ANNCast Kurt in Earnest
by Zac Bertschy and Justin Sevakis, Mar 4th 2010
ANNCast Episode 028 - Kurt in Earnest
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Justin returns to ANNCast this week with a thrilling tale of how the thieves at Habbo Hotel swiped his credit card number. Then we chat about Streamline Pictures' old Lupin III: Greatest Capers release, which comprised of the two old Lupin TV episodes that Miyazaki directed with all the personal subtlety of a sledgehammer. Of course, the eternal question is asked: why is Lupin III consistently a total bomb in America? After that it's a short chat about what's working with video streaming and what ain't (bonus this week: a blooper from this segment wherein Zac proves he is super professional) and then it's onward and upward.
Kurt Hassler, publishing director at major manga label Yen Press joins us next, with an eye-opening look at the world of manga retail in 2010 and just how much of an impact scanlations are having on it right now (here's a hint: they're not the ignored little brother of fansubs anymore!). We also talk about the strategy behind Yen Plus, their anthology magazine (featuring Gossip Girl!) and of course we have to discuss Yen Press' upcoming MASSIVE MONEY-PRINTING MACHINE, the Twilight graphic novel. After that it's Twitter time!
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NSFW Language Warning: Almost no swearing at all, except for the blooper!
ANNCast Episode 29 Breakdown
00:17 Host introductions and Justin's credit adventure
03:00 The Miyazaki Lupin III episodes and why the franchise tanks in the US
10:45 Streaming video: what works, what doesn't, and Crunchyroll's new Boxee app
16:40 Break time!
16:47 Kurt Hassler introduction and his history in publishing
17:46 Kurt being named "the most powerful man in manga" in 2006
19:01 The current state of the manga retail market
20:22 the mighty scourge of scanlations
24:55 Yen Press and Yen Plus, specifically
28:25 All those manga versions of popular young adult fiction - also Gossip Girl is pretty much just a shojo manga anyway
30:29 What's working for Yen Press at retail
33:36 Sparkly abstinent vampire manga chat begins here!!
38:41 What Kurt looks for in a manga license
39:36 Light novels and how that's doing
43:40 What Kurt personally likes
45:26 Twitter time! Korean titles, Light Novel license rescues, the Pig Bride review "controversy", Twilight's Times New Roman issue, and much much more!
And that's it! See you next week.
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