TPP is a free trade deal between the U.S., Canada, and 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific to eliminate tariffs and synchronize regulations. Potent consequences for lower environmental regulations and higher medicine costs have been very controversial. Its copyright agreements' potential effect on creative fan endeavors like doujinshi and cosplay has also been a concern, with manga author Ken Akamatsu being among the prominent voices raising the issue.
In an international feature, CNN has asked where graphic anime and manga should fall under new prohibitions. They interview politician Masatada Tsuchiya supporting regulation, and author Ken Akamatsu (Love Hina, Negima) who lobbies on behalf of keeping the industry free of restrictions. Get a look after the jump.
Kodansha announced a slate of new manga licenses New York Comic Con, headlined by Attack on Titan's parody manga Titan Junior High, as well as prequel spin-off manga No Regret and Before the Fall. They also picked up UQHolder from Negima! author Ken Akamatsu as well as shounen series Seven Deadly Sins. More after the jump.
Ken Akamatsu, author of Negima! and Love Hina returns with his latest manga in this year's 39th issue of Weekly Shonen Magazine (home of Fairy Tail and Knight in the Area), on sale August 28th. UQ Holder! kicks off with an 82-page opening installment and color first page. More after the jump.
Negima and Love Hina manga author Ken Akamatsu established the J-Comi website in 2011 to distribute out-of-print manga titles via ad-supported, author-authorized DRM-free e-books. Evolving the offering, a recent J-Comi FANding trial, inspired by Kickstarter and DRM-free Harry Potter eBook Pottermore, met its goal in a blazing twenty minutes. More after the jump.