Manga Creator and Illustrator Baron Yoshimoto to Attend the Angoulême International Comics Festival

Pie International has announced that manga creator and illustrator Baron Yoshimoto will attend the 47th Angoulême International Comics Festival. Yoshimoto will participate in a book signing and a live painting event from January 30-February 2, 2020. He will also participate in a public conference on January 31, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. with manga artist Sansuke Yamada and Emily Yoshimoto.

Pie International released The Art of Baron Yoshimoto, a bilingual (Japanese and English) hardbound artbook featuring 184 pages, in October 2019.

Yoshimoto’s collective works received the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Award at the 48th Japan Cartoonists Association Awards in April 2019.

This year’s Angoulême Festival runs from January 30-February 2, 2020 in the Angoulême area of France. In addition to Baron Yoshimoto attending the event, Inio Asano and Yukito Kishiro will each host a Masterclass at the event.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Moves Up the Time for Release of Shonen Jump Manga and Adds the Undead Unluck Manga

VIZ Media has announced that it will now release new chapters of manga from Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. ET. In instances where Weekly Shonen Jump releases in Japan on days other than Mondays (the magazine often releases on Saturday when there is a Monday holiday in Japan), VIZ Media’s release time may change from the normal time.

The new release time equates to 12:00 a.m. on Mondays in Japan. Shueisha releases its Weekly Shonen Jump magazine digitally in Japan on Mondays at 5:00 a.m. JST.

Starting in December 2018 with the launch of VIZ Media’s new Shonen Jump service, VIZ published new chapters from Weekly Shonen Jump in English digitally on Sundays at 3:00 p.m. ET. This new system pushes up the release time by five hours.

Viz Media also announced that it will publish Yoshifumi Tozuka’s Undead Unluck manga in English. The manga will launch in Weekly Shonen Jump‘s eighth issue in Japan on January 20, 2020, and is the first of three new manga debuting in January 2020 and February 2020 in the magazine.

Source: ANN

Saki the Succubus Hungers Tonight Manga to End on January 24, 2020

The January 31, 2020 issue of Houbunsha’s Weekly Manga Times magazine has announced that Mikokuni Homare and studioHIP-CATs’ Saki the Succubus Hungers Tonight (Saki-chan wa Konya mo Peko Peko) romance manga will end in the magazine’s next issue on January 24, 2020.

Seven Seas Entertainment’s Ghost Ship imprint licensed the manga for North America.

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Merman in my Tub Manga to End on February 15, 2020

The February 2020 issue of Kadokawa’s Comic Gene magazine has announced that Itokichi’s Merman in My Tub (Orenchi no Furo Jijō) manga will end in the magazine’s next issue on February 15, 2020.

Itokichi launched the four-panel manga in Comic Gene in 2011. Seven Seas Entertainment is publishing the manga in English.

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Star Wars: Legends of Luke Skywalker Manga Debuts From VIZ Media

43 years after Star Wars: A New Hope hit theaters, the legendary space saga unfolds in the galaxy of manga thanks to the latest story in the Skywalker saga.

Packing in all the adventure that fans would expect from Star Wars, publishing and entertainment juggernaut VIZ Media, in collaboration with Lucasfilm, presents Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker: The Manga.

Encounters with the elusive Jedi Luke Skywalker have mystified many in a galaxy far, far away. A cadre of renowned Japanese manga artists, Akira Himekawa, Haruichi, Subaru, Akira Fukaya, and Takashi Kisaki, brilliantly capture and bring him to life in this literary piece.

Star Wars and manga fans alike will delight in the storytelling and humor narrated in Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker: The Manga inspired by Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy award-winning author Ken Liu’s Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

My Hero Academia Is #3 on the December 2019 NPD BookScan Top 20 Adult Graphic Novel List

12 manga volumes appeared on NPD BookScan’s Top 20 Adult Graphic Novel list for December 2019:

  • My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#3)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 22 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#4)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#5)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#6)
  • One-Punch Man Volume 18 by ONE and Yūsuke Murata (#7)
  • No Longer Human Hardcover by Junji Ito (#10)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 4 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#11)
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Volume 1 by Koyoharu Gotouge (#15)
  • Dragon Ball Super Volume 7 by Akira Toriyama and Toyotarō (#16)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 5 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#17)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 21 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#19)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 20 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#20)

The BookScan rankings collect data sales from more than 16,000 locations including Barnes & Noble and other book chains, independent bookshops, and online purchases — but not sales at comic book stores,, and some other venues.

Source: ANN

Digital Manga Inc. Updates the Timelines for the Kodomo no Jikan and Delico Psyche Kickstarter Campaigns

Digital Manga Inc. has posted updates for its Kickstarter campaigns for Kaworu Watashiya’s Kodomo no Jikan ~ A Child’s Time manga and four boys-love manga by Delico Psyche.

The company explained that the original planned order for fulfillment for its three remaining Kickstarter campaigns was for Kodomo no Jikan, then Wonder 3, then Delico Psyche. However, due to a change in licensing agreement with Tezuka Productions over Osamu Tezuka’s Wonder 3 manga, Digital Manga Inc. will now fulfill the Wonder 3 campaign first.

Digital Manga Inc. stated it is working on producing the merchandise for the Kodomo no Jikan campaign, and will start shipping out those merchandise rewards once they arrive. The company will then work on printing physical books after the Wonder 3 campaign is fulfilled.

In regard to the Delico Psyche campaign, the company will also still work on sending out rewards that are not books first, tentatively starting around the end of the second quarter 2020.

The Digital Manga Inc. representative who posted the updates to the two campaigns offered this explanation for the overall delay of all three of its campaigns:

And for the sake of transparency, DMI was overly-ambitious with trying to fulfill several campaigns at the same time. Originally, each campaign was run by their own dedicated managers and we were a bigger team overall. However, now we’re a handful of employees trying our best to get these campaigns fulfilled while still working on other responsibilities. I don’t want this to be interpreted as an excuse but instead, as a glimpse into the reality of the situation.

Source: ANN