Good Things Come In Threes With New Yen Press Licenses
Yen Press managed to do the nearly-impossible yesterday by announcing three new manga licenses…via their own website! It was a triple Valentine’s Day treat:
Accel World – Reki Kawahara & Hiroyuki Aigamo
Barakamon – Satsuki Yoshino
Übel Blatt – Etorouji Shiono
woah... i didn't know our number were so small, were like a fart in a wind storm. ANYWAYS thank you #based-vertical for your efforts for our small little nation (◡‿◡✿)
I think some of you are looking at that from the wrong perspective. 5% is actually pretty big. That’s about the size of a mid-size American vendor. And honestly that’s how we treat the Canadian market. As I said in the initial ASK, Canada is very important to us but population and lack of large metropolitan areas -
- Toronto : very good exposure - comic shops and chains
- Montreal : very good exposure - chains and indie bookstores
- Vancouver : very good exposure - chains and college co-ops
- Ottawa : poor exposure
- Calgary : poor exposure
- Edmonton : good exposure - comic shops
And Amazon.CA doesn’t preorder in large numbers. They tend to order backlist books by the pair or half-dozen every few months. (Which is why on occasion people chime in to us wondering by titles are out of stock on Amazon.CA but still in stock at Amazon.com.)
Daring Doujinshi As Seven Seas Announces Dance in Vampire Bund Anthologies
Seven Seas is joining Yen Press at bringing doujinshi to North America. While doujinshi is a word for self-published comics, the term is used primarily by English-speaking audiences for fan-works based on preexisting properties. Seven Seas simultaneously pleases fans of one of their most popular series with this week’s doujinshi license:
Dance in the Vampire Bund: Forgotten Tales - Various
Dance in the Vampire Bund: Secret Chronicles - Various
Dear vertical i just wanted to thank you for publishing Gundam AND getting it to Canadian shelf's as well. my local chapters only ever got viz titles (viz is meh) and udon books (there Canadian). My question is how much bigger is the american market compared to the Canadian manga market without going into numbers.
This is a GREAT question and one I can easily go into.
First lets talk population…
The US has about ten times the population of Canada. There are also more urban cities in the US. VAT does not exist here and manga prices are cheaper due to the lack of tariffs.
So with that in mind FOR VERTICAL (i can’t speak for other pubs cause I have no access to Canadian data for other publishers) in general Canada provides around 2-5% of our overall market share.
Some books do better (Flowers of Evil, Nintendo Magic, Wolfsmund and Twin Spica are examples) but most titles see just a few cartons make their way to Canada directly.
Now there is a bit of a gray market that is in play. Diamond Comics orders all their books for a US account, but they can ship to Canada (or any other country). Wholesales companies can also do the same. And we have been told Amazon may do some inter-warehouse shipping but I cannot confirm that.
Canada is definitely important to us. That’s why I have been to at least one con up there 4 out of my 5 years with this company. But the states of California and New York do better individually than all Canada combined.
Seven Seas Switches It Up With Body Swapping Manga Kokoro Connects
One of the most entertaining manga I’ve read recently has been Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches,published digitally by Crunchyroll. It begins with a young man discovering he has the ability to switch bodies with others thanks to a kiss. Naturally, plenty of body-switching hilarity ensues! But, though this post serves as a convenient chance to promote such a fun series, it’s actually about another story where there’s body-switching afoot in school:
Kokoro Connects - Sadanatsu Anda & CuteG
Seven Seas announced they’d acquired the license to Kokoro Connects on their Twitter account earlier this week. The series is scheduled to start in August 2014 with volume one, while it remains on-going in Japan with five currently compiled books so far.
Seven Seas Licenses Magical Girl Apocalypse
Seven Seas‘ has announced its first new title of 2014, starting off the year with a creepy, creepy cover (with added blood for effect!):
Magical Girl Apocalypse - Satou Kentaro
Vertical Inc Helps Us Creatively Kill Time with My Neighbor Seki License
Now we’re really ringing in the new year – it’s new manga acquisition time! Today it was Vertical Inc, who has their first official license of 2014:
My Neighbor Seki - Takuma Morishige
Seven Seas Celebrates the New Year with Website Launch
Seven Seas went out with a strong finish in 2013. In the last couple of months, there was news every couple of weeks for new licenses.
Now the company is leaping into the new year with a fresh face for their website:
Seven Seas Entertainment
The revamped site includes a news section on the front page for their press releases, and tidied up navigation for finding info on their different series. Details on individual volumes still link off-site to MacMillan, however, which is a bit of a headache but at least it’s all there.
The site also has their book releases from now until the end of the year. 2014 looks to be a busy one indeed for Seven Seas.
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Massive Bara Anthology Rescued by Fantagraphics
It looks like I was mourning the bara anthology, Massive, a little prematurely.
Fantagraphics recently announced that they’ve picked up the license for the anthology, Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It. It features a number of Japan’s best known bara artists, including the previously English-published creator, Gengoroh Tagame.