According to AnimeY, Tokyopop announced that Marie Sann and Guido Neukamm have a new series in the works. Krähen (Crows) will be two volumes long, the first of which should be out by the end of the year.

The blog Manly Manga and More recently posted Carlsen’s Bestsellers for 2007— fans of Chibi should be excited to see that four titles made the top 20: Luxus, Drachenschnee, Raccoon, and White Pearl. All four are from the first Chibi set. The blog does mistakenly say that all Chibi titles use a super-deformed art style, though.

Quite a few books are set to come out at the annual Leipzig Bookfair. One of these is Schwarzer Turm’s Hungry Hearts v2, which contains a short story called “Zweigeteilt” that might be of interest to readers of this blog!

There’s another review of the English version of In the End up, this time at Prospero’s Manga.

This could have been an ugly look at the real world of abuse, but instead the author wants the reader to feel some kind of sympathy for Ren without putting enough work into describing Ren’s motivations.

December 13, 2007

EMA’s manga preview publication has gone online! Available in flash format, you can check out summaries of upcoming series and a wide variety of sample pages.
To see the info regarding global manga works, enter the following page numbers into “Gehe zu”:
5: Gott Gauss, a three volume work by Bruno Cotting & Viviane.
6: Musouka, a two volume boys’ love work by Diana Liesaus.
7 or 8: Drama CDs of Catwalk and Mon-Star Attack.

Also mentioned are a number of changes to the release schedule.
Moved to Summer 2008: Gott Gauss 2 and Independent 3.
Pushed back: Mon-Star Attack CDs, Fight!, Freaky Angel 2, and Without Identity 3.

Also of interest is a new manga-style tarot deck that’s being released with art by Viviane. The deck is coming out from publishing house Urania (well-known for their card decks), and sample images can be seen on Viviane’s portfolio site. “I had to draw all of 78 cards. What a huge amount of work!”

First: Chibi box 3! They’ll be released in April, at the same Chibi price of only €1.95. The fourth box will be released the following September.

UMBRA by Natalia Zaitseva
TURNOVER by Marika Paul
DIE SPUR by Helen Aerni
MASTERMINDS by Jeffrey Gold
LEGACY OF THE OCEAN by Marika Herzog
A DEMON’S KISS by Rebecca Jeltsch

ALLE GUTEN GEISTER by Laura Müller & Marco Paal
Volume 1 comes out August 2008, €6.

CHOCHIN by Franziska Steffen & Tina Lindhorst
Carlsen’s first global boys’ love title, out from the bestselling Chibi duo behind Drachenschnee. Chôchin is described as “shounan-ai, fantasy, dark, comedy” by its creators, and is a single volume work due out next September, also for €6.

keyla.jpgKEYLA by Nicole Klementz & Nhung Vu
A two volume work, Keyla is a suspenseful and humorous fantasy work, visually described as a mix between manga and Disney. Keyla is the first series by Nicole Klementz and Nhung Vu, and volume one comes out next April, for €6.

Covers & Artists

November 14, 2007

Which cover is better?! Tokyopop is wondering which cover the fans like best for the upcoming release of Stupid Story v1, by Anna Hollman (available March 2008). You’ve got til the end of the month to let them know which you prefer! We’re fans of version 1, personally. ;/

From AnimeY: The names of two of the artists taking part in Chibi box 3 have been revealed! Look forward to books from Natalia Zaitseva and Marika Herzog.

Yen Press Interview

November 8, 2007

YaoiSuki recently interviewed Yen Press, and there was a brief mention of Y Square and global BL. Who knows, maybe this is a hint that they’ll be licensing Y Square PLUS as well?

YS: Yen has some global manga in its repertoire, specifically Y Square by German-born Judith Park, as well as your acquisition of ICE Kunion’s manhwa titles. Do you have any plans to release global boys love manga?

KH: Funny you should mention Y SQUARE as I think it is a book that a lot of BL fans will truly appreciate. There are a couple of nods in there to the BL community as it were…and it’s just a hilarious book. So far as releasing BL from countries other than Japan is concerned, we’re really open to anything that reflects the artistic and storytelling quality we feel fans should expect. […]

Boys Love authors in Germany take note! You may be next~

The English version of Y Square can be purchased here.

Recent & Upcoming Releases

October 28, 2007

We’ve updated the Master List with a number of new releases. Here’s a summary, including those which were announced earlier, but didn’t yet have an Amazon link. We’ll be making individual posts with more details about some of these, no worries.

Animexx
Manga Mixx 4 – various artists – €4.00

Carlsen
Dystopia Audio CD – Judith Park – ASIN: tba – €7.95
Y Square Audio CD – Judith Park – ASIN: B000VWOUI0 – €7.95

EMA
Wilhelm Busch und die Folgen – DuO, Anike Hage, others – ISBN: 978-3770431731 – €15.00

Fireangels Verlag
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

Schwarzer Turm
Hungry Hearts v2 – various artists – ISBN: tba – €6.50

Tokyopop 
Dämonenjunge Lain – Natalie Wormsbecher – ISBN: 978-3-86719-299-6 – €6.50
Gothic Sports Patch – €5.99
Gothic Sports Soft Soccer Ball – €6.99
Gothic Sports Wristband – €5.99
Grimms Manga – Perfect Edition – Keiko Ishiyama – ISBN: 978-3-86719-328-3 – €14.00
Tylsim v1 – Reyhan Yildirim – ISBN: 978-3-86719-215-6 – €6.50

The Wild Side
Lost and Found – Zombiesmile – ISBN: 978-3-939484-04-2 – €10.90

More Tokyopop Updates

August 20, 2007

Tokyopop’s new series have pages and ISBNs now, for those interested. We’ll let you know when they go up on Amazon.

Tylsim – ISBN: 978-3-86719-215-6 (though on Amazon, it lists a different Tokyopop book with the same ISBN)
Daemonenjunge Lain – ISBN: 978-3-86719-299-6
Stupid Story – ISBN: 978-3- 86719-316-0
Liberty- Raised out of Dirt – ISBN: 978-3-86719-341-2 – €16.00
Yonen Buzz United – ISBN: 978-3-86719-350-4

Also of note are a number of new global manga Tokyopop has licensed for release in German— alongside the normal titles from their US branch is an 8 volume work from France, Pink Diary.

Pink Diary, by Jenny – v1 ISBN: 978-3-86719-301-6 – 12/2007
Sorcerers & Secretaries, by Amy Kim Ganter – v1 ISBN: 978-3-86719-309-2 – 01/2008
12 Days, by June Kim – ISBN: 978-3-86719-311-5 – 12/2007

Lastly, Tokyopop looks to be enjoying the success of Grimms Manga, and has decided to rerelease the single volume work. The new book will be hardcover, contain unpublished material, and have one other surprise. There’s no word yet on how much the new release will cost. The soft-cover can still be bought here.

To start off, we’ll mention a quick, easily overlooked tidbit– on the tails of the success of Yonen Buzz and Gothic Sports, Tokyopop has decided to license In the End, by Pink Psycho, and Evergrey, by Mary Hildebrandt & David Boller for release in America this February and March.

In the End can be pre-ordered here, with the ISBN 978-1427807182.
Evergrey v1 can be pre-ordered here, with the ISBN 978-1427807151.

Tokyopop isn’t slowing down anytime soon, it seems–  three new series have been announced, along with a photobook and a behind-the-scenes book. Images from all 5 books can be seen here.

Daemonenjunge Lain (Demonboy Lain) by Natalie Wormsbecher (December 2007)

Natalie Wormsbecher’s first book was Summer Rain.
The shy girl Ari makes a most unusual acquaintance one day When she walks under an old oak tree, a boy literally falls on her head, claiming quite seriously to be a demon.
Because Ari helped him after his fall, he wants to thank her by protecting her and never leaving her side. Ari, on the other hand, is not at all happy with this idea, and her slightly irritable boyfriend Mark definitely isn’t…

Tylsim by Reyhan Yildirim (March 2008)

The young hero Auru sets off one day to find a mysterious stone for a dark person who commissioned him. During his travels, on which he’s accompanied by his dragon Kita, Auru not only meets a pretty but somewhat moody witch and a fear-inducing giant spider, but also a broom in human form…
Wonderfully detailed characters, suspenseful adventures, and a big chunk of humor make Tylsim a real treat.

Stupid Story by Anna Hollmann (March 2008)

The beginning of Anna Hollmann’s Stupid Story was is known to some readers from Paper Theatre (from Schwarzer Turm). Starting in March, the complete story will be published in two volumes from Tokyopop.
Enough with being an outsider! Yanik is new at school, and wants to finally belong. When he meets Alan, he wants nothing more than to be as popular and desired as this girl-magnet. But when Alan kisses Yanik to prove to his female admirers that they have no chance with him, his admiration turns into dislike. At a party, at which Yanik is forced to dress as a girl, the two meet again. Alan falls in love at first sight with the pretty “girl”, not knowing who is really in front of him…

Liberty – Raised out of Dirt by Nheira (December 2007)

As part of the duo Pink Psycho, Nheira took part in the creation of In the End, one of the most successful manga Tokyopop has developed in Germany so far. Even in Japan, the volume has found fans.
In December, the artist, author and musician now puts out his first solo project. The volume (working title: Liberty – Raised out of Dirt) offers a collection of illustrations, short stories, manga, lyrics, and photos, which thematically revolve around the three levels: heaven, earth, and hell.
The complex project is being realized with the help of the two Japanese fashion labels HIDEROCK and GLAMOUR PUNKS, which created tailored and welded new outfits for the photoshoot.
Star photographer Susumu Miyawaki transformed all of this into breath-taking photos. Miyawaki-san has created a reputation for himself with his works on cover-images for known magazines such as Shoxx, Foolsmate, etc.

Yonen Buzz United (special volume) by Christina Plaka (December 2007)

The large format special volume Yonen Buzz United presents 128 pages of unpublished illustrations, sketches of the main characters, new character designs, and two exclusive short stories that grant unusual and spectacular glimpses into the Yonen Buzz universe. A detailed interview with the exceptional mangaka Christina Plaka offers interesting information about her working habits, her love of music and art. On top of that, short background info and comments on all the drawings and illustrations in the book leave no wishes unfulfilled.

EMA newsletter July

July 21, 2007

EMA recently sent out its July newsletter, and there is lots of news.
Diana Liesaus’ BL manga Musouka is in stores now, so grab your own copy! If you like Musouka, be sure to check out one of the numerous events where Diana will be signing Duo (Mon-Star Attack, Independant) and Alexandra Völker (Catwalk). DuO and Alexandra are going on a tour through Nordrhein-Westfalen’s Mayersche bookstores. A complete, very long list of dates and locations can be found here.
Staying with Duo, Independant vol. 2 is out now!