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Announcements

  • CLAMP in America has been pushed back from October to March. :( But only because there are 384 pages instead of the lower number originally planned.
  • They've licensed action/horror manga Code Breaker, by Samurai Deeper Kyo's Akimine Kamijyo.
  • New licenses, I believe: Panic x Panic by Mika Kawamura, and Pink Innocent by Kotori Momoyuki, both very cute shoujo series. Both featuring brunettes with pigtails, actually.
  • Two manga Del Rey is developing: The Last Airbender, written by Dave Roman, prequel art by Nina Matsumoto, and adaptation by Joon Choi.
  • Not manga, but Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Graphic Novel adaptation!
 

Write-Up

We have Dallas Middaugh, Tricia Narwani, Mutsumi Miyazaki, and Ali Kokmen are up at the front of hte panel, plus Tony Lee, a writer. (I think I have his name right...)
 
We're going over upcoming releases right now, including Moyashimon, which is coming out in September. CLAMP in America, "the definitive history of the manga superstars in the U.S.A." which has been moved from October this year to March next year, sadly. 
 
 
 
Manga expert and writer Jason Thompson goes up to talk about King of RPGs, which is about a boy who wants to become the greatest DM in the world, and another guy, who is adddicted to "World of Warfare," who unite to find the greatest gamers in the world to make the greatest GAME in the world. These are tableotp RPGs, of course. Nina Matsumoto's Yokaiden, which I mentioned earlier since she just won an Eisner for her short Simpsons story. John is sitting right next to her too <3
 
Del Rey has picked up the rest of Samurai Deeper Kyo, TOKYOPOP-- and they have also picked up Code Breaker, creator Akimine Kamijyo's latest work.
 
Some talk about Cartoon Network collaborations-- Ben 10 Alien Force, with Peter David and Dan Hipp, and Bakugan Battle Brawlers, written by Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir with art by Kris Sison. Secret Saturdays is also coming out soon.
 
Other recent announcements: Night Head Genesis, by George Iida and artist You Higuri (famous for her yaoi titles like Gorgeous Carat and Cantarella. She did character design for the original anime the manga is based on. Also Kitchen Princess creator Natsumi Ando's Wild@Heart. November and January releases, respectively.
 
New licenses, I believe: Panic x Panic by Mika Kawamura, and Pink Innocent by Kotori Momoyuki, both very cute shoujo series. Both featuring brunettes with pigtails, actually.
 
Two manga Del Rey is developing: The Last Airbender, written by Dave Roman, prequel art by Nina Matsumoto, and adaptation by Joon Choi.
 
OH SHIT GUYS this isn't manga but they're doing a graphic novel adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Tony Lee is up here because he's writing the book, "because I'm British," he says. "Yeahhhhh!"  And "It's the most faithful adaptaiton of a....faithful adaptation." He's also doing the Dr. Who comics, by the way. Due out March 2010! *drools* I'm buying like, ten of 'em.
 
 
 
The Stuff of Legend, a comic book, about a group of toys who work together to save the boy who owns them, is being adapted...but I didn't quite catch how, if it's already a comic. I can clarify later.
 
We've moved into Del Rey Comics, starting with The Splendid Magic of Penny Arcade, for their 11.5th anniversary-- all new material, by the way, not just a strip collection. Jonathan Rosenberg's webcomic infinite typewriters is also coming up....
 
Del Rey Comics is a new imprint, and their first book will be the first volume of the Stephen King adaptation The Talisman, by Peter Straub.
 

Q&A

So one of the projects announced is a monthly comic book project-- that'd be the Talisman --and they've been asked why they're doing that when even comics publishers are having trouble. Dallas responds that their focus is still more bookstores, and that monthlies let them spread out the cost of creating the books, and that they will be very selective about what comics they do this with. Dallas also thinks that comics haven't been hit anywhere near as hard and fast as other sides of entertainment, and that the response to the decline is somewhat overblown.
 
I asked about Dallas' and Jason's favorite roleplay systems. Dallas notes he hasn' t played in 15 or 20 years, he liked oldschool Marvel Superheroes, it just worked for him. Jason lists off pretty much every system I've ever heard of (White WOlf, D&D third and fourth editions, Shadow Run, Feng Shui, Over the Edge, Exalted, Godlike...Dallas asks if this is his favorites, or if this is just all the ones he knows. Jason asks if Dallas wants him to list all the ones he knows, and Dallas politely declines.
 
A question on Genshiken and Kujibiki Unbalance, the latter of which contained references to Genshiken. Will there be more Genshiken? Which, of course, Del Rey has no control over-- the creator finished it up in nine volumes. The only new Genshiken material is the novel, Genshiken: Return of the Otaku, due out this fall. They also picked up the Kitchen Princess novel.
 
Samurai Deeper Kyo had multiple covers in Japan, and Del Rey will be picking and choosing rather than having both. As for them rereleasing the earlier volumes of SDK, they'll wait to see how well the new volumes do.
 
Talisman will be four mini-series of six issues each, each an arc, so the whole thing is 24 issues (over two years).
 
Are they accepting proposals for original works? Yes. What are they looking for? Stuff that will sell. Shoujo, shounen, seinen, josei, autobiography, stories about dogs....no one thing, really. Anything that Del Rey would be a good house for, submission info is at Del Rey Manga.com.
 
Okay, we've come up with a plan: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies the novel is being developed into a graphic novel, which will then be adapted into a movie, which will then be adapted into a role-playing game. I am going to buy every single one of those.
   
CLAMP in America, for those who don't know, is a look at CLAMP's influence on the American manga industry. A history of their work in Japan, then a history of their US debut, reception of titles, interviews with western manga artists about CLAMP's influence, and lots of pretty pretty pictures.
 
More questions about scanlations! Do they ever look at the stats of scanlation viewing and pick licenses based on that? No comment, next! Who contacted who for the X-Men manga? Marvel came to Del Rey, feeling that DRM "gets" manga, and Del Rey said "pssh, yes!" It was very hard to pick an artist-- it often is, because they really care about the books and they want to find the right person. Anzu did amazing work on X-Men, it's said.
 
And that's the end of the story!
John_Martoneon July 25, 2009 at 5:54 p.m.
Woot! Pride and Prejudice AND Zombies, the graphic novel.
 
Done. So done.
giaon July 25, 2009 at 6:01 p.m.
@John_Martone: I feel like I should just throw my wallet on the panel table for them to devour.
John_Martoneon July 25, 2009 at 6:08 p.m.
@gia: Attach a string to it and lure them into the cage.
 
I call Tony Lee! He seems fun.

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