This week, Comic Book Resources published their report on the ICv2 Conference at New York Comic Con, a look at the domestic comic market from a site tied to Diamond, the distributor who the primary supplier of books to speciality comic shops. According to ICv2’s Milton Griepp, the valued of the American comics market has topped $1 billion. He estimated the size of the manga market at $85 million last year, up 13% from the year before.
At a joint press conference held in Tokyo on October 14, 2016, Japanese publishing company Kodansha announced that it has acquired all shares of Ichijinsha, another publishing company that specializes in manga and light novels. Hit the jump to learn more.
There have been an accumulating number of accounts and figures over recent years suggesting that young workers in the anime industry can expect to work grueling hours for poverty wages. Given that pay can be per-frame and the complexity of those frames in modern anime, work in animation can be tough across the board. Hideyuki Shirakawa, a Nagoya-based labor lawyer, discussed whether the arrangement is even legal.
Just because your face isn't on camera doesn't mean that the entertainment business and its followers aren't going to judge you on your age. Just look at anime's tendency to go young with its casting. Yūko Nagashima, a 46-year-old voice actress who had roles in the 90s like Magic Knight Rayearth's Caldina and Nadesico's Erina Won, took to Twitter with her perspective on the subject. Get a look after the jump.
On Twitter, Hiroya Oku, author of mature audience series like Gantz and the currently running Inuyashiki, does some conventional promotional work for his manga and manga by his peers. He's pretty big on retweeting other users' positive reactions. He'll RT stupid things like stunt-comedian Steve-O bouncing a ball into a woman's cleavage. And, most notably, he occasionally gets a bit real about the the necessities of creative work.
Kodansha has announced that Magazine SPECIAL, a monthly shōnen manga magazine that is part of the Shōnen Magazine family of publications, will be discontinued after the release of its February 2017 issues, which comes out in Japan on January 20, 2017. Hit the jump to learn more.
Asatsu-DK(Anime Densetsu no Kaitakusha), Japan's third largest advertising agency, after Dentsu and Hakuhodo, has announced plans to acquire anime studio Gonzo in a deal with Iwakaze Capital, which owns 80% of Gonzo's shares for an estimated 6.2 billion yen if the whole stake is purchased. More after the jump.
Voice actor Tōru Furuya (Amuro Ray in Mobile Suit Gundam, Yamcha in Dragon Ball Z, Sabo in One Piece) is gearing up to celebrate 50 years of performing as a voice actor, and the festivities include a special edition mook, a mini-album, and a cross-country tour of Japan. Hit the jump to learn more.
After closing out fiscal years on March 31st, a couple of companies in the anime business reported their results last week, with some notable gains recorded. More after the jump.
The 55th annual Japan SF Convention (nicknamed "Iseshimacon" this year) has announced its slate of winners for the 47th Seiun Awards, and two anime / manga properties took home awards this year. Hit the jump to learn more.
With the motto of "Ultra wo Coero." ("To Go Beyond Ultra"), Tsuburaya productions has introduced a new creative award named in honor Tetsuo Kinjo, the playwright / screenwriter primarily responsible for writing Ultra Q, Ultraman, and Ultra Seven. Hit the jump to learn more.
On July 12, 2016, Bandai will be streaming an event on LINE LIVE that will reveal a new series of Mobile Suit Gundam products and toys. Hit the jump to learn more.
In the wake of the success of the Taiwan branch of the One Piece Mugiwara Store, a shop that offers official character goods and merchandise related to Eiichiro Oda's One Piece manga and TV anime, a 2nd overseas branch will be opening in Bangkok, Thailand in the Summer season of 2016. Hit the jump to learn more.
Anime licensor and publisher Discotek Media held its second ever industry panel during this weekend's AnimeNext convention in Atlantic City and did not disappoint with licenses as the company revealed its latest slate. Hit the jump for the details.
Look at all those "how to draw manga" books and it becomes evident that eyes are a cornerstone of what anyone with a passing familiarity would refer to as "anime" or "manga" style going back to Osamu Tezuka, Astro Boy and the beginning of TV anime. Apparently, some of that ocular extravagance is getting to be a problem. More after the jump.