News Comics Publisher Studio 407 Plans to Expand into Manga
posted on 2009-01-12 17:19 EST
In an interview with the website Comic Book Resources, Managing Director Alex Leung of the American comics publishing company Studio 407 confirmed that it is currently in negotiations with manga creator Atsushi Kaneko and plans to release one of his works in English. Kaneko, who draws in a distinct and unique style that is different from what is usually associated with manga, is best known to Western audiences for Bambi and her Pink Gun (pictured at right). Two of the six volumes of that series are available in English from Digital Manga Publishing. Kaneko's other books include Soil — a story about a sudden and mysterious disappearance of a whole family from a small Japanese town — and several collections of manga short stories.
Studio 407, a Los Angeles-based comics publishing company which has been in business since 2006, presents its goal as "bringing together the imagination, storytelling traditions, and creative talents of artists and writers from North America and Asia to generate a flow of distinct and kinetic East-meets-West entertainment."