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Photocopier That Can Translate Japanese? Mangaka Wedding, Interviews and More
Scanlation News

Photocopier that Can Translate Manga? According to Gizmodo, Fuji Xerox has developed a new photocopier that can scan an English document and then print a copy of it in Japanese or Korean. The photocopier can also work the other way around, translating from Japanese tp English...a new tool for scanlators?

SnoopyCool Returns The official site of SnoopyCool has been updated with a counter, which suggests that something will happen 40 days from now...according to this post, the group's site will be completely relaunched on October 31st.

Japan/China News

A Union of Mangaka: Yoshida Sensha and Risa Itou got married!

Koukoku no Shugosha Ends: Koukoku no Shugosha (Imperial Guards) by Daisuke Sato (author) and Yu Ito (artist) is ending in the October issue of Ultra Jump (9/19).

Moetan and Shana Manga Preview: Dengeki Kuro Maoh recently launched its official site, which features previews of the new Moetan manga as well as the new Shakugan no SHANA manga.

Manga Doing Well in Hong Kong: According to JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization), manga is doing extremely well in the Hong Kong contents market, with around 60% - 70% comics publishing in Hong Kong being manga.

U.S. News

More E-Readers for Everyone: PW reports that Border plans to expand its relationship with Sony by offering more of Sony's e-book reader in its stores.

Interview Round-up: A brief round-up of recent interviews from various sites:
- Interview with author and translator Frederik L. Schodt (Animation Insider)
- Interview with Tokyopop Editor Tim Beedle (Newsarama)
- Interview with Japanime publisher Glenn Kardy (MangaBlog)
- Interview with Manami Iiboshi, VIZ Pictures's Director of Marketing (Variety)
Posted by Gum on September 22nd 5:51am Comments ( 11 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
Downtime
Network issues from our ISP again. We're sorry for the downtime.

It will probably happen some more, so we're just warning in advance.

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Posted by Manick on September 20th 11:12pm Comments ( 10 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
Tezuka Manga Digitized, Manga Artists vs. File-sharers and Overseas Companies
Japan News

Tezuka Manga to be Digitized: Starting this month, Tezuka Productions will start releasing digitized version of Osamu Tezuka's manga.

Manga Artists Wins Case Against Manga Uploaders: A group of 11 manga artists, including well-known artists such as Tetsuya Chiba and Takehiko Inoue, has won a lawsuit against 2 Japanese men who uploaded and sitributed manga on the internet. The two uploaders will be paying 20.5 million yen for infringing the manga artists' copyright.

Kazuo Koike Establishes New Copyright Company: Lone Wolf and Cub author Kazuo Koike has established a new company called Kazuo Koike Gekiga Sonjuku Co., Ltd. to help protect the copyright of Japanese manga from not file-sharers, but big companies who uses manga in movies without permission.

Serialization Updates:

Young Sunday No.42 (9/20)
Starting:
- "Akatsuki no Aegis" (Aegis in the Dawn) by Yoshihide Fujiwara

Comic ZERO-SUM October issue (8/28)
Starting:
- "Carnival" by Mikanagi Touya
Ending:
- "Dawn Tsumetai Te" by Ueda Shinshuu
- "Tokage" by Haibara Yak

U.S. News

DMP Confirms Robot Discontinuation: DMP confirmed on its new MySpace blog that future volumes of Robot will be discontinued.

MangaNEXT Adds Three More Guests: Three more guests will be attending this year's MangaNEXT: Jason Thompson, Hiroki Otsuka and Mari Morimoto.
Posted by Gum on September 17th 4:03am Comments ( 8 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
Prince of Tennis Ending
Kaioh writes:
According to issue 41 of Shounen Jump (Japanese version), Prince of Tennis will end serialization in issue 52 of Shounen Jump, after eight years of publication.
Posted by lambchopsil on September 12th 9:53pm Comments ( 24 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
Viz Responds to Letter from Scanlation Group, Serialization Updates, and More
Scanlation News

Viz to "Collaborate" with Scanlation Group? According to this post, Viz has replied to a letter sent by Freelance-Manga regarding improvements on Viz's Inuyasha graphic novel. According to the response, one of Viz's supervising editor will be examining Freelance-Manga's IY scanlations to see if there is learn anything that will help improve Viz's handling of the manga.

NCIS/Lurk Conflict? (Updated): The blog Tiamat's Anime and Manga Reviews has written an article on groups that place restrictions on their releases, and mentions a recent conflict between Lurk and NCIS. However, according to NCIS, there was no conflict whatsoever between NCIS and Lurk (as opposed to what we previously reported)

Japan News

Serialization Updates:

Evening No.20 (9/25)
Starting:
- "ADAMAS" by Ryouji Minagawa

Morning No.41 (9/13)
Starting:
- "Inanna" by Reiko Okano

Young Animal No.11 (10/5)
Starting:
- "Assistant Romance Keika" by Rosuke Nishikawa

New Japanese Copyright Portal Site Debuting in 2008: 17 of Japan's copyright holder groups have announced plans to create "a free Internet portal with a searchable database system of product details and copyright information for music, movies, television, music, literature, comics, anime, art/photo, and games next January."

Goodbye Toen Shobo: Toen Shobo, an adult manga publisher, recently closed business due to financial troubles.
Posted by Gum on September 12th 1:55am Comments ( 9 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
Japan Publication News, ICv2 Interviews Tokyopop
Japan News

Comic Yoshimoto to Cease Publication: A few months after its debut (in June), comedy magazine Comic Yoshimoto will cease publication on 9/18.

JoJo Creator Draws Cover for Science Journal: Hirohiko Araki, mangaka of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, drew the cover for a American science journal called Cell (volume 130, issue 5). The cover can be seen here. When the news was announced on Friday, Cell's website crashed after experiencing a surge in visitors.

Serialization News: Yorukishi Monogatari (Night Knight Story) will become a web serialization.

New BL Magazine from MediaWork: MediaWorks has announced a new BL magazine titled CLaCLa (will be released in October).

U.S. News

Tokyopop Interviewed: ICv2 interviews Tokyopop's publisher Mike Kiley about the manga market.
Posted by Gum on September 8th 4:27am Comments ( 1 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
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