Keep an eye on this logo, 'cause soon it'll be on bookshelves across the country.
In some of the best news to hit the US manga scene in a long while, Kodansha (one of the largest publishers in Japan, responsible for oodles of great manga) has announced its goals to publish manga in America!
(Well, technically, they've been in the game for a while, but only to reprint previously published series.)
You can read about their plans on the Kodansha Comics website. Perhaps most interesting to the Hey, Women! Comics! crowd are:
- Deltora Quest, an adaptation of the book series by Emily Rodda.
- Two series "rescued" from now-vanished publishers: Gon, about a cute little dinosaur, and Until the Full Moon, about a boy who turns into a girl under the full moon, werewolf-style.
- And the continued publication of several series from Kodansh'a old partner Del Rey, including Arisa, which made Deb Aoki's Best New Manga list recently, and Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, which you may remember me gushing over.
All in all, this is fantastic news. As the US branch of one of Japan's biggest publishers, Kodansha Comics has access to plenty of manga for women to fall in love with.