Odds and Ends

March 28, 2007

Volume 13 of EMA’s free sampler, Shinkan, is now available for download on their site.  Part four (pages 120-150, but remember: Japanese direction!) includes a number of pages from Musouka, a boys love story by Diana Liesaus, and Gott Gauss, by Viviane & Bruno Cotting; both are new German manga, and soon to be released!  Gott Gauss is listed as being a single volume, while Musouka will be continued in later volumes.  There are also a few pin-ups from Independent volume 3, by DuO, so be sure to check it out!

Want more previews?  Kappa Maki volume 1 has one up!  For those unaware of it, Kappa Maki is a new anthology of “German doujinshi” (this volume’s theme: comedy) which is only sold at cons and on the publisher’s site. Anike Hage (Gothic Sports) did the cover of volume one, and eleven short stories fill the anthology, including one by Nam & Tram Nguyen (Delilah’s Mystery).

We’ve updated the Master List of German Manga with quite a few new additions, and gave the Licensed Abroad page a make-over, with lots of new info… but there’s still lots we’re missing!  Let us know if you have any idea who the publishers that have licensed these works are.

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The following are pages from Tokyopop.de’s “Sneaks”, available for download here. The rest of chapter one and the complete chapter two of Evergrey are available on Tokyopop’s “Manga Player”.


Evergrey

A bitter feud between witches and vampires has raged for ages. Almost no one can still remember why it began. In the confusion of this fight, a passionate love between the witch Kyrania and the vampire Szandor blooms, from which a child is born. Years later, this child, with no idea of its heritage, will change the face of the world forever…

Author: Lime Manga
Genre: Fantasy
New volume every six months
Three volumes total

Left to right

p1:

This place is beautiful!

[the following is a German lullaby]
Quiet, quiet, quiet,
because the child wants to sleep!
The mother sings it to sleep,
and offers her great love.
Quiet, quiet, quiet,
because the child wants to sleep.

Who’s singing? What a gentle voice…


p2:

This woman again…?

You always appear to find your way back to me, my sweet child.

Sleep, sleep sleep,
my darling Danika, sleep!
The angels already play music
and exalt the child.
Sleep, sleep, sleep,
my darling Danika, sleep!

Today is your sixteenth birthday. It is time to find out who you really are, Danika.

p3:

Who are you?! Why do you call me Danika?

Deep inside, you already know who I am. Just look deep into your heart, my child.


p4:

I know exactly who I am. I’m Jessica!

Yes, in your world. But this child is you, my daughter!

After your birth, I had to protect you from your father’s clan.

p5:

Overwhelmed by my grief, I did not see any other way…

…to save your life and your soul…

…I had to hide you in the place between our worlds, which you call Earth.


p6:

What…?!

And like a beautiful butterfly finds its way to the flower…

–Continued in EVERGREY volume 1–

The following are pages from Tokyopop.de’s “Sneaks”, available for download here.

Triple Witching Hour
The twins Demien and Yunna have been connected since early childhood by more than mere family-ties. They are entirely different in character, but they spend a lot of time with each other and get along wonderfully. When Demien dies in a motorcycle accident, Yunna’s life spirals out of control. To her, it is as if she has lost her other half.
Then the unbelievable happens: When Yunna gets home one day, Demien suddenly stands in front of her! Triple Witching Hour abducts its readers into an equally dark and amusing comedy of mistaken identities.
Available in December 2006.

In the End
The student Kaito Niikura always gets into fights with his dad, who shows absolutely no understanding for his son’s way of life. Left alone in this way, Kaito tries to make sense of his life – until one day, he meets the teacher Ren Ando, who develops an almost sick love for the student…
In the End is based on authentic comments of teenagers in diverse internet forums, which Pink Psycho reworked into a dramatic composition. Hence, the manga mirrors the feeling of life of a generation which feels they can’t find a place in our world.
Available in October 2006.

In the End
Author: Pink Psycho
Genre: Drama/Romance
Single volume

Triple Witching Hour
Author: Olga Rogalski
Genre: Fantasy/Comedy
Single volume

The complete first chapters of In the End and Triple Witching Hour will be available starting in September 2006 on Tokyopop.de’s manga player! [DM note: In the End is the only one currently available]

EMA – Shinkan 12 – 2/2

November 30, 2006

EMA recently released Shinkan 12, which covers their fall/winter of 2006/2007 line-up.

 

EMA on Tour!

The big EMA-roadshow happened from May 29 til June 3.  We sent our German manga artists, Alexandra Voelker (Catwalk), Asu and Reami of DuO (Mon-Star Attack), Gina Wetzel (Orcus Star), Lenka Buschova (Freaky Angel), and Ying Zhou-Cheng (Shanghai Passion), on a big signing tour through Germany.

The tour was a big success, and fans and book-traders were equally enthusiastic.  No surprise: after all, the six lively manga-girls kept everyone entertained with colorful costumes, a great program, and lots of fun!

EMA – Shinkan 12 – 1/2

November 29, 2006

EMA recently released Shinkan 12, which covers their fall/winter of 2006/2007 line-up.

Independent
Comedy/Soap

Shopping-crazed mafia-daughter…
…on the run! Epice’s money worries are history, but now she has a lot of other worries. While she’s chased by the robbed-thief, the highly-motivated police, and her “mafioso” brother, she still finds enough time to provide entertainment for her best friend- by kidnapping her favorite popstar! Fortunately, he isn’t too opposed to a little kidnapping. Being a popstar is normally so boring…
Killer babes, cute guys, and absurd ideas – and the first volume comes with a free INDEPENDENT-STABILO-highlighter! The hellish DuO strikes again!

Author: DuO
3 volumes, ongoing

Catwalk
Soap

From wallflower to supermodel
Catwalk tells the story of the shy student Blanche, who’s loaded with complexes, and who takes the once-in-a-lifetime chance to become a supermodel.
In the second and final volume of the short series, Blanche experiences the dark sides of the fashion world and the balance between school and life on the catwalk becomes more and more troubled. Her pushy colleague Kei doesn’t make life any easier either. Will Blanche be broken by the stress of the hard model business?

Catwalk is the first manga series by the 20 year old artist Alexandra Voelker from Hamm, who won second place at the Connichi 2004 doujinshi contest.

2 volumes, finished
Author: Alexandra Voelker

Without Identity
Erotic

“If you look into an abyss long enough…
…the abyss also looks into you.” – F. Nietzsche

Sascha Schaetzchen, a German exceptional-mangaka with a fondness for skimpily-clad, full-breasted heroines, sends his protagonist onto a Tour de Force through the abysses of human flaws.
What is really behind the pretty facades of Dandelion, Naomi, Autumn, and Celestine?
Is it divine intervention that led them together, or a more devilish plan that will climax in the destruction of mankind?

Sascha Schaetzchen’s refined graphics were improved even more for the second volume of the series, and the language of the images can stand equally with his Japanese rolemodels. The story is superficially built on eroticism, action, and gore, but in its completeness it develops a deep level of understanding of the human condition.

A must for all fans of complex manga!

Author: Sascha Schaetzchen
3 volumes – ongoing

The following few pages are from the manga preview Carlsen Comics released earlier this year. The full preview is available for .pdf download here.
Pages are right to left.


p1:

In the 80s, something strange happened…
…unnoticed by all…

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p2:

shhh,
tap tap

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p3:

The way through the cemetary is fastest.

Creepy…

I should hurry.

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p4:

Urgh…

The contractions…

My… my belly…

Ngh!

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p5:

Ugh… This pain!

If only someone were here to help…

…please…

What?! Th… the grave… it… ngh… it shines?

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p6:

Nngh!

AAAH!

–Continued in Delilah’s Mystery–

The following few pages are from the manga preview Carlsen Comics released earlier this year. The full preview is available for .pdf download here.

Weatherproof Subscription

The DAISUKI-Subscription is awesome times three: Not only do you always get DAISUKI two days before it’s released, you also get an awesome discount and a super stylish windbreaker as a reward! Nina Werner pulled a great illustration for this weatherproof jacket out of her creative little head. Now you can turn heads wherever you go!

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Best of Daisuki – Made in Germany

Judith Park – http://www.judithpark.com
Judith Park was discovered by Carlsen Comics at the 2002 Cologne contest, “Manga-Magie”, and was instantly contracted to draw for DAISUKI. The artist, of Korean heritage, has developed an unmistakable, beautiful drawing style, and conquered the hearts of manga fans. By now, Judith Park is counted as the most successful German mangaka, and has even had a few television appearances.

Attention!
Judith is currently working on her new project, which will appear monthly in DAISUKI, starting this autumn. Read it!

Y-Square – single volume! only 6 euros!
Yoshitaka Kogirei looks good, but is a total loser when it comes to women. His new classmate, Yagate, however, has incredible success with the ladies. Yoshitaka tries everything to find the secret of his success, aided a little by Yagate. Of course, this isn’t entirely selfless…

Dystopia – single volume! only 6 euros!
The siblings Dionne and Lyon are one heart and one soul. Unfortunately, Lyon is very sick, and too busy worrying about their son, the parents end up neglecting their daughter. Dionne seeks comfort in her friend Shikku, but she too seems to suddenly care more about Lyon…

Nina Werner
In 2003, Nina Werner managed to get second place in the “Manga Talents” contest with her short manga Perfection. DAISUKI discovered the young artist, and published the six chapters of her suspenseful story, Jibun-Jishin. By now, her manga has been published in a collected paperback volume, with an extra color section and bonus pages. The stylish characters and cute chibis will take everyone’s breath away!
“Jibun-Jishin” means “I myself”.

Jibun-Jishin – single volume! only 6 euros!
The 17 year old Chiyo Kita has been abroad for three years, and is now returning to Japan. On the first day of class, she realizes that quite a few things have changed at her old school. Unfortunately, these changes weren’t for the better. So she and her clique protect Sorai, who is being attacked by the egotistical Sawako. But Sorai also behaves very strangely…

Delilah’s Mystery

The 16 year old Delilah is pretty damn cute. Of course, this doesn’t go unnoticed by her fellow students, who are quick to closely examine the “new girl”. No matter what she does or where she goes, all eyes are on her. Highschool heart-throb Josh can’t take his eyes off Delilah. But she turns this king of pick-up lines down again and again – after all, she has better things to do than to get involved with a misogynistic jerk like him. When Josh and Delilah do get to know each other a little closer nevertheless, he doesn’t fit the impression she first got of him at all. Delilah learns for the first time what it means to have butterflies in one’s stomach!

But will Josh really prove to be a good enough friend for Delilah to trust him with her secret? Since her childhood, her mysterious past has haunted Delilah. And as if that weren’t enough, she unintentionally turns school beauty Jessica, who has been trying to make Josh her boyfriend for ages, into her enemy. When Jess learns that Josh is interested in the “boring blonde” Delilah, she can no longer keep her jealousy in check. And thus she reverts to mean measures, the grave consequences of which not even a witch like Jessica could have wished for…

Single volume!
Published in october for only Euro 6!

Delilah McLean
Age: 16
Height: 172 cm
Hair color: dark blonde
Eye color: blue green
Bloodtype: unknown
Delilah is vey self-confident, beautiful, and intelligent in addition! She won’t have anyone mess with her and knows how to fight back. But hardly anyone knows Delilah’s dark side: Her life has been shaped by an eerie secret that no one is allowed to find out about…

Joshua Kent (Josh)
Josh is a picture book macho guy! But even though the laid back guy acts extremely arrogant, all the girls love him! When Josh meets the cute Delilah, he learns what love feels like for the first time…
Age: 18
Height: 180 cm
Hair color: black
Eye color: dark blue
Bloodtype: B
Hobbies: Girls, sports, chilling.

Jessica Michelle Hiller
Age: 16
Height: 167cm
Hair color: blonde
Eye color: light blue
Bloodtype: B
Hobbies: Shopping, parties, dancing.
As captain of the cheerleading team, Jess is the most sought-after chick in the whole high school, and all the guys lie at her feet. Just Josh seems to be too cool to fall for her tricks, which of course makes him Jessica’s main object of desire. The world has to revolve around her, and if it doesn’t, cute Jessica bares her claws…

http://www.namtram.de.vu

There’s a new publisher on the German global manga scene- and they’re interested in publishing “manga meets classics”… Gloor Verlag’s first manga-remake is of the opera The Magic Flute.

Die Zauberfloete – Manga Meets Classics

€12.90
ISBN: 978-3-938037-03-4
68 pages with a 20p extra
Full color
Gottmann, Netolitzky, o’Brien, Poxleitner, Ertsey

A preview can be found on the right-hand side of Gloor’s homepage.

The independently published Fantastic Neo-Mangas are now available for viewing online at the site of Verlag Sonja Eckbauer.

Manga Spot

October 17, 2006

A self-published manga anthology, Manga Spot was born out of the losing short stories that were entered in the “Manga Talent Contest” at the Leipzig Bookfair. Two compilations have been published so far- a 2005 version (now out of print) and the recently released 2006 anthology (a pdf preview of which is available on their site).
Information regarding MS06:
black&white
252 pages
print run: 200 books
right to left reading direction
€8.00, available from Freibeuter Shop
contains 12 stories and 10 illustrations by 23 artists

Fireangels Verlag has announced a new deadline for a “non yaoi/yuri anthology” (as they are primarily a boys love/yuri publisher, this is a pointedly non-gay collection).  Stories can either be male/female, or not romance-based at all.  A few theme-suggestions listed on the site are fairytales, fantasy, sci-fi, & surreal/supernatural.

As with the others, any submissions must meet the following guidelines:

A5 size (with a 4mm bleed), black & white
600 DPI .tif
10-60 pages (contact them if interested in doing a longer story)
submit script for approval before drawing out the story

Just to repeat- non-German artists & authors are welcome to submit!

EMA has posted a few wallpapers for fans of DuO’s new series, Independent, as a thankyou for joining their mailing list.  Enjoy!