Even as Emmanuel Macron names reading the ‘great national cause’ of the year, France’s publishers are celebrating ‘book resilience’ in 2020.
China Bestsellers November 2019: ‘Weathering’ Heights
The popularity of anime and a moving storyline are capturing Chinese filmgoers’ and readers’ interest in Makato Shinkai’s bestselling ‘Weathering With You.’
Beyond Japan: Kinokuniya’s Hiroshi Sogo Looks at Global Bookselling Trends
With 107 bookstores worldwide, Kinokuniya’s director of import and distribution, Hiroshi Sogo, gives us his international bookselling insights.
Damsels Rescuing Princes in Distress: Tokyopop’s Natalia Batista on ‘Beyond the Book’
‘Why can we come up with fantasy stories that are like dragons and mythical creatures,’ asks Swedish manga artist Natalia Batista, ‘but we can’t come up with a story with women as the ruling gender?’ She answers her own question with ‘Sword Princess Amaltea.’
On MFA Boston’s Reintroduction of ‘Hokusai’s Lost Manga’
The discovery and authentication of drawings close to 200 years old is behind MFA Boston’s publication of ‘new’ work by old Japan’s master Hokusai.
‘Standing Firm’: Kinokuniya’s Hiroshi Sogo on Bookselling Amid Challenges
‘Heavy discounting will destroy market order, and idiotic populism will come to reign,’ says Kinokuniya’s Hiroshi Sogo, whose Tokyo base aggressively supports English and other-language work.
Hachette Book Group and Japan’s Kadokawa Partner on Yen Press
The world’s third-largest trade and educational publisher formalizes its working relationship with Japan’s ‘mega-content publisher’ behind Yen Press.
“Slash Fiction” Thrives in China, Despite Government Crackdowns
China’s crack down “slash fiction” and pornographic graphic novels hasn’t stifled the flow of material or its popularity.
The Love Lives of Japanese Literary Giants Get Manga-ized
The latest popular trend in manga looks at the sometimes unconventional romances and culinary habits of some of Japan’s greatest writers.
Why Do Americans Shun European Comics?
Japanese manga has proven popular in America, but Franco-Belgian bande dessinée, which has a long a tradition and are just as appealing, remain ignored. Why?
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