According to Publishers Weekly
, Random House
will launch a Manga line next Spring. The Manga will be published through Random House
's well known Del Rey
brand, famous for Science Fiction and Fantasy, however the PW article refers to the "still-unnamed line of books" so its unknown if the Del Rey
brand will actually appear on the Manga.
Earlier this year Random House
partnered and formed a company called "Random House Kodansha
" geared towards releasing Japanese translation of Random House
books. At the time, although details were not made public, it was stated that Kodansha
would later take advantage of Random Houses international distribution channels.
This new manga line, which is to be launched next month at San Diego Comic-Con, is said to be a by-product of the Random House
deal, but it has not been clearly stated whether or not Random House
will exclusively distribute Kodansha
Manga or if they will be distributing Manga from other Japanese publishers as well. To date Tokyopop
is responsable for the distribution of most Kodansha
titles that have been released in North America.
While several companies, including Sony
, Disney, Viacom and Warner Brothers
have entered the Anime market, Random House
is the first Major North American publishing house to enter the Manga Market in North America.