Calling all aspiring manga creators!

The Otaku Box

I’ve been given the opportunity to review a few indie comics on here, and I’ve also been asked about becoming a creator before. Well, for all those folks, here’s your chance! You could get your manga/comic featured in The Otaku Box.

The full press release is included here, but I also emailed Joe Delbridge of GeekSmash to ask a few additional questions for those contest entrants:

1. When does the contest end and when will winners be contacted or announced (approximately)?
— We’re thinking this can be an ongoing thing. We don’t want to limit the opportunities for the creators.

2. Is this contest open to creators worldwide? (With English works, of course.)
— Yes, it’s open to worldwide creators as long as it’s in English.

3. Are there any restrictions on age rating or content?
— Somewhat. We don’t want pornographic content, but edgy is encouraged.

So if you’re interested, please read the press release for more details and to learn how to enter: (more…)

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Peach Heaven! Volume 1

While Daiyamanga generally focuses on manga reviews, I also try to highlight some of the (generally lesser known) gems that are only available in Japan. The first manga I introduced, posted two years ago this month, was Momoiro Heaven!

In case you missed it, Kodansha Comics announced the simulpub of Nihei’s APOSIMZ, and the digital licenses of the manga series The Full-Time Wife Escapist (Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu), House of the Sun (Taiyou no Ue), and… Peach Heaven! (Momoiro Heaven!).

You can read the first chapter here. The first digital volume is already available at all the major outlets like Amazon.

Just goes to show you: don’t give up. Now make sure you support Kodansha and the creators! Especially all you House of the Sun / Taiyou no Ue fans. I know there are a lot of you, so perhaps a physical release — and for Peach Heaven! — isn’t out of the realm of possibilities?

Seven Seas’ Series Spree

Seven Seas Manga

Seven Seas has made quite a few announcements over the past few days.

First, new licenses for 2017:

Ghost Diary (Kaidan Nikki) – NATSUMEGU Seiju
The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún (Totsukuni no Shoujo) – Nagabe
Hana & Hina After School (Hana to Hina wa Houkago) – MORINAGA Milk
Kase-san and… (… to Kase-san) – TAKASHIMA Hiromi
Kindred Spirits on the Roof (Okujou no Yurirei-san) – ITO Hachi, FUMIO Aya, & AMATSU Toi [Omnibus]
Secret of the Princess (Ohime-sama no Himitsu) – MORINAGA Milk
There’s a Demon Lord on the Floor (Floor ni Maou ga Imasu) – KAWAKAMI Masaki
Tokyo Undead – SAIMURA Tsukasa [Omnibus]

Seven Seas is also teaming up with FUJIMARU Mamenosuke of the Alice in the Country of series to make a manga version of The Wizard of Oz series. The shoujo series will be titled Captive Hearts of Oz and be written by MARUYU Ryo.

They are also starting to release their titles as NOOK e-books.

So, are you interested in any of these titles?

News – Kodansha Comics Weekend Wrap-Up

Kodansha Comics USA had some big news this weekend!

  • Their simulpubs are now available for purchase from ComiXology and Amazon.
  • Princess Jellyfish ended the shoujo/josei drought bestseller drought! Number three on the New York Times’ Manga Best Sellers list!
  • The next Vinland Saga omnibus will be published. I guess sales of volume seven were good. Let’s hope the series doesn’t go into permanent hiatus in English!
  • Akira will be getting a box set, and it will be published in unflopped format. All six volumes plus the art book in hardcover for MSRP $199.99.

So, did any of these announcements pique your interest? I am definitely keeping an eye on Akira. It may seem expensive, but that breaks down to $28.50 an item, which is in line with the current paperback versions ($24.99 to $29.99). Of course, I don’t plan on spending $200 on it. Deal shopping FTW!