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NYCC2009: VIZ Media Panel Report

Hosting the VIZ Media panel at the 2009 New York Comic Con was Mark Chang and Candice Vyloan, presenting a combination of manga and anime-related news and announcements. New information was relatively light, but there were a few surprises and one big announcement near the end of the panel. Stan Lee and Hiroyuki Takei’s Ultimo […]

ICv2 Lists Top Anime & Manga Properties For Fall 2008

The results are in: These are the top anime and manga properties for September through mid November, based on info provided from retailers and distributors, as well as info from Nielsen BookScan. Anime: 1) Dragon Ball Z 2) Naruto 3) Afro Samurai 4) Death Note 5) Batman: Gotham Knight 6) Pokemon 7) Hellsing Ultimate 8) […]

PR: VIZ Media Debuts Black Lagoon Manga Series

VIZ MEDIA DEBUTS BLACK LAGOON MANGA SERIES A PT Boat Packed with Mercenary Couriers Lands on North American Shores San Francisco, CA, SEPTEMBER 16, 2008 — VIZ Media, LLC, one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced the exciting North American debut of BLACK LAGOON, a manga […]

PR: VIZ Media Celebrates 2 Shonen Jump Anniversaries with New Collector's Editions

VIZ MEDIA CELEBRATES TWO HISTORIC SHONEN JUMP ANNIVERSARIES WITH EXCITING NEW COLLECTOR’S EDITONS 40th Anniversary Of Japan’s Weekly Shonen Jump And 5th Anniversary Of SHONEN JUMP Magazine Commemorated With Special Collector’s Edition Of Top Manga Anthology’s Articles And New Hardcover Presentations Of Several Most-Loved Manga Series San Francisco, CA, July 10, 2008 – VIZ Media, […]

"Bleach" Creator Tite Kubo to Appear at San Diego Comic-Con 2008 in July

VIZ Media will be hosting Tite Kubo, the creator of the Bleach and Zombie Powder manga, as a special guest at the San Diego Comic-Con International 2008 on July 25-26. Kubo will be appearing at the Bleach the Movie screening on July 25, and at the Shonen Jump panel and two autographing sessions on July […]

Dark Horse on the "Gantz" Manga

Newsarama has interviewed Michael Gombos, Dark Horse Comics’ Director of Asian Licensing, about their English-language Gantz manga coming in June. Gombos goes into the plot of Gantz, the long process of bringing the manga to US shores, the competition over Gantz between Dark Horse and VIZ Media (which is owned by Gantz publisher Shueisha), how […]

Tor Books & Seven Seas Ink Joint Venture to Publish "Afro Samurai" Manga

A report in Publishers Weekly states that Tor Books will be entering the U.S. manga market through a joint venture with manga publisher Seven Seas Ink. The imprint will be publishing new and licensed titles, with the Afro Samurai manga by Takashi Okazaki coming from the new imprint in August 2008. (via Comics Reporter)

Philip Brophy on the Marvel of Osamu Tezuka's Manga

Philip Brophy’s resume makes him out as a multi-media renaissance man, with a variety of critically acclaimed and intellectually challenging projects in music, film, analytical texts, and museum curatorship. He has done several exhibitions so far on the work of Osamu Tezuka, often regarded as the artist who built the foundations of Japanese anime and […]

Yani Mentzas of Vertical on Manga Titles; Possible CN Tie-ins

Newsarama.com has interviewed Yani Mentzas, Editorial Director and Executive Vice President of Vertical, on the company’s manga publishing efforts. The company has published English translations of Osamu Tezuka’s Buddha and Ode to Kirihito, and just released To Terra… Vol. 1. At the end of the interview, Mentzas states, “We are looking to launch a manga […]

Vertical to Publish Tezuka's "Apollo's Song" in June 2007; "To Terra..." in Feb 2007

Independent publisher Vertical, Inc. has announced that they will be publishing a translation of Osamu Tezuka’s Apollo’s Song (Apollo no Uta) in June of 2007. The 500-page graphic novel tells the tale of a young man named Shogo, who is condemned to an eternity of heartbreak by the Goddess of Love because of his own […]

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