At this weekend's New York Comic Con, Vertical announced that following the release of Attack on Titan - Before the Fall: Kyklo light novel prequel in a 2-in-1 collection in summer 2015, newly licensed, newly released in Japan Attack on Titan: Harsh Mistress of the City will be released in the fall.
Ryo Kawakami pens the story about Mathias, the son of wealthy merchants and Rita, the daughter of an apothecary. She joins the military Garrison, and in the chaos in Kunita District following the Titan's breach of Wall Maria, he must join with bandits to be reunited. Beyond the striking young heroine, what's noteworthy about the spin-off is that art is by noted/illustrator Range Murata.
Vertical Inc. has announced plans to launch Vertical Comics, a new imprint focused solely on manga and anime-related titles, allowing Vertical Inc. imprint to focus on contemporary genre fiction and nonfiction prose works. Vertical marketing director Ed Chavez explained that starting this fall, Vertical Comics plan to publish about 20 new manga titles over the next year, including seven new properties. The line will eventually expand to 30 to 40 manga and anime-oriented titles a year.
Chavez said that the Vertical Inc. main corporate brand will “revert its focus back to prose works in crime fiction, fantasy and science fiction.”
Chavez said, “we published a lot of manga the last few years.” While the expansion of manga publishing “has done well,” the company believes it has also confused the marketplace and changed the overall perception of Vertical Inc. While Vertical has continued to publish critically acclaimed Japanese prose works, Chavez said “there’s been a shift in the image of the company. It’s not a negative image but the growth of our manga publishing has diluted the company’s brand. It’s getting tougher to get the word out about our prose fiction.”
Vertical plans to step up the release of light novels, which will be handled by this new label.