Partnership brings first American Comics to eManga.com
Gardena, CA (June 29, 2011) - Digital Manga, one of the manga industry's most unique and creative publishers, is proud to announce another online collaboration with IDWPublishing, a leading and award-winning publisher of American comics, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. This evolving partnership will launch withtwenty new titles from IDW’s backlist catalog to eManga’s online library.
This is the first time a mainstream American comics publisher will be showcasing their titles to what was previously a manga only online reading storefront. Digital Manga’s eManga.com will be expanding their library to reach out to manga fans who are also fans of American comics and to those who would like to try something new.
The IDW titles will be available for purchase through eManga’s online manga service, emanga.com, which streams content through an Adobe Flash player, allowing readers to access their library wherever they have an internet connection. Originally sold as comics and as a full graphic novels with an average price ranging from $3.99 to $19.99 in print, IDW’s titles will be available on eManga.com varying from $1.99 to $14.99.
The first batch of IDW titles will launch with the following titles: Army of Two, Astro Boy: The Official Movie Adaptation, Astro Boy: Underground – the Official Movie Prequel, Danger Girl, Deep Space: Salvage, Doctor Who: Agent Provocateur, Doctor Who: The Forgotten, Dragon Age, The Last Unicorn, Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft, Locke & Key: Head Games, Locke & Key: Crown of Shadows, Silent Hill: Sinner’s Reward, Silent Hill: Past Life, Star Trek: Movie Adaptation, Tribes: The Dog Years, True Blood, Witch and Wizard, Zombies vs. Robots, and Zombies vs. Robots Aventure.
For more information about our eManga system and to begin reading right away, visitwww.emanga.com.
Digital Manga Guild announced Friday in the Digital Manga forums that the first team has been put together and assigned their first 'bundle' to translate, letter and edit. Here are the details as posted:
Congratulations to: KAWAII NEKO - our first group to get their assignment!
They received their "Bundle" and included were:
1) ONLY THE FLOWER KNOWS V1 (Hana no mizo shiru by Rihito Takarai) Yaoi Manga
2) THE FAITHFUL DOG WAITS FOR FLOWERS (Chuuken wa hana wo matsu by Mario Yamada) Yaoi Manga
3) TIRED OF WAITING FOR LOVE (Aisotsukashi by Saki Aida/Yugi Yamada) Yaoi Manga
Remember last month when I told you to "Be Careful When Traveling to Canada" with your yaoi? Yeah, I wasn't kidding. A mere month later and we now have a manga fan who was arrested and is facing "a mandatory minimum sentence of one year in prison for comics brought into the country on his laptop." Yes, on his laptop! I seem to remember a lot of comments saying they never got searched. What's worse? The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has issued this statement regarding the matter: Continue reading »
TOKYO, JAPAN – June 22 – Animate U.S.A., Inc. announces three brand new releases this June for the Kindle!
Coming to the fans this month are the continuations of three popular series. Youka Nitta’s “Kiss Ariki” Episode 5, Naduki Koujima’s “Selfish Love” Part 3, and Shiuko Kano’s Play Boy Blues Act 8 are all hitting the digital shelves this month in the Kindle store. You can’t get them anywhere else so be sure to download your copy ASAP!
Check out www.animate-world.com and www.libre-pub.co.jp for more information. For everything Youka Nitta pay a visit to website, nittayouka.com. Ayano Yamane fans will be pleased to know that, yamaneayano.com, has updates, wallpapers, and comments from Yamane herself! Be sure to check them out!!
I noticed a new boys' love game when I got my most recent copy of BeBoy Gold. It's produced by Karin Entertainment and was released on 4/22/11. The best translation of the game's name that I've seen is Omerta – Law of Silence as the word omertain the mafia refers to a code of silence. You can find a thorough explanation of the game's premise in English at Ponytale in LaLaParadise. There are lots of wallpapers available for free on the official site. Here are some screenshots of the game:
This is a free boys' love flash game that I thought you'd like to check out. It's not very long but it's explicit. Clearly not safe for work and there is some porn music that plays as well as sexy sound effects so if be aware of who's around you when you check it out. Have fun!
TOKYO, JAPAN – May 30 – Animate U.S.A., Inc. is happy to announce four new releases for the Kindle this May! New this month are the continuation of four popular series. Continuing this month are Naduki Koujima’s “Selfish Love,” Youka Nitta’s Yakuza love story “Kiss Ariki,” You Higashino’s “Hyper Loving a Maniac,” and Shiuko Kano’s “Play Boy Blues.” These are all Kindle exclusives so be sure to get your digital copy ASAP!
For more information, please visit www.animate-world.com and www.libre-pub.co.jp. Youka Nitta fans should be sure to drop by her website, nittayouka.com to see wallpapers, author comments, and any news. Fans of Ayano Yamane should be sure to check out her site, yamaneayano.com, which has updates, wallpapers, and comments from Yamane herself! Be sure to check them out!!
Digital Manga Publishing has been continuing their push into digital publishing and I have a few updates to share with you. First let's start with their digital site eManga.com. You can now purchase and own your digital books instead of merely renting them like before. Now when you make a purchase it will stay in your reading list forever (or at least until the Rapture)!
As if we don't have enough to worry about lately, it has come to my attention a few days ago that the Canadian customs agents have been cracking down hard on comic materials coming over the border (this could be anything driven, flown or delivered into Canada except by U.S. mail, which apparently has stricter standards when it comes to "reasonable suspicion" and requires a warrant. Not so for private carriers like UPS and FedEx, which can be searched must easier.). This is not a yaoi specific issue, which actually makes it all the scarier since it covers such a broad scope of reading material. Here are three really good articles concerning the recent issue at TCAF (Toronto Comics Art Festival).
The last article points to past history of Canada's customs agents seizing materials and I want to point out these two links as they are very important. The first goes back to 2007 when customs agents seized gay comics from a French publisher that was shipping them to a Montreal book store. The second article is far more concerning as it pertains to manga. If everything this person says is true including the fact that he was detained because the title of one of his manga had the word 'boy' in it, I would be petrified to bring any yaoi materials over the border. Now this article is from 2006 but I haven't read anything saying they've become more lenient since then. Either way, it provides an excellent history of censorship in Canada.
"In one recent incident, an individual was detained at the U.S.-Canada border while en route to an anime/manga convention. He was handcuffed and held briefly on charges of child pornography, and his materials seized."
"Customs agents also may search for information stored on electronic devices, including cameras, laptop computers, cell phones or other storage devices, or on electronic media, such as flash drives or DVDs. Such searches may be conducted at random, with or without reasonable suspicion, and are becoming increasingly common. According to information revealed pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the ACLU, over 6,500 people traveling to and from the United States between October 2008 and June 2010 had their electronic devices searched at the border. Nearly half of those searched were U.S. citizens."
"Customs agents frequently use an overly broad and inaccurate definition of “child pornography” in order to justify intrusive searches of materials that are fully protected by the United States Constitution."
"…CBLDF has gotten reports that travelers have been detained and their computers and expressive materials seized after customs agents found comic art that contained no depictions of actual children and no representations of sexual activity. Any photographic or artistic rendering that depicts nudity may heighten the risk of a search, even if the depiction has nothing to do with child pornography."
Page 8 and 9 give suggestions for avoiding intrusive border searches. I recommend anyone traveling to Canada to give that a thorough read to avoid any issues in the future.
The past few days have been a whirlwind of posts, letters to editors, emails to KINDLE and many a forum discussion. It's been exhausting for all of us but here's what's come out of it so far. Bigger sites have picked up the story including After Elton, Publishers Weekly, Anime News Network, and Robot 6. There has been some great discussion out there and I recommend checking them out if you haven't already.
I've done my best to compile a list of books that have been removed based on scouring Amazon's site, publisher sites, publisher announcements of titles removed and also what some of you have been so nice to point out. As of right now, here is a list of the eBooks that have been removed and/or altered. Please feel free to add to the list in comments or point out any mistakes on the list: