If you saw the tease from VIZ Media editor Jennifer LeBlanc the other day, you know what type of announcement they were planning for Yaoi-con—and even from just the venue, you knew it had to be about pretty boys going crazy for each other—now we have a pile of details!
SuBLime, a new line of yaoi manga—the fruit of a partnership between VIZ Media, LLC, and Animate, Ltd. and Libre Publishing Co., Ltd. in Japan—launches today. From the sound of things, as long as you speak English, you're in business: they'll be offering digital titles worldwide on their website, SuBLimeManga.com, with some available on a download-to-own basis. Select titles will even make it to worldwide English-language print editions. Here's the release schedule as far out as it has been announced:
LOVE PISTOLS Vol. 1 - Tarako Kotobuki
DANNASAMA TO MITSUGETSUCHU Vol. 1 - Haruka Minami
OUSAMA NO BED - Sakae Kusama
SWEET POOL Vol. 1 Nitro+CHiRAL
Other 2012 Titles
SHIZUKU HANABIRA RINGO NO KAORI Vol. 1-2 - Toko Kawai
DEVIL'S HONEY - Isaku Natsume
KEKKON ZENYA - Kou Fujisaki
ADULT TEACHER WA OSUKI? - Kiu Aion
YOKUBOU NO SHIZUKU - You Higashino
THREE WOLVES MOUNTAIN - Naono Bohra
HACHIMITSU DARLING - Norikazu Akira
PUNCH UP Vol. 1 - Shiuko Kano
AITSU NO DAIHONMEI Vol. 1 - Suzuki Tanaka
We got a chance to pop some questions to VIZ's Vice President of Publishing, Leyla Aker, about how this new opportunity came about and what we can expect up ahead.
CRN: How did VIZ Media decide it was time to enter yaoi publishing in such a big way?
Leyla Aker: It was a prospect that we’d been looking at, but until recently it didn’t make sense for us to try and get into the genre since it was already so well served by other publishers and imprints. And then two things happened around the same time. The first was that, sadly, a number of those publishers and imprints ceased operations. The second was that a chance arose for VIZ Media to work with Animate in exploring new publishing opportunities, and since Animate is the parent company of Libre—the world’s number-one publisher of yaoi content—the idea quickly developed from there.