviews: The gang at Manga Bookshelf files this week’s Bookshelf Briefs. Ash Brown discusses a week’s worth of manga reading at Experiments in Manga.

A Library Girl on Angel (A Library Girl’s Familiar Diversions)
A Library Girl on Angel Nest (A Library Girl’s Familiar Diversions)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 4 of Attack on Titan (Lesley’s Musings… on Manga)
Kristin on vol. 1 of Black Rose Alice (Comic Attack)
Ash Brown on vol. 3 of Dororo (Experiments in Manga)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 6 of GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Kristin on vol. 1 of The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Comic Attack)
Naru on vol. 2 of Kingdom Hearts (Organization Anti-Social Geniuses)
A Library Girl on vols. 1 and 2 of Mad Love Chase (A Library Girl’s Familiar Diversions)
Lori Henderson on vols. 1 and 2 of Monster Soul (Manga Xanadu)
Anna N on vol. 2 of My Love Story! (Manga Report)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 7 of Sherlock Bones (Comics Worth Reading)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 4 of Shoulder-A-Coffin Kuro (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Lori Henderson on Sword Art Online: Aincrad (Manga Xanadu)
Sean Gaffney on Time Killers (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Alice Vernon on Umineko: When They Cry (Girls Like Comics)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vols. 2 and 3 of What Did You Eat Yesterday? (Comics Worth Reading)

Yen Grabs ‘Big Hero 6′ Manga

Yen Press has the license for the manga based on the Disney film Big Hero 6. The manga has just launched in Kodansha’s Magazine Special, and not only is it the first manga to precede a Disney film, it’s also the only comic adaptation of the film currently in the works. I talked to Kurt Hassler of Yen Press about their plans for the book—and why Yen got the license and not Kodansha Comics.

Crunchyroll has added two new manga series to its digital service, The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer and Kippo to Catalog.

This past week was Banned Books Week, and Lori Henderson takes the opportunity to look at some manga that have been challenged in school and public libraries in recent years. Sarah does the same at Nagareboshi Reviews.

Erica Friedman has the latest yuri update in her Yuri News Network post at Okazu.

Justin Stroman interviews a manga fan who lives in the United Arab Emirates; Dubai has both a Kinokuniya and a Borders, despite the fact that the chain has shut down in the U.S. (But it sounds like a zombie Borders—they have Del Rey titles but nothing recent).

News from Japan: Claymore will come to an end in the November issue of Jump Square.

Reviews

John Rose on vol. 1 of Bloody Brat (The Fandom Post)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 6 of The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-Chan (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
TSOTE on vol. 1 of Farewell Yamato (Three Steps Over Japan)
Justin Stroman on vol. 1 of The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Organization Anti-Social Geniuses)
John Rose on The Misfortune of Kyon and Koizumi (The Fandom Post)
Sakura Eries on vol. 3 of My Little Monster (The Fandom Post)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 22 of Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan (The Comic Book Bin)
G.B. Smith on vol. 1 of The Seven Deadly Sins (The Fandom Post)
Matthew Warner on vol. 1 of Terra Formars (The Fandom Post)