MangaMagie 2006 Winners

October 31, 2006

The winners of MangaMagie have been announced! For art by the winner and a list of runners up, check out the link.

Female Student from Bonn is the best manga artist of 2006:
Anna Ulbricht wins MangaMagie with On My Way.

Cologne’s mayor, Elfi Scho-Antwerpes, crowned the winners of the 5th Annual MangaMagie in the historical town hall of the cathedral town. 928 participants from all over Germany took part in the contest.

Anna Ulbricht – born in Schwerin in 1987 – is the best manga artist of 2006; with her eight page manga On My Way, she got first place, winning €1,000. On My Way is about overcoming the disappointments of love. “The story gets its poetic nature from tackling reality”, say the judges, praising “the very high drawing level”, which “was done without cross-hatching or toning”. Anna currently studies in Bonn.

Second place went to Natalia Zaitseva from Leopoldshafen, near Karlsruhe – born in St. Petersburg (Russia) in 1987 – with her manga Home Sweet Home, which won her €500. Third place (a manga-set worth €250) went to Ramona Loebke from Greven, with Was sich Neckt…

The winning manga were shown at the award ceremony in a small exhibition, which will tour the train station bookstores of Germany after this (dates can be found at http://www.lesen-mit-ludwig.de).

The following is the translation of an article from Stern TV. Judith Park was a guest on the program in 2005. Click for accompanying images and samples of her work.
No infringement is intended.

07/12/2005 – Manga-Boom: Asian Heroes Conquer Germany

Manga-mania in Germany: The Japanese comic stories are becoming more popular in Germany. A guest on stern TV: Judith Park, one of the most successful German manga-artists.

The 21 year old Judith Park drew her first cartoons at the age of seven. She decided to work in the Japanese manga style about eight years ago; back then, the series Sailor Moon was on German tv.

The series was the breakthrough of asian comic strips in Germany. While Carlsen gained about 400,000 Euro with manga in 1995, their gain in 2000 was 4 million. Today, the entire manga business makes about 50 million Euro in Germany. There’s no end in sight for the manga-mania.

Manga grew to be a passion for Judith Park as well. Three years ago, she submitted her works to a contest that Carlsen Comics held – she impressed them in every way. Park invested her prize money into more professional tools, and soon afterwards signed her first contract with the Carlsen publishing house.

This was the start of a rapidly-growing career: By now, Park is the most successful mangaka the publisher has, and some of her books sell better than Japanese series. At the Leipzig Bookfair, she won the people’s choice award. Y Square, Park’s second book, has a print run of 13,000.

However: What counts as a remarkable success in Germany would probably fail to be taken seriously in the homeland of manga. Over there, the most successful series reach print runs of several millions. But after all, Judith Park just started drawing manga professionally.

The following is the translation of an interview from AnimePRO. Click for accompanying images.
No infringement is intended.

Interview with Nam & Tram Nguyen, German Mangaka-duo

At the Leipzig Bookfair, we met with Nam & Tram Nguyen, winners of the “Manga Talente” contest that was held here two years ago. They’re now pursuing careers as mangaka. Sylvia Einenkel spook with the two about their new manga, Delilah’s Mystery, their work as manga artists, and the confusing fact that the successful pair has been published by two different companies…

AnimePRO: We’re glad that you’ve found time for this interview, and we’d like to start off with an introduction to the readers.
Nam: My name is Fabian Nam Nguyen. I’ve drawn for quite a while, but it used to be in a more Disney-inspired style, and I only started drawing comics in the early 90s, when the first anime series were shown on German tv. So… Saber Rider, Georgie, and stuff like that. I started with copying, and later, like everyone else, I started creating my own characters and stories. For a while, however, I only did illustrations. This changed when Tram suggested entering the “Manga Talente” contest here at the Bookfair.

AnimePRO: So, the incentive to participate in the contest came from Tram?
Tram: Yes, always! (laughs) So I’m Thuy Tram Nguyen, and I started drawing pretty late, but I’ve always written and thought up stories. When I went to France and watched my cousin draw in a manga style, I admired her and so I started drawing too.
For me, it was the Sailor Moon wave that tempted me. At first, I mostly drew illustrations, and then asked Nam whether we wanted to enter “Manga Talente” when i saw that Nina Werner managed to get second place in 2003. We wanted to try it too!

AnimePRO: So by now, it’s widely known that you happen to have the same last name, but aren’t related. So am I right that the last name Nguyen in Vietnam is like the German last name Meier or Mueller?
Tram: Exactly. Or Schneider. Really common names.

AnimePRO: How long have you known each other?
Tram: We’ve known each other for about six years. I read his name, which was so similar to mine, in a AnimaniA (German anime magazine) special issue. And so I thought I’d give him a call.
At first, we only talked over the phone, but we finally met at Animagic 2000. So everything started, and we began to draw illustrations together.
Nam: Right. I had drawn a couple of illustrations and sent them to AnimaniA, where I even won a prize. Then I was asked whether I wanted to draw a few things for the fanart special, and introduce myself there.
Tram: I noticed him because of the pictures and the name.
Nam: Coincidentally, there was a branch of a comic shop in Heilbronn, where Tram is from, and one in Pforzheim, where I’m from. We established contact through the shops.
Tram: And my cousin lived in Pforzheim as well, and I asked if she knew anyone named Fabian Nguyen. A couple of days later, she gave me his number. So it was a lot of little coincidences (both laugh). We lived about 100km apart.

AnimePRO: So, how does your collaboration work? Does one draw and the other write, or is everything done together?
Tram: Uh, we do pretty much everything together…
Nam: Both of us have our strong points, and other things are easier for me than for him, and so on. It really depends. We don’t have a concrete split concerning details, like who draws hands or hair. Also, as far as the story goes: We both have certain scenes that we do better, and sometimes we merge our versions (both laugh).

AnimePRO: Aren’t there difficulties every once in a while?
Nam: Well, one may like something that the other doesn’t like- that does happen.
Tram: And if the story gets too sappy, there might be trouble as well, cause Nam really doesn’t like mushy stuff too much (laughs). But we always find a solution. Even if we’re not 100% happy, it still works for both of us. Later, when we look back at the pictures, we say “yeah, you were right, it doesn’t look bad!”
Nam: Sadly, the agreeing on things robs most of our time.

AnimePRO: So how did you do your entry for “Manga Talente”? Did you meet up so you could work on the story?
Tram: I was moving to Karlsruhe for college when we were working on that.
Nam: I study in Karlsruhe too, so nowadays we can sit down to work on our manga without any trouble.

AnimePRO: Is college managable while working as a mangaka?
Tram: Well, it does stretch things out. And of course, it’s pretty exhausting.
Nam: You have to learn to manage your time between studying or drawing.

AnimePRO: Your debut was in Tokyopop’s “Manga Fieber”, but your current manga is being published in Daisuki, by Carlsen Comics. What inspired this change of publisher?
Nam: Well, actually, that was sort of parallel. Basically, both publishers contacted us at the same time, so it wasn’t really a switch… we just did both.
Tram: We wanted to do the entry for Tokyopop first, because it was shorter. After that, we did the one for Carlsen Comics. Both publishers knew we were working on two projects, and there were no problems.

AnimePRO: Your current manga, Delilah’s Mystery, is being published by Carlsen in Daisuki. Did you want to be in the magazine, or would you have preferred to do a stand-alone volume?
Tram: It’s not bad working for a monthly magazine, because you can reach a larger readership. And it would be different if Carlsen had said “you’ll have to have a volume in one month!” That would be pretty stressful!
Nam: Also, you get more feedback from the readers, and so you can improve things.

AnimePRO: Christina Plaka told us in an interview last year that she had to make her manga Prussian Blue agree with Daisuki‘s style. Is that true for Delilah’s Mystery?
Nam: Well, I can still remember being told that we should do something different, but we weren’t limited when it came to drawing style or story.
Tram: The story is a little “harder”, I’d say. But it’s not really out of place in Daisuki, even though it was a try at something new. But no, we didn’t have to tame anything down.

AnimePRO: Do you already know what you want to do after Delilah’s Mystery?
Tram: Yeah, we have lots of ideas already. But first we want to see how the story is received.
Nam: Maybe we’ll come up with a new concept, and try something new.

AnimePRO: Is Delilah’s Mystery structured really differently in comparison to what you used to do?
Tram: In comparison to what we did for Tokyopop, definitely. The drawings also changed.
Nam: Our characters look a lot more mature now, while they used to look rather childish.
Tram: Exactly. Depending on what kind of manga we work on, we try to create fitting characters. We don’t have any really concrete plans for the future yet, though, and we haven’t submitted any new proposals.

AnimePRO: To return to Tokyopop’s Manga Fieber: Volume two recently came out, with the “new generation” of mangaka. Have you read it? Can you critique it?
Tram: I think Robin, by Natalie Wormsbecher, was pretty nice, and Olga Rogalski’s story, The Robofish Abduction, has a nice drawing style. The level of drawing skill really rose for volume two.
Nam: It’s very obvious in manga-contest as well. The level just rose.
Tram: That’s true, the themes are also better. If the themes were robots and technology, a couple of people would probably fail just because the theme wouldn’t be for them.

AnimePRO: How would you rate your Manga Fieber entry today?
Tram: We would do a lot of things differently. Of course, this is due to the experience we’ve gained in the last year. For example, take the tones: it would be impossible to do it the way we did it back then, and we really don’t like the lines anymore either. Drawing-wise, a lot of things have changed for us.

AnimePRO: How much time do you spend on drawing everyday?
Tram: That depends. If things are busy and exams are coming up, we always draw very very little. Sometimes, we don’t draw at all, or only for an hour. During vacations, we make up for what we’ve missed, and draw all day.

AnimePRO: What hobbies do you suggest to mangaka who want to improve?
Tram: Very obviously, practice and participate in contests. The latter is good for getting attention.
Nam: And compare yourself to others. It’s also good to see whether you’re part of the best, and get a chance to publish your own manga that way. Doing that, you also notice what you need to work on.
Tram: Self-discipline is also really important. You also need to be realistic. I think a lot of people lose touch with reality. A lot of people are too scared to try and get published, because they think they’re too bad.
You don’t necessarily need a publisher to produce a manga. If you have enough ambition, you can reach a lot of people with doujinshi sales and present your manga that way. Doing that, you get people interested in you, and it makes it easier to apply. There are lots of possibilities.

AnimePRO: What do you think about artist platforms like Animexx? It’s also a way to present your art to a large fan community…
Tram: I like being able to leave comments and rate images on Animexx. Also, the artist-circles are a good idea. Unfortunately, we don’t have enough time to check our guestbook daily.
Nam: We are relatively unknown there, because of our nicknames, so we don’t get too many fan-PMs.

AnimePRO: So do you want to continue drawing manga, or do something else as a career later?
Tram: We would like to continue drawing manga. It is our hobby and it is a lot of fun. If the publishers are interested, then why not. It’s important that if you like something, you really work for it and don’t do it half-heartedly. And one chapter a month is managable and not overly exhausting.

AnimePRO: Thank you for the interesting conversation, and good luck to the both of you in your future pursuits!

 



The following is the translation of an article from Sajonara.de.

No infringement is intended.

09/08/2006 – Mangaka [sic] made in Germany

Manga are, to somewhat simplify it, Japanese comics. Mangaka are what the makers of such comics are called. In Japan, the term mangaka has been institutionalized, and is an official job description. Oversized almond eyes are reknowned as the most obligatory mark of comics in this style. In Germany, the business is currently winning ground with the help of young girls.

Polish-Ukrainian DuO
The 21 year old Reami was born in Poland, and Asu, 19, comes from the Ukraine. The two young women met in the Sankt Augustin school near Bonn. Born of a friendship and too much boredom, the happenstance team DuO is still their artist name today. While the younger Asu mainly draws on paper and at the computer, while the other half, Reami, takes care of everything else. The profile on their homepage states that she’s involved in everything, but doesn’t draw or ink.
Mangaka Asu und Raemi 2005 in Bayerns Hauptstadt
Mangaka Asu (l.) and Raemi (r.) at a signing , on the Comic-Fest 2005 in Munich.
Source: Wikipedia, User “Fantasy”

DuO was contracted in 2002 by the comic publisher EMA, and the two girls now travel through Germany for their employer– they are, for example, regular guests at the Leipzig Bookfair. Their debut Mon-Star Attack is one of the publisher’s bestsellers. The comic, which was only published in a collected volume in December of 2004, is slightly crazy… it’s a comedy about an alien girl in space, who attempts to conquer the solar system. The second volume appeared in September of 2005. The newest work of this polisj-ukranian creative force is no less crazy – Indépendent has a female protagonist as well: a young girl from a mafia family who dives into absurd adventures and gets into plenty of trouble…

Prussian Blue
Prussian Blue is the title of Christina Plaka’s first big publication. The Offenbach-born artist is 23 years old, and her comic tells the story of a band by the same name as the title of the book. The members of Prussian Blue enter a music contest and struggle to win against the competition. The originally all-male band gets a female singer, who ends up moving into an apartment with the other band members. In the events that follow, love and interpersonal conflicts act as the focus of the story, and the result is much less crazy than the happenings in DuO’s comics.
In 2003, Christina Plaka’s manga was published by the Carlsen publishing house in Hamburg– three years after Plaka had applied to the publisher and was turned out down with the argument that there was no market for german manga. Things seem to have changed. Plaka’s sequel, Yonen Buzz, was published by Tokyopop, despite being a continuation of Prussian Blue. Tokyopop is last of the “big three” manga publishers, EMA and Carlsen being the other two.

More than just Passion – Hard Work
In an interview from 2004, one Christina Plaka gave for the TV station Arte, it becomes obvious why the word “mangaka” is a job title in Japan. Even if you are able to make a job out of your hobby, it is hard work. Plaka drew 35-page chapters, which had to be sent to the publisher monthly. A combination of time pressure, wishes and “harsh criticism by readers” meant that working on the comics wasn’t always easy. Illness and college work are not accepted as excuses. There were moments, Plaka told the interviewer, in which she doubted being able to deal with the immense pressure.

A Question of Technique?!
One thing is clear for Plaka: She draws by hand. She wouldn’t have the patience to spend hours in front of the computer. In addition she values a “natural”, puristic style, which indeed defines her comics. The drawing half of DuO, Asu, apparantly has a very different view of technical devices, as the 19 year old also draws by hand quite a bit, but she uses her graphic tablet as well. She is also well versed in digital graphic work – her software includes OpenCanvas as well as Photoshop.

Need to Catch Up
The business is still slowly developing. Manga made in Germany have established themselves in the eyes of German readers, but that wasn’t always the case. Currently, German manga have print runs of up to 20,000. In some cases, that’s enough to get into the bestsellers list. The business is still budding. Of the 80 to 90 titles that come out each month in Germany, less than ten percent of those are global manga. Merchandising is also still starting out, but it has a lot of potential to create new sources of income for the creators of the titles. The head of Tokyopop Germany, Joachim Kaps, told the magazine KulturSPIEGEL [dm: click for our translation] that publishers (have to) feel responsible for their authors.

A need to catch up also exists in terms of equal rights. In the last couple of years, mainly girls have been contracted by publishers. Shooting star Anike Hage, at least, voiced the careful suspicion that girls might be more disciplined and reliable. Her work, Gothic Sports, is currently being published by Tokyopop.

Drawing contests: For those interested, here are two URLS.

Tokyopop.de’s October newsletter was sent out today, with quite a bit of info that may be of interest to the global manga community- even those in the American scene!


Anike Hage live in EinsLive-Talk
Anike Hage will soon appear on live radio.  Under the title “Puppy-dog Eyes – Comics made in Wolfenbüttel”, the mangaka will talk about her work on Gothic Sports on the program Lauschangriff.  The chat will be on November 15th at 11pm (Central European Time) on EinsLive.
She may even reveal a few teasers about the upcoming second volume.  You really shouldn’t miss it…


Action-Day at Thalia in Braunschweig

On November 17th, the Thalia (a bookstore chain) in Braunschweig will celebrate its one year anniversary with several colorful events.  TOKYOPOP will join in the celebration, and helps organize the program:
Whether it’s autograph sessions with Anike Hage, portfolio reviews with our editors, readings from our light novels, or just the opportunity to have a long chat with the TOKYOPOP team – you are cordially invited.
One of the high points of the day will be the awards ceremony for the winners of the manga drawing contest Thalia held.  The panel of judges includes Anike Hage.


Dramacon
has huge success in the USA – In the End does the same in Germany

The recently published second volume of Dramacon managed to get storm the sales charts in the USA, getting fourth on the book charts.
With that, the story about Christie and Derek and all their adventures at their first con is the most successful debut of a TOKYOPOP US global manga since Princess Ai.
TOKYOPOP Germany, of course, is happy as well.  But at the same time, we’re celebrating the suprise success of In the End.  This single volume from the artist duo Pink Psycho managed to get into the top ten two weeks ago.  With that, it joins Gothic Sports as one of our most successful global manga.

Evergrey v1 trailer & news

October 26, 2006

Lime Manga, the studio behind Tokyopop.de‘s new series Evergrey, mentioned that volume one has gone to the printers and is expected to be shipped across Germany, Austria & Switzerland by next week.

To help promote, the studio created a small flash trailer for the series.  It can be seen randomly on Tokyopop.de , or by visiting the link provided in their most recent post.

Here’s a translation, for those interested:
In a world shaken by war…
…exists…
…a forbidden love between…
…a vampire and a witch…
From it grows a child with the power…
…to change the future forever!

EVERGREY – Coming in November from Tokyopop

In their production journal, the creators have mentioned a few other things that might be of interest.  It seems that due to a “clerical” error, the book has ended up with over 200 pages.

“There will also be 4 full color illustrations in the front of the book and three full color “making of the cover” section in the back.”

They’ve also got a report of the global manga happenings at MangaNext, for anyone interested.

Splashcomics reports the following:
On November 1st, David and Mary will answer fans’ questions.

This October, Tokyopop published the manga Evergrey– while the creators live in the US, the work was published in Germany first, with plans to have it later published in America. David Boller is Swiss, but lives in the US, so the work can’t get much more international.

To celebrate the release of the manga, Splashcomics will be hosting a chat with David Boller and Mary Hildebrandt, who will both answer questions from their fans. The chat will take place on 11/1/2006 at 7 pm (Central European Time). There are two ways to access the chat- either through the ComicIRC website (you have to have Java installed):
http://www.comicirc.de/php/chats/15 or by using a normal IRC-client. Connect to irc.comicirc.de, port 6668, and select the channel #splashcomics

The chat will be moderated, so you send your question to the moderator in a private chat, and they will then approve or decline the question. If approved, you can then ask the question openly, and David will reply.

Schwarzer Turm, publisher of Es War Keinmal and the ongoing anthology Paper Theatre, have announced a call for submissions for their new anthology project, Hungry Hearts.

Hungry Hearts will be an erotica anthology for readers over 16- those interested should note that that means nothing too hardcore. The anthology will be in the style of Es War Keinmal– a single volume collection of themed short manga stories. Stories can be about male/female, male/male, or female/female. The page-count should be 6-30, with a left to right reading direction. Payment will be existant, but very minimal (as this is an anthology…).

The deadline is January 1st –no extensions!–, with the finished volume being published in March.

To be considered, send a website with samples of your art to the email listed in the announcement. Once you’ve been approved, you’ll be granted access to the private forum, where you post your story idea for further approval. You’re expected to visit the forum daily, and post often with examples of your progress.

Splash Comics released a podcast with a list of artists already signed up. They’ve also mentioned that the cover will be drawn by nekoli, an artist who has been published in Paper Theatre.

For anyone wondering who’s eligible to submit… we’re not really sure, as none of our emails have been answered! it seems like it’s no problem for non-Germans to submit.

Master List

October 21, 2006

The following is a list of all published “global manga” in Germany. New volumes will be added as they are released.
For more information about any of the works listed, check out the publisher tags on the right-hand side of this blog. If there are any authors or works you’d like us to focus on, let us know!


Animexx

Manga Mixx 1 – various artists – €4.00
Manga Mixx 2 – various artists – €4.00
Manga Mixx 3 – various artists – €4.00
Manga Mixx 4 – various artists – €4.00

BakaBook

Akaru und Tammy – Tina Lindhorst – €6.95


Butter & Cream

Losing Neverland v1 – Fahr Sindram – ISBN: 978-3940414007 – €10.00
Losing Neverland
v2 – Fahr Sindram – ISBN: 978-3940414014 – €10.00


Carlsen Comics

Alle Guten Geister v1 – Laura Müller & Marco Paal – ISBN: tba – €6.00
Bloody Circus v1 – Jürgen Seebeck – ISBN: 3-551-77766-0 – €6.00
Bloody Circus v2 – Jürgen Seebeck – ISBN: 3-551-77767-9 – €6.00
Chochin – Franziska Steffen & Tina Lindhorst – ISBN: tba – €6.00
Crewman 3 v1 – Robert Labs – ISBN: 3-551-76711-4 – €5.00
Crewman 3 v2 – Robert Labs – ISBN: 978-3551767127 – €5.00
Delilah’s Mystery – Nam & Tram Nguyen – ISBN: 3-551-7683-6 – €6.00
Dragic Master v1 – Robert Labs – ISBN: 3-551-75141-2 – €10.00
Dragic Master v2 – Robert Labs – ISBN: 3-551-75142-0 – €10.00
Dragic Master v3 – Robert Labs – ISBN: 3-551-75143-9 – €10.00
Dragic Master Special Book – Robert Labs – ISBN: 3-551-76476-X – €9.99
Dystopia, Love at Last Sight – Judith Park – ISBN: 3-551-77442-0 – €6.00
Dystopia Audio CD – Judith Park – ASIN: tba – €7.95
GO KIDS v1 – Zhe Zhang – ISBN: 978-3551736710 – €6.00
GO KIDS v2 – Zhe Zhang – ISBN: 978-3551736727 – €6.00
Idol – Stella Brandner – ISBN: 978-3-551-74869-0 – €6.00
Jibun-Jishin – Nina Werner – ISBN: 3-551-77441-2 – €6.00
Keyla v1 – Nicole Klementz & Nhung Vu – ISBN: tba – €6.00
Manga-Talente 2003 – various artists – ISBN: 978-3551771025 – €6.00
Manga-Talente 2004 – various artists – ISBN: 978-3551774477 – €6.00
Manga-Talente 2005 – various artists – ISBN: 978-3551781871 – €6.00
Manga-Talente 2006 – various artists – ISBN: 978-3551786357 – €6.00
Manga-Talente 2007 – various artists – ISBN: 978-3551777751 – €6.00
Personal Paradise – Melanie Schober – ISBN: 978-3-551-78744-6 – €6.00
Puppenkrise – René Scheibe – ISBN: 978-3-551-78501-5 – €6.00
Y Square – Judith Park – ISBN: 3-551-78193-1 – €6.00
Y Square PLUS – Judith Park – ISBN: 978-3551787415 – €6.00
Y Square Figure (Ju-Jin) ASIN: 3551911274 – €19.95
Y Square Audio CD – Judith Park – ASIN: B000VWOUI0 – €7.95
Carlsen “Chibi”
Box 1: Drachenschnee – Franziska Steffen & Tina Lindhorst – ISBN: 978-3551660053 – €1.95
Box 1: Geeks – Michael “Mio” Rühle – ISBN: 978-3551660039 – €1.95
Box 1: Luxus – Judith Park – ISBN: 978-3551660015 – €1.95
Box 1: Raccoon – Melanie Schober – ISBN: 978-3551660046 – €1.95
Box 1: White Pearl – Nadine Büttner – ISBN: 978-3551660022 – €1.95
Box 2: E-Motional – Martina Peters – ISBN: 978-3551660107 – €1.95
Box 2: Im Namen des Sohnes – Zofia Garden – ISBN: 978-3-551-66009-1 – €1.95
Box 2: Kensei – Christian Pick – ISBN: 978-3-551-66008-4 – €1.95
Box 2: Make a Date – Alexandra Völker – ISBN: 978-3-551-66011-4 – €1.95
Box 2: Strike Back – Olga Rogalski – ISBN: 978-3-551-66006-0 – €1.95
Box 2: Twins Love Panic – Dörte Dettlaff – ISBN: 978-3551660060 – €1.95
Box 3: A Demon’s Kiss – Rebecca Jeltsch – ISBN: tba – €1.95
Box 3: Die Spur – Helen Aerni – ISBN: tba – €1.95
Box 3: Legacy of the Oceans – Marika Herzog – ISBN: tba – €1.95
Box 3: Masterminds – Jeffrey Gold – ISBN: tba – €1.95
Box 3: Turnover – Marika Paul – ISBN: tba – €1.95
Box 3: Umbra – Natalia Zaitseva – ISBN: tba – €1.95

Christian Solar Verlag

Melodie der Daemonen – Dominik Morie & Angelika Diem – ISBN: 978-3937922034 – €12.00
Naglayas Herz v2 – Sascha Nils Marx & Stefan Voß – ISBN: 978-3937922058 – €12.00
Pfad der Illusion – Lorenz H Ruwwe – ISBN: 978-3937922065 – €12.00


Eidalon

Katran v1 – JoKeR – ISBN: 3-936686-87-4 – €6.90
Katran v2 – JoKeR – ISBN: 3-936686-88-2 – €6.90
Katran v3 – JoKeR – ISBN: 3-936686-89-0 – €6.90
Tomoe v1 – Prin & Umi Konbu – ISBN: 3-936686-91-2 – €6.90
Tomoe v2 – Prin & Umi Konbu – ISBN: 3-936686-92-0 – €6.90
Tomoe v3 – Prin & Umi Konbu – ISBN: 3-936686-93-9 – €6.90
Tomoe v4 – Prin & Umi Konbu – ISBN: 3-936686-94-4 – €6.90


EMA

Catwalk v1 – Alexandra Völker – ISBN: 3-7704-6321-8 – €5.00
Catwalk v2 – Alexandra Völker – ISBN: 3-7704-6322-6 – €5.00
Catwalk Audio CD 1 – ISBN: 978-3770468621 – €6.95
Catwalk
Audio CD 2
– ISBN: 978-3770468638 – €6.95
FightKim Liersch & Roda Makmod (DiM€) – ISBN: 978-3-7704-6859-1 – €6.00
Freaky Angel v1 – Lenka Buschova – ISBN: 3-7704-6263-7 – €5.00
Freaky Angel v2 – Lenka Buschova – ISBN: 3-7704-6264-5 – €5.00
Gott Gauss v1 – Viviane and Bruno Cotting – ISBN: 3-7704-6664-0 – €6.50
Gott Gauss v2 – Viviane and Bruno Cotting – ISBN: 978-3770466658 – €6.50
Indépendent v1 – DuO – ISBN: 3-7704-6482-6 – €5.00
Indépendent v2 – DuO – ISBN: 3-7704-6650-0 – €5.00
Indépendent v3 – DuO – ISBN: 3-7704-6733-7 – €5.00
Mon-Star Attack v1 – DuO – ISBN: 3-7704-6164-9 – €5.00
Mon-Star Attack v2 – DuO – ISBN: 3-7704-6165-7 – €5.00
Mon-Star Attack Audio CD 1 – ISBN: 978-3770468645 – €6.95
Mon-Star Attack Audio CD 2 – ISBN: 978-3770468652 – €6.95
Musouka v1 – Diana Liesaus – ISBN: 3-7704-6668-3 – €6.50
Musouka v2 – Diana Liesaus – ISBN: 3-7704-6668-3 – €6.50
Naglayas Herz v1 – Sascha Nils Marx & Stefan Voß – ISBN: 978-3937922058 – €6.10
Orcus Star – Gina Wetzel – ISBN: 3-7704-6223-8 – €5.00
Paris – Alexandra Völker – ISBN: 978-3770469291 – €6.50
Pax Animae – Sascha Schätzchen – €19.90 (limited edition of 300)
Shanghai Passion – Ying Zhou Chang – ISBN: 3-7704-6351-x – €5.00
Subway to Sally Storybook – various artists – ISBN: tba – €10.00
Wilhelm Busch und die Folgen – DuO, Anike Hage, others – ISBN: 978-3770431731 – €15.00
Without Identity v1 – Sascha Schätzchen/Utopian Artists – ISBN: 3-89885-677-1 – €5.00
Without Identity v2 – Sascha Schätzchen/Utopian Artists – ISBN: 3-89885-678-X – €5.00
Without Identity v3 – Sascha Schätzchen/Utopian Artists – ISBN: 3-89885-679-8 – €5.00


Fireangels

Bi-Color – various artists – ISBN: 978-3-939309-09-3 – €18.00
Fireangels Boys’ Love 2008 Kalendar – various artists – ISBN: 978-3-939309-10-9 – €18.00
Lemon Law v1 – various artists – ISBN: – 978-3-939309-05-3 – €6.50
Lime Law
v1
– various artists – ISBN : 3-939309-01-7 – €10.99
Lime Law v2 – various artists – ISBN: 3-939309-4-08 – €6.95
K-A-E 29th Secret v1 – Martina Peters – ISBN: 3-939309-00-1 – €8.49


Gloor Verlag

MANGA MEETS CLASSICS 1: The Magic Flutevarious artists – ISBN: 978-3-938037-03-4 – €12.90


Manga Spot

Manga Spot 2005 – various artists – €8.00 *out of print*
Manga Spot 2006 – various artists – €8.00


Schwarzer Turm

200g Hackvarious artists – ISBN: 3-934167-32-2 – €6.50
Blütenträume v1 – various artists – ISBN: 978-3934167384 – €6.50
Es War Keinmal – various artists – ISBN: 3-934167-30-6- €6.50
Hungry Hearts v1 – various artists – ISBN: 3-934167-35-7 – €6.50
Hungry Hearts v2 – various artists – ISBN: tba – €6.50
Kappa Maki v1 – various artists – €6.50
Kappa Maki v2 – various artists – €6.50
Paper Theatre v1 – various artists – ISBN: 3-934167-26-8 – €6.90
Paper Theatre v2 – various artists – ISBN: 3-934167-29-2 – €6.90
Paper Theatre v3 – various artists – ISBN: 3-934167-31-4 – €6.90
Paper Theatre v4 – various artists – ISBN: 3-934167-33-0 – €6.90
Paper Theatre v5 – various artists – ISBN: 978-3934167346 – €6.90
Subway to Sally – Storybook – various artists – ISBN: 3-934167-39-X – €9.00


Tokyopop

Dämonenjunge Lain – Natalie Wormsbecher – ISBN: 978-3-86719-299-6 – €6.50
Evergrey
v1
– Lime Manga – ISBN: 3-86580-347-4 – €6.50
Evergrey v2 – Lime Manga – ISBN: 978-3865803481 – €6.50
Gothic Sports v1 – Anike Hage – ISBN: 3-86580-194-3 – €6.50
Gothic Sports v2 – Anike Hage – ISBN: 3-865-80-195-1 – €6.50
Gothic Sports v3 – Anike Hage – ISBN: 978-3867191289 – €6.50
Gothic Sports 2008 Kalendar – ISBN: 978-3867192132 – €10.00
Gothic Sports Patch
– €5.99
Gothic Sports Soft Soccer Ball – €6.99
Gothic Sports Wristband – €5.99
Grimms Manga – Keiko Ishiyama – ISBN: 3-86580-395-4 – €6.50
Grimms Manga – Perfect Edition – Keiko Ishiyama – ISBN: 978-3-86719-328-3 – €14.00
In the End – Pink Psycho – ISBN: 3-86580-448-9 – €6.50
Iscel v1 – Detta Zimmermann – ISBN: 3-86580-228-1 – €6.50
Iscel v2 – Detta Zimmermann – ISBN: 3-86580-229-X – €6.50
Iscel v3 – Detta Zimmermann – ISBN: 978-3865802309 – €6.50
Kleiner Thor v1 – Kim Schmidt & Patrick Wirbeleit – ISBN: 978-3867190299 – €6.50
Liberty – Raised out of Dirt – Nheira – ISBN: 978-3-86719-341-2 – €16.00
Manga Fieber v1 – various artists – ISBN: 3-86580-126-9 – €6.50
Manga Fieber v2 – various artists – ISBN: 3-86580-127-7 – €6.50
Manga Fieber v3 – various artists – ISBN: 978-3865801289 – €6.50
Sketchbook Berlin v1 – Marie Sann & Guido Neukamm – ISBN: 3-86580-400-4 – €6.50
Stupid Story v1 – Anna Hollmann – ISBN: 978-3- 86719-316-0 – €6.50
Summer Rain – Natalie Wormsbecher – ISBN: 978-3-86580-450-1 – €6.50
Triple Witching Hour – Olga Rogalski – ISBN: 3-86580-449-7 – €6.50
Tylsim v1 – Reyhan Yildirim – ISBN: 978-3-86719-215-6 – €6.50
Yaru v1 – Lime Manga – ISBN: 978-3-86719-013-8 – €6.50
Yonen Buzz v0 (Plastic Chew) – Christina Plaka – ISBN: 3-86580-125-0 – €6.50
Yonen Buzz v1 – Christina Plaka – ISBN: 3-86580-121-8 – €6.50
Yonen Buzz v2 – Christina Plaka – ISBN: 3-86580-122-6 – €6.50
Yonen Buzz v3 – Christina Plaka – ISBN: 978-3865801234 – €6.50
Yonen Buzz United – Christina Plaka – ISBN: 978-3-86719-350-4 – €6.50

Verlag Sonja Eckbauer

Fantastic Neo Mangas v1 – various artists – ISBN: 3-8311-4392-7€8.20
Fantastic Neo Mangas v2 – various artists – ISBN: 3-8311-4847-3€8.20 *out of print*
Fantastic Neo Mangas v3 – various artists – ISBN: 3-9809370-0-3€8.95 *out of print*


The Wild Side

Lost and Found – Zombiesmile – ISBN: 978-3-939484-04-2 – €10.90
Yaoi Newcomer
– various artists – ISBN: 978-3-939484-05-9 – €10.90

AnimeY, a German manga/anime news site, reported that Judith Park (author of Y square, Y square PLUS, and Dystopia, published by Carlsen Comics) will be stopping by their chatroom for two hours in January, so bring any questions you may have. More info will come soon!

From the same site comes an interview with the deutsche mangaka. Check out the link for accompanying images.

No infringement intended.

04/12/06 – Judith Park in AnimeY Interview!

Between her autograph sessions at this year’s Leipzig Bookfair, we interviewed Carlsen Comics-artist Judith Park, known for Dystopia, love at last sight and Y square. Unlike in our other interviews, this time we’ll be focusing on Judith herself.

AnimeY: What do you like most about yourself?
JP: Uh… tough question! I think it’d be my determination to improve until I’m as successful as my role models. Of course, a little bit of dreaming is included in that.

AnimeY: What can’t you stand about yourself?
JP: My impatience. If something doesn’t work out the way I imagine it, I get grumpy really fast. Or if I have to wait for something, especially nice things (cons, fairs, vacations, etc)- then I get so hyper that I can hardly concentrate. Wait… would that be categorized as hyperactivity? ;)

AnimeY: What do people say are your faults?
JP: Exactly what I don’t like about myself =D

AnimeY: What gets you motivated?
JP: My ideas! Sometimes I have so many images and pictures in my head that I want to preserve so I won’t forget them. On the other hand, there are also phases where I can’t think of anything. Then it mostly helps for me to take a walk in the forest or by the lake to shut out the drawing stress.

AnimeY: Which of your achievements are you most proud of?
JP: I managed to set up my Dolby-Surround-Sound system all by myself. I never thought I’d be able to do that!

AnimeY: As a child, you wanted to be like…?
JP: Sailor Mars… and Mila Superstar… and Rainbow Brite… and a bird – because I wanted to fly! And none of these came true ;(

AnimeY: How do you relax best?
JP: Taking a bath under the leaves of my bathroom-palmtree – or in the sauna under palm leaves. It’s almost the same ;)

AnimeY: What was your most beautiful impulse buy?
JP: My little white rabbit, named Schatzi. I couldn’t decide until the last minute between a hamster, a bird, a chinchilla, or a bunny. But I wouldn’t trade him for anything in the world.

AnimeY: What song do you like to sing?
JP: If at all, then I sing when I’m alone in the car, listening to the radio. But as I currently spend most of my time at my drawing desk at home, that doesn’t happen too often. :)

AnimeY: What’s your motto?
JP: I’ll just give you this beautiful quote from Galaxy Quest: “Never give up, never surrender!” You just can’t argue with that. :)

AnimeY: What painter would you spend a lot of money on?
JP: Salvador Dalí! I think he was the greatest artist of all time.

AnimeY: Where would you like to have a second home?
JP: I do dream about a finca in Spain at the Mediteranean Sea, under green olive trees… Or an apartment in my home country, South Korea, in the mountains… Sigh… But a nice old apartment in my favorite city, Cologne, wouldn’t be bad either.

AnimeY: What can you cook especially well?
JP: Actually, I can’t cook at all… Everything I touch goes wrong! But recently I tried to make a couple of Korean national dishes (Kimchi & Gakdugi-Kimchi) for the first time… and it turned out really well! Maybe it’s in my blood, hehe.

AnimeY: What would be your last meal?
JP: Korean food cooked by my mom. Best food in the world! :)

AnimeY: Where do you always get stuck when you channel surf?
JP: King of Queens, TV total, and Genial Daneben. Unfortunately, I haven’t had a tv for the past three months ;( so the newest dvds have to do.

AnimeY:
What do you always avoid when surfing?
JP: German tv-dramas and the faked reality shows. And cellphone ringtone ads. Ugh!

AnimeY: Who’s your favorite actor?
JP: I have plenty: Ben Stiller, Jackie Chan, Tom Hanks, Will Smith… etc, etc. All people who managed to stay realistic… and I respect that a lot. :)

AnimeY: In the future, you want to…?
JP: Draw lots and practice and learn until I can afford the mentioned second home! (haha).
I really hope to learn a lot in the future. For example, the animation field… There are so many themes and things that are uncomprehensible and new. And I want to find out about all of that and learn from it.

AnimeY: Thanks for the interview!

Notes:

Judith Park’s homepage is www.JudithPark.com!
The interview was conducted by Guido Mudersbach for AnimeY.
Copyright © 2006 AnimeY, Carlsen Comics and JudithPark.com