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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 […]

"Ode to Kirihito": 2.3 Pounds of Comic Book Masterpiece

Before he began the work that would establish him as the God of Manga and the father of the anime industry, Osamu Tezuka was trained as a medical doctor. No doubt his experiences in that prior life informed Ode to Kirihito, a grand-scale work from 1970 that has just been released in English by Vertical, […]

"Gundam Seed Destiny" Manga Picked Up by Del Rey Manga

Del Rey Manga has announced the acquisition of the English-language rights to Gundam Seed Destiny, the latest manga series in the Gundam franchise. The story revolves around subterfuge that threatens to re-ignite the war between the Naturals and the Coordinators. The first volume will go on sale in July 2006.

"Sailor Moon" Manga Rights Revert to Original Owners

The Comics Reporter weblog is reporting that Tokyopop has let the North American reprint rights to the Sailor Moon manga revert back to their original Japanese owner. There is currently no further information if any other manga publishing company will attempt to acquire these rights.

Tokyopop Founder Stuart Levy Interviewed

AnimeNewsNetwork has posted a brief interview with Tokyopop founder Stuart Levy. Topics range from Levy’s move from law to publishing, the Tokyopop products that hold a special place in his heart, and what he does in his spare time.

Viz Launches "Shojo Beat" Magazine

Viz Comics has announced the launch of Shojo Beat magazine, a sister publication to the company’s successful Shonen Jump magazine. The new magazine, aimed at the burgeoning young female manga audience, will hit newsstands in June 2005 with a cover price of $5.99.

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