Tokyopop announced four new manga licenses, including three boys-love manga licenses, at its panel at Comic-Con International:
- Parham Itan: Tales From Beyond by Kaili Sorano [debut date: February 2020 (for Volume 1)]
- Dirty Darling by Gorō Kanbe [debut date: January 2020]
- Dekoboko Sugar Days by Atsuko Yusen [debut date: February 2020]
- RePlay by Saki Tsukahara [debut date: February 2020]
Kodansha Comics announced at its panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego that it has released volumes 39 through 48 of Shuuichi Shigeno’s Initial D manga digitally in English. Comixology and Kodansha Comics released volumes 1-38 of the manga in April 2019. The volumes are available for purchase through Comixology and Kindle, and Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and Comixology Unlimited subscribers can read the volumes at no additional cost.
The publisher also announced it will release four more shōjo manga digitally starting in August 2019:
- Vampire Dormitory by Ema Toyama [debut date: August 20, 2019]
- Atsumori-kun’s Bride-to-be (Atsumori-kun no Oyome-san [←Mitei]) by Taamo [debut date: August 27, 2019]
- Smile Down the Runway (Runway de Waratte) by Kotoba Inoya [debut date: September 3, 2019]
- Queen Bee (Seishun Otome Banchou!) by Shizuru Seino [debut date: September 10, 2019]
The 2019 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards revealed its winners at Comic-Con International: San Diego, and Akiko Higashimura’s Tokyo Tarareba Girls manga won this year’s Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia award.
The manga competed against Nie Jun’s My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder, Tsutomu Nihei’s Abara: Complete Deluxe Edition, Inio Asano’s Dead Dead Demon’s Dededededestruction, and Afro’s Laid-Back Camp.
Junji Ito’s “Frankenstein” story in the Frankeinstein: Junji Ito Story Collection also won the “Best Adaptation from Another Medium” category.
Drawn & Quarterly announced at its Comic-Con International: San Diego panel that it will release the book The Sky is Blue with a Single Cloud, a collection of manga by Kuniko Tsurita, with translations by Ryan Holmberg. The book is scheduled to be released in Spring 2020.
Drawn & Quarterly describes the book:
The Sky is Blue with a Single Cloud is the definitive collection from Garo cartoonist Tsurita Kuniko, never before available in English. Her poetic and cinematic cartooning shifts between lyrical figures and bleak realism—the hallmark of the gekiga movement—while also reflecting the political turbulence of the late 1960s and early 1970s and a distinctly feminist voice.
Udon Entertainment revealed at its panel at San Diego Comic-Con that it will release the first volume of Riyoko Ikeda’s The Rose of Versailles manga in December 2019. The remaining four volumes are slated to ship three or four months apart. The company said that all five omnibus volumes of the manga have been localized, and the localization is now waiting for Ikeda Production’s approval.
The company also stated:
It has been a very long process for us because of how important this book is to UDON. We decided to actually finish the translation and localization work and lettered the whole series, so we can can cross-check all the details in the 82 chapters and side stories to make sure a lot of historical character and location’s name are correct, before we start planning on the release. What it means is that we will be sure that we can stick to a release schedule, and also ensure that there is no mistake or back tracking on the localization. We are very proud of the end results. Every sound effect is also localized and touched up too to match with the original look of the Japanese edition.
Digital comics publisher SOZO Comics has announced on Friday that it will release four manga in English on Comixology starting on July 16, 2019.
The four titles are:
- Enchanted Racer by Akira Itō, Yoshio Sekine, and Ikeda
- Marin by Sanyo and Himekawa Art
- Prince of Lan Ling by Yoshiki Tanaka and Takeru Kirishima
- ZAN by Mark A.Z. Dippe and GORIO21 (Taishi N.)
Publisher Yen Press announced on its website and on Twitter that “due to an error” on the company’s part, the company mistakenly announced licenses to the Persona 5 Mementos Mission and Persona 5 a la Carte manga at its Anime Expo panel on July 4, 2019.
Yen Press added, “To be clear, Yen Press has not been granted the rights to publish these titles in English.” The company apologized for any confusion caused by the original announcement.