Posts Tagged ‘publishing’

(Not so) Free RPG Day

Written by Musashi on . Posted in Games, WTF

As some of you may be aware, I had a rather unpleasant experience at one of my local game stores this weekend. I shall not name the store in question – I have already done so elsewhere, and the point of this piece is not to make life hard for a game store owner (who […]


Written by Musashi on . Posted in Manga

This sounds insanely cool… VIZ MEDIA PRESENTS THE HISTORICAL AND ROYAL INTRIGUE OF ŌOKU: THE INNER CHAMBERS MANGA SERIES Award-Winning Historical Science Fiction Drama Set In An Alternate Version Of Edo Japan Where Gender Roles Are Reversed San Francisco, CA, August 6, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most […]

Vertical: I'm Not Dead Yet!

Written by AnaKhouri on . Posted in Manga

It seems Vertical, Inc., a teensy-tiny publishing company that releases Japanese fiction and classic manga in the U.S., has no intention of closing up shop depsite the crisis that seems to be hitting the industry everywhere else. PW Article This is nice to know, since I really like their stuff, both content-wise and presentation-wise. They’ve […]


Toilet of Terror

Written by AnaKhouri on . Posted in Uncategorized

Japanese horror writer Koji Suzuki (he wrote The Ring series and Dark Water) will be publishing a short novel printed on toilet paper. So Says NPR I’m not a big Suzuki fan. I liked Dark Water, his collection of short stories, but The Ring was lame. Those are examples of a rare thing: movies that […]


Shojo Beat Going Down

Written by AnaKhouri on . Posted in Uncategorized

Viz Media is closing up shop on Shojo Beat, the girl-oriented version of its popular magazine Shonen Jump. I’ve flipped through Shojo Beat a few times at work. Even if I was a teenage girl still, I probably wouldn’t have read it; the manga they serialized was way too girly for me. They had good […]

Wizard axe-murders Anime Insider

Written by Musashi on . Posted in Anime

With the general downturn of the anime industry continuing, it was only a matter of time before another high-profile anime rag got the axe. Wizard imprint Anime Insider is scheduled for obsolecence with issue 67. Whether or not you read AI, it’s a sad reminder of what was once a fast-growing sector of the entertainment […]

Hong Kong manga-ka wins International Manga Award

Written by Musashi on . Posted in Manga

Speaking of Taro Aso, the International Manga Award was handed to Hong Kong manga-ka Lau Wan Kit today for his manga Feel 100% , which has been adapted into several feature films and a television series. Hopefully my upcoming manga, Sluggo the Garbage-Eating Dwarf will earn me similar accolades when its’ published later this year…

Roland Kelts on demise of Japanese publisher Yohan

Written by Musashi on . Posted in News

When Japanese publisher Yohan went belly up earlier this year, its’ passing was scarcely noted in Western media. Not that I would have expected any of them to run with the story – but Japanamerica author Roland Kelts points out that Yohan’s death is the tip of the iceberg revealing a disturbing trend towards cultural […]

Shonen Jump celebrates double-Anniversary

Written by Musashi on . Posted in Manga

VIZ Media is kicking off a slew of new releases celebrating the Shonen Jump’s 40th and 5th anniversaries (40 in Japan, 5 in the U.S.). Lots of goodies for the fans – read on… VIZ MEDIA CELEBRATES TWO HISTORIC SHONEN JUMP ANNIVERSARIES WITH EXCITING NEW COLLECTOR’S EDITONS 40th Anniversary Of Japan’s Weekly Shonen Jump And […]

Japanese manga industry facing creator-rights crisis?

Written by Musashi on . Posted in Manga

Reading this Daily Yomiuri piece (‘Through Otaku Eyes / Lawsuit exposes mangaka-editor relations‘), I’m reminded of the creator-rights squabbles that erupted in the 80′s and 90′s, leading to more formal declarations of responsibilities between comics creators and their publishers. Mangaka (manga artist) Mokoto Raiku alleges that Shogakukan, Inc. is offering him sub-standard compensation for artwork […]