With 107 bookstores worldwide, Kinokuniya’s director of import and distribution, Hiroshi Sogo, gives us his international bookselling insights.
‘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.’
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.
‘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.
The world’s third-largest trade and educational publisher formalizes its working relationship with Japan’s ‘mega-content publisher’ behind Yen Press.
China’s crack down “slash fiction” and pornographic graphic novels hasn’t stifled the flow of material or its popularity.
The latest popular trend in manga looks at the sometimes unconventional romances and culinary habits of some of Japan’s greatest writers.
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?
US manga titan Viz Media is seeking growth in non-traditional manga markets and is launching its first list in India, after starting in the Philippines this year. Will it work?
The e-book market in Japan remains small, but publishers and technology experts discussed how to grow the market at the E-Book Expo in Tokyo.
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