Shogakukan's Weekly Shōnen Sunday manga magazine is beginning its 2nd "bring-your-own manga" contest in October, in which aspiring manga artists both amateur and professional can pitch their comics directly to the magazine's editorial board. Hit the jump to learn more.
The Japan Manga Alliance, a group composed of 4 major manga publishers and the Animate retail chain, has announced plans to expand into overseas markets beginning in Thailand. Hit the jump to learn more.
Masami Yuuki's comedic science fiction manga involving an absent-minded android, Kyūkyoku Chōjin R, is returning to print with a special one-shot story told in 2 parts in the Big Comic Spirits and Monthly Big Comic Spirits manga magazines published by Shogakukan. Hit the jump to learn more.
Shogakukan is offering a lottery style drawing that will give Japanese fans of Rumiko Takahashi the chance to win fabulous prizes, including keychains that depict famous Takahashi characters as Kewpie dolls. Hit the jump to learn more.
The entire print run of Fujiko Fujio's classic comedy manga, Doraemon, is now available via digital distribution in Japan. Hit the jump to learn more.
CoroCoro BASE, a new store dedicated to Shogakukan's CoroCoro Comic manga magazine, has just opened in Saitama. Hit the jump to learn more.
Shogakukan has published Zero-Dimensional Machine Journey, a new art book featuring some 400 illustrations from Katsumi Itabashi and Leiji Matsumoto dealing with mechanical designs from such series as Galaxy Express 999, Captain Harlock, and Space Battleship Yamato. Hit the jump to learn more.
The Pokémon franchise, which celebrates its 20th anniverary this year, is courting adult fans with new products such as the Pokémon Life magazine and a line of Visa credit cards from Mitsui Sumitomo. Hit the jump to learn more.
Red and his fellow color-coordinated characters are set to enter the digital age, because Shogakukan has begun publishing the Japanese version of the Pokémon Adventures manga in eBook format. Hit the jump to learn more.
When its not running from explosions, jamming to heavy metal music, or addressing the Foreign Correspondents' Club, the "pear fairy" known as Funassyi is rocking the fashion world on the cover of AneCan magazine. Hit the jump to learn more.
As long as he's been around in some form of media, Doraemon has made the cover of countless magazines and books over the years in Japan. Now, he'll be on 51 magazines published by Shogakukan between February 15th to April 7th in Japan. This Doraemon On Cover promotion is for the upcoming film which will open this weekend in Japan and also to celebrate the 80th birthday of the author, Fujiko F Fujio. More after the jump!