Eisner Award Nominees Announced

The nominees for the 2012 William Eisner Comic Industry Awards have been announced, and some manga titles received nominations.

Shigeru Mizuki’s Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths is one of the nominees in the Best Reality-Based Work award.

Naoki Urasawa’s 20th Century Boys is one of the nominees in the Best Continuing Series award.

There are also six titles vying for the Best U.S. Edition of International Material-Asia award:

  • A Bride’s Story by Kaoru Mori
  • The Drops of God by Tadashi Agi and Shu Okimoto
  • Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths by Shigeru Mizuki
  • Saturn Apartments (Volumes 3-4) by Hisae Iwaoka
  • Stargazing Dog by Takashi Murakami
  • Wandering Son (Volume 1) by Takako Shimura

Barnes & Noble Nook E-Reader Offering Viz Manga

Barnes and Noble and Viz Media have announced a joint effort to provide digital manga/graphic novels to Nook devices. The content is available for purchase in the Nook Store, and prices range between US$4.99 and US $9.99. New volumes and previews will be available weekly.

The launch titles for this new venture are:
Absolute Boyfriend (Volumes 1-6)
Arata: The Legend (Volumes 1-8)
Backstage Prince (Volumes 1-2)
BEAST MASTER (Volumes 1-2)
Black Bird (Volumes 1-11)
Children of the Sea (Volumes 1-4)
Cross Game (Volumes 1-4)
Dengeki Daisy (Volumes 1-7)
Fushigi Yugi: Genbu Kaiden (Volumes 1-9)
House of Five Leaves (Volumes 1-5)
Hyde & Closer (Volumes 1-6)
I’ll Give It My All… Tomorrow (Volumes 1-4)
Kekkaishi (Volumes 1-19)
Maoh: Juvenile Remix (Volumes 1-7)
Not Simple
Oishinbo (Volumes 1-5)
Saturn Apartments (Volumes 1-4)
What a wonderful world! (Volumes 1-2)

Viz Media Announces November 2011 Digital Manga Releases

Viz Media has announced the November 2011 digital manga releases on VIZManga.com, as well as on the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.

The most notable releases are Naruto Volumes 54 and 55, which are being made available in a digital format several months in advance of their print counterparts. These releases are part of the Shonen Jump Digital Warp, which is a speed-up of select titles to bring North American readers up-to-date with Japanese releases, as well as to prepare fans for the debut of the digital Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha in January 2012.

November 7, 2011:
Bleach Volume 32
Dengeki Daisy Volume 6
Naruto Volume 54
Neon Genesis Evangelion Chapter 14
Oishinbo Volume 4
One Piece Volumes 54 and 55
Ouran High School Host Club Volume 12
Ristorante Paradiso Volume 1

November 14, 2011:
Ai Ore Volume 3
Black Bird Volume 11
Bleach Volume 33
Claymore Volume 19
D. Gray-Man Volume 21
Fushigi Yugi: Genbu Kaiden Volume 8
Gente Volume 1
Kekkaishi Volume 17
Neon Genesis Evangelion Chapter 15
One Piece Volume 56
Rurouni Kenshin Volume 26

November 21, 2011:
Bleach Volume 34
Gente Volume 2
Naruto Volume 55
One Piece Volume 57
Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 9
Neon Genesis Evangelion Chapter 16
Saturn Apartments Volume 4
The Story of Saiunkoku Volume 5

November 28, 2011:
Bleach Volume 35
Gente Volume 3
Inuyasha VIZBig Volume 6
Kekkaishi Volume 18
Neon Genesis Evangelion Chapter 17
One Piece Volume 58
Rurouni Kenshin Volume 27

Viz Media Announces Digital Releases for October 2011

Viz Media has announced the titles being added to VIZManga.com and the VIZ MANGA app for the Apple iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

October 3, 2011:
Bleach Volume 26
Dengeki Daisy Volume 5
Kekkaishi Volume 14
Neon Genesis Evangelion Ch. 9
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Volume 5
Oishinbo Volume 3
One Piece Volume 46
Ouran High School Host Club Volume 11
Rurouni Kenshin Volume 23

October 10, 2011:
Bakuman. Volume 7
Bleach Volume 27
Blue Exorcist Volume 4
Fushigi Yugi: Genbu Kaiden Volume 7
Grand Guignol Orchstra Volume 4
Hyde & Closer Volume 6 [debuting a day ahead of print]
Neon Genesis Evangelion Chapter 10
One Piece Volume 47
Rosario + Vampire II Volume 6
Saturn Apartments Volume 3

Viz Announces Digital Manga “Speed Up” for Bleach and One Piece

Viz Media has announced a “speed up” release schedule for the digital releases of Bleach and One Piece to bring both of these series up to date with their North American print counterparts by December.

Starting on September 12 and continuing every Monday thereafter, new digital volumes of Bleach and One Piece will be available online on VIZManga.com and also for download on the VIZ Manga App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

In addition to these releases, Viz has also announced other digital releases for September 2011.

September 12, 2011
Bakuman. Volume 6
Bleach Volume 23
Claymore Volume 18
D. Gray-Man Volume 19
Dragon Ball Z Volume 26
Fushigi Yugi: Genbu Kaiden Volume 6
Hyde & Closer Volume 5
Neon Genesis Evangelion Chapter 6
One Piece Volume 43
Otomen Volume 10
Saturn Apartments Volume 2
What A Wonderful World! Volume 2

September 19, 2011
Bleach Volume 24
House of Five Leaves Volume 4 [debuts a day before its print counterpart]
Kekkaishi Volume 13
Natsume’s Book of Friends Volume 8
Neon Genesis Evangelion Chapter 7
One Piece Volume 44
Rosario + Vampire II Volume 5
Rurouni Kenshin Volume 22

September 26, 2011
Arata: The Legend Volume 6
Bleach Volume 25
Children of the Sea Volume 4
D. Gray-Man Volume 20
Inuyasha VIZBIG Volume 4 [exclusive to the VIZ Manga App for iPad]
Maoh: Juvenile Remix Volume 6
Neon Genesis Evangelion Chapter 8
One Piece Volume 45
Vampire Knight Volume 11